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Mangaoang applies for witness protection program

Oct 30, 2018 - 2:12 PM

Senator Richard Gordon says he has recommended to Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarro that former Customs official Lourdes Mangaoang be given state protection

THREATENED. Lourdes Mangaoang at the Senate blue ribbon committee hearing on October 30. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Guevarra stops state protection for Janet Napoles

May 25, 2018 - 3:47 PM

(3rd UPDATE) This is Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra's first major decision in the pork barrel scam

STATE PROTECTION. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra stops the state protection of Janet Lim Napoles.

Malacañang on Cambridge Analytica, Sereno vs De Castro, Sandiganbayan on Napoles | Evening wRap

Apr 10, 2018 - 9:05 PM

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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

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Our Good Friday that is Janet Napoles

Mar 26, 2018 - 9:00 AM

We write about the pork barrel queen in the holiest of weeks in Asia’s biggest Christian country, and rightly so. She represents one of our worst contradictions as a nation of the faithful.

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

Mar 20, 2018 - 8:43 PM

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Duterte on divorce, Sandiganbayan on Napoles, Facebook shares plunge | Midday wRap

Mar 20, 2018 - 11:43 AM

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Sereno impeachment, Medialdea on Napoles, Dela Rosa on DOJ | Evening wRap

Mar 19, 2018 - 10:36 PM

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Law bars DOJ from taking custody of Janet Napoles – Sandiganbayan chief

Mar 19, 2018 - 5:49 PM

'BJMP is a secure facility, she's been there for quite some time, and we have not received a single report of threat,' says Presiding Justice Tang

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.

Sandiganbayan to DOJ: Prove threats vs Janet Napoles

Mar 19, 2018 - 11:11 AM

First Division Justice Geraldine Faith Econg says lawyer Stephen David's story about a supposed ransacking incident inside the prison cell of Janet Napoles is ‘unimaginable’

SAFEHOUSE? Special Prosecutor Edilberto Sandoval talks to Janet Napoles' lawyer Stephen David before they attend the hearing on March 19, 2018, on the motion to move Napoles 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

Napoles under WPP, ICC withdrawal, Cabinet revamp | Evening wRap

Mar 16, 2018 - 8:32 PM

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Ombudsman Morales: Janet Napoles' witness protection won't affect cases

Mar 16, 2018 - 3:49 PM

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales says the development will not affect the multiple counts of plunder and graft Janet Lim Napoles is facing before the Sandiganbayan

PDAF SCAM CASES. Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales is against the bid to place alleged pork scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles under the Witness Protection Program. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

DOJ puts Janet Napoles under state protection

Mar 16, 2018 - 11:52 AM

Alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles is not a state witness yet. The anti-graft court Sandiganbayan has the final say on the matter.

'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

Duterte on ICC, CIDG on Kerwin Espinosa, Stephen Hawking dies | Evening wRap

Mar 14, 2018 - 9:35 PM

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CIDG to DOJ: Stop witness protection for 'uncooperative' Kerwin Espinosa

Mar 14, 2018 - 3:08 PM

The Criminal Investigation and Detection Group has appealed to the justice department as early as September 2017. As of March 2018, Espinosa remains under witness protection.

WORTHY OF PROTECTION? Self-confessed drug lord appears before a DOJ hearing on August 24, 2017. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Aegis Juris fratman, Cayetano, Jack Ma | Evening wRap

Oct 25, 2017 - 8:47 PM

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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

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

Gov't to offer witness protection to cab driver in Arnaiz case

Sep 11, 2017 - 7:16 PM

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre also appeals to the group holding taxi driver Tomas Bagcal to allow the NBI to conduct investigation

POSSIBLE WITNESS. Tomas Bagcal speaks at a press conference on September 10, 2017. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Family of slain teen Carl Arnaiz gets state protection

Sep 05, 2017 - 5:42 PM

The cab driver in the Carl Arnaiz case has not applied for admission into the Witness Protection Program says the Department of Justice

GRIEF. Carl Angelo Arnaiz' family during the teen's funeral on September 5, 2017. Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

Aguirre gives state protection to Patricia Bautista

Aug 18, 2017 - 6:12 PM

WPP benefits include shelter livelihood assistance and educational benefits for the children of the witness

WITNESS PROTECTION. Patricia Bautista signs the certificate of provisional admission into the Witness Protection Program (WPP) at the DOJ headquarters on Friday, August 18. Photo courtesy of the DOJ

DOJ offers witness protection to father of Bulacan massacre victims

Jul 07, 2017 - 10:20 AM

Once admitted into the state s Witness Protection Program Dexter Carlos will also get shelter and livelihood assistance

WITNESS BENEFITS. Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II meets with Dexter Carlos on July 6, 2017 for his admission into the Witness Protection Program (WPP). Photo courtesy of DOJ

TIMELINE: Pork barrel scam 'queen' Janet Napoles since her detention

May 21, 2017 - 8:45 PM

(3rd UPDATE) See how the cases against Janet Lim Napoles have progressed

MOVED. Anti-graft court Sandiganbayan orders Janet Lim Napoles' transfer from Fort Sto Domingo in Laguna to Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Napoles back in Camp Bagong Diwa

May 16, 2017 - 7:49 AM

Alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles is back at the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology facility in Taguig after two years at the women s correctional in Mandaluyong

NO TO NBI DETENTION. Alleged pork barrel scam queen Janet Lim Napoles is all smiles on May 10, 2017 as she appears at the Sandiganbayan in civilian clothes following her acquittal before the Court of Appeals. Photo by Rappler

Where do PH judicial bodies stand in the Napoles case?

May 14, 2017 - 11:08 AM

All the judicial bodies are now at play in the biggest corruption scandal in recent history Where are they so far when it comes to Janet Lim Napoles?

Santiago, Wurtzbach on Medina, Trudeau | Evening wRap

Jan 27, 2017 - 9:50 PM

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Kerwin Espinosa moved to NBI custody

Dec 15, 2016 - 8:05 PM

The alleged Eastern Visayas drug lord is under the provisional coverage of the Witness Protection Program

Bilibid riot, De Lima affair, Manny Pacquiao | 6PM wRap

Nov 16, 2016 - 8:58 PM

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Aguirre offers witness protection to Kerwin Espinosa

Nov 16, 2016 - 1:43 PM

The government s offer stands as long as the alleged drug lord is cooperative and qualified to be admitted to our Witness Protection Program says the justice chief

FAQ: Immunity to witnesses in legislative hearings

Sep 20, 2016 - 1:44 PM

Witnesses in legislative hearings may be granted immunity and admission into the witness protection program upon final approval of the justice department

LEGISLATIVE BODY. Six witnesses have been granted immunity as the House Committee on Justice holds a hearing on the alleged bribery inside the National Bilibid Prison on September 20, 2016. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Policy issues from Matobato's testimony

Sep 18, 2016 - 11:00 AM

The testimony of Edgar Matobato is rich with information that have policy implications and can therefore aid future legislation

Aguirre on De Lima's witness vs Duterte: 'Why investigate only now?'

Sep 15, 2016 - 6:41 PM

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II accuses his predecessor of diverting public attention from the House probe into illegal drugs at the national penitentiary when she was DOJ chief

SENATE INQUIRY. Witness Edgar Matobat Senate inquiry into the spate of killings under the Duterte administration on September 16, 2016. Photo by LeAnneJazul/Rappler

Ernesto Mercado: I was in a hotel-casino for a meeting, not to gamble

Mar 07, 2016 - 5:15 PM

The Binay ally turned foe admits he gambles from time to time but says he only uses his own money

ACCUSER. Former Makati vice mayor Ernesto Mercado appears before the Senate Blue Ribbon subcommittee on January 22. Photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler

Nancy Binay to ask DOJ: Why is Ernesto Mercado at casinos?

Mar 06, 2016 - 4:51 PM

UPDATED The senator says she herself saw the ex Makati vice mayor leaving a casino and wants a clarification from the DOJ

After Senate probe, Binay critic pushes witness protection review

Jan 30, 2016 - 9:30 AM

Former Makati vice mayor Ernesto Mercado says whistleblowers face a number of risks including death threats and failure to financially support their families

STAR WITNESS. Former Vice Mayor Ernesto Mercado was a key witness during the Senate's investigation into the corruption allegations against Vice President Jejomar Binay. File photo by Rappler

DOJ orders probe to verify Mercado’s link with Reyes brothers

Oct 07, 2015 - 8:36 AM

Former Makati vice mayor Ernesto Mercado is allegedly among the business associates the Reyes brothers made contact with while they were hiding from police

PROBE. Justice Secretary Leila de Lima wants the Witness Protection Program to investigate the claims that former Makati vice mayor Ernesto Mercado had been in contact with Mario and Joel Reyes while they were evading arrest.

INC minister’s brother under witness protection program

Aug 01, 2015 - 7:44 PM

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima confirms that Anthony Menorca the brother of Lowell Boyet Menorca II requested that he be placed under the WPP

UNDER PROTECTION. Anthony Menorca (left), younger brother of Iglesia minister Lowell Menorca II (right) was hiding in an undisclosed location when he granted an interview with Rappler on July 29. Photo sourced by Rappler

Murder victim's family wants Akmad Ampatuan dropped from WPP

Apr 01, 2015 - 11:18 AM

The family of slain jail warden Al Khail Mamalangkay has asked Justice Secretary Leila de Lima not to protect the alleged killer a state witness in the 2009 Maguindanao massacre case

NEVER FORGET. Justice remains elusive for the 58 victims of the Ampatuan massacre 5 years since the gruesome crime. File photo by Rappler

PODCAST: Makati will be wiped out – Mercado

Jan 23, 2015 - 12:24 PM

UPDATED In this Rappler podcast the former Makati vice mayor says that once probable cause is established city officials from the mayor Jejomar Erwin Junjun Binay all the way to councilors can be suspended from office

ACCUSER. Former Makati vice mayor Ernesto Mercado appears before the Senate Blue Ribbon subcommittee on January 22. Photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler

Binay probe hinges on whistleblowers' info – De Lima

Oct 10, 2014 - 1:02 PM

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima gives her assurance that any investigation on the Binays would be in pursuit of the truth and not political considerations

TRUST ME. Justice Secretary Leila de Lima appeals for the public's trust in the vetting of Janet Napoles' testimony. File photo by Buena Bernal/Rappler

3 Makati witnesses now under gov't protection

Sep 12, 2014 - 7:54 PM

Cited for the justice department s decision is the gravity of the corruption allegations of former Ernesto Mercado Renato Bondal and Nicholas Enciso VI against Vice President Jejomar Binay

Photos by Nuevaespaña/Senate PRIB, screenshot from YouTube, and Mark Cristino/Rappler

How to catch a thief, the Ombudsman way

Sep 07, 2014 - 3:46 PM

The Office of the Ombudsman wants public and stakeholder support for the proposed laws anticipating a fair amount of opposition to some proposals granting it additional powers

Malacañang to families of massacre victims: Expose bribe attempts

Aug 13, 2014 - 7:19 PM

What are the latest developments on the case involving the deadliest massacre to be committed in the Philippines in recent history?

NEVER FORGET. The families of the victims of the Maguindanao Massacre call for the speedy resolution of the case. File photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler

Benhur Luy: Exempt me from assets freeze

Mar 26, 2014 - 12:02 AM

His lawyer argues that while his client admitted participation in the pork barrel scam it does not mean he benefited financially Besides he should be covered by immunity from criminal prosecution granted under the Witness Protection Program

DOJ to probe Mat Ranillo III in PDAF scam

Feb 12, 2014 - 7:09 PM

The justice secretary says Ranillo could be in possession of the color coded vouchers that whistle blower Benhur Luy earlier said Napoles ordered shredded

DOJ: Ruby Tuason appearance in Senate a go

Feb 07, 2014 - 5:57 PM

DOJ said she will allow provisional state witness Ruby Tuason to appear before the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee on Thursday February 13

OATH. Ruby Tuason takes her oath at the Office of the Ombudsman on Friday, February 7. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Court has final say on Tuason as state witness

Feb 07, 2014 - 2:14 PM

Only the Sandiganbayan can declare Ruby Tuason a state witness upon the recommendation of the Ombudsman justices say

DOJ won't turn over whistleblower

Jul 19, 2013 - 3:17 PM

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima says the department will try to keep Benhur Luy in government custody despite a warrant issued against him

WILL REMAIN UNDER WPP. Justice Secretary Leila de Lima says the DOJ will not turn the pork scam whistleblower despite Pasig court's warrant of arrest against him. FILE/AFP PHOTO / Jay DIRECTO