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De Lima runs to Ombudsman: DOJ use of convicts as witnesses 'illegal'

Nov 06, 2018 - 3:18 PM

Using convicts as witnesses violates the Witness Protection Program and the anti-graft law, Senator Leila de Lima claims in her complaint against former justice secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II and Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra

COMPLAINT. Detained Senator Leila de Lima has filed a complaint before the Ombudsman against Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra (middle) and former justice secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II

Immigration bribery case is still plunder; bail denied

Aug 31, 2018 - 4:41 PM

A plunder complaint requires a minimum of P50 million. The NBI under former justice secretary Aguirre only recommended charges of graft because of the supposedly missing P1,000.

NOT MISSING. The Sandiganbayan finds that the the total P50 million was not missing P1,000, contrary to the earlier claim by former justice secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II.

'A whiff of corruption, you're out': Notable Duterte admin exits and reappointments

Jun 29, 2018 - 11:00 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte's tough stance on corruption has cost many government officials their jobs. But some have been reappointed.

COA flags DOJ for undocumented payroll, unauthorized accounts

May 25, 2018 - 11:47 AM

(UPDATED) Resigned justice secretary Vitaliano Aguirre says he 'has no participation whatsoever' in the transactions flagged, including P27-million worth of payroll without supporting documents, and P65-million worth of accounts maintained without authority

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Apr 17, 2018 - 9:18 PM

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DOJ shifts tone on Napoles; doesn’t back her safehouse demand

Apr 17, 2018 - 3:58 PM

(UPDATED) Guevarra says he has no plans of meeting with Napoles’ lawyers. 'Why would I?' he asks, reflecting a drastic change from the style of his predecessor.

Newly appointed Department of Justice secretary Menardo Guevara talks to members of the media as he holds his first press conference inside the DOJ in Manila on April 10, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Sandiganbayan: Napoles cannot move to a DOJ safehouse

Apr 10, 2018 - 1:08 PM

'To place Napoles into the custody of the WPP despite being presently under detention for a lawful cause is contrary to the clear and express import of Article IX, Section 1 of the IRR of RA 6891,' says the Sandiganbayan's resolution

'PORK SCAM QUEEN'. In this file photo, alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles attends a hearing at the Sandiganbayan in Quezon City on June 15, 2017. File photo by Darren Langit

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Apr 10, 2018 - 12:45 PM

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Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno speaks a forum during 'Laban ng Kababaihan, Laban ng Bayan', at St. Scholastica College in Manila for celebration of International Women's day on March 07, 2018. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Guevarra: DOJ should be 'cornerstone' of PH justice system

Apr 10, 2018 - 11:42 AM

'I want good people whom I’ve worked with in the past to help me,' says new Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra

NEW JUSTICE CHIEF. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra will focus on strengthening the Department of Justice as a pillar of the justice system. Malacanang Photo

De Lima lauds Duterte's new appointees: 'Men of honor, competence, integrity'

Apr 07, 2018 - 4:03 PM

Senator Leila de Lima hopes Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra 'can bring back true dispensation of justice at the DOJ, bereft of any partisan and persecutorial agenda'

Detained Senator Leila de Lima attend hearing on a case filed against her "Disobedience to Summons" at the Quezon City, Metropolitan Trial Court on Friday. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Duterte wants Guevarra to restore DOJ's 'dignified image'

Apr 06, 2018 - 2:39 PM

This comes after lawmakers called on President Rodrigo Duterte to appoint a justice secretary who is 'credible, capable, and respectable'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte administers the oath of Ad Interim Secretary of Justice Menardo Guevarra during a ceremony at the Malacañang Palace on April 5, 2018. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

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Apr 06, 2018 - 12:42 PM

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Apr 06, 2018 - 9:00 AM

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Duterte accepts resignation of Aguirre

Apr 06, 2018 - 12:07 AM

'I accepted the resignation of Vit Aguirre, my fraternity brother,' President Rodrigo Duterte announces

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte speaks with Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II on the sidelines of the 120th founding anniversary of the Department of Justice (DOJ) at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Pasay City on September 26, 2017. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Aguirre resigns, Albayalde is new PNP Chief, Cambridge Analytica and Duterte | Evening wRap

Apr 05, 2018 - 8:55 PM

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Senators on Aguirre resignation: Time for someone 'credible, capable' in DOJ

Apr 05, 2018 - 7:16 PM

'The Filipino people deserve a credible, capable, and respectable justice secretary who will lead with integrity and rebuild our trust in the Department of Justice,' says Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino IV

OUT. Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II has resigned from the Duterte Cabinet following a series of controversies in the Department of Justice. File photo from Lito Boras/ Rappler

Menardo Guevarra named new justice secretary

Apr 05, 2018 - 6:11 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Senior Deputy Executive Secretary Menardo Guevarra will be filling the shoes of Vitaliano Aguirre II at the Department of Justice

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte administers the oath of Ad Interim Secretary of Justice Menardo Guevarra during a ceremony at the Malacañang Palace on April 5, 2018. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

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PAIN. This night is forever etched in the memory of Nanette Castillo. The night unindentified gunmen shot and killed her son, Aldrin in front of their house in Tondo, Manila. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Aguirre stays as justice secretary for now

Apr 05, 2018 - 8:12 AM

The embattled justice secretary is not fired during the Cabinet meeting on April 4

State prosecutors slam ‘malicious’ Anti-Corruption Commission recommendation

Apr 02, 2018 - 11:05 AM

The Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) recommends the suspension of prosecutors who had a hand in dismissing drug charges against suspects Kerwin Espinosa and Peter Lim

Photo courtesy of the DOJ.

After backlash, Aguirre revives parricide case vs Bohol official

Mar 27, 2018 - 6:30 PM

The lead police investigator in the murder-kidnapping case earlier called the dismissal of parricide charges the 'latest DOJ blunder'

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II announces during a press briefing in Malacañang on March 20, 2018 that the illegal drug case filed against alleged drug lords Kerwin Espinosa and Peter Lim has not been dismissed yet citing that he has the authority to review the case. Malacañang Photo

Robredo losing trust in DOJ, Aguirre

Mar 27, 2018 - 5:45 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo slams Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II for tagging critics, including Cebu City Mayor Tommy Osmeña, as drug protectors. Osmeña was a friend of Robredo's late husband.

DOJ TAKES A HIT. Vice President Leni Robredo is unhappy over the recent decisions of the DOJ in several controversial cases. Photo by OVP

Ex-immigration officials in bribery scandal charged with plunder

Mar 23, 2018 - 4:12 PM

Former immigration intelligence chief Charles Calima is cleared

EX-IMMIGRATION OFFICIAL. Former immigration deputy commissioner Al Argosino faces the Senate probe into alleged corruption at the Bureau of Immigration in January 2017. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

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Mar 22, 2018 - 12:05 PM

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BDO defends request to DOJ over tax cases in Cebu

Mar 21, 2018 - 9:25 PM

BDO Unibank, owned by the Philippines' richest man Henry Sy Sr, argues it has a legal right to request that the Department of Justice designate an acting prosecutor

IN QUESTION. BDO has one of the largest distribution networks, with more than 1,000 operating branches and over 3,000 ATMs nationwide. Photo from Wikipedia

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Mar 21, 2018 - 7:25 PM

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Aguirre: Existing Sandiganbayan charges vs Napoles have ‘defects’

Mar 21, 2018 - 4:27 PM

'It seems that we have discovered defects in the charges in the Sandiganbayan against her. The charges here are plunder, and plunder is a charge against a government official,' says Justice Secretary Aguirre in a mix of English and Filipino

NOT MOST GUILTY. Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II believes there is a "most guilty" personality in the pork barrel scam that would qualify Janet Napoles as a state witness.

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Cebu Mayor Osmeña threatens disbarment case vs Aguirre

Mar 21, 2018 - 11:59 AM

(UPDATED) This is over BDO Unibank tax cases. But Justice Secretary Aguirre threatens a countersuit, saying the Cebu mayor has no evidence he accepted money from anyone.

BDO CASE. Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II finds a foe in Cebu City Mayor Tommy Osmeña over the tax cases that against Banco De Oro (BDO).

Senate recommends bribery, plunder charges vs ex-immigration officials

Mar 20, 2018 - 8:45 PM

The Senate also recommends that Wally Sombero, the alleged associate of Chinese tycoon Jack Lam, be charged with plunder and corruption of public officials

CHARGES. The Senate recommends bribery and plunder charges against two former Immigration commissioners involved in the BI bribery scam. Rappler lile photos

Aguirre on DOJ probe, Alvarez on Go, Sereno on quo warranto petition | Evening wRap

Mar 20, 2018 - 8:43 PM

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Senate reprimands Aguirre for private meeting with Jack Lam

Mar 20, 2018 - 8:10 PM

The Senate says Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II was 'less than prudent' when he met with individuals who turned out to be allegedly involved in bribery

Sen. Gordon with voluminous documents Photo by Angie de Silva

Stephen David using Palace connections for Napoles?

Mar 20, 2018 - 4:36 PM

'[Medialdea] was asked by Atty David if he could overrule me, he said he could not, because he is of the same opinion as mine,' Aguirre says, referring to his opinion about the need for the Sandiganbayan's nod to transfer Napoles to a safehouse

INSIDE MALACAÑANG. Janet Napoles' lawyer Stephen David goes in and out of Malacañang and is able to challenge a justice secretary's position to the Executive Secretary, effectively the second president. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Aguirre orders fresh investigation vs Lim, Espinosa

Mar 20, 2018 - 12:31 PM

'So much so that there is no dismissal anymore,' says Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II in a Malacañang press briefing

NO DISMISSAL. Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II announces an order 'vacating the dismissal' of charges against alleged drug lords Kerwin Espinosa and Peter Lim. File photos by Joseph Vidal, Alecs Ongcal/Rappler, and Ben Nabong/Rappler

Medialdea advised Napoles lawyer on jail transfer

Mar 19, 2018 - 3:25 PM

'[It's] because we are in a situation where we don't know what to do.... That's why we have to consult people in authority,' says Janet Lim Napoles' lawyer Stephen David, defending a meeting in Malacañang

JAIL TRANSFER. Janet Lim Napoles' lawyer Stephen David attends 3 consecutive hearings at Sandiganbayan on March 9, 2018, on the motion to transfer the businesswoman out of her regular jail and into a safehouse. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

No need for Janet Napoles: Cases vs LP lawmakers pending at Ombudsman

Mar 19, 2018 - 1:34 PM

Lawyer Levito Baligod had previously filed pork scam cases against 17 Liberal Party (LP) legislators and 8 non-LP legislators

CASES VS LP. Lawyer Levito Baligod is pursuing other pork barrel scam cases against members of opposition Liberal Party (LP) pending now at the Office of the Ombudsman.

Will Napoles be state witness? Spotlight on the Special Prosecutor

Mar 17, 2018 - 8:16 PM

'Malacañang can easily undermine the Special Prosecutor's independent judgment in this case, and force him to drop Napoles as an accused,' says Senator Leila de Lima

ON THE SPOT. Special Prosecutor Edilberto Sandoval is the first recommending authority if Janet Lim-Napoles will indeed be turned as state witness. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

De Lima: Aguirre perfect for Duterte's 'corrupt' gov't

Mar 17, 2018 - 6:06 PM

Senator Leila de Lima also says alleged pork scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles 'is an ideal witness' for a government that is only interested in silencing dissent

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte speaks with Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II on the sidelines of the 120th founding anniversary of the Department of Justice (DOJ) at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Pasay City on September 26, 2017. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

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Mar 16, 2018 - 8:32 PM

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Amid controversies at DOJ, Aguirre says 'no reason to resign'

Mar 16, 2018 - 6:16 PM

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II says he and President Rodrigo Duterte have talked since a Department of Justice panel of prosecutors dismissed charges against alleged big-time drug lords

Prosecutor in Peter Lim case 'saddened' by Aguirre’s probe

Mar 15, 2018 - 11:44 AM

‘Sino ba naman ang napakalakas na loob na tao na lalaruin itong ganyang klaseng kaso? Nagrurule lang kami based on evidence,' says former state prosecutor and now Judge Aristotle Reyes

The Department of Justice in a hearing on August 24, 2017. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Where is the NBI in the Peter Lim-Kerwin Espinosa investigation?

Mar 14, 2018 - 8:22 PM

Aguirre often taps the NBI – an agency attached to the DOJ – to conduct comprehensive case buildups in many high-profile cases

DRUG TRADE. Cebu-based businessman Peter Lim is summoned to the DOJ headquarters in Manila on August 24, 2017, as prosecutors conduct a preliminary investigation into drug trade and conspiracy allegations against him. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

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Mar 14, 2018 - 1:04 PM

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Bishops hit DOJ for clearing Peter Lim, Kerwin Espinosa

Mar 14, 2018 - 11:00 AM

'I am dumbfounded,' says Archbishop Socrates Villegas, while Bishop Pablo Virgilio David criticizes the Department of Justice for a 'very selective' due process

'DUMBFOUNDED.' Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas hits the 'insulting' DOJ decision dismissing drug charges against Kerwin Espinosa and Peter Lim. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Aguirre orders probe vs prosecutors who cleared Lim, Espinosa

Mar 14, 2018 - 9:19 AM

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II issues the order 3 months after his panel of prosecutors recommended the dismissal of charges against alleged drug lords Peter Lim and Kerwin Espinosa

INVESTIGATION. Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II asks the NBI to investigate his prosecutors over the dismissal of charges against Peter Lim and Kerwin Espinosa. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Duterte to review dismissal of Lim, Espinosa drug charges

Mar 13, 2018 - 8:45 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte also threatens repercussions if the dismissal of the drug charges against Peter Lim and Kerwin Espinosa is affirmed

Aguirre: No proof of human intervention in MRT3 train detachment

Mar 13, 2018 - 3:20 PM

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II says the detachment of a train coach in November 2017 was 'purely accidental'

HQ. NBI, PNP, and AFP holds a press conference at the NBI Headquarters on March 12, 2018. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

NBI claims initial ruling on Rappler cyber libel case 'prematurely disclosed'

Mar 12, 2018 - 5:00 PM

The National Bureau of Investigation said on February 22 that it junked the case after finding 'no basis,' but days later, transmitted it to the Department of Justice

BACKTRACKING? Rappler CEO Maria Ressa arrives at the National Bureau of Investigation headquarters in Manila. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

[OPINION] ICC: Complementarity, not exhaustion of remedies

Mar 10, 2018 - 11:00 AM

If the ICC has to wait for the Duterte regime to investigate – which is not forthcoming at all – the ICC will never be able to act

Hontiveros slams Pimentel for giving staff info, Senate CCTV to Aguirre

Feb 19, 2018 - 6:40 PM

But Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III says the data given to Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II, including the CCTV videos of the different areas of the Senate, are part of public records

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