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Florida Supreme Court says ex-cons must pay fines before voting

Jan 17, 2020 - 8:46 AM

Allowing ex-felons, a large portion of whom are black, Hispanic, or poor, onto the voting rolls could affect US presidential election outcomes at all levels

Virginia voters head to the polls at Nottingham Elementary School November 5, 2019 in Arlington, Virginia. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP)

From 1,914 to 19: PNP resumes hunt vs GCTA-freed convicts

Oct 01, 2019 - 12:43 AM

The Philippine National Police resumes its Tokhang-style hunt for convicts freed through the controversial Good Conduct Time Allowance law

BACK TO THE FIELD. Operatives of the MPD-Moriones police arrest Rolando Cano in Tondo on September 20, 2019, after failing to surrender to authorities on time of the deadline set by President Rodrigo Duterte for freed prisoners under the GCTA. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Guevarra: Surrender of qualified convicts 'phenomenal'

Sep 26, 2019 - 2:08 PM

Around 25 convicts who surrendered will be freed Thursday after verification they are qualified for release

PHENOMENAL. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra says the surrender of qualified convicts is "phenomenal." Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

DOJ scrambling to release qualified convicts 'who should not have surrendered'

Sep 25, 2019 - 2:08 PM

The Department of Justice says it will give second priority to convicts who were either acquitted or granted parole

RELEASES. The Department of Justice (DOJ) scrambles to finalize lists related to releases and rearrests of convicts. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

New IRR could risk GCTA of qualified convicts

Sep 20, 2019 - 7:48 PM

'That is the burden that the implementors of the law would have to assume,' says Justice Undersecretary Markk Perete

NEW IRR. Justice Undersecretary Markk Perete explains the new and revised IRR of Republic Act 10592 on the Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA) given to convicts. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Qualified convicts surrender, won't leave Bilibid without clearance

Sep 20, 2019 - 6:43 PM

'They are asking for a certification from the BuCor that they will no longer be the subject of rearrest,' says Justice Undersecretary Markk Perete

RE-ARREST. Some convicts who are qualified for early release also surrender and are refusing to leave the New Bilibid Prison without a certification. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Confusion abounds as DOJ rushes final arrest list of convicts

Sep 20, 2019 - 5:02 PM

The Department of Justice is counting on the promise of the Philippine National Police that it will carry out the rearrests peacefully

Operatives of the MPD-Moriones police arrest Rolando Cano in Tondo on September 20, 2019, after failing to surrender to authorities on time of the deadline set by President Rodrigo Duterte for freed prisoners under the GCTA. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

DOJ suspends rearrest of convicts, but cops already picked up a few

Sep 20, 2019 - 9:42 AM

Justice Undersecretary Markk Perete announces on the radio early Friday morning that the rearrest should be suspended, but cops already started rearresting at midnight

Operatives of the MPD-Moriones police arrest Rolando Cano in Tondo on September 20, 2019, after failing to surrender to authorities on time of the deadline set by President Rodrigo Duterte for freed prisoners under the GCTA. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

With Duterte’s blessing, cops hunt convicts with defective arrest list

Sep 20, 2019 - 7:44 AM

Without warrants, police commence their hunt for convicts freed through the GCTA with a rushed and unchecked list from the Bureau of Corrections

PREPARATION. Captain Elvin John Tio leads a team of Tondo cops in searching for 4 heinous crime convicts in their area of responsibility. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Prepare for Tokhang: Cops begin hunting convicts

Sep 20, 2019 - 1:02 AM

Reminiscent of the controversial Oplan Tokhang, cops will go to the addresses of the remaining hundreds of GCTA-freed heinous crime convicts, knock on their doors, and arrest them

HUNT BEGINS. Tondo Police Station 2 prepares for the overnight operation on Friday, September 20, of the Metro Manila police force to hunt over a hundred convicts prematurely released. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Ombudsman Martires: Convicts can be rearrested without warrant

Sep 19, 2019 - 5:54 PM

The Ombudsman agrees with the position of the Duterte government – contrary to various legal opinions that a rearrest must have a court order

NO NEED FOR WARRANT. Ombudsman Samuel Martires says there is no need for a warrant of arrest to send back to jail heinous crime convicts previously released on the basis of good conduct time allowance. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Senate panels push for separate jail for heinous crime convicts

Sep 19, 2019 - 12:11 PM

A total of 15 senators sign the committee report recommending 3 maximum penal institutions for heinous crime convicts – one each in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao

SEPARATE JAIL? Heavily armed members of the PNP-Special Action Force secure inmates of the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

PH gears for manhunt of over 900 heinous crime convicts

Sep 19, 2019 - 7:30 AM

Duterte is offering P1 million in exchange for the heads of heinous crime convicts 'dead or alive.' His men are quick to clarify that the President does not mean it literally.

Inside the National Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City on October 28, 2016.

In new IRR, heinous crime convicts after 2013 cannot avail of any GCTA

Sep 16, 2019 - 6:57 PM

Those charged with heinous crimes and detained before 2013 can avail of the much lesser good conduct time allowance under the Revised Penal Code. Issues of equal protection and the ex-post facto law may come up.

(Left) Menardo Guevarra Secretary of Justice of Department of Justice (DOJ) and (Right) Eduardo Año Secretary of Department of The Interior and Local Government (DILG) sign the revise Implementing Rules and Regulation for Good Conduct and Time allowance at Department of Justice in Manila on 16 September 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Over 500 GCTA-freed convicts back in jail

Sep 14, 2019 - 5:50 PM

The update comes 9 days after President Rodrigo Duterte ordered prisoners released through the controversial GCTA law to surrender or be hunted down by cops

BACK TO JAIL. GCTA-freed convicts return to prison at the order of President Rodrigo Duterte. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

IN NUMBERS: The freed 1,914 heinous crime convicts

Sep 11, 2019 - 6:02 PM

Rappler obtains and analyzes the list of 1,914 heinous crime convicts the Duterte government says were released because of the GCTA law. This is what we found.

At least 15 foreigners jailed for heinous drug crimes freed through GCTA

Sep 10, 2019 - 7:00 AM

It’s not only the 4 ‘Chinese drug lords’ named by Senator Panfilo Lacson

MORE RELEASED. Foreigners further complicate the government's struggle to track down released convicts through the GCTA law. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

PNP also rearrests prisoners not convicted of heinous crimes

Sep 09, 2019 - 3:05 PM

Freed prisoners convicted of carnapping and robbery – which are not heinous crimes – are arrested again

MORE ARRESTS COMING. The PNP also rearrests freed prisoners who did not commit heinous crimes. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

2 Chiong murder convicts out on GCTA surrender to authorities

Sep 07, 2019 - 5:05 PM

The 3rd freed convict is expected to turn himself in next week, Justice Secretary Guevarra says

IN NUMBERS: Freed convicts rearrested amid GCTA mess

Sep 07, 2019 - 10:30 AM

(3rd UPDATE) After the threat of police pursuit from President Rodrigo Duterte himself, released heinous crime convicts surrender to the Philippine National Police across the Philippines

BACK TO JAIL. Former inmate Nicanor Naz with NCRPO Chief Guillermo Eleazar during media briefing on his surrender at the Pasay City Police Headquarters on September 5, 2019. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Legal issues hound Duterte order for 1,914 convicts to surrender

Sep 06, 2019 - 1:39 PM

Justice Secretary Guevarra says convicts freed under the GCTA law can be considered evading sentence, but law professor Ted Te says the government must go to court to go after the convicts

SURRENDER. Freed convict Nicanor Naz surrenders to the Pasay City Police Headquarters after President Rodrigo Duterte called for the surrender of heinous crimes inmates freed under the Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA). Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Heinous crime convicts still entitled to lesser GCTA – Guevarra

Sep 05, 2019 - 5:44 PM

Heinous crime convicts, recidivists, and habitual delinquents can still avail of good conduct time allowance – though at a lesser rate – under the Revised Penal Code

GOOD CONDUCT TIME ALLOWANCE. The Revised Penal Code grants good conduct time allowance to all prisoners. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Murder convict out on good conduct voluntarily surrenders in Cebu

Sep 05, 2019 - 4:09 PM

(UPDATED) Jesus Ranoco Negro Jr, who had served 30 years before his release in 2018, is the first convict to surrender in Cebu since President Duterte issued a 15-day deadline

SURRENDER. Jesus Ranoco Negro, a murder convict released on good conduct credits, voluntarily surrenders in Cebu. Photo courtesy of Philippine National Police Regional Office 7

PNP: If freed convicts fight back, they will be shot

Sep 05, 2019 - 3:13 PM

'Kung manlalaban, wala tayong magagawa,' says Philippine National Police Oscar Albayalde

THE USUAL DEFENSE. PNP chief Oscar Albayalde says they cannot do anything if the convicts fight back. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

DOJ puts 1,914 freed convicts on immigration lookout

Sep 05, 2019 - 11:03 AM

(UPDATED) Subjects of an immigration lookout bulletin order cannot be stopped from leaving the country but President Duterte has told airport authorities not to let those on the list leave

The Senate Blue Ribbon Committee hearing on Good Conduct Time Allowance on September 2, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte tells released heinous crime convicts to surrender

Sep 04, 2019 - 7:46 PM

If the convicts do not obey in 15 days, they will be considered fugitives from the law, says the President

SURRENDER. President Rodrigo Duterte wants almost heinous crime convicts released due to the Good Conduct Time Allowance law to surrender to the government. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Is it legal to send back to jail released heinous crimes convicts?

Aug 30, 2019 - 3:43 PM

(UPDATED) Article 99 of the Revised Penal Code says good conduct time allowance 'once granted shall not be revoked'

TIME ALLOWANCE. The Good Conduct Time Allowance Law (GCTA) is in the spotlight due to controversies surrounding convicted murderer and rapist former mayor of Calauan, Laguna Antonio Sanchez. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Malacañang wants released heinous crime convicts jailed again

Aug 30, 2019 - 1:23 PM

'Dapat makabalik sila sa kulungan until they serve the full term of their service,' says Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo of the 1,914 inmates released under the GCTA law

Members of the Gabriela Women's Party rally in front of the Department of Justice in Manila on Friday, August 23, to denounce the inclusion of convicted murderer and rapist and former Calauan, Laguna Mayor Antonio Sanchez in the possible release from prison along with other inmates due to R.A 10592. Photo by Ben Nabong

Vatican has 'utmost respect' for justice after Pell conviction

Feb 26, 2019 - 9:28 PM

Cardinal George Pell, one of Pope Francis' closest advisers, has been found guilty of sexually assaulting two choirboys, becoming the most senior Catholic cleric ever convicted of child sex crimes

CONVICTED. Australian Cardinal George Pell looks on as he makes a statement at the Holy See Press Office, Vatican City on June 29, 2017. File photo by Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

Roque says no to death penalty in drug crimes

Jan 27, 2019 - 5:56 PM

Former presidential spokesperson Harry Roque contradicts the Duterte administration on death penalty for drug-related crimes

NO TO DEATH PENALTY. Harry Roque says he opposes the reimposition of the death penalty for drug-related crimes. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

The week in photos: November 17-23, 2018

Nov 24, 2018 - 7:00 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

RAINY DEPARTURE. China's President Xi Jinping carries an umbrella while walking up a set of stairs to his plane as he departs from Manila at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on November 21, 2018. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

The week in photos: November 10-16, 2018

Nov 17, 2018 - 1:32 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

FASCINATING. Russia's Tiffani Zagorski (left) and Jonathan Guerreiro perform during the ice dance free dance event at the figure skating NHK Trophy in Hiroshima on November 11, 2018. (Photo by Martin Bureau/AFP

South Korea ex-president Lee Myung-bak jailed for 15 years over corruption

Oct 05, 2018 - 2:27 PM

Lee Myung-bak is found guilty on charges including bribery and embezzlement and ordered to pay a fine of 13 billion won by the Seoul Central District Court

LEE MYUNG-BAK. In this file photo taken on March 13, 2018 South Korea's former president Lee Myung-bak arrives at the prosecutors' office in Seoul on March 14, 2018. File photo by Kim Hong-ji/AFP

Taiwan ex-leader Ma convicted in political leaks case

May 15, 2018 - 2:04 PM

Ma Ying-jeou is sentenced to 4 months in prison for violating the communication security and surveillance act, says the high court, overturning a previous not guilty verdict from a lower court

GUILTY. Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou waves to his ruling Kuomintang (KMT) party colleagues after resigning as chairman in Taipei on December 3, 2014. File photo by Sam Yeh/ AFP

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Apr 27, 2018 - 12:23 PM

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Apr 06, 2018 - 7:42 PM

Watch Rappler's evening newscast with Bea Cupin

EXPLAINER: ICC’s track record and what it means for Duterte and the PH

Feb 12, 2018 - 9:54 AM

The ICC's preliminary examinations into alleged war crimes in Afghanistan took more than a decade to complete. It also has not been able to serve a warrant of arrest against the President of Sudan.

ICC. President Rodrigo Duterte dares the International Criminal Court to 'go ahead' and 'find him guilty' of crimes against humanity for the thousands of deaths in his bloody war on drugs. Malacañang Photo

Sandiganbayan puts ex-Palawan governor Joel Reyes back in jail

Jan 29, 2018 - 12:20 PM

(UPDATED) Reyes' lawyer says they will take the case to the Supreme Court

CONVICTED. The anti-graft court Sandiganbayan upholds the conviction of Joel Reyes for one count of graft. File photo from PNP Public Information Office

Prosecutors tell Sandiganbayan: Jail Joel Reyes now

Jan 10, 2018 - 1:21 PM

Prosecutors point out that the former Palawan governor remains a flight risk: he evaded arrest for 3 years before he was caught in Thailand

BAIL CANCELATION. Ombudsman prosecutors move for the cancelation of bail of former Palawan governor Joel Reyes, convicted for one count of graft by the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan. File photo from PNP Public Information Office

CA affirms Jason Ivler’s 40-year jail time in road rage case

Dec 18, 2017 - 7:24 PM

The court also increases damages due the family of Renato Ebarle Jr, whom Ivler killed in 2009

ROAD RAGE. Jason Ivler is found guilty of killing Renato Ebarle Jr following an incident of road rage in 2009. Photo from EPA/Rolex Dela Pena

Ex-champ Mike Tyson barred from entering Chile

Nov 10, 2017 - 6:10 PM

Chilean police explain it has the power to 'prohibit the entry into the country of any foreigner who has negative records and/or convictions in their country of origin'

BARRED. A handout picture realesed on November 9, 2017 by Chile's Investigation Police showing US former world heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson escorted by Chile's Investigations Police members at Santiago de Chile airport. Tyson was detained at the airport for violating Chilean immigration laws and he will be deported to the United States. AFP

NBI to investigate 'resurgence' of Bilibid drug trade

Jul 05, 2017 - 8:41 AM

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II also says he plans to replace the Special Action Force troops with soldiers inside Bilibid

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

Child pimp and molester sentenced to life in prison

May 27, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Policemen call Jerrie Arraz a demon and details of what he did to his victims convince a Quezon City judge that he is one

CONVICTED RAPIST. Jerrie Arraz is convicted of rape on top of human trafficking and cybercrime in a decision promulgated by the QC RTC Branch 100 on May 26, 2017. Photo courtesy of the International Justice Mission

Backlash after Ahok verdict: Calls to repeal blasphemy law revived

May 10, 2017 - 6:23 PM

Laws that criminalize blasphemy when applied in a discriminatory manner can have a serious inhibiting effect on freedom of expression and on freedom of religion or belief

FACING TRIAL. In this file photo, Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, better known by his nickname Ahok, sits in the defendant's chair during his trial at the North Jakarta District Court in Jakarta on December 13, 2016. Tatan Syulflana/AFP

CBCP on death penalty vote: We shall not be silenced

Mar 07, 2017 - 10:00 PM

They may have won but it does not mean that they are right CBCP president Archbishop Socrates Villegas says after the House of Representatives approved the death penalty bill

PRO-LIFE. Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas, president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines, slams the House of Representatives for approving the death penalty bill on 3rd and final reading. File photo by Roy Lagarde

Death for drug convicts: House passes bill on final reading

Mar 07, 2017 - 5:39 PM

4th UPDATE Under the House approved measure drug convicts on death row can be executed either through hanging firing squad or lethal injection

APPROVED. The death penalty bill breezes through the House of Representatives on March 7, 2017. File photos by Rappler

Plunder cases in the Philippines: Was anyone punished?

Feb 18, 2017 - 9:51 AM

UPDATED Of the two people convicted of plunder so far only one – a lowly BIR cashier – is still serving her sentence Former president Joseph Estrada was pardoned

5-time NBA champion Rodman convicted over crash

Feb 07, 2017 - 12:39 PM

Dennis Rodman is given community service for a hit and run accident he caused by driving the wrong way on a freeway ramp

CONVICTED. Dennis Rodman, seen here on December 9, 2014 in New York City, is sentenced to 3 years of informal probation and 30 hours of community service for a hit-and-run accident he caused by driving the wrong way on a freeway ramp in southern California. Laura Cavanaugh/Getty Images/AFP

Ex-Batangas mayor gets 6-10 years over anomalous computer deal

Feb 07, 2017 - 12:32 PM

The Sandiganbayan s Fourth Division finds Bendaña guilty beyond reasonable doubt of favoring a computer company for a government contract in 2004

Cambodian court convicts exiled opposition leader

Dec 27, 2016 - 4:48 PM

In an email to Agence France Presse Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy slams the verdict saying his conviction was reached by a kangaroo court

CONVICTED. In this file photo, Cambodia's main opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party president Sam Rainsy arrives at a conference room to speak to the press in Tokyo on November 10, 2015. File photo by Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP