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DOJ panel to assess if Bikoy can be gov't witness in new sedition case

Feb 13, 2020 - 7:31 PM

The flip-flopping Peter Joemel Advincula, alias Bikoy, is the sole witness for now, but he is also charged with conspiracy to commit sedition

CONSPIRACY TO COMMIT SEDITION. Peter Joemel Advincula aka Bikoy attends the prelimianry investigation at the DOJ on August 9, 2019, which eventually saw him charged of conspiracy to commit sedition. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

How the DOJ will prove destabilization plot vs Duterte

Feb 13, 2020 - 6:50 PM

How exactly did the prosecutors arrive at that conclusion? And why is Trillanes cleared of sedition but charged with conspiracy to commit sedition?

DESTAB PLOT? (L-R) Assistant State Prosecutor (ASP) Gino Paolo Santiago, Senior Assistant State Prosecutor Olivia Laroza-Torrevillas and ASP Michael John Humarang explain their resolution finding basis that there was indeed an attempt to topple the Duterte presidency. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Guevarra: PH will survive without VFA with Americans

Feb 12, 2020 - 2:09 PM

Whether the President's advisers agree with him on the termination of the military deal is now 'water under the bridge,' says the justice secretary

WE WILL SURVIVE. DOJ Secretary Menardo Guevarra says the Philippines will survive without the Visiting Forces Agreement. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

DOJ clears Robredo, charges Trillanes in sedition case

Feb 10, 2020 - 1:30 PM

(4th UPDATE) Ex-senator Antonio Trillanes IV faces charges over the 'Bikoy' narcolist videos. Vice President Leni Robredo, as well as senators Leila de Lima and Risa Hontiveros, are among those cleared.

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Razon's buy-in of Manila Water won't stop contract review - DOJ

Feb 05, 2020 - 5:44 PM

Discussions with water concessionaires will start in March, says Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra

BUY-IN. Enrique Razon buys 25% share of Manila Water amid an ongoing contract review of water concessionaires. File photo by Chrisee Dela Paz/Rappler

Free speech violation? Guevarra defends probe into coronavirus fake news

Feb 05, 2020 - 3:17 PM

Will it open subjects of investigation to warrantless arrest? It happened for a cybercrime case once before.

FREEDOM OF SPEECH. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra defends his order of investigating 2019-nCoV fake news saying the freedom of speech has limitations. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Malacañang asks for 'impact assessment' on VFA termination

Jan 27, 2020 - 11:49 AM

Is the termination on hold? Guevarra says President Duterte threatened but did not order to terminate the VFA

JOINT DRILLS. The Philippine Marines and US forces opened the 3rd KAMANDAG joint exercises at Subic Bay International Airport on October 9, 2019. Photo by Nappy Manegdeg/Rappler.com

DOJ: Effects of VFA termination on EDCA, Mutual Defense Treaty have to be studied

Jan 25, 2020 - 2:24 PM

The justice department is ready with its memorandum on the legal procedures to terminate the 20-year-old VFA

Philippine and American soldier unite as they conducts the amphibious exercise during the 2019 Balikatan exercise held at Naval Education Training Command (NETC) in Zambales on 11 April 2019. Photo by: Lito Boras/Rappler

Malacañang: Albayalde innocent until proven guilty

Jan 17, 2020 - 8:49 PM

'Let the law take its course,' says Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo

EX-POLICE CHIEF. Former police chief Oscar Albayalde submits his counter affidavit during the preliminary investigation into the 2013 Pampanga drug recycling case at the justice department on November 5, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Albayalde welcomes graft charges: 'The truth will bear me out in the end'

Jan 17, 2020 - 11:02 AM

The Philippine National Police says while it respects the findings of the Department of Justice on the 2013 Pampanga drug recycling case, ex-police chief Oscar Albayalde 'remains innocent until proven guilty beyond reasonable doubt'

EX-POLICE CHIEF. Former police chief Oscar Albayalde submits his counter affidavit during the preliminary investigation into the 2013 Pampanga drug recycling case at the justice department on November 5, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

DOJ wants graft charges vs Albayalde over Pampanga drug recycling case

Jan 16, 2020 - 6:57 PM

12 former Pampanga cops, who composed the raid team, are indicted for drug offenses, bribery and graft

FORMER TOP COP. Former Philippine National Police Chief Oscar Albayalde submits his counter-affidavit to the Department of Justice on November 5, 2019  over the Pampanga drug recycling case from 2013. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

All Bilibid returnees will be processed by March – DOJ

Jan 15, 2020 - 3:23 PM

Justice Secretary Guevarra approves the grace period on one condition: 'Make sure they are properly fed, they are properly accommodated, and they are safe'

BILIBID. Bayan Muna lawmakers visit the prisoners inside the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa on October 29, 2019. File photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

DOJ probes Bantag's booting out BuCor staff for favored BJMP aides

Jan 15, 2020 - 2:07 PM

'Wala pa kaming definitive action as to whether ibabalik ba namin 'yung mga inalis nya or hayaan lang namin,' says Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra

BUCOR CHIEF. Bureua of Corrections Director Gen Gerald Bantag shows NCRPO Chief PMajor Gen Guillermo Eleazar around the New Bilibid Prison during a surprise inspection of the facility in Muntinlupa City on Monday, October 7, 2019. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

DOJ on aggrieved Bilibid returnees: They can sue us

Jan 15, 2020 - 1:35 PM

'By their own acts, naipit sila sa loob,' says Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra

NO CULPABILITY? DOJ Secretary Menardo Guevarra admits inadequate facilities in Bilibid but stops short of taking responsibility for the deaths of returnees. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

OFW Villavende sexually abused, battered before death – NBI autopsy

Jan 12, 2020 - 12:53 PM

Justice Secretary Menardo Gueverra says the NBI will submit a formal report on the autopsy results on Jeanelyn Villavende's body on January 13

PH soon to have single online portal for prisoner, criminal data

Jan 10, 2020 - 6:21 PM

But agencies are yet to digitize their data that will be uploaded to the newly-launched National Justice Information System (NJIS)

PRISONERS. Convicted prisoners at the Maximum Security Compound of the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa on October 29, 2019. Photos by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Mendoza family seeks justice for ex-Batangas congressman, aides

Jan 10, 2020 - 4:24 PM

'We ask for everyone's prayers that his soul rests in peace together with Nick and Ruel, who stood by him until the end, and that justice be accorded to all of them,' says the family of former Batangas 2nd District representative Edgar Mendoza

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

Philippines strengthens crackdown on consumer fraud

Jan 04, 2020 - 8:17 AM

The Department of Justice boosts witness protection for whistleblowers against businesses that violate the Philippine Competition Act

Construction of a residential condominium in Quezon City on August 6, 2018. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

DOJ to resolve 'big cases' in early 2020

Jan 03, 2020 - 10:46 AM

'There would be quite a number of cases that would be coming out,' says Senior Deputy State Prosecutor Richard Fadullon, but does not specify if the sedition complaint against Vice President Leni Robredo and other opposition figures is among them

BIG CASES. The Department of Justice will resolve 'big cases' in early 2020. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

WATCH: Dancing mayors, singing fiscals and civil servants

Dec 27, 2019 - 11:40 AM

In the spirit of fun, we compile some of the numbers that graced our social media feeds during the holidays

LOOK: Christmas comes to distressed OFWs in Saudi Arabia

Dec 25, 2019 - 3:05 PM

Over 300 distressed overseas Filipino workers receive Christmas packages and financial assistance during the holiday season

AWAY FROM HOME. Over 300 distressed Overseas Filipino workers living in shelters receive assistance for Christmas. All photos from Malacañang

DOJ chief Guevarra shocked, offended by U.S. ban on De Lima accusers

Dec 23, 2019 - 5:25 PM

(UPDATED) 'That is easy to say for someone not in prison, and who is responsible for the continuation of injustice that is my incarceration based on fabricated charges,' says De Lima

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra testifies before the panel at the sixth meeting on the senate inquiry of the GCTA mess. September 19, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

DOJ: Acquittals in Ampatuan massacre 'expected'

Dec 19, 2019 - 3:59 PM

'We knew from the beginning where our strength lies and where certain gaps in our evidence exist,' says Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra

AMPATUAN MASSACRE. Groups protest for justice during the Ampatuan promulgation outside Camp Bagong Diwa on December 19, 2019. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Fixing the Bureau of Corrections: Government walks a tightrope

Dec 18, 2019 - 10:49 PM

Conclusion: The GCTA crisis is a symptom of an institutional problem inside the Bureau of Corrections. Will a Duterte-style approach work?

Inmates queue for water rations inside the New Bilibid Prison Maximum Security COmpound on Monday.

Bilibid returnees die in Duterte administration blunders

Dec 14, 2019 - 8:26 PM

Part 1: Massive errors in record-keeping and ill-prepared facilities keep thousands in jail for months, and kill at least 4 convict returnees. They regret heeding the President's call.

DOJ again flexes legal muscle in water row

Dec 12, 2019 - 7:41 PM

(UPDATED) 'Should liberality be used in favor of the concessionaire to the detriment of the public and the government?' says Justice Undersecretary Markk Perete

FLEX. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra leads the DOJ review that prompted the revocation of extension of contracts of Manila Water and Maynilad. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

DOJ distances water review from Villar Prime Water issue

Dec 12, 2019 - 3:32 PM

(UPDATED) Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra asks Undersecretary Emmeline Aglipay Villar to inhibit 'to dispel suspicions'

WATER REVIEW. Justice Undersecretary Emmeline Aglipay-Villar distances herself from the DOJ water review that revoked the extension of Maynilad and Manila Water's contracts. Rappler screenshot

Legally yes, realistically no: Duterte's powers to take over water operations

Dec 11, 2019 - 6:33 PM

Guevarra reveals it is the DOJ that recommended revoking the extension of Maynilad and Manila Water

LEGAL BASIS. President Rodrigo Duterte's latest threat of a water takeover finds its legal justification from Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra.

In fractured justice system, a simple solution: Let's talk

Dec 11, 2019 - 6:23 PM

Setting up more organized and stronger coordinating systems in the justice sector is a global trend. The Philippines tries to keep up.

PH government admits it's unable to take over water operations

Dec 09, 2019 - 5:10 PM

In the event that Manila Water and Maynilad do not agree to the revision of contracts, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra says 'then we go to court'

WATER CONCESSIONAIRES. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra says teams from DOJ, DOF, OSG and OGCC are working on revising the water concession agreements with Maynilad and Manila Water. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Gov't not keen on 'compromise' with Manila Water – DOJ

Dec 05, 2019 - 2:50 PM

'Some members of the Cabinet want an overhaul of the existing concession agreements. Others are thinking of more drastic actions,' says Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra

WATER DEALS. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra says the Philippine is not keen on compromising the arbitration win of Manila Water. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

DOJ 'revokes' Cebu order deputizing cops as prosecutors

Nov 27, 2019 - 7:03 PM

'No approval from the Prosecutor General nor from the regional prosecutor was sought,' says Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra

In nearly 3-year drug trial, DOJ yet to submit AMLC report vs De Lima

Nov 26, 2019 - 5:20 PM

'Either the AMLC report is being manufactured...or the DOJ is simply engaged in a drawn-out fishing expedition,' says the camp of detained Senator Leila de Lima

DRUG TRIAL. Opposition Senator Leila De Lima attends her almost three-year running drug trial at the Muntinlupa RTC Branch 205 on November 8, 2019. Photo by Office of Senator Leila De Lima

Fearing escape as verdict nears, DOJ wants Zaldy Ampatuan back in jail

Nov 25, 2019 - 3:44 PM

(UPDATED) 'In deference to this Honorable Court, it should now stop extending so much grace, sympathy, or concern to accused Zaldy Ampatuan,' says the prosecution

MASSACRE DEFENDANT. Zaldy Ampatuan is confined at the Makati Medical Center weeks before the verdict is read on him, his 2 brothers and 98 others in the Ampatuan massacre case.

Guevarra declines SC nomination: 'Still in love with DOJ'

Nov 25, 2019 - 11:59 AM

'I very much want to join the judiciary in some future time, but I just want to make sure that I'm able to do something more for the DOJ,' says Guevarra

NOT YET. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra declines a nomination for the Supreme Court, says he is "still in love with the DOJ." File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Sotto asks NBI: Where is Andy Bautista?

Nov 20, 2019 - 4:10 PM

The NBI says it is aware the former Comelec chief is in the US, and that 'they are studying their next move'

WHERE IS HE? Andres Bautista, former chair of the Commission on Elections, disappeared from the public scene after being impeached by the House of Representatives amid a nasty feud with his estranged wife. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Will he accept? Guevarra nominated to Supreme Court

Nov 20, 2019 - 3:31 PM

'I don’t think any lawyer will close the possibility to be appointed to such a lofty position,' says Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra

SPARED. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra during the November 20, 2019 hearing of the Senate on the 2020 budget of the Department of Justice, which was spared by the usual grilling of opposition Senator Franklin Drilon. Photo by Angie De Silva/Rappler

Suspect in slay of Dumaguete broadcaster placed on immigration lookout

Nov 12, 2019 - 7:06 PM

Alleged gambling lord Tomasino Aledro is facing murder charges along with two other suspects in connection with the killing of dyEM 96.7 Bai Radio block-timer Dindo Generoso

IMMIGRATION. Murder suspect Tomasino Aledro is placed on immigration watchlist. Photo by Jae Maryanol

Philippines grants asylum to Iranian beauty queen

Nov 08, 2019 - 6:39 PM

Among the benefits is the authorization to work here

ASYLUM. Iranian beauty queen Bahareh Zare Bahari at the NAIA after learning she has been granted asylum in the Philippines. Photo courtesy of Martelino Bacungan and Associates

Albayalde: Guevarra does not have power to reopen drug recycling probe

Nov 05, 2019 - 6:08 PM

Guevarra cites the 2000 NPS Rules on Appeal, while Albayalde cites the 2017 revised manual for prosecutors in the reopened investigation into the alleged drug recycling of the so-called Pampanga ninja cops

NINJA COPS PROBE. Former Philippine National Police Chief Oscar Albayalde subscribes  to his counter affidavit during a hearing at the Department of Justice on November 5, 2019 over the reopened investigation into the ninja cops case. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

New deportation rules in PH: Leave country pending appeal

Nov 01, 2019 - 3:06 PM

The new rules are set to take effect end of November

DEPORTATION RULES. The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has jurisdiction over deportation cases. Photo from Wikimedia Commons

BuCor confirms death of inmates but denies 'crisis' in Bilibid

Oct 25, 2019 - 6:44 PM

Dehydration or lack of medical attention did not cause anyone at the national state penitentiary to die in recent weeks, says the Bureau of Corrections

DEMOLITION. Workers use heavy equipment as they dismantle illegal structures as ordered by newly installed BuCor chief Gerald Bantag and NCRPO chief Guillermo Eleazar inside the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City on October 9, 2019. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

DOJ indicts KAPA for defrauding public

Oct 22, 2019 - 6:01 PM

The Department of Justice finds probable cause to indict officers of KAPA for violating various provisions of the Securities Regulation Code

NBI ordered to probe Masbate vice mayor Yuson slay

Oct 20, 2019 - 9:19 AM

The National Bureau of Investigation probe is expected to aid cops in pinning down the mastermind of the killing of Batuan, Masbate Vice Mayor Charlie Yuson

SHOT DEAD. Batuan, Masbate Vice Mayor Charlie Yuson III is killed by unidentified men in Manila on October 9, 2019. File photo from the Facebook of Mayor Charmax Yuson

Trillanes on kidnapping suit: This admin will do its worst

Oct 11, 2019 - 5:49 PM

Kidnapping is a non-bailable offense, compared to other cases filed against him since the Duterte presidency

KIDNAPPING. Key opposition figure and former senator Antonio Trillanes IV attends the DOJ hearing of the kidnapping complaint filed against him by Davao-based Guillermina Barrido-Arcillas. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

DOJ summons 'ninja cops' in reinvestigation

Oct 10, 2019 - 4:00 PM

The 13 policemen are directed to appear at the Department of Justice on Wednesday, October 16

Police Major Rodney Raymund Baloyo IV, head of the raiding team of a suspected Chinese drug dealer in Pampanga on November 2013. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Despite SC ruling, Sotto insists on jailing suspects in drug cases under review

Oct 09, 2019 - 5:14 PM

Senate President Vicente Sotto III urges the Department of Justice to change its policy, but the Supreme Court already put its foot down on this issue in 2017

SP Sotto defends probe on alleged ‘ninja cops’: Senate President Vicente C. Sotto III (second from right), clears the air on the Justice and Blue Ribbon Committees’ probe being political in nature saying that the ongoing investigation merely led them to the “ninja cops” controversy. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Guevarra to courts: Don't dismiss 'weak' drug cases outright

Oct 03, 2019 - 7:20 PM

The Supreme Court also tempers its own ruling to provide leeway for arresting officers who do not comply with the proper rules on handling evidence

DRUG CASES. DOJ Secretary Menardo Guevarra says courts must be "liberal" in handling drug cases with weak buildups. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Supreme Court orders DOJ to answer case vs GCTA IRR

Oct 03, 2019 - 4:21 PM

Bilibid inmates want to nullify DOJ's new Implementing Rules and Regulations for violating equal protection

Supreme Court of the Philippines in Padre Faura on June 19, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Upon PH request, U.S. cancels visa for alleged drug queen

Oct 02, 2019 - 3:45 PM

'The BI is now working with US immigration authorities to effect her deportation to the Philippines,' says Justice Undersecretary Markk Perete

DRUG QUEEN.' Guia Gomez Castro is accused of being in cahoots with "ninja cops" in Manila. Photo from Manila PIO