Vitaliano Aguirre II
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DOJ can now probe Rappler’s criminal liability – Calida

Jan 16, 2018 - 3:16 PM

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

The House of Representatives Committee on Justice hearing on the alledged bribery inside the National Bilibid Prison at the Andaya Hall on September 20, 2016.

Valenzuela court clears 5 in importation of P6.4-B shabu

Jan 11, 2018 - 7:10 PM

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

The Senate Committee on Accountability of Public Officers and Investigations (Blue Ribbon) on August 9, 2017 resumes its public hearing on the P6.4B worth of shabu smuggled at the Bureau of Customs in May. Photo by Joseph Vidal

Aguirre orders probe into alleged sale of firearms to NPA

Jan 09, 2018 - 5:13 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte gives the instruction to Aguirre during a cabinet meeting

WEAPON OF CHOICE. A New People's Army rebel with an AK-47. File photo by Edwin Espejo

Justice dep't launches criminal probe after deadly Davao mall fire

Dec 25, 2017 - 1:25 PM

(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

MALL FIRE. Firefighters try to contain the fire that hit the NCCC Mall in Davao City on December 23, 2017. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Aquino, Garin, 7 others on immigration lookout over Dengvaxia

Dec 24, 2017 - 12:45 AM

The immigration lookout bulletin order comes after Gabriela filed a graft complaint stemming from the dengue immunization program that began during the Aquino administration

Aguirre orders PAO to assist families of Dengvaxia vaccine recipients

Dec 19, 2017 - 8:55 PM

Parents of two girls who died months after getting the dengue vaccine file affidavits before the Department of Justice

Parents of 11yr old Christine Mae De Guzman and father (in yellow) of 10yr old Anjielica Pestilos, children who allegedly died after receiving the school-based Dengvaxia immunisation program of the DOH, is accompanied by PAO chief Persida Acosta as they meet and inquire with DOJ secretary Vitaliano Aguirre III for possible cases they can file against the people involved before the DOJ in Manila on December 19, 2017.  Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

DOJ cancels bail of Tiamzons, 7 other NDF consultants

Dec 07, 2017 - 9:10 PM

Justice Secretary Aguirre also signs a Department Order directing prosecutors to take the necessary steps pursuant to Duterte's proclamation

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DOJ brings back NBI power to investigate drug cases

Dec 06, 2017 - 9:43 PM

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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Dec 04, 2017 - 2:27 PM

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DOJ to probe dengue vaccine controversy

Dec 03, 2017 - 2:18 PM

'Everybody who has some involvement will be included and appropriate charges will be filed against them if warranted,' says Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II

DENGVAXIA. The world's first anti-dengue vaccine is administered to Filipino grade-schoolers under the government's school-based dengue immunization program. File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Did Sereno use Aguirre to limit martial law scope in Mindanao?

Nov 28, 2017 - 12:53 PM

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

Witness DOJ Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre during the continuation of the impeachment proceedings against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno on Tuesday, November 28, 2017. DARREN LANGIT

DOJ puts Singson, Abad on immigration lookout over P8.7-billion road scam

Nov 27, 2017 - 6:00 PM

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II also names a witness to the alleged scam – Roberto Catapang Jr

ROAD SCAM PROBE. Former Aquino executives, Florencio Abad and Rogelio Singson, are tagged in an ongoing multi-billion probe into an alleged road right of way scam.

Aguirre: Duterte’s drug war memo bars NBI from investigating Faeldon

Nov 24, 2017 - 3:54 PM

'Mag-aral muna kayo,' Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II tells senators criticizing the DOJ panel's decision to dismiss the complaint against former Customs chief Nicanor Faeldon stemming from a P6.4-billion shabu shipment

LACKING COMPLAINT. Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II passes the buck to PDEA for filing a lacking complaint that led to the dismissal of charges against former Customs commissioner Nicanor Faeldon in the smuggled P6.4 billion drug shipment. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Aguirre tags Singson, Abad in P8.7-B road scam

Nov 24, 2017 - 1:43 PM

'The accusation is baseless and therefore not true. I and the DBM were never part of the negotiations for that transaction,' says former budget chief Florencio Abad

ROAD SCAM PROBE. Former Aquino executives, Florencio Abad and Rogelio Singson, are tagged in an ongoing multi-billion probe into an alleged road right of way scam.

Aguirre orders NBI to probe Aquino, DAP

Nov 24, 2017 - 10:25 AM

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II orders the National Bureau of Investigation to form a special task force to handle the investigation on former president Benigno Aquino III and the Disbursement Acceleration Program

NBI to probe detached MRT train as sabotage angle floated

Nov 21, 2017 - 3:10 PM

The Department of Transportation floats the idea that the incident may be a case of 'sabotage'

DETACHED. Commuters walked to MRT3 Buendia station from Ayala station as a train coach got detached from its body on Thursday, November 16. Photo by Gio Manlangit

Senator in 2019? Aguirre says DOJ is his focus for now

Nov 20, 2017 - 8:22 PM

The justice secretary downplays Speaker Alvarez's announcement that he can be added to the PDP-Laban's senatorial slate for 2019

DOJ Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre shows to the members of the media the case filed against Senator Leila De Lima and others in connection with the illegal drug trade inside the New Bilibid Prison during a press conference at the NBI headquarters in Manila on February 17, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Alvarez wants Aguirre in PDP-Laban's 2019 Senate lineup

Nov 20, 2017 - 4:50 PM

House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez says Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II can 'hasten the passage of laws' if he becomes a senator

SENATE BET? PDP-Laban secretary-general and House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez wants the justice secretary to run for senator in 2019. File photo by Lito Boras/Rappler.com SENATE BET? PDP-Laban secretary-general and House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez wants the justice secretary to run for senator in 2019. File photo by Lito Boras/Rappler.com

LOOK: 10 years after chairing ASEAN, Arroyo keeps it presidential

Nov 11, 2017 - 9:15 PM

With President Duterte still in Vietnam, his predecessor Gloria Macapagal Arroyo hosts the welcome dinner for Cambodia's Hun Sen and Myanmar's Suu Kyi

PRESIDENTIAL. Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo looks every bit presidential in the welcome dinner she hosted for Cambodia Prime Minister Hun Sen and Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi. All photos are screengrabs from RTVM feed

Drug claims vs Roxas, Drilon part of admin's diversionary tactic – LP

Oct 26, 2017 - 11:05 AM

'This latest drug allegation against prominent members of Partido Liberal clearly proves that this administration is going all-out to demonize the party in the eyes of the public,' the party says

DOJ to act on drug suspect's affidavit tagging Roxas, Drilon

Oct 25, 2017 - 9:44 PM

Roxas calls it a 'poor and laughable attempt at fake news'

TOP DRUG SUSPECT. Ricky Serenio, photographed here inside Camp Alfredo Montelibano Sr in Bacolod City in January, is now out on bail on multiple charges that do not include drugs. Photo by Marchel Espina/Rappler

Gordon hits Aguirre for ‘cavalier’ attitude in smuggled P6.4B drug shipment

Oct 11, 2017 - 12:28 PM

'That’s his opinion but I vehemently deny that because his observations are without any basis, except for the fact that I have many things to do,' says Justice Secretary Aguirre

CAVALIER? Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II attends the Senate hearing on the drugs shipment issue on September 19, 2017, where Senator Richard Gordon says he displayed a 'cavalier' attitude. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Ex-BI officials in Jack Lam bribery avoid plunder with missing P1,000

Oct 10, 2017 - 7:00 PM

The two former Immigration deputy commissioners, Michael Robles and Al Argosino, are fraternity brothers of President Rodrigo Duterte and Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II

DOJ offers witness protection to hazing suspect Ralph Trangia

Oct 10, 2017 - 11:35 AM

'Hopefully, Mr Trangia’s return is covered in good intentions to clear his name and to tell the truth,' says Justice Secretary Aguirre

RETURN. Ralph Trangia, suspect in the case of slain UST Law student Horacio Castillo III, arrives at the NAIA Terminal 1 in Pasay City on October 10, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Ralph Trangia, suspect in Castillo hazing death, returning to PH

Oct 09, 2017 - 11:09 PM

Trangia, who left the Philippines for the United States on September 21, will be returning Tuesday, Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II says

RETURNING. Ralph Trangia, a suspect in the slay case of fraternity member Horacio Castillo III, is scheduled to return to the Philippines.

PH to start extradition process for alleged New York plotter

Oct 08, 2017 - 4:55 PM

(UPDATED) Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II says the Philippine government will act on the request of US authorities for the extradition of suspect Russell Salic

Lacson says texting not covered by Anti-Wiretapping Law

Oct 02, 2017 - 5:24 PM

'Hindi covered ang mga ganoon... Maraming di covered kaya dapat talaga i-expand ang scope and coverage,' says Senator Panfilo Lacson when asked if text messages are covered by the law

The Senate committee on public order and dangerous drugs conducts a public inquiry on the death of Albuerra, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr. on November 10, 2016.

Aguirre wants Hontiveros suspended or expelled over alleged wiretapping

Oct 02, 2017 - 3:26 PM

Senator Risa Hontiveros dismisses the complaints against her as an attempt to 'deflect' the public from the real issue against Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Hontiveros ally in House hits 'Leilanization' of senator

Oct 02, 2017 - 2:11 PM

Dinagat Islands Representative Kaka Bag-ao says Senator Risa Hontiveros is being persecuted by the Duterte administration, similar to what was done to Senator Leila de Lima

Rep. Kaka Bag-ao, one of the four who voted against to determine if the impeachment complaint is sufficient in form and substance filed against Supreme Court Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno at the House Committee on Justice on Wednesday. photo by DARREN LANGIT

Hontiveros, Aguirre face off in Senate hearing over alleged wiretapping

Oct 02, 2017 - 11:10 AM

'One of the cases was filed with a prosecutor under his jurisdiction. The conflict of interest is clear. This is a conspiracy hatched by Secretary Aguirre to expedite the filing of cases against me,' says the senator in front of Justice Secretary Aguirre

Aguirre files wiretapping complaint vs Hontiveros

Oct 02, 2017 - 9:50 AM

(UPDATED) Aguirre says he will also file an ethics complaint before the Senate against Hontiveros

WIRETAPPING. Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II files a wiretapping complaint against Senator Risa Hontiveros before the Pasay City Prosecutors' Office on October 2, 2017. Photo courtesy of the DOJ

Jing Paras files kidnapping complaint vs Hontiveros for taking Kian witnesses

Sep 25, 2017 - 1:40 PM

The former lawmaker accuses Senator Risa Hontiveros of taking custody of the witnesses, who are minors, without court authorization

COMPLAINT. Lawyers Jing Paras, Eligio Mallari and Nestor Ifurong file a complaint against Senator Risa Hontiveros before Office of the Ombudsman on September 25, 2017. Photo by Rappler

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Sep 22, 2017 - 10:30 AM

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LES MISERABLES. Protesters at the Luneta Park sing the Filipino version of '€œDo You Hear the People Sing?'€ from 'Les Miserables' during the rally on September 21, 2017, the 45th anniversary of the declaration of Ferdinand Marcos' Martial Law. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

DOJ offers protection to witnesses in killing of Horacio Castillo III

Sep 22, 2017 - 9:48 AM

'They have nothing to fear from us. They should fear more the ones hiding them or the ones advising them not to come out. They can be dangerous people,' says Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II

File photo of Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II by AFP / Ted Aljibe

SC orders release of detainees still not charged after required period

Sep 20, 2017 - 5:35 PM

The Supreme Court ruling covers jailed persons whose cases have lapsed preliminary investigations, or whose cases are under automatic review by the Department of Justice

Supreme Court of the Philippines on Padre Faura in Manila

Aguirre opposes complete ban on fraternities

Sep 19, 2017 - 3:55 PM

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II, a member of the Lex Talionis fraternity, says the 1987 Constitution protects people's right to form associations

CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT. Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II says fraternities cannot be completely outlawed because the right to form associations is protected by the 1987 Constitution. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Aguirre orders probe into use of minor in Caloocan police raid, robbery

Sep 18, 2017 - 7:15 PM

'Such an act is an affront to the dignity of the child as a person. It cannot be tolerated and should be sanctioned to the full extent of our laws,' says Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II

The Department of Justice (DOJ) building on Padre Faura in Manila

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Sep 17, 2017 - 1:51 PM

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TEXT MESSAGE. Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II is caught sending a message to a VACC member, saying there is a need to 'expedite' the cases against Senator Risa Hontiveros. Sourced photo


Parents of Reynaldo de Guzman get state protection

Sep 16, 2017 - 12:35 PM

'I told the parents of Kulot that they can trust the government's Witness Protection Program,' says Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II

WITNESS PROTECTION PROGRAM. The government admits the parents of Reynaldo de Guzman into its Witness Protection Program. Photo c/o DOJ

If investigators call for it, 'Kulot' will be exhumed – PNP

Sep 13, 2017 - 7:24 PM

Until then the body found in Nueva Ecija believed to be Reynaldo de Guzman remains buried in Pasig City

SEALED. Reynaldo de Guzman has been laid to rest on Wednesday, September 13. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Hontiveros hits Aguirre's 'palusot': Just answer if texts are real or not

Sep 12, 2017 - 7:54 PM

Secretary Aguirre is shooting blanks Pilit nagpapalusot Sa hinaba haba ng kanyang paliwanag hindi niya sinasagot ang tanong totoo ba o hindi ang text conversation? the senator says of the Justice Secretary s lengthy response

PALUSOT. Senator Risa Hontiveros tells Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II to stop skirting the issue and just answer if the text conversations caught on camera are real or not.

Senate minority renews call for 'incompetent' Aguirre's resignation

Sep 12, 2017 - 6:08 PM

The Filipinos deserve better than a Cabinet official who resorts to spreading lies sowing intrigue and to name calling opposition senators say

Hontiveros liable for wiretapping, says VACC's Jing Paras

Sep 12, 2017 - 12:43 PM

Paras says he does not recall receiving Aguirre s purported text message because he receives many texts daily and erases them all at the end of the day

LOOK: Aguirre caught texting to 'expedite' cases vs Hontiveros

Sep 11, 2017 - 6:52 PM

The justice secretary is caught on camera texting a VACC member to expedite cases against the opposition senator – cases whose probable cause will be determined by Aguirre s office

Sourced photo

FULL TEXT: Hontiveros asks justice secretary Aguirre to resign

Sep 11, 2017 - 4:16 PM

In a privilege speech opposition Senator Risa Hontiveros details Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II s unethical conduct

SMS MESSAGE. Senator Risa Hontiveros shows the photo of Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II phone screen during a privilege speech on September 11, 2017. Photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

After killings of teenagers, HRW urges UN inquiry into PH drug war

Sep 09, 2017 - 1:52 PM

Until Duterte ends his abusive drug war and allows a UN led international probe child killers among the police will continue to get away with murder says Human Rights Watch deputy Asia director Phelim Kine

KILLED IN DRUG WAR. Protest placards, pictures and paintings from supporters fill the Delos Santos store shelves on August, 25, 2017, the eve of Kian's funeral. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

PAO eyes double murder in Carl Arnaiz, Reynaldo De Guzman killings

Sep 08, 2017 - 5:53 PM

De Guzman s family is also given provisional coverage of the witness protection program

DEAD. Reynaldo de Guzman is found dead floating in a creek on Tuesday, September 5, 2017. Photo courtesy of Gapan City Police

Aguirre orders NBI to find cab driver in Carl Arnaiz case

Sep 07, 2017 - 6:30 PM

The National Bureau of Investigation is instructed to piece together facts surrounding the death of 19 year old Carl Arnaiz

Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

Duterte meets parents of Carl Arnaiz, vows impartial probe

Sep 06, 2017 - 7:28 PM

The President orders the NBI to take over the investigation

MEETING. President Rodrigo Duterte meets the parents of slain teenager Carl Angelo Arnaiz at the Malacañang Golf Clubhouse on September 6, 2017. Photo courtesy of the DOJ

IBP files complaint vs cops in Kian delos Santos slay

Sep 04, 2017 - 8:15 PM

The Integrated Bar of the Philippines cites eyewitness accounts including a 13 year old s testimony that the cops blindfolded and punched Kian delos Santos before he was shot dead

SHOT AND KILLED. Kian's uncle, Randy points the corner where the boy was shot. The bullet holes is visible with Kian's blood splattered around it. Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler