Vitaliano Aguirre II
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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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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

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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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CAVALIER?

Foreign expert needed for Dengvaxia victims' autopsies – DOJ

Feb 07, 2018 - 6:25 PM

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II says he will emphasize to President Rodrigo Duterte the need for a clinical pathologist

[OPINION | Newspoint] The conscience of our time

Feb 03, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Leila de Lima’s story bears constant retelling. Her trials are our trials, her tragedy is our tragedy.

Chief State Counsel Ricardo Paras passes away

Jan 21, 2018 - 1:20 PM

'We mourn the the sudden demise of Chief State Counsel Ricardo "Dickie" Paras III this morning,' says Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre

CHIEF STATE COUNSEL. Chief state counsel Ricardo Paras during a Judicial and Bar Council interview session, during the search for the next Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. PTV screenshot

'People's right to know rests on press freedom' – PCIJ

Jan 20, 2018 - 8:14 PM

'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

RIGHT TO KNOW. Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ) Executive Director Malou Mangahas spoke at the Black Friday rally in Quezon City on January 19, 2017. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

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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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.