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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

DOJ 'confident' that Supreme Court will affirm revised GCTA IRR

Sep 30, 2019 - 6:44 PM

The new IRR has different treatments for heinous crime convicts before 2013 and those after 2013. Is that a violation of equal protection?

NEW IRR. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra stands by their new IRR which excluded heinous crime convicts from the coverage of Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA). Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

DOJ: 52 qualified convicts released from Bilibid

Sep 28, 2019 - 11:53 AM

Justice Undersecretary Markk Perete says 35 more previously released convicts who should not have surrendered in the first place, have been verified for release

FREEDOM REGAINED. Convicts who surrendered upon orders of President Rodrigo Duterte regain freedo after authorities verified that their previous release is valid. Photo from DOJ

DOJ summons Trillanes in kidnapping case

Sep 27, 2019 - 2:10 PM

(UPDATED) 'My lawyers would be presenting lots of evidence to debunk this fantastic allegation,' says Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, who has been summoned to appear before the Department of Justice on October 11

SUMMONED. The DOJ sends a subpoena to Senator Antonio Trillanes IV in a newly-filed case of kidnapping against the opposition figure. enate photo by Joseph Vidal

DOJ to request Interpol monitoring of Manila 'drug queen'

Sep 26, 2019 - 2:19 PM

The justice department belatedly issues an Immigration Lookout Bulletin Order

INTERPOL. The Department of Justice (DOJ) requests Interpol monitoring of former barangay chairwoman Guia Gomez Castro, whom the Manila Police tagged as a drug queen. Photo courtesy of Mayor Isko Moreno

Guevarra: DOJ survived GCTA crisis by upholding rule of law

Sep 26, 2019 - 2:14 PM

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra makes the statement amid mounting criticism on the DOJ's move to arrest without warrant heinous crime convicts

DOJ REBORN. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra says the "reborn" DOJ upheld the rule of law in the good conduct time allowance (GCTA) mess. Photo by Angie de SIlva/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

DOJ: 2,139 GCTA-freed convicts back in jail

Sep 21, 2019 - 5:10 PM

The Department of Justice says 130 more previously released convicts have surrendered to authorities on Saturday morning, September 21, in line with President Rodrigo Duterte's order

REARREST. 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

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

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

DOJ 'sanitizes' faulty GCTA arrest list ahead of manhunt

Sep 19, 2019 - 5:47 PM

'We have to weed them out so that they won't be included in that list on the so-called fugitives from justice,' says Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra

GCTA. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra testifies before the panel at the 6th meeting on the senate inquiry of the GCTA mess on September 19, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Guevarra: Faeldon 'quite likely' administratively liable for GCTA mess

Sep 18, 2019 - 6:45 PM

But Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra shies away from making the same statement on Senator Ronald dela Rosa

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra shake handa with BuCor Director General Ni anor Fawldon upon their arrival inside the senate session hall before the start of the inquiry on the GCTA. September 2, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

BuCor to resume releasing qualified GCTA inmates

Sep 16, 2019 - 10:18 PM

But only prisoners who are not charged with heinous crimes and whose records are squeaky clean can be released now

(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

Give DOJ direct control over BuCor – Drilon

Sep 14, 2019 - 6:41 PM

Former justice secretary and now senator Franklin Drilon backs the DOJ's proposal to review the law that only gave it 'administrative supervision' over the BuCor

SOLUTION PROPOSED. Senator Franklin Drilon also wants to review Republic Act 10575. File photo by Angie de Silva/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

Guevarra: Give DOJ more control over BuCor

Sep 13, 2019 - 1:58 PM

The justice chief wants a review of Republic Act 10575, which 'diminished' the control of the Department of Justice (DOJ) over the Bureau of Corrections

BUCOR CONTROL. DOJ Secretary Menardo Guevarra floats a possible review of the BuCor modernization law that he says "diminished" the control of the DOJ over the bureau. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Magdalo asks CA to stop DOJ panel investigating sedition complaint

Sep 13, 2019 - 1:02 PM

But Magdalo's Gary Alejano and Jonnell Sangalang file their petition with the Court of Appeals on the same day the DOJ panel wrapped up its investigation

APPEAL. Ex-Magdalo congressman Gary Alejano and his party mate Jonnell Sangalang wants the Court of Appeals to stop the DOJ panel formed to probe the sedition complaint they are facing. File photo from Otso Diretso Media

Faeldon knew he needed DOJ clearance for Sanchez's release – BuCor legal chief

Sep 09, 2019 - 5:25 PM

But after sacked BuCor chief Nicanor Faeldon flatly denies this at the resumption of the Senate probe into the scandal, legal chief Frederic Santos backtracks

INFORMED? Bureau of Corrections legal division chief Frederic Santos says he informed fired director-general Nicanor Faeldon of the DOJ Department Order 953. Photo by Angie se Silva/Rappler

Bato dela Rosa eyed power to release convicts as BuCor chief – Guevarra

Sep 09, 2019 - 2:09 PM

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra says a letter coming from the Bureau of Corrections sometime in 2018 asked for the power to grant early release to convicts

PRISONS CHIEFS. Two former BuCor chiefs now senator Ronald dela Rosa, right, and the controversial Nicanor Faeldon before the resumption of the inquiry into the release of convicts through GCTA ON September 5, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/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

Justice Department rejects OSG bid to bring more sedition probe witnesses

Sep 06, 2019 - 2:51 PM

The prosecution panel also denies OSG's request to summon Jude Sabio who wrote in a column that Trillanes tried to get him as lawyer for Bikoy

Assistant Solicitor General Angelita Miranda presents documents to the prosecutor panel on the sedition charges the CIDG filed through OSG. September 6, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

No special treatment in transfer of De Lima witnesses to marine barracks – DOJ

Sep 06, 2019 - 11:58 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra says he was informed of the proposal but didn't know it had been done

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

BuCor skipped DOJ approval for release of Chiong murder convicts, drug lords, Sanchez

Sep 05, 2019 - 3:06 PM

Senator Lacson points out that the correct procedure was followed in releasing Chinese drug lord Chen Chang in June, but not in the case of other convicts

BUCOR. (L-R) Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra,  sacked BuCor chief Nicanor Faeldon, BuCor legal chief Fredric Santos, and BuCor technical chief Maria Fe Marquez attend the Senate hearing on Good Conduct Time Allowance on September 2, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/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

What are heinous crimes?

Sep 03, 2019 - 5:39 PM

There is no explicit definition of what heinous crimes are – only an enumeration of crimes that due to their 'manifest wickedness, viciousness, atrocity and perversity' merited the death penalty until its abolition in 2006

BILIBID SECURITY. Members of the PNP-SAF patrol outside the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City on July 20, 2016 after their recent deployment at the maximum prison for additional security detail. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

DOJ: OSG can continue part in sedition probe

Aug 30, 2019 - 12:28 PM

The prosecution panel says 'it is not within its powers to disqualify OSG from representing CIDG in these proceedings'

SEDITION COMPLAINT. Respondents attend the first hearing on August 9, 2019, at the Department of Justice over the inciting to sedition complaint filed against opposition leaders by Peter Joemel Advincula aka Biko. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

1,914 inmates already freed are in peril due to Sanchez case

Aug 29, 2019 - 4:17 PM

DOJ, BuCor, and DILG now in a tight bind as they review internal guidelines of the law, when thousands of heinous crimes inmates have already been released in past years

GCTA LAW. Tens of thousands of inmates at the New Bilibid Prison wait for the review of the DOJ, BuCor and DILG on the coverage of the Good Conduct Time Allowance Law. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Judge who sentenced Antonio Sanchez asks Panelo to resign

Aug 28, 2019 - 11:07 PM

Chief Presidential Legal Counsel and Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says he has nothing to do with the possible early release of convicted rapist and murderer Antonio Sanchez

ANTONIO SANCHEZ. 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. File photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Faeldon denies ordering Sanchez's release – DOJ

Aug 27, 2019 - 9:52 PM

The family of Antonio Sanchez claims to be in possession of a Bureau of Corrections release order dated August 20

CONVICT. Rapist-murderer Antonio Sanchez (center) may not step out of the New Bilibid Prison soon. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

TIMELINE: The GCTA law and the controversy it has stirred

Aug 27, 2019 - 5:55 PM

The debate now focuses on whether or not people convicted of heinous crimes should benefit from the Good Conduct Time Allowance law. What are the arguments for amendment now?

DOJ starts probe: Is recruitment to progressive groups a crime?

Aug 27, 2019 - 5:31 PM

The DOJ hearing is another step taken by the government in its crackdown on what it says is the 'brainwashing' of students through progressive groups

RECRUITMENT OF STUDENTS. Lawyers of leftist lawmakers and personalities attend the DOJ hearing on August 27 on kidnapping and child trafficking complaints over recruitment of students to progressive groups. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

DOJ suspends inmates' early release based on good conduct

Aug 26, 2019 - 1:30 PM

(4th UPDATE) The Department of Justice says the suspension will be brief – around 10 days – so as not to 'unduly delay the process' for those qualified under the good conduct time allowance law

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

DOJ 'glad' if SC, Congress can clarify if heinous crimes excluded from GCTA law

Aug 25, 2019 - 6:56 PM

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra says they will also notify the Supreme Court about the temporary suspension of good conduct time allowance

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

DOJ may suspend GCTA processing pending review of guidelines

Aug 24, 2019 - 3:52 PM

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra considers suspending the computation of the good conduct time allowance of convicts while the Bureau of Corrections 'firms up' its guidelines

JUSTICE CHIEF. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra responds to questions in a press conference. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

TIMELINE: DOJ backtracks on possible early release of Antonio Sanchez

Aug 23, 2019 - 9:31 PM

Are the likes of Antonio Sanchez eligible for reduced sentence? The ambiguous provisions of the GCTA law should either be interpreted by the Supreme Court or amended by Congress.

Antonio Sanchez of 1993 UPLB rape-murder case to get out soon – DOJ

Aug 20, 2019 - 8:21 PM

This is thanks to a recent Supreme Court ruling that retroactively applied a reduced prison term law

Heavily armed members of the PNP-Special Action Force secure inmates of the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City on May 29, 2017 as Justice secretary Vitaliano Aguirre said that he is considering deploying members of the military as additional forces after recieving reports of continuing drug trade inside the detention facility. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

DOJ summons leftist representatives over student recruitment

Aug 20, 2019 - 7:20 PM

The complaint mistakenly identifies Tom Villarin as Anakbayan representative. Villarin is a member of Akbayan, which is from a different faction of the Philippine Left.

NOT KIDNAPPED. Anakbayan youth member Alicia Lucena faces the media together with members of the progressive Makabayan bloc. Photo from Makabayan bloc

Court junks DOJ request to rearrest Satur Ocampo

Aug 19, 2019 - 5:35 PM

Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 32 finds no basis to overtake an earlier Supreme Court decision that gave Satur Ocampo provisional liberty

LIBERTY. Former Bayan Muna representative Satur Ocampo (utmost right) keeps his liberty as the Manila Regional Trial Court rejects prosecutors' request to rearrest him on pending murder charges. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

DOJ creates teams to address 14,000-case backlog

Aug 19, 2019 - 12:30 AM

Each team, comprised of a justice undersecretary and 5 prosecutors, is given a week to review 100 petitions

E-mail that triggered probe into ISIS terrorists in PH may be bogus – NBI

Aug 13, 2019 - 7:39 PM

A woman accused in the e-mail as a terrorist says her father may have been behind it due to his disapproval of her fiancé

INTEL ON ALLEGED TERRORISTS. An email sent to the National Bureau of Investigation sets off a full-blown investigation into the alleged entry of terrorists in the country. File photo by Buena Bernal/Rappler

Meet the lawyers fighting Bikoy's sedition complaint

Aug 10, 2019 - 7:19 PM

Marlon Manuel, Rene Saguisag, Arno Sanidad, Filibon Tacardon, Christian Monsod, Rey Robles have done public interest lawyering

SEDITION COMPLAINT. The country's noted lawyers Neri Colmenares, Florin Hilbay, Erin Tañada, Rene Saguisag, Chel Diokno and Edre Olalia are present during the DOJ's first hearing on the inciting to sedition coplaint against the opposition on August 9, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler