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Ombudsman Martires: Convicts can be rearrested without warrant

Sep 19, 2019 - 5:54 PM

The Ombudsman agrees with the position of the Duterte government – contrary to various legal opinions that a rearrest must have a court order

NO NEED FOR WARRANT. Ombudsman Samuel Martires says there is no need for a warrant of arrest to send back to jail heinous crime convicts previously released on the basis of good conduct time allowance. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Roxas to Martires: 'Unquestionably unfounded' to say IRR strayed from GCTA law

Sep 18, 2019 - 5:15 PM

Ex-DILG secretary Mar Roxas reiterates that the IRR he had signed in 2014 'faithfully reflects' provisions of the GCTA law

DEFENDING THE IRR. Former DILG chief Mar Roxas responds to the letter of Ombudsman Samuel Martires concerning the GCTA law IRR. File photo by Rappler

Duterte orders 'total revamp' of Bureau of Corrections

Sep 18, 2019 - 4:45 PM

(UPDATED) President Rodrigo Duterte plans to replace all New Bilibid Prison guards with guards from provincial prisons, says Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo

Photos inside the Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa during the visit of Pres. Benigno Aquino III on January 27, 2012. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Roxas to Ombudsman: 'Why target us when we only followed GCTA law?'

Sep 10, 2019 - 7:15 PM

Former DILG chief Mar Roxas says he is ready to answer all questions that will be asked by Ombudsman Samuel Martires regarding the GCTA law's IRR, which Roxas had signed

'WHY TARGET US?' Ex-DILG chief Mar Roxas says the IRR on the GCTA that he had signed merely adhered to the provisions of the law. File photo by Rappler

Martires asks De Lima, Roxas why GCTA rules didn't exclude heinous crimes

Sep 10, 2019 - 1:36 PM

The Ombudsman's letter has a tenor of agreement that the GCTA law excludes heinous crime – a legal contention that can reach the Supreme Court

EXPLANATIONS. Ombudsman Samuel Martires asks explanations from former justice secretary and now Senator Leila de Lima and former interior secretary Mar Roxas why their IRR on the GCTA Law did not exclude heinous crimes. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Martires to PACC: Hands off GCTA probe

Sep 05, 2019 - 7:19 PM

PACC Commissioner Manny Luna wanted to exclude former Bureau of Corrections chief and now Senator Bato Dela Rosa from their probe, citing lack of authority to investigate a non-presidential appointee

GCTA PROBE. Ombudsman Samuel Martires insists sole jurisdiction in investigating Bureau of Correction (BuCor) officials over the aborted release of convicted rapist and murderer Antonio Sanchez related to his good conduct time allowance (GCTA). Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Ombudsman fires 7 Customs personnel, suspends 1

Aug 19, 2019 - 1:30 PM

One of the sacked Bureau of Customs personnel is connected to a case of smuggled shabu worth P1.8 billion

FIRED. Ombudsman Samuel Martires fires 7 Customs personnel and suspends one for varying offenses.

Martires: Accusations vs Acosta will be 'judiciously scrutinized'

Aug 16, 2019 - 4:22 PM

An earlier complaint against chief public attorney Persida Acosta is now undergoing preliminary investigation

PAO INVESTIGATION. Ombudsman Samuel Martires vows to "judiciously scrutinize" the accusations against Public Attorney's Office (PAO) chief Persida Acosta. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

As others improve tech vs corruption, Martires focuses on values formation

Jul 25, 2019 - 5:33 PM

'Noong araw, walang nanganganak na walang asawa; bihira 'yun. Walang nagsasama na walang kasal. Subalit dahil sa tolerance ng ating society, puwede na.... That is the values derived from society,' says Ombudsman Samuel Martires

ANTI-CORRUPTION DRIVE. Ombudsman Samuel Martires holds a multi-sectoral meeting on the government's anti-corruption drive. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Ombudsman Martires' wealth grows by P15 million in 2018

Jul 06, 2019 - 4:35 PM

Ombudsman Samuel Martires releases only a summary of his SALN and not a full copy

WEALTH. Ombudsman Samuel Martires' wealth grows by P15 million in one year. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Martires on dropping Noynoy charges: No president can be charged with usurpation

Jul 05, 2019 - 4:41 PM

Can homicide charges be filed instead against the ex-president? The Ombudsman says he will 'entertain' a new complaint – if and when it is filed

MAMASAPANO. Former president Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III posts bail at the Sandiganbayan on November 10, 2017, for graft and usurpation of authority charges over the Mamasapano bloodbath. Photo by Rappler

Martires withdraws Mamasapano charges vs Noynoy Aquino

Jun 28, 2019 - 5:25 PM

The Ombudsman says the withdrawal is ‘without prejudice to the filing of appropriate charges.’ Solicitor General Jose Calida wants to charge the former president with homicide instead of graft.

MAMASAPANO CASES. Ombudsman Samuel Martires (R) withdraws charges of graft and usurpation of official functions against former president Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III over the Mamasapano bloodbath. Photo of Aquino courtesy of Malacañang, photo of Martires by Darren Langit/Rappler

Martires kicks out deputy ombudsman who probed Duterte

Jun 27, 2019 - 2:58 PM

Ombudsman Samuel Martires implements the dismissal of Melchor Carandang, who looked into the alleged bank deposits of President Rodrigo Duterte and family in 2017

FIRED. Ombudsman Samuel Martires has implemented Malacañang's dismissal order against Overall Deputy Ombudsman Melchor Arthur Carandang. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Martires delays releasing Duterte, Robredo SALNs

Jun 19, 2019 - 3:13 PM

The 1987 Constitution and the Code of Conduct for Public Officials empower journalists to obtain and report on SALNs

DELAY. Ombudsman Samuel Martires delays the process of releasing the President and the Vice President's Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Martires blasts Andaya, denies probe into flood control scam

Jan 10, 2019 - 9:01 PM

‘It is not good to drag the Office of the Ombudsman into this feud between the Office of the Secretary of Budget and Management and the House of Representatives,’ says Ombudsman Samuel Martires

DENIAL. Ombudsman Samuel Martires denies Representative Rolando Andaya Jr's statement that the Office of the Ombudsman has launched a probe into the alleged flood control scam. Photos by Rappler

Ombudsman Martires: We will not appeal Revilla acquittal

Dec 07, 2018 - 7:43 PM

'It is an elementary doctrine in law that you cannot appeal a judgment of acquittal,' says Martires, but a recourse could have been to elevate it to the SC

REVILLA ACQUITTAL. Ombudsman Samuel Martires says the Office of the Ombudsman will no longer appeal the acquittal of Bong Revilla. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Morales: Congress, not Martires, should reassess Solid Waste Act

Nov 28, 2018 - 8:32 AM

Martires recently recalled the suspension of 72 local executives, citing as reason the impracticality of the Solid Waste Act

SUSPENSION RECALL. Former Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales (right) says the decision to recall suspension orders because of flaws of the law should be a decision of the Congress, not Ombudsman Samuel Martires.

Ex-Arroyo lawyer Batacan faces charges for alleging corruption in Ombudsman

Nov 21, 2018 - 11:12 AM

(UPDATED) Ombudsman Samuel Martires files complaints of corruption and obstruction against lawyer Edna Batacan, who told the JBC she had paid a fee for a case status

OMBUDSMAN RACE. Prominent lawyer Edna Batacan, whose clients included President Rodrigo Duterte, applies for the post of Ombudsman. Photo from Atty Edna Batacan's Facebook Page

Mocha Uson not off the hook, Ombudsman probe continues

Oct 04, 2018 - 12:44 PM

Administrative guilt comes with the accessory penalty of perpetual disqualification from holding public office

PCOO Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson in an interview after her resignation on October 3, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

LIVE: JBC interviews candidates for Supreme Court justice

Sep 26, 2018 - 9:35 AM

The Judicial and Bar Council interviews candidates for Supreme Court associate justice on Wednesday, September 26

Cleared of corruption? Martires will no longer appeal to Supreme Court

Sep 24, 2018 - 3:51 PM

‘This is for the simple reason that it already violates the right of an accused against double jeopardy,' says the new Ombudsman

NO MORE APPEALS. Ombudsman Samuel Martires signs an order on September 24 putting a stop to the practice of appealing lost cases at the Supreme Court. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Martires recalls suspension of mayor, local execs charged under solid waste act

Sep 24, 2018 - 1:54 PM

‘The law is economically not feasible to be implemented especially by 5th and 6th class municipalities,’ says the new Ombudsman

SUSPENSION RECALL. Ombudsman Samuel Martires recalls the suspension of 9 mayors and a dozen of local officials administratively charged of violating the Solid Waste Act. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Ombudsman Martires won't seek suspension of officials charged with graft

Sep 06, 2018 - 8:53 PM

Samuel Martires orders his prosecutors to withdraw from the Sandiganbayan all motions that have sought to suspend officials who are charged criminally

NEW POLICY. Ombudsman Samuel Martires implements a new policy of no longer requesting the Sandiganbayan to suspend officials criminally charged for corruption. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Martires to junk all cases that take over a year at fact finding

Aug 06, 2018 - 7:08 PM

He will also restructure the Office of the Ombudsman, but promises no one will be fired or demoted

Ombudsman Samuel Martirez at a budget briefing in Congress on August 6, 2018, of the proposed budget for 2019 for his department. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Martires limits media access to Ombudsman cases

Aug 06, 2018 - 5:42 PM

Martires hits the media: ’There is always a limit to that right to information, hindi porke nasa media tayo lahat na lang binubusisi natin o inuusisa natin’

Ombudsman Samuel Martirez at a budget briefing in Congress on August 6, 2018, of the proposed budget for 2019 for his department. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Martires: No choice but dismiss Overall Deputy Ombudsman Carandang

Aug 06, 2018 - 11:43 AM

The new Ombudsman says he doesn’t think Carandang will take the case all the way up to the Supreme Court, saying ‘I don’t think he’s that hard headed’

NO CHOICE. Ombudsman Samuel Martires says he has no choice but to dismiss Overall Deputy Ombudsman Melchor Arthur Carandang when Malacañang finalizes its dismissal order. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

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Aug 03, 2018 - 9:38 PM

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Malacañang urges Martires: 'Immediately' enforce Carandang dismissal

Aug 03, 2018 - 3:13 PM

'It's immediately executory and we would like the order to be implemented immediately, as soon as the new Ombudsman takes his oath,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque

SC: It takes courage for women to testify against men who abuse them

Aug 03, 2018 - 1:25 PM

High Court says that 'lustful acts of men are often veiled in either the power of coercive threat or the inconvenience inherent in patriarchy as a culture’

Supreme Court of the Philippines in PAdre Faura on June 19, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

EXPLAINER: SC ruling on inordinate delay and why it matters

Aug 01, 2018 - 5:09 PM

It's now up to new Ombudsman Samuel Martires to use the ruling to their advantage

Office of the Ombudsman Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Malacañang fires Overall Deputy Ombudsman Carandang

Aug 01, 2018 - 10:08 AM

(6TH UPDATE) Will Ombudsman Samuel Martires enforce the dismissal order?

DISMISSED. Malacañang orders the dismissal of Overall Deputy Ombudsman Melchor Arthur Carandang who once led the investigation into President Rodrigo Duterte's bank records. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Martires' priority: Probe 'parking fee' for Ombudsman cases

Jul 30, 2018 - 1:21 PM

The new Ombudsman will ‘demand’ defense attorney Edna Batacan to identify who extorts fees to delay the progress of cases, as she claimed in her Judicial and Bar Council interview

Newly appointmented Ombudsman Samuel Martires attends his last flag raising ceremony with other justices led by Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpioas he bids farewell to colleagues and employees of the Supreme Court in Manila on July 30, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Ombudsman Martires: I'm not out to please

Jul 27, 2018 - 7:36 PM

(UPDATED) The first test for the newly appointed Samuel Martires is whether or not he will suspend the man who got on President Duterte’s nerves: Overall Deputy Ombudsman Arthur Carandang

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Jul 26, 2018 - 9:14 PM

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Duterte appoints Samuel Martires as Ombudsman

Jul 26, 2018 - 5:34 PM

(UPDATED) Ombudsman Martires will decide on cases vs presidential son Paolo Duterte, and whether the investigation into the Duterte family's bank accounts would be reopened or not

Witness Supreme Court Associate Justice Samuel Martirez attends the House Committee on Justice hearing on the continuation of impeachment proceedings against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno on Monday, January 15, 2017.Witnesses Supreme Court Associate Justice Diosdado Peralta (right), Lucas Bersamin (center)and Samuel Martirez (left) attends the House Committee on Justice hearing on the continuation of impeachment proceedings against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno on Monday, January 15, 2017. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

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Jul 20, 2018 - 8:24 PM

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Martires, Sandoval short-listed; Bello disqualified for Ombudsman

Jul 20, 2018 - 1:49 PM

(UPDATED) Also short-listed is San Beda and Lex Taleonis alumnus Felito Ramirez

SHORTLISTED. (L-R) Lawyer Felito Ramirez, Supreme Court Associate Justice Samuel Martires, Special Prosecutor Edilberto Sandoval are shortlisted to become the next Ombudsman.

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Jul 17, 2018 - 9:50 PM

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Supreme Court recommends Martires as Ombudsman

Jul 17, 2018 - 1:50 PM

The recommendation will be sent to the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC), which will then vote on its official short list on Friday, July 20

OMBUDSMAN APPLICATION. Associate Justice Samuel Martires gets unanimous votes from the Supreme Court for a recommendation to be Ombudsman. Screengrab from JBC

Supreme Court tackles: Are same-sex couples family too?

Jun 26, 2018 - 5:24 PM

‘Is there a statistical study that shows that heterosexual couples make better families?’ Associate Justice Marvic Leonen asks Solicitor General Jose Calida

Justices of the Supreme Court led by acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio starts the oral arguments on the same sex marriage on June 18, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Baguio businesswomen implicate Justice Martires in stalls mess

Jun 24, 2018 - 3:46 PM

Supreme Court Associate Justice Samuel Martires says he has amicably settled the issue with the building management, and he is being dragged into it to make the story 'juicy'

DRAGGED? Supreme Court Associate Justice Samuel Martires denies involvement in a dispute over a stall at Maharlika Complex in Baguio City. Screenshot from JBC

Sandiganbayan justices vow to address delay in cases if appointed Ombudsman

Jun 20, 2018 - 8:29 PM

All of them vow to solve the problem of inordinate delay, which has resulted in many losses of Ombudsman cases

ANTI-GRAFT JUSTICES. Ombudsman applicants Justices Efren Dela Cruz, Edilberto Sandoval and Samuel Martires share one thing in common – they all served as justice of the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan.

Priests, pastors oppose Martires’ Ombudsman application

Jun 18, 2018 - 11:06 AM

Martires’ quo warranto vote and a past disciplinary action show lack of probity, according to Catholic priests, Evangelical pastors and theological teachers

OPPOSITION. David Lim, spokesperson of the group of priests, pastors and theological teachers, file the opposition against the application of Supreme Court Justice Samuel Martires with the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) on June 19, 2018. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Robredo’s SALN, Ombudsman application, Facebook closes fake accounts | Evening wRap

May 16, 2018 - 7:13 PM

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LIST: Get to know the applicants for Ombudsman

May 16, 2018 - 4:07 PM

Informed sources from the judiciary tell Rappler that the list of applicants for the highly coveted Ombudsman spot includes 10 individuals – from private practitioners to long-time judges

Office of the Ombudsman Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, May 16, 2018

May 16, 2018 - 12:10 PM

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SC Justice Martires, Sandiganbayan Justice De la Cruz vie for Ombudsman

May 16, 2018 - 10:40 AM

(UPDATED) The two justices join the list of aspirants for the coveted post

OMBUDSMAN POST. Supreme Court (SC) Associate Justice Samuel Martires (left) and Sandiganbayan Associate Justice Efren Dela Cruz (right) apply for the post of Ombudsman. Photo of Justice Martires courtesy of SC PIO and photo of Justice Dela Cruz courtesy of Office of the Ombudsman

Sereno wants 'faith-shaming' justice to inhibit in quo warranto case

May 05, 2018 - 1:44 PM

With the addition of Associate Justice Samuel Martires, Chief Justice Sereno wants 6 of her colleagues to inhibit in the quo warranto petition filed against her

Sereno says sorry for confusion over indefinite leave

Mar 01, 2018 - 2:25 PM

'I had agreed to go on an indefinite leave, but I am also bound by the appropriate administrative rules,' says Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno

APOLOGY. Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno apoligizzes for the 'inaccurately conveyed' information of her leave. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

SC justices warn Sereno spokespersons over ‘damaging’ statements

Mar 01, 2018 - 1:17 PM

'We apologize for any confusion we have caused in the last few days but we were working on available information,' says Sereno's spokesperson

CJ spokesperson Atty. Jojo Lacanilao during interview by media at Congress on Tuesday, February 27, 2018. Lacanilao announce over CJ Ma. Lourdes Sereno wellness leave on March 1-15. Photo by DARREN LANGIT/Rappler