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De Lima is arraigned on her 3rd and last drug charge, where she again refuses to enter a plea
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
(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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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'
This comes after lawmakers called on President Rodrigo Duterte to appoint a justice secretary who is 'credible, capable, and respectable'
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'I accepted the resignation of Vit Aguirre, my fraternity brother,' President Rodrigo Duterte announces
'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
(3rd UPDATE) Senior Deputy Executive Secretary Menardo Guevarra will be filling the shoes of Vitaliano Aguirre II at the Department of Justice
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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
The lead police investigator in the murder-kidnapping case earlier called the dismissal of parricide charges the 'latest DOJ blunder'
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.
Former immigration intelligence chief Charles Calima is cleared
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
'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
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(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.
The Senate also recommends that Wally Sombero, the alleged associate of Chinese tycoon Jack Lam, be charged with plunder and corruption of public officials
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
'So much so that there is no dismissal anymore,' says Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II in a Malacañang press briefing
'[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
'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
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
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
‘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
Aguirre often taps the NBI – an agency attached to the DOJ – to conduct comprehensive case buildups in many high-profile cases
'I am dumbfounded,' says Archbishop Socrates Villegas, while Bishop Pablo Virgilio David criticizes the Department of Justice for a 'very selective' due process
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
President Rodrigo Duterte also threatens repercussions if the dismissal of the drug charges against Peter Lim and Kerwin Espinosa is affirmed
Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II says the detachment of a train coach in November 2017 was 'purely accidental'
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
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
Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II says he will emphasize to President Rodrigo Duterte the need for a clinical pathologist
Leila de Lima’s story bears constant retelling. Her trials are our trials, her tragedy is our tragedy.
'We mourn the the sudden demise of Chief State Counsel Ricardo "Dickie" Paras III this morning,' says Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre
'We want to offer you this discussion because it's not only about the media but it's also about people's rights,' says Malou Mangahas, Executive Director of the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism
The Solicitor General says he's not investigating any other entity 'unless you want me to do what I did in December 2016.' – the time he request SEC to probe Rappler
It seems there are a lot of hurdles to getting accountability in the smuggling of shabu from China to the Philippines, and a lot of them has to do with limitations set by the law
President Rodrigo Duterte gives the instruction to Aguirre during a cabinet meeting
(UPDATED) Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II announces the inquiry as the government raises the toll from the NCCC mall fire in Davao to one dead and 38 missing
The immigration lookout bulletin order comes after Gabriela filed a graft complaint stemming from the dengue immunization program that began during the Aquino administration
Parents of two girls who died months after getting the dengue vaccine file affidavits before the Department of Justice
Justice Secretary Aguirre also signs a Department Order directing prosecutors to take the necessary steps pursuant to Duterte's proclamation
The NBI's involvement in case buildups was revoked before by an order of President Rodrigo Duterte, preventing it from probing the smuggling of P6.4 billion worth of shabu from China
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'Everybody who has some involvement will be included and appropriate charges will be filed against them if warranted,' says Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II
Cebu 3rd District Representative Gwen Garcia asks the justice secretary if Sereno's request to downplay the danger posed by the Maute trial being held in Cagayan de Oro gave her basis for her vote on martial law coverage in Mindanao
Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II also names a witness to the alleged scam – Roberto Catapang Jr