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Sudan to hand Bashir to ICC for Darfur crimes – top official

Feb 12, 2020 - 9:24 AM

The ICC has charged Bashir and 3 of his former aides with genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes

CHARGED. Sudan's ousted president Omar al-Bashir is escorted into a vehicle as he returns to prison following his appearance before prosecutors over charges of corruption and illegal possession of foreign currency, in the capital Khartoum on June 16, 2019. Photo by Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP

Ivory Coast ex-president wants 'unconditional release' – lawyer

Feb 07, 2020 - 10:25 AM

Gbagbo and his deputy Charles Ble Goude were both cleared of crimes against humanity a year ago

ICC DECISION. Former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo enters the courtroom of the International Criminal Court in The Hague on January 15, 2019. Photo by Peter Dejong/ANP/AFP

Saudi using special court against dissidents – Amnesty

Feb 06, 2020 - 8:25 PM

'The Saudi Arabian government exploits the (Specialized Criminal Court) to create a false aura of legality around its abuse of the counterterror law to silence its critics,' says Amnesty's Heba Morayef

AMNESTY. Amnesty International'€™s Middle East and North Africa regional director Heba Morayef (L) speaks during a press conference launching an Amnesty International Report on women victims of violence in Amman on October 23, 2019. File photo by Khalil Mazraawi/AFP

CIDG nabs 5 suspects in ex-Batangas congressman's slay

Jan 22, 2020 - 10:54 AM

(UPDATED) The PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group is preparing cases against the suspected killers of former Batangas congressman Edgar Mendoza and his 2 aides

FORMER LAWMAKER. Former Batangas 2nd District representative Edgar Mendoza. Photo from the Facebook page of Edgar Mendoza

Int'l Criminal Court: Probe of drug war continues even with Sabio 'withdrawal'

Jan 14, 2020 - 11:26 PM

(UPDATED) The Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) says a withdrawal of communication is not even allowed under the Rome Statute

Sabio 'drops' ICC communication vs Duterte, but does it matter?

Jan 14, 2020 - 3:10 PM

(UPDATED) Experts say it will not affect the ongoing preliminary examination of the Philippine case

WITHDRAW? Lawyer Jude Sabio, with fellow lawyer Larry Gadon, execute on January 14, 2019, an affidavit expressing his intent to withdraw the communication he filed against President Rodrigo Duterte before the ICC. Photo courtesy of Larry Gadon

'Hang me': Duterte vows to never answer Int'l Criminal Court

Dec 21, 2019 - 12:28 PM

As the possibility of trial at the International Criminal Court draws nearer, President Duterte insists only Filipinos can judge him for crimes linked to the drug war

UNCOOPERATIVE. President Rodrigo Duterte once again vows never to cooperate with foreign probes into his war on drugs. Malacañang photo

ICC prosecutor announces probe into 'war crimes' in Palestinian territories

Dec 20, 2019 - 11:40 PM

'War crimes have been or are being committed in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip,' says Prosecutor Fatou Besouda

Panelo downplays critics' 'fervent wish' of Duterte 'arrest' in ICC case

Dec 08, 2019 - 5:31 PM

Meanwhile, detained Senator Leila de Lima welcomes the International Criminal Court's report on the status of the complaint against Duterte over his administration's war on drugs

ICC CASE VS DUTERTE. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo maintains that the International Criminal Court has no jurisdiction over the complaint filed vs President Rodrigo Duterte. Malacañang file photo

Malacañang: Morales, Del Rosario tapped 'ineffective process' for propaganda value

Dec 07, 2019 - 7:44 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says the ICC Prosecutor's conclusion that it has no jurisdiction over alleged crimes committed in the West Philippine Sea by China is in line with the Duterte government's stand

Former Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario arrives in NAIA Terminal 3, Pasay City after he was denied to enter Hongkong on June 21, 2019. PHOTO BY INOUE JAENA/RAPPLER

Del Rosario, Morales still pursuing ICC complaint vs China

Dec 06, 2019 - 8:27 AM

Former Philippine foreign secretary Albert del Rosario and former ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales vow to submit new 'facts and evidence' for their case accusing China of crimes against humanity in the South China Sea

NOT OVER. Former Philippine foreign secretary Albert del Rosario and former ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales vow to pursue their complaint vs China at the International Criminal Court. Photo by Angie de Silva

Int'l Criminal Court's next step in Duterte drug war to come in 2020

Dec 05, 2019 - 9:35 PM

ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda is coming closer to determining whether she will seek authority to open an investigation, a phase where the Court can issue arrest orders

Int'l Criminal Court junks PH case vs China for lack of jurisdiction

Dec 05, 2019 - 9:13 PM

ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda says China's alleged crimes against humanity in the West Philippine Sea 'do not fall within the territorial or otherwise personal jurisdiction of the Court'

PHILIPPINE SUIT. Former ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales and former foreign secretary Albert Del Rosario file the Philippine suit against China before the International Criminal Court. Photo by Jae Maryanol/Rappler

[OPINION] The lawless Duterte presidency

Dec 04, 2019 - 10:00 AM

The Philippines has been transformed into a wilderness soaked in blood

ICC authorizes probe into alleged Myanmar Rohingya abuse

Nov 14, 2019 - 10:46 PM

The probe will look at allegations of 'systematic acts of violence,' deportation as a crime against humanity, and persecution on the grounds of ethnicity or religion against the Rohingyas

ROHINGYA. In this file photo, Rohingya refugees attend a ceremony organized to remember the 2nd anniversary of a military crackdown that prompted a massive exodus of people from Myanmar to Bangladesh, at the Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhia on August 25, 2019. File photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

Congolese 'Terminator' warlord gets harshest ever ICC sentence

Nov 07, 2019 - 8:40 PM

While the judges gave Bosco Ntaganda the maximum sentence allowed by the ICC in terms of the number of years, they say that 'despite their gravity' his crimes do not warrant a full-life prison term

GUILTY. Former Congolese warlord Bosco Ntaganda arrives for his trial at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, The Netherlands, on July 8, 2019. File photo by Eva Plevier/various sources/AFP

Labor, rights groups condemn 'tokhang-style' raids of activists' offices

Nov 02, 2019 - 1:54 PM

(UPDATED) The BPO Industry Employees Network and the Communications Workers of America also call for the release of trade union organizer Mary Anne Krueger, who was among those arrested in Bacolod

Authorities arrest 56 in Bacolod crackdown on militant groups

Nov 01, 2019 - 11:21 AM

(UPDATED) Bayan Negros says the firearms recovered from the raids were planted by arresting teams

EVIDENCE. The stash of firearms recovered from one of the offices of progressive groups raided  in Bacolod City Thursday, October 31. Contributed Photo

PNP-CIDG includes ex-boss Albayalde in drug complaint

Oct 21, 2019 - 11:00 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Resigned police chief Oscar Albayalde is accused of criminal conduct by his own subordinates at the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group

PNP chief PGen. Oscar Albayalde during the 9th hearing of the GCTA controversy on October 9, 2019.Photo by Angie de SIlva/Rappler

General who approved demotion for 'ninja cops' is 'demoted' himself

Oct 20, 2019 - 5:55 PM

From leading the PNP's powerful Criminal Investigation and Detection Group, Major General Amador Corpus is reassigned to lead the Directorate for Human Resource and Doctrine Development

'DEMOTED.' Major General Amador Corpus, chief of Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG), at the seventh senate hearing on the GCTA mess. October 1, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

'Killings continue': Rights group urge ICC to open investigation of drug war

Oct 04, 2019 - 2:05 PM

The group also urges the ICC prosecutor to 'cooperate' with the United Nations Human Rights Council which is conducting its own inquiry into the drug war killings in the Philippines

EJKs. Families of victims of extraudicial killings call on the United Nations Human Rights Council to pursue an investigation into the rising drug war deaths in the Philippines. Photo by Micah Guiao/Rappler

Bishops pray for sedition accusers: 'May they meet the God of all Truths'

Sep 08, 2019 - 10:53 AM

'We will not be discouraged,' say the 4 bishops who vowed to continue serving their flock despite the sedition complaint filed against them

THE POWER OF PRAYER. The 4 bishops facing a sedition complaint release a fraternal message praying for their accusers.

FLAG demands P5M damages in sedition countercharge vs CIDG

Sep 06, 2019 - 5:19 PM

Chel Diokno, Erin Tañada, and Ted Te file a perjury countercharge against the CIDG officer who filed the sedition complaint. Te admits to meeting to Bikoy who wanted a legal consult.

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Police file kidnapping complaint vs Trillanes, 3 others

Aug 30, 2019 - 10:50 AM

The PNP-CIDG files a kidnapping complaint against the former opposition senator, a priest, a nun, and a lawyer based on the claim of a witness that they barred her from leaving a convent in 2016

KIDNAPPED? Guillermina Arcillas submits a fresh affidavit to the CIDG accusing the group of former senator Antonio Trillanes of keeping her in a convent in Metro Manila. File photo by Editha Caduaya/Rappler

Can heinous crimes be excluded from good conduct time allowance law?

Aug 23, 2019 - 3:30 PM

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra's interpretation differs with the view of the former justice undersecretary who published the law manual

Convicted former mayor of Calauan, Laguna Antonio Sanchez is seen inside the Maximum Security Compound of the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City on August 22, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Lorenzana slams communists' recruitment of minors

Aug 08, 2019 - 10:28 PM

The defense chief hits the communist rebellion for allegedly luring students into joining groups that incite them to fight the government

CONDEMNATION. Defense Sec. Delfin Lorenzana at a press conference in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City, on Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

Robredo to DOJ: Evidence first before I respond to sedition complaint

Aug 08, 2019 - 11:48 AM

Holding Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra to his assurance of a fair process, Vice President Leni Robredo asks the Department of Justice to defer the submission of her counter-affidavit until the CIDG produces evidence against her

DEBUNKING LIES. Vice President Leni Robredo debunks the allegations made by Peter Joemel Advincula alias Bikoy against the opposition and its allies in May 2019. Photo by OVP

CIDG files kidnapping charges vs Anakbayan leaders over 'missing' teen

Aug 07, 2019 - 5:35 PM

Anakbayan leaders Vencer Crisostomo and Einstein Recedes are accused of kidnapping and other crimes after a 17-year-old recruit left home

PARENTS. Distressed parents of minors who joined leftist groups spoke at the Senate hearing of the committee on public order and dangerous drugs. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

La Salle presidents to Duterte admin: Do your duty, drop sedition complaint

Aug 02, 2019 - 9:25 PM

'The government is for all and not just those who agree with the policies of the administration,' say the presidents of 14 De La Salle schools and universities along with De La Salle Philippines CEO Edgar Chua

Robredo 'ready to face trumped up charges' in sedition complaint

Jul 25, 2019 - 12:10 PM

'This is clearly politically motivated,' says the Vice President's spokesperson Barry Gutierrez of the sedition complaint

READY. Vice President Leni Robredo faces the media at the Quezon City Reception House on May 23, 2019, to debunk the allegations made by Peter Joemel Advincula alias Bikoy. File photo by OVP

Robredo hits sedition allegations: 'Nakakatawa talaga'

Jul 21, 2019 - 1:46 PM

'Hindi ba sila nag-verify, para hindi naman sila napapahiya?' Vice President Leni Robredo asks

'LAUGHABLE' CHARGES. Vice President Leni Robredo hits sedition allegations filed against her as 'laughable,' saying the accusations against her were far-fetched and easily verifiable. Photo by OVP

Police arrest Batangas province's 'most wanted person'

Jul 20, 2019 - 8:01 PM

Windy Lat aka Boyet, who is the primary suspect in the killing of a Lipa City village chief, is arrested in Leyte

CIDG sues Robredo, LP, bishops for sedition over Bikoy videos

Jul 18, 2019 - 6:08 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra immediately forms a panel to investigate the complaint

BIKOY VIDEOS. Vice President Leni Robredo is included in the 36 respondents of a CIDG complaint for inciting to sedition over the viral Bikoy videos. OVP Photo

Congolese 'Terminator' rebel guilty of war crimes

Jul 08, 2019 - 6:29 PM

ICC head judge Robert Fremr says Bosco Ntaganda was a 'key leader' who gave orders to 'target and kill civilians' in DR Congo's volatile, mineral-rich Ituri region in 2002 and 2003

GUILTY. Former Congolese warlord Bosco Ntaganda arrives for his trial at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, The Netherlands, on July 8, 2019. Photo by Eva Plevier/various sources/AFP

Journalist sues PNP officers for kidnapping over 'mistaken’ arrest

Jul 04, 2019 - 5:51 PM

Margarita Valle also files a complaint of arbitrary detention against top cop Oscar Albayalde, two military officers, and other officers of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group

COUNTER-CHARGE. Journalist Margarita Valle files counter charges against police and military officers before the Office of the Ombudsman on July 4, 2019, over her 'mistaken identity' arrest the previous month. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Sotto refiles bill lowering age of criminal liability

Jul 01, 2019 - 4:08 PM

In refiling the bill, Senate President Vicente Sotto III says the law should be further amended 'to adapt to changing times'

NO TO LOWER MINIMUM AGE. Children'€™s advocates and other groups hold a protest at the main gate of the Senate on January 25, 2019. They are against the bill seeking to lower the minimum age of criminal liability from 15 years old to 12 years old. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Myanmar army rejects ICC bid for full Rohingya probe

Jun 27, 2019 - 9:38 PM

'The military and government have not neglected the issue and have been trying to take action against those who committed abuses,' says Myanmar military spokesman Brigadier General Zaw Min Htun

ROHINGYA. In this photo taken on August 13, 2018, Rohingya workers transport sacks of ginger from a boat, which arrived from Myanmar's Rakhine state, to waiting trucks at Teknaf port near Cox's Bazar. Photo by Ed Jones / AFP

ICC prosecutor seeks full Myanmar atrocities probe

Jun 26, 2019 - 9:06 PM

Fatou Bensouda will now 'submit a request for an authorization to open an investigation into this situation,' the Hague-based International Criminal Court says in a statement

FULL PROBE. Young Rohingya refugees girls peep out from a makeshift shelter at Balukhali refugee camp in Ukhia on February 4, 2019. File photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

CIDG apologizes to Davao journalist arrested by mistake

Jun 10, 2019 - 8:29 PM

'We do realize that we should have heeded your call regarding your identity from the start and have released you at the airport,' the CIDG says in a statement

Anne Curtis continues to speak up against lowering the age of criminal responsibility

May 22, 2019 - 9:25 PM

The actress reiterates her stand to instead fully implement the existing Juvenile Justice Welfare Act

CHILDREN NOT CRIMINALS. Anne Curtis speaks out once more against the lowering of the minimum age of criminal responsibility. Screenshot from Instagram.com/annecurtissmith

Amnesty urges ICC to probe 'crimes against humanity' in Venezuela

May 15, 2019 - 12:29 AM

Amnesty International believes Nicolas Maduro's government responded with "a systematic and widespread policy of repression" in late January during anti-government protests

MADURO. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro (R) delivers a speech next to the president of the ruling Constituent Assembly Diosdado Cabello during a military parade in Caracas on April 13, 2019. File photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP

Brunei denies gay discrimination despite sodomy stoning law

May 11, 2019 - 11:16 AM

While the country's sultan announced this week that such measures would not be enforced, the country remains on the defensive at a rare review of its record at the United Nations Human Rights Council

PROTEST. Gay activists kiss as they stage a protest in front of the Brunei embassy in Paris over the sultanate's new death-penalty laws for gay sex and adultery, on April 18, 2019. Photo by Ludovic Marin / AFP

Police launch manhunt for Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo

May 07, 2019 - 12:27 AM

The mayor is not home when authorities serve an arrest warrant against him in connection with the murder of AKO Bicol Representative Rodel Batocabe

Lt. Col. Rodelon Betita, Daraga police chief, faces Mayor Carlwyn Baldo's lawyer Merito Lovenzky Fernandez on Monday, May 6, after an hour of waiting outside the gate of Baldo's residence to arrest the embattled mayor. Photo by Rhaydz B. Barcia/Rappler

10 suspected vote-buyers arrested in Cavite

May 05, 2019 - 7:30 PM

(UPDATED) Cavite gubernatorial bet Jonvic Remulla says the suspects are mere poll watchers who were arrested while distributing the travel allowance of their colleagues

VOTE-BUYERS? CIDG arrests suspected vote-buyers in Bacoor, Cavite. Photo from Shutterstock

Año, Albayalde back CIDG chief: He's a professional cop

May 01, 2019 - 11:39 AM

'He fully knows our policy of non-partisanship, especially during elections,' says top cop Oscar Albayalde of Major General Oscar Amador Corpus

'PROFESSIONAL.' Major General Amador Corpus shows CCTV clips on the killing of Nueva Ecija mayor Ferdinand Bote in a press briefing in police national headquarters Camp Crame. File photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

PNP taps CIDG to hunt down Eduardo Acierto

Apr 25, 2019 - 5:09 PM

The police intensifies its search for dismissed veteran anti-drug cop Eduardo Acierto

IN HIDING. Former police colonel Eduardo Acierto is now being searched for by the PNP CIDG. Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Sudan new military rulers offer dialogue as protests rage

Apr 12, 2019 - 10:25 PM

Analysts say that Omar al-Bashir's overthrow in a palace coup has made the transition to democracy in Sudan a more distant prospect

PROTESTS CONTINUE. Sudanese protesters gather near the military headquarters in Khartoum as they continue to rally demanding a civilian body to lead the transition to democracy one day after a military council took control of the country, on April 12, 2019. Photo by AFP

ICC judges turn down request for Afghanistan war crimes probe

Apr 12, 2019 - 8:18 PM

'The judges decided that an investigation into the situation in Afghanistan at this stage would not serve the interests of justice,' the International Criminal Court says in a statement

THE INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT. A picture taken on November 23, 2015 shows the new building of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, The Netherlands. File photo by Martijn Beekman/ANP/AFP

EU backs ICC after U.S. revokes prosecutor's visa

Apr 06, 2019 - 10:39 PM

The revocation of Fatou Bensouda's visa comes after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced restrictions on ICC staff who probe US or allied personnel

ICC PROSECUTOR. Public Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda enters the court room for the trial of Dominic Ongwen a senior commander in Uganda's Lord's Resistance Army, at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, on December 6, 2016. File photo by Peter Dejong/AFP

De Lima: PH now 'stripped naked of ICC protection' vs Duterte, China

Apr 06, 2019 - 4:28 PM

'As sure as anything, Duterte will continue to commit crimes against humanity on his countrymen, and China will continue to commit acts of aggression against Filipino fisherfolks,' says Senator Leila de Lima

China's President Xi Jinping (R) and Philippines' President Rodrigo Duterte waves to members of the media after inspecting the honour guard during a welcoming ceremony at the Malacanang palace grounds in Manila on November 20, 2018. - Chinese President Xi Jinping called his visit on November 20 to long-time US ally the Philippines a "milestone", as he aimed to boost blossoming ties on the promise of billions of dollars in backing for mega-projects. (Photo by Ted ALJIBE / AFP)