Vitaliano Aguirre II
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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

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, September 22, 2017

Sep 22, 2017 - 10:30 AM

Hello! Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Friday.

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

#ThewRap: Videos you need to watch this week, September 11-17, 2017

Sep 17, 2017 - 1:51 PM

Must-watch videos from this week

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

Carl Arnaiz handcuffed, beaten up, killed – PAO autopsy

Sep 04, 2017 - 4:40 PM

Findings of the Public Attorney s Office show the 19 year old was kneeling when initially shot then killed with more shots after he was lying on the ground

ANOTHER KIAN? PAO Chief Persida Acosta says there are parallelisms between the killing of Kian delos Santos and Carl Arnaiz. The 19-year-old Arnaiz' parents and sister went to the DOJ on September 4, 2017. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Aguirre orders probe into teen's death in Caloocan police 'shootout'

Sep 04, 2017 - 12:46 PM

PNP Chief Dela Rosa says Caloocan police should produce the cab driver as their witness

POLICE SHOOTOUT. Carl Arnaiz died in a police shootout after Caloocan cops tried to apprehend him for allegedly robbing a cab driver. Photo from Carl Arnaiz' Facebook page

Duterte might not push through with mega prison in Nueva Ecija – Aguirre

Sep 03, 2017 - 7:54 AM

The President instead proposes to build a new medium sized facility and improve existing 7 regional prisons

Inside the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City on October 28, 2016. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Aguirre hits 7,000 drug war death figure, but uses it anyway

Sep 01, 2017 - 1:47 PM

Your honor more or less this is a correct figure says Aguirre of Rappler s number of deaths related to the drug war which he earlier criticized

DRUG WAR NUMBERS. DOJ Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II confers with his officials during the budget hearing conducted vy the Senate Committee on Finance on August 31, 2017. Photo by Lito Boras/Rappler.com

NBI: Cops murdered Kian delos Santos, planted evidence

Aug 31, 2017 - 8:50 PM

The National Bureau of Investigation says it is very evident that Caloocan City policemen intended to kill the 17 year old boy

FACING COMPLAINT. Caloocan policemen PO1 Jeremias Pereda, PO1 Jerwin Cruz and PO3 Arnel Oares, facing murder, torture and planting of evidence complaints, attend the Senate hearing on Kian delos Santos' case on August 24, 2017.€‹ Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

'Mas magaling ka pa sa scriptwriter ng Game of Thrones': Aguirre grilled in Senate for fake news

Aug 31, 2017 - 7:05 PM

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II defends himself by saying he receives reliable information which are the basis for his media statements

GRILLED. DOJ Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II is grilled for his questioned media statements during the Senate hearing of the DOJ's 2018 budget on August 31, 2017. Photo by Lito Boras/Rappler

LP hits Aguirre over 'fake news,' denies bribing Kian's parents

Aug 30, 2017 - 6:05 PM

For his repeated issuances of erroneous claims thereby diminishing the stature of his office we call on Secretary Aguirre to resign says the Liberal Party

CALL TO RESIGN. Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II responds to the calls for his resignation by saying he serves at the pleasure of the President. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Aguirre reassigns Caloocan prosecutor Cañete to Mandaluyong

Aug 30, 2017 - 11:59 AM

UPDATED The Department of Justice says Senior Assistant City Prosecutor Darwin Cañete requested the transfer due to perceived threats to his safety

REASSIGNED. Caloocan City Prosecutor  Darwin Cañete has been reassigned to another city amid criticism over his 'hostile' and 'partial' statements against Kian delos Santos. Photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, August 30, 2017

Aug 30, 2017 - 11:51 AM

Hello Here s a roundup of news you need to know this Wednesday

Aguirre insists DOJ, not Ombudsman, authorized to handle Kian case

Aug 30, 2017 - 11:15 AM

UPDATED Prosecutor General Gaña creates a 3 man prosecution panel to handle the case

KIAN CASE. Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre attends the hearing on Kian Delos Santos case on August 24, 2017 conducted by the Senate Committee on Public Safety & Dangerous Drugs.‹ Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Student leaders want Aguirre out of 'landmark' Kian delos Santos case

Aug 29, 2017 - 3:20 PM

This will set the tone of the many cases to follow so it must be handled with fairness says Karla Yu of Millennials Against Dictators

JUSTICE FOR KIAN. Student leaders, accompanied by Fr Robert Reyes, ask Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II to inhibit from the case of slain teenager Kian delos Santos. Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

Ombudsman starts own probe into Kian delos Santos' death

Aug 29, 2017 - 3:20 PM

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales says they have concurrent jurisdiction over the case and they have already sent out subpoenas for their fact finding investigation

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales during budget hearing at the House of Representatives on August 23, 2017. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Aguirre wants Parojinogs drugs cases transferred to QC

Aug 28, 2017 - 12:26 PM

The fact that they have been in power in Ozamiz City for so long is a clear indication that they have the capacity to influence says Justice Secretary Aguirre

CHARGED. The Parojinog siblings remain detained at the PNP Custodial Center in Camp Crame, Quezon City. Mugshots from PNP

PAO wants to take Kian witnesses from Hontiveros

Aug 24, 2017 - 6:33 PM

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II also says the credibility of the witnesses will be affected because Hontiveros is a vocal Duterte critic

KIAN CASE. PAO forensic consultant Dr Erwin Erfe and chief Persida Acosta attends the Senate hearing into the Kian delos Santos case on August 24, 2017.‹ Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Aguirre: What's the difference between kids killed by addicts, cops?

Aug 24, 2017 - 6:30 PM

The justice chief asks why there are protests against the death of Kian delos Santos but no public outrage when drug addicts kill minors Senator Franklin Drilon offers an answer

Hearing on Public Safety & Dangerous Drugs particularly the Kian Lloyd delos Santos case.​ Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Hontiveros: DOJ, PAO motives for custody of Kian slay witnesses questionable

Aug 24, 2017 - 2:31 PM

Mukhang may mga puwersang gumagalaw para kunin ang mga testigo i undermine ang kaso at limitahan ang accountability sa panig lamang ng mga pulis Senator Hontiveros says

IN GRIEF. A simple wake for Kian Loyd delos Santos is held in his family's home in Caloocan City. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Malacañang distances itself from Aguirre remarks on Kian slay

Aug 24, 2017 - 12:30 PM

The Palace says Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II s opinion is his own and does not reflect that of President Rodrigo Duterte

Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella answers queries from members of the media during a press briefing in Malacañang on April 19, 2017. KING RODRIGUEZ/Presidential Photo

Independent body to probe EJKs? Not now, says Aguirre

Aug 24, 2017 - 8:59 AM

Aguirre is still unable to present data pertaining to drug war related EJK cases being handled by the DOJ

File photo of Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler