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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

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

De Lima's co-accused in drug case arrested; denies drug links

Aug 16, 2019 - 10:17 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Jad Dera insists his only link to the Bilibid drug trade was as an asset of the Philippine National Police. He denies any link to Senator Leila de Lima.

ARRESTED. Jose Adrian Dera is escorted by the members of NBI after a media briefing in Manila on August 16, 2019. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Court allows De Lima to attend lawyer son's thanksgiving dinner

Jun 14, 2019 - 5:34 PM

Senator Leila de Lima's son Vincent Joshua Bohol is among the 1,800 passers of the 2018 Bar Examinations

MOTHER'S PRIDE. Senator Leila de Lima's son, Vincent Bohol (in red, to her right), passes the 2018 Bar exams. Sourced photo

Another DOJ witness vs De Lima linked to prison drug trade

Jun 14, 2019 - 4:20 PM

DOJ witness and NBI agent Jun Ablen is implicated in the drug trade by Rafael Ragos, a former accused who has turned state witness against the jailed senator

BILIBID DRUG TRADE. NBI agent Jovencio "Jun" Ablen Jr during his testimony at the HOR Committe on Justice inquiry on September 20, 2016 into the drug trade at the New Bilibid Prison. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

I delivered kickbacks to De Lima on inmate's order, says ex-BuCor chief

Jun 07, 2019 - 2:36 PM

Why would former Bureau of Corrections chief Rafael Ragos follow the orders of an inmate, asks Boni Tacardon, the lawyer of Senator Leila de Lima

DE LIMA DRUG TRIAL. Former BuCor officer-in-charge Rafael Ragos during his testimony at the House of Representatives on September 20, 2016, which prompted the drug charges that sent opposition senator Leila de Lima to jail. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

'Magsama tayo sa impyerno': Tense hearing gets trial rolling for De Lima

Mar 15, 2019 - 2:20 PM

(UPDATED) Intelligence agent Jovencio Ablen Jr reiterates his claim that he saw the delivery of bags of money to Senator Leila de Lima’s house in Parañaque, which the senator dismisses as 'pure fiction'

DRUG TRIAL. Detained opposition Senator Leila De Lima attends her trial over illegal drug charges pending before the Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 205 on March 15, 2019. Photo courtesy of Office of Senator De Lima

De Lima wants court to charge Bilibid convicts in drug cases

Mar 07, 2019 - 11:56 AM

‘It would be a complete travesty of justice should the Honorable Court sanction the arbitrary and wrongful exclusion from the Information of those who had actual participation in the illegal drug trade,’ says De Lima

DRUG CASE. Detained opposition senator Leila De Lima attends the hearing of her drug case inside the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) court on March 6, 2019. Photo courtesy of Office of Senator De Lima

De Lima camp wants to haul Aquino, Bato, Aguirre to trial

Feb 01, 2019 - 4:50 PM

De Lima is arraigned on her 3rd and last drug charge, where she again refuses to enter a plea

DRUG CHARGES. Senator Leila de Lima attends her arraignment for her 3rd and last drug charge at the Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court on February 1, 2019. Photo courtesy of LeiladeLima Comms

Supreme Court acquits more drug suspects

Jan 22, 2019 - 12:14 PM

Justices sternly remind prosecutors that they must prove 'with certitude' that the illegal drugs seized in buy-bust operations are 'exactly the same substance offered' as evidence in court

De Lima to CA: Stop convicts from testifying against me in drug case

Nov 26, 2018 - 6:08 PM

(UPDATED) The High Court itself had previously ruled that allowing criminals guilty of crimes involving moral turpitude to become state witnesses is arbitrary

SLOW TRIAL. Detained Senator Leila De Lima's hearing at the New Bilibid Prison on October 16, 2018, is again reset. Photo from Office of Senator De Lima

Convicts vs De Lima not ‘state witnesses’? Technicality protects DOJ

Nov 07, 2018 - 3:50 PM

Unfortunately for Senator De Lima, the Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 206 agrees and puts in an official court order the technicality argument of the DOJ

4th judge in De Lima case inhibits

Nov 06, 2018 - 11:52 AM

Judge Lorna Navarro Domingo says while she 'finds no sufficient ground to inhibit herself from conducting trial,' she did so 'to show good faith to all parties'

DRUGS CASE. Detained Senator Leila De Lima attends her hearing at the Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court (RTC) on November 6, 2018, for conspiracy to commit illegal drug trade. Photo by Office of Senator De Lima

De Lima wants judge out of her case due to 'bias'

Oct 16, 2018 - 3:41 PM

The detained senator says Muntinlupa Judge Lorna Navarro-Domingo has shown ‘manifest bias, partiality, and hostility’ toward her

SLOW TRIAL. Detained Senator Leila De Lima's hearing at the New Bilibid Prison on October 16, 2018, is again reset. Photo from Office of Senator De Lima

De Lima denounces media ban in court hearings

Oct 11, 2018 - 11:23 AM

'The authorities are getting more and more unreasonable in restricting media access to my court proceedings and any of my public outings, for that matter,' says detained Senator Leila de Lima

HEARING. Under heavy security, opposition Senator Leila de Lima leaves the Quezon City Metropolitan Trial Court Branch 34 courtroom after the prosecution failed to present its witness on October 4. The hearing is reset to November 7. Photo from Senator De Lima's office

Drug convicts to start testifying vs De Lima

Sep 27, 2018 - 3:53 PM

Senator Leila de Lima hits Muntinlupa Judge Lorna Navarro Domingo for a premature order upholding the qualification of drug convicts as witnesses

TRIAL. Senator Leila De Lima is on trial for 3 counts of conspiracy to commit illegal drugs. Photo from Office of Sen. De Lima

Muntinlupa court must rule if Bilibid convicts valid witnesses vs De Lima

Sep 18, 2018 - 3:56 PM

The Department of Justice moves to hold the next hearings in the New Bilibid Prison and in Camp Aguinaldo, where two of the convicts had been transferred for security reasons

DRUG CASE. Senator Leila De Lima attends her hearing at the Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court (RTC) on September 18, 2018. Photo by Office of Senator De Lima

New case? De Lima is summoned by NBI for a drug investigation

Sep 10, 2018 - 7:56 PM

(UPDATED) The incarcerated senator Leila de Lima says: ‘Bring it on!’

SUMMONED. Senator Leila De Lima is summoned by the NBI for a drug-related investigation involving Kerwin Espinosa. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Makati court orders arrest of Peter Lim

Aug 14, 2018 - 4:16 PM

Lim's co-accused Kerwin Espinosa, Marcelo Adorco, and Ruel Malindangan are also covered by the order

APPEARANCE BEFORE NBI. Alleged drug lord Peter Lim is escorted by security after he shows up at the National Bureau of Investigation in Manila on July 21, 2016. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

DOJ witness Kerwin Espinosa washes hands in Albuera drug raid

Aug 10, 2018 - 3:04 PM

(UPDATED) A cop whom Kerwin said was in his pocket takes the witness stand, and says police found no evidence to link him to the raid

STATE PROTECTION. Kerwin Espinosa leaves the Manila RTC on August 10, 2018, tightly guarded by escorts from both the NBI and the DOJ Intelligence Service Operations Group (ISOG). Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

18 months after arrest, De Lima finally arraigned in drugs cases

Aug 10, 2018 - 12:45 PM

Senator Leila De Lima refuses to enter a plea, calling it ‘a sham case’

ARRAIGNED. Senator Leila De Lima leaves the Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court on August 10, 2018, after she was arraigned before Branch 205 for 2 counts of conspiracy to commit illegal drug trading. Photo from Senator De Lima's Office

Actor CJ Ramos released from jail

Aug 10, 2018 - 10:34 AM

Actor CJ Ramos was arrested during a buy-bust operation in Quezon City

Ex-child actor CJ Ramos busted by Caloocan cops for using and selling illegal drugs.

Australian, Swiss arrested in separate raids in Pampanga

Aug 01, 2018 - 2:09 PM

CIDG arrests a Swiss for keeping a high-powered assault firearm, while a joint NBI-PDEA team apprehends an Aussie for possessing shabu

'Kill yellows' fiscal now part of DOJ panel in De Lima case

Jun 22, 2018 - 12:49 PM

'Kailangan namin ng may guts,' says the head of the DOJ panel on Darwin Cañete's special assignment

SPECIAL ASSIGNMENT. Controversial Caloocan City Prosecutor Darwin Cañete gets a special assignment to be part of the DOJ panel handling the drug charges against Senator Leila De Lima. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Marcelo Adorco: A precarious spot the gov’t case vs Espinosa stands on

Jun 08, 2018 - 5:23 PM

The star witness – the only witness – cannot read and write and only speaks Cebuano. His retractions are blamed on translation lapses.

GRILLED. Marcelo Adorco (utmost right) is grilled by veteran defense lawyer Raymond Fortun while his client Kerwin Espinosa (utmost left) watches looking pleased as the Manila RTC Branch 26 continues the trial on Espinosa's illegal possession of firerarms and drugs charges. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Peter Lim asks Supreme Court to stop DOJ reinvestigation

Jun 07, 2018 - 2:45 PM

The businessman files a petition before the Supreme Court, claiming that the Department of Justice reinvestigation violates his right to due process

APPEAL. Cebu-based businessman Peter Lim runs to the Supreme Court to stop the reinvestigation of the DOJ into his alleged links to the Visayan drug trade.

Supreme Court affirms De Lima's arrest on drug charges

Jun 06, 2018 - 6:36 PM

Dissenting Justice Benjamin Caguioa hits the double standard applied to the cases of De Lima and Lim-Espinosa, saying the senator's constitutional right 'continues to be violated'

DRUG CHARGES. Detained Senator Leila De Lima loses her appeal at the Supreme Court as the en banc denies with finality her motion for reconsideration questioning the validity of the drug charges against her. Photo courtesy of the office of Senator De Lima

Where are the Chinese middlemen in the P6.4B shabu case?

May 23, 2018 - 5:08 PM

It has been 4 months since arrest warrants were issued against the Chinese, and none of them have been caught yet

SHABU SHIPMENT. Chinese businessmen Richard Chen/Tan (left) and Kenneth Dong (right) are still at large four months since their arrest warrants were issued. Photo of Richard Chen/Tan by Joseph Vidal/PRIB and photo of Kenneth Dong by Rappler

Jaybee Sebastian will plead guilty in De Lima drug trade case – DOJ

May 18, 2018 - 11:33 AM

This follows the DOJ's dismissal of charges against Rafael Ragos to make him state witness against De Lima

High profile inmate Jaybee Sebastian appears before the House committee on justice as resumes its probe on October 10, 2016 into the proliferation of drugs in the New Bilibid Prison.

What gov't key witness says about alleged Lim-Espinosa-Co drug network

May 01, 2018 - 8:21 AM

Adorco says he and his ‘boss’ Kerwin Espinosa once met Peter Co inside a hospital in Manila to talk about a drug transaction. Co is a convicted drug lord serving a life sentence in Bilibid.

WITNESS. Marcelo Adorco, the police's lone witness so far, executes a fourth affidavit to correct some inconsistencies. File photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

2002 House report proves Peter Lim lied over drug links – gov't lawyers

Apr 30, 2018 - 5:54 PM

The committee report from 2002 recommended that Lim be prosecuted for perjury for lying about his links to a certain Ben Go

Alleged drug lord Peter Lim is escorted by security after he shows up at the National Bureau of Investigation in Manila on July 21, 2016 to clear his name. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Peter Lim camp cries foul over lack of due process

Apr 12, 2018 - 3:47 PM

With an assistant solicitor general as lead counsel, the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group promises to bring in additional witnesses and evidence against the alleged drug lord

De Lima's 1st year in jail: 3 judges inhibit, one retires early

Feb 14, 2018 - 2:55 PM

Judge Antonietta Medina of Branch 276 inhibits twice in the cases against Senator Leila de Lima, her classmate and kumare

#EveryWoman for Leila de Lima launch at the Senate on February 14, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

SolGen appeals to CA to allow Mary Jane Veloso’s testimony in PH case

Jan 24, 2018 - 10:42 AM

Her testimony will be vital in the local case in Nueva Ecija against her alleged recruiters. The local case will boost her defense in the drug trafficking charge in Indonesia

Parents of OFW Mary Jane Veloso, Cesar and Celia, weep as they appeal to President Rodrigo Duterte to help their daughter who is facing death sentence in Indonesia for illegal drug trade, during a candle lighting rally at the Plaza Miranda in Quiapo, Manila on Thursday, September 8, 2016. Photo by Ben Nabong/ Rappler

De Lima asks Aguirre: Where are your drug war EJK cases?

Jul 24, 2017 - 3:07 PM

The DOJ s latest data of extrajudicial killing cases refer only to victims from cause oriented groups

Liberal International leader visits De Lima in jail

Jul 22, 2017 - 5:18 PM

UPDATED But another Liberal International leader – the organization president – is barred from visiting detained Senator Leila de Lima

JAIL VISIT. Liberal International (LI) Human Rights Committee Chair Markus Loening (left) is the only one allowed to visit Senator Leila de Lima on July 22, 2017 while LI President Juli Minoves (right) is denied entry. Photo from Office of Senator Leila de Lima

Is DOJ turning a blind eye to EJKs? De Lima and Aguirre exchange claims

Jul 21, 2017 - 6:56 PM

I ve always been relevant How can concern for EJKs and our rights be ever irrelevant? says Senator Leila de Lima responding to Secretary Aguirre s criticism

CONCERN FOR HUMAN RIGHTS. Detained Senator Leila de Lima says "concern for human rights" is never irrelevant as she addresses current issues in one of her public appearances on July 21, 2017 after her hearing at the Quezon City Metropolitan Trial Court. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

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