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Sandiganbayan acquits cops, army generals in 'Morong 43' case

Jul 19, 2019 - 12:34 PM

(UPDATED) The anti-graft court 7th Division says the human rights laywers who were barred from seeing the detained Morong 43 were not proven to be the 'lawyers of choice'

Supreme Court allows 'Morong 43' trial to continue

Apr 25, 2019 - 6:25 PM

The military and police officers charged over the detention of the 'Morong 43' workers earlier get the clearance of the Sandiganbayan to seek an outright dismissal of their cases without presenting evidence

TRIAL. The Supreme Court of the Philippines gives the go signal to Sandiganbayan trial of Morong 43 army generals and police officers. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Officers behind 'Morong 43' detention allowed to seek dismissal of cases

Mar 12, 2019 - 1:00 PM

The military and police officers charged over the detention of the 'Morong 43' workers in 2010 get the chance to push for outright dismissal of their cases, without presenting their own evidence

DEMURRER. Seven law enforcement officers charged for violating the rights of detained health workers get the leave of court to file a demurrer which could potentially dismiss their charges outright.

Malolos court affirms conviction and jail time vs Palparan, 2 soldiers

Nov 15, 2018 - 4:55 PM

Palparan’s subordinates wanted lesser jail time for surrendering voluntarily, but this plea is denied by the court

KIDNAPPING SENTENCE. General Jovito Palparan inside his cell at Recreational and Diagnostic Center of the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City on 4 October 2018. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

People of the Philippines vs Jovito Palparan

Sep 17, 2018 - 5:11 PM

In this video, reporter Patricia Evangelista and filmmaker Kiri Dalena lay out the case against retired major general Jovito Palparan, accused of kidnapping and serious illegal detention

PALPARAN. Jovito Palparan being interviewed after a hearing. Photo by Geloy Concepcion

After Palparan conviction, lawyers target Gloria Arroyo

Sep 17, 2018 - 3:51 PM

‘We are looking at the angle of command responsibility of Palparan’s commander-in-chief Gloria Macapagal Arroyo,’ says private prosecutor Edre Olalia

Former AFP General Jovito Palparan being escorted by military during promulgation at the Bulacan Regional Trial Court on September 17, 2018. Palparan was guilty on Kidnapping for Serious Illegal Detention. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Palparan says he’s not ready for life imprisonment

Sep 17, 2018 - 12:42 PM

The mother of student activist Sherlyn Cadapan calls on Palparan to return her daughter, missing for 12 years now

NOT READY. Retired army major general Jovito Palparan says he's not ready to spend the rest of his life in jail after he was convicted and sentenced to life for kidnapping and serious illegal detention by the Malolos Regional Trial Court (RTC) on September 17, 2018. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Finding Sherlyn Cadapan

Sep 17, 2018 - 11:55 AM

Mother of disappeared UP student Sherlyn Cadapan speaks of her politicization in the 8 years since her daughter's disappearance. Even after Jovito Palparan's conviction, she hopes her daughter is alive.

'SHOW ME THE EXECUTIONER.' Linda Cadapan, mother of disappeared UP activist Sherlyn Cadapan, speaks at a rally before the NBI where Jovito Palparan is being held. Photo by Patricia Evangelista / Rappler

Jovito Palparan: The most wanted man in the country

Sep 17, 2018 - 11:22 AM

First published in 2013, we are republishing this story by Patricia Evangelista in light of Jovito Palparan's conviction on Sept 17. Based on interviews and sworn court statements.

BUTCHER. Jovito Palparan. Photo by Geloy Concepcion

Jovito Palparan found guilty

Sep 17, 2018 - 9:44 AM

(UPDATED) Palparan’s co-accused Lieutenant Colonel Felipe Anotado and S/Sgt Edgardo Osorio are also found guilty of kidnapping and serious illegal detention. The 3 are sentenced to 40 years in prison.

DETAINED. Senatorial candidate and retired Major General Jovito Palparan. Photo by Carlo Gabuco / Rappler

Maute doctor, 53 others charged for kidnapping, beheading sawmill workers

Jan 30, 2018 - 6:47 PM

Dr Russel Langi Salic, along with his co-accused, are charged with kidnapping, serious illegal detention, and murder before the court in Malabang, Lanao del Sur

EXTRADITION. Filipino doctor Russell Salic (in orange) is escorted by National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) agents following a court hearing in Manila on November 7, 2017. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

After CA acquittal: What's next for Janet Napoles?

May 10, 2017 - 2:22 PM

The Napoles camp intends to file a new petition for bail They have also set a meeting with Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II

SMILING JANET. Alleged pork barrel scam queen Janet Lim-Napoles was all smiles on May 10, 2017 as she appears publicly at the Sandiganbayan in civilian clothes following acquittal before the Court of Appeals (CA). Photo by Rappler

Lawmakers dismayed over Napoles acquittal

May 08, 2017 - 8:50 PM

The standard of justice under the Duterte administration has gone to the dogs says Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin following the CA s ruling in favor of alleged pork barrel scam queen Janet Lim Napoles

DISMAYED. Representatives Carlos Zarate, Ariel Casilao, and Tom Villarin are all disappointed over the CA ruling in favor of Janet Lim Napoles. File photos by Rappler

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May 08, 2017 - 8:42 PM

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Calida on Napoles acquittal: 'Justice prevailed'

May 08, 2017 - 3:15 PM

Solicitor General Jose Calida lauds the Court of Appeals for clearing Janet Lim Napoles in her serious illegal detention case and says this acquittal has no effect on the pork barrel scam cases

Solicitor General Jose Calida attends the continuation of the oral argument of the Supreme Court on the petition of senator Leila De Lima at the SC in Manila on March 28, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

CA acquits Napoles in illegal detention case

May 08, 2017 - 1:55 PM

The Court of Appeals reverses the 2015 conviction of a Makati court saying that Janet Lim Napoles guilt was not proven beyond reasonable doubt

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Apr 28, 2017 - 9:34 PM

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Apr 28, 2017 - 1:42 PM

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SolGen comment good for Napoles PDAF cases – lawyer

Mar 15, 2017 - 5:45 PM

Napoles lawyer Stephen David evades questions about his link to President Duterte

WHAT DEAL? Janet Lim-Napoles' lawyer Stephen David laughs off questions on whether the government had forged a deal with his client over the pork barrel cases. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Jinggoy Estrada: SolGen's comment on Napoles will weaken PDAF cases

Mar 06, 2017 - 4:21 PM

Former senator Jinggoy Estrada says Solicitor General Jose Calida s manifestation will hurt the credibility of whistle blower Benhur Luy

EFFECT ON PDAF CHARGES. Former senator Jinggoy Estrada, shown in this photo when he attended his hearing before the Sandiganbayan on January 30, 2017, believes that the Solicitor General's comment on the Napoles illegal detention case will affect his pork barrel charges. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Napoles accuses De Lima of extortion over illegal detention case

Mar 06, 2017 - 1:35 PM

3rd UPDATE Senator Leila de Lima denies Janet Lim Napoles allegation describing her as a polluted source and pathological liar

COURT APPEARANCE. Janet Lim-Napoles appears in Sandiganbayan on March 6, 2017 for her pre-trial in graft and plunder charges in connection to former Senator Jinggoy Estrada's pork barrel. Photo by Rappler

FACT CHECK: Did Calida flip-flop on Napoles illegal detention case?

Feb 28, 2017 - 2:46 PM

His name appears on the earlier brief but Solicitor General Jose Calida says he had no knowledge of it because of an internal rule in the OSG

'PORK BARREL SCAM QUEEN.' Authorities take a mug shot of Janet Lim Napoles, who is accused of masterminding the pork barrel scam, the biggest corruption scandal in Philippine history. Rappler file photo

Duterte backs SolGen's bid for Napoles acquittal in detention case

Feb 27, 2017 - 8:35 PM

I myself would move for the dismissal [of] the case especially one that is fabricated says President Rodrigo Duterte

'PORK BARREL SCAM QUEEN.' Authorities take a mug shot of Janet Lim Napoles, who is accused of masterminding the pork barrel scam, the biggest corruption scandal in Philippine history. Rappler file photo

Cayetano on Napoles case: This gov't won't act without strategy

Feb 16, 2017 - 2:12 PM

The President s staunchest ally however admits he is also asking for an explanation of the Solicitor General s move to have the pork barrel scam queen acquitted

TEAMWORK. Alan Peter Cayetano and Rodrigo Duterte attend #TheLeaderIWant Forum in DLSU on January 20, 2016 during the 2016 campaign season. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

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SolGen's recommendation on Napoles 'suspicious' – De Lima

Feb 15, 2017 - 7:45 PM

It looks like this administration is bent on taking the side of every high profile crook and scoundrel the past administration was able to jail says the former justice chief who filed charges against Napoles

SUSPICIOUS. Senator Leila de Lima calls as 'suspicious' and 'questionable' the Solicitor General's move to acquit alleged pork barrel mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles. Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

SolGen parrots Napoles arguments in Luy case

Feb 15, 2017 - 7:01 PM

In recommending the acquittal of Janet Napoles the Solicitor General follows the same arguments that the Napoles camp raised at the trial of the Luy illegal detention case

DETAINED. The Solicitor General says the Makati court erred in convicting Janet Lim Napoles for illegally detaining her former employee Benhur Luy. Rappler photo

SolGen: There's no deal with Napoles

Feb 15, 2017 - 6:40 PM

My interest is to see to it that justice is done says Solicitor General Jose Calida on his recommendation that the court acquit Janet Lim Napoles in her serious illegal detention case

NO DEAL WITH JLN. Solicitor General Jose Calida insists the Duterte government is not striking a deal with alleged pork scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Alvarez: Congress will suspend habeas corpus only if Duterte justifies it

Nov 14, 2016 - 2:28 PM

Kung talaga namang kinakailangan bakit hindi ilulusot? At kung hindi naman kailangan talagang hindi lulusot iyan As I’ve said before hindi naman tayo rubber stamp ng Malacañang says House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez

NOT INFLUENCED BY MALACAÑANG. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez maintains that Congress is 'not a rubber stamp' of the administration. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Suspending habeas corpus to harm PNP, drug war - Lacson

Nov 13, 2016 - 2:35 PM

Malacañang meanwhile says the suspension of the writ is just an idea so far

President Rodrigo Duterte in Kuala Lumpur on November 9, 2016. Ace Morandante/Presidential Photo

Duterte to suspend writ of habeas corpus if 'forced'

Nov 12, 2016 - 6:55 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says the law allows him to do this to protect the Republic of the Philippines

DUTERTE'S WARNING. President Rodrigo Duterte says he can suspend the writ of habeas corpus if lawlessness persists in the country. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Police nab Abu Sayyaf member with P600,000 bounty

Jul 23, 2016 - 2:09 PM

Bads Adjam has pending kidnap for ransom cases including the abduction of 21 people in Malaysia in 2000

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Nov 09, 2015 - 6:57 PM

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Ex-INC minister's house help: Leaders force my family to lie

Nov 09, 2015 - 1:48 PM

2nd UPDATE Napakasakit po Nagagalit ako sa mga Sanggunian says Abegail Yanson house help of ex INC minister Lowell Menorca in a video obtained by Rappler

HITTING INC LEADERS. Abegail Yanson, who was supposed detained by former INC minister Lowell Menorca, says she wasn't held against her will and that the INC's leadership is forcing her family to lie. Screen grab from video courtesy of

Ex-INC minister rescued after 'illegal detention'

Oct 23, 2015 - 6:42 PM

Lowell Menorca says in a video that he was illegally detained at the Iglesia ni Cristo central compound from July 25 to October 21 and that everything he said in a Net 25 interview was scripted

ABDUCTED? Former INC minister Lowell Menorca denies he was abducted in an INC interview, but his brother says Lowell said things under duress. Screengrab from Net 25's Eagle News

De Lima denies INC deal: 'I'm back at work'

Sep 01, 2015 - 11:13 AM

UPDATED Justice Secretary Leila de Lima issues the statement a day after the powerful Iglesia ni Cristo agreed to end its days long mass protest calling for her resignation

WHAT RESIGNATION? Justice Secretary Leila de Lima denies speculation that the Iglesia ni Cristo ended its EDSA rally in exchange for her early resignation. File photo by Rappler

Poe camp: Nothing wrong in supporting INC's freedom of expression

Aug 31, 2015 - 3:42 PM

Senator Grace Poe s chief of staff responds to the statement of lawyer Trixie Cruz Angeles who says her statements amount to a violation of the anti graft law

INC'S RIGHTS. Senator Grace Poe says she recognizes the rights of Iglesia ni Cristo to freedom of expression

DOCUMENT: Complaint vs INC leaders

Aug 31, 2015 - 2:59 PM

A copy of the document filed by the expelled INC minister Isaias Samson Jr before the Department of Justice

EXPELLED MINISTER. Isaias Samson Jr, former editor in chief of the Iglesia ni Cristo publication, last week filed a complaint before the Department of Justice. 'Pasugo'File photo by Rappler

Iglesia ni Cristo members prepared for days-long street vigil

Aug 28, 2015 - 2:24 PM

They vow to stay outside the justice department building until the government gives in to their demand to keep its hands off an illegal detention complaint filed against INC leaders

INC members, for the 2nd day, continue to mass in front of the DOJ in Padre Faura. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Filipina workers flee after being forced to work in China

Aug 14, 2015 - 12:00 PM

The Filipinas knew it was illegal for foreign helpers to work in China so they decide to run away when they were taken to Hong Kong to re apply for tourist visas to the mainland

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Apr 14, 2015 - 7:19 PM

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Janet Napoles gets life sentence for detaining Benhur Luy

Apr 14, 2015 - 2:51 PM

A Makati court sentences the alleged pork barrel scam mastermind to life in prison for illegally detaining her longtime aide turned whistleblower

GUILTY. Janet Napoles is sentenced to life in prison for illegally detaining Benhur Luy. Photo from PNP-PIO

SC junks plea of fugitive Napoles brother

Nov 07, 2014 - 6:36 PM

The Supreme Court dismisses Lim’s allegation that a Makati court acted with inordinate haste in ordering his arrest for illegally detaining pork barrel scam whistle blower Benhuy Luy

Who are the lawyers of Janet Lim Napoles?

Aug 29, 2014 - 11:54 AM

The orders of the day for them are to show to the court that the charges against Napoles do not constitute plunder and that Luy is not credible

Condo security: 'Benhur not kidnapped'

Aug 19, 2014 - 12:26 PM

Security guards who witnessed the 2013 NBI rescue of pork scam whistleblower Benhur Luy claim they heard him defending Reynald Lim now accused of kidnapping Luy

KIDNAPPED? Security guards of the Pacific Plaza Towers say Benhur Luy resisted the NBI's 'rescue.' File photo by Joseph Vidal/Senate PRIB

Sandigan may order Napoles transfer to regular jail

Jul 12, 2014 - 10:00 PM

An anti graft court justice says Napoles should be issued a separate commitment order by the 3 Sandiganbayan divisions to be fair to the other accused in the plunder cases

CA: Arrest warrant vs fugitive Napoles brother stays

Jul 07, 2014 - 3:41 PM

Reynald Lim who is facing charges for illegally detaining pork barrel scam witness Benhuy Luy failed in his bid to have his indictment reversed and his arrest warrant recalled

Was Benhur into drugs? Court stops defense from questioning

Jul 01, 2014 - 4:00 PM

The defense attempts to prove the bad character of Benhur Luy in the illegal detention case against Janet Napoles He replies though Hydroxycut is not a prohibited substance

RELIABLE? The defense team of Janet Lim Napoles for her kidnapping case attempts to question Benhur Luy's character. File photo by Joseph Vidal/Senate PRIB

Napoles knows much more than Luy, says lawyer

Jun 06, 2014 - 2:53 PM

Napoles spokesman Bruce Rivera says his client can still help government in pinning down other lawmakers in the scam

HOW TO HELP? After being denied immunity from plunder raps, Janet Lim Napoles' camp insists they're still willing to help government. File photo by Rappler

Napoles unaware of Benhur ‘compromise’ – lawyer

Jun 04, 2014 - 5:30 PM

Lawyer Bruce Rivera says a meeting between the counsels of Napoles and Luy was unplanned and that Napoles herself was not privy to a request made for Luy to drop the serious illegal detention case against her

NOT PRIVY. Janet Lim Napoles' spokesman said Napoles doesn't know about any