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Duque volunteers to be investigated by DOJ in ongoing PhilHealth probe

Jun 25, 2019 - 2:50 PM

Even though he was not being probed, the health secretary asks the DOJ to investigate him

WARNING ISSUED. Department of Health Secretary Francisco Duque asks the DOJ to include in tis investigation his family-owned property leased to PhilHealth in Dagupan City,  Pangasinan. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Guevarra proposes PH-China probe of Recto Bank incident

Jun 20, 2019 - 6:26 PM

'The objective is to determine the facts and allocate accountabilities in a joint, instead of an adversarial, manner,’ says Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra

JOINT INQUIRY. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra proposes a joint inquiry with China to investigate the sinking of a Philippine ship at the Reed Bank. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

COA calls out DOJ for 'huge' travel spending

Jun 20, 2019 - 4:02 PM

'There were 23 types of meetings/fora/dialogues wherein two to 5 participants were sent by DOJ to attend, resulting in huge amounts of traveling expenses being spent by DOJ totaling ₱5,550,149.44,' the Commission on Audit says

DOJ conducts special probe into activist killings in Bicol

Jun 19, 2019 - 6:45 PM

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra creates special investigating teams to look into the killings of Ryan Hubilla, Nelly Bagasala, and Neptali Moraga

DOJ summons Jacky Co over P1.8-B shabu shipment

Jun 18, 2019 - 8:00 PM

The Department of Justice has directed suspected Chinese drug lord Jacky Co and 16 others to respond to the criminal complaint filed by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency

SEIZED. Authorities present to the media around 400 kilos of methamphetamine (shabu) worth P 1.8 billion seized at the Manila International Container Port on March 22, 2019. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Kapa officers face criminal complaints at DOJ

Jun 18, 2019 - 4:36 PM

The Securities and Exchange Commission files complaints against Kapa Community Ministry International officers over their 'illegal' investment scheme

Atty. Jose Aquino of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) arrives at the Department of Justice (DOJ) in Manila on 18 June 2019. They file a criminal complaint against KAPA-Community Ministry International Inc. over its alleged involvement in a investment scam. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Solano found guilty of obstruction of justice in Atio hazing death

Jun 17, 2019 - 9:29 AM

(UPDATED) Aegis Juris fratman John Paul Solano is sentenced to 2 to 4 years in prison

GUILTY. John Paul Solano is found guilty of obstruction of justice in the Atio Castillo hazing case. File Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

DOJ puts 15 Kapa officials on immigration lookout

Jun 14, 2019 - 7:56 PM

Included in the lookout is Kapa founder Pastor Joel Apolinario

PRAY OVER. Pastor Joel Apolinario prays over some 50,000 members of Kapa Community International Ministry in a rally in General Santos City on June 13, 2019. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Wellmed owner, whistle-blowers indicted for estafa over PhilHealth scandal

Jun 14, 2019 - 6:00 PM

Bryan Sy and whistle-blowers Liezel Aileen De Leon and Edwin Roberto will have to post bail of P1.224 million per person

PHILHEALTH SCANDAL. Wellmed Dialysis Center owner Dr. Bryan Sy and the two whistleblowers Liezel Aileen De Leon and Edwin Roberto appear at the NBI in Manila on June 13, 2019 for a press conference on the Philhealth ghost dialysis scandal. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

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

Justice Bernabe to new lawyers: 'Integrity is non-negotiable'

Jun 13, 2019 - 5:24 PM

‘When making a choice, go with your heart even if it terrifies you,’ says Supreme Court Associate Justice Estela Perlas-Bernabe

Around 1,800 bar exam passers take an oath during their oath-taking ceremony held at PICC in Pasay on 13 June 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

U.S. arrests 1,700 'online child sex offenders' in two-month operation

Jun 12, 2019 - 8:05 AM

The US justice department says the 'Broken Heart' operation of April and May targeted people who make and distribute child pornography, as well as those who receive and download it

Oriental Mindoro provincial prosecutor ambushed at home

Jun 10, 2019 - 12:32 PM

The Department of Justice calls on law enforcement authorities to investigate the ambush of Oriental Mindoro prosecutor Josephine Olivar

[OPINION] A call for a South China Sea truth movement

Jun 09, 2019 - 4:17 PM

The Philippines must harness the power of communications through the internet in protecting its sovereign rights in the West Philippine Sea

DOJ to wrap up estafa case vs Bikoy without his defense

Jun 04, 2019 - 4:00 PM

'The case has been submitted for resolution in lieu of the absence of Peter Advincula,' says the lawyer of the complainants in the estafa case

NO SHOW. Peter Joemel Advincula snubs his estafa hearing at the Department of Justice. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Malacañang affirms firing of Deputy Ombudsman Carandang

Jun 03, 2019 - 10:07 AM

(UPDATED) This again puts Ombudsman Martires on the spotlight – will he enforce the dismissal or stand firm that a Supreme Court ruling renders Carandang untouchable from Malacañang?

FIRED BY PALACE. Malacañang affirms its dismissal of Overall Deputy Ombudsman Melchor Arthur Carandang. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

FAST FACTS: Who is SC Associate Justice Henri Inting?

May 28, 2019 - 3:15 PM

The new Supreme Court associate justice hails from President Rodrigo Duterte’s hometown of Davao City.

Screengrab from the JBC public panel interview of Henri Inting, February 13, 2019.

DOJ clears cops accused of killing QC prosecutor

May 27, 2019 - 8:55 PM

‘Mere speculations and probabilities’ aren’t enough to establish the guilt of SPO2 Rodante Lalimarmo, PO3 Arthur Lucy, and PO1 Jose Mercado, says the justice department

U.S. charges Julian Assange with violating Espionage Act

May 24, 2019 - 8:40 AM

(UPDATED) WikiLeaks denounces the charges as 'an unprecedented attack on the global free press' and an 'extraterritorial application of US law'

NEW CHARGES. In this file photo taken on May 1, 2019 WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange gestures from the window of a prison van as he is driven into Southwark Crown Court in London, before being sentenced to 50 weeks in prison for breaching his bail conditions in 2012. File photo by Daniel  Leal-Olivas/AFP

Bersamin to lawyers: Face sanctions for frivolous cases

May 22, 2019 - 4:33 PM

‘The time for imposing sanctions on such litigants and lawyers may soon be around the corner,’ says the Chief Justice

Chief Justice Bersamin, Associate Justices Lead Flag Ceremony on 2nd Week of SC Summer Session, et al. Courtesy SC PIO

DOJ files money laundering cases vs RCBC execs

May 22, 2019 - 4:20 PM

RCBC says it is 'confident' that its officers 'will be vindicated' since its own probe found that they were not aware of the alleged money laundering

Bersamin is 9th highest paid PH government official in 2018

May 22, 2019 - 11:28 AM

The Chief Justice receives P3.27 million in benefits in 2018, which is more than his basic salary of P2.46 million in the same year

9TH HIGHEST PAID. Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin is the 9th highest paid Philippine government official for 2018. Courtesy SC PIO

The cold will inherit the Earth

May 12, 2019 - 11:00 AM

It is not 'wealthy country warming' that is happening, but global warming. We all live in a planet that has been warming.

Turkish election body sticks to disputed Istanbul rerun decision

May 09, 2019 - 7:00 AM

The election board has voided the opposition Republican People's Party narrow victory in Turkey's biggest city and economic hub Istanbul and ordered a replay of the vote

RERUN. Protesters chant slogans during a demonstration in Istanbul, on May 8, 2019, following a decision by the authorities to re-run the city's mayoral election. Photo by Bulent Kilic/AFP

DOJ’s ultimatum for Bikoy: Bring your evidence to NBI or face sedition charges

May 08, 2019 - 2:44 PM

‘Should he fail to do so, the DOJ will consider his possible inclusion in Rodel Jayme's inciting to sedition case or indictment for other criminal charges after proper investigation,’ says Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra

ULTIMATUM. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra tells Peter Joemel Advincula alias Bikoy to go to the NBI with evidence on the first family or face inciting to sedition charges. Photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler

TIMELINE: The 'Bikoy' controversy

May 08, 2019 - 12:26 PM

(UPDATED) This controversy has led to several events, including a warantless arrest, a charge of inciting to sedition, and a whistle-blower going public

UAE drags Qatar to court over crisis

May 07, 2019 - 11:07 PM

Qatar has faced an economic and diplomatic boycott since June 2017 by Gulf rivals who accuse Doha of backing terrorism and being too close to regional rival Iran

INTERNATIONAL COURT OF JUSTICE. A picture released by the International Court of Justice in The Hague on February 3, 2012 shows a general view of the court during the reading of the Judgment of the International Court of Justice in the case concerning Jurisdictional Immunities of the State. AFP FILE PHOTO/UN-ICJ-FRANK VAN BEEK

Erdogan welcomes controversial rerun of Istanbul vote

May 07, 2019 - 9:53 PM

The loss of Istanbul, the country's economic hub, was a shocking defeat for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's ruling party

RERUN. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's ruling Justice and Development Party lost the mayorship of Turkey's biggest city by a narrow margin and has refused to accept defeat. File photo by AFP

DOJ charges webmaster of inciting to sedition over Bikoy videos

May 06, 2019 - 5:37 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The information is filed on Tuesday, May 7, before the Parañaque Regional Trial Court

DOJ CHARGES. The Department of Justice says it will be charging webmaster Rodel Jayme of inciting to sedition over the spreading of videos damaging to the First Family. File photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

30,000 int'l petitioners to PH: Drop charges vs Maria Ressa

May 05, 2019 - 12:38 PM

Amnesty International Australia sends the petition, with nearly 30,000 signatures, to Philippine Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra

SUPPORT. Amnesty International Australia sent a petition to the Department of Justice, asking to drop the charges against Rappler CEO Maria Ressa. The petition is signed by nearly 30,000 others. Photo from Amnesty International Australia

Iligan mother arrested for offering children for online sexual exploitation

May 03, 2019 - 7:35 PM

She offered her 5-year-old son for online sexual abuse before being captured by the Philippine National Police

ARRESTED. The mother is arrested by police at her home in Iligan City. Photo from IJM

Legal questions on the arrest of ‘Bikoy’ video sharer

May 03, 2019 - 1:56 PM

The DOJ initially announces an offense for cyber libel, but the NBI later cites an offense of inciting to sedition for spreading videos critical of the First Family

Other 'Bikoy' video sharers can be investigated too – DOJ

May 02, 2019 - 6:45 PM

'It may turn out that some other special people who propagated the video...may have to be investigated further likewise,' says Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra

PROBE CONTINUES. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra confirms the arrest of 'Rodel Jayme', the administrator of metrobalita.net that regularly shared the 'Bikoy' videos. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Istanbul police open probes over vote 'irregularities'

May 02, 2019 - 6:21 PM

More than 100 election officials have been summoned as part of the inquiries across 3 districts in Turkey's biggest city, according to state news agency Anadolu

ISTANBUL ELECTION. Supporters of Turkey's main opposition Republican People's Party candidate Ekrem Imamoglu cheer after Turkish election officials officially confirmed his win as Istanbul mayor on April 17, 2019 as they wait outside Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality hall for Imamoglu's arrival for a handover ceremony. File photo by Yasin Akgul/AFP

NBI files inciting to sedition complaint vs 'Bikoy' video sharer

May 02, 2019 - 5:48 PM

(UPDATED) Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra says Rodel Jayme may also face a child abuse complaint since President Rodrigo Duterte's 15-year-old daughter Kitty was mentioned in the videos

BIKOY. Rodel Jayme is booked for a complaint of inciting to sedition for spreading Bikoy videos, a series of online videos that linked President Rodrigo Duterte's family and those close to him to the illegal drug trade.

NBI arrests 'Bikoy' videos uploader

May 02, 2019 - 9:14 AM

(UPDATED) The still unidentified person is arrested over cyberlibel

UPLOADER. Screenshot of "Bikoy" online video which alleged that President Duterte is involved in the illegal drugs trade.

DOJ: No basis to probe lawyers, journalists in 'oust Duterte' matrix for now

Apr 23, 2019 - 4:04 PM

‘We need more information than that depicted in a diagram,’ says Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra

Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Democrats vow more investigations into Trump’s ‘dishonest’ and ‘immoral’ conduct

Apr 19, 2019 - 10:55 AM

'Donald Trump has spent his entire presidency engaged in a nonstop campaign of obstruction, intimidation, and abuse of power,' says Democratic party chairman Tom Perez. 'No one is above the law.'

INVESTIGATIONS. Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee Adam Schiff speaks at a press conference discussing today's release of the redacted Mueller report on April 18, 2019 in Burbank, California. Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images/AFP  MARIO TAMA / Getty Images North America / AFP

Russia report tells how angry Trump wanted Mueller fired

Apr 19, 2019 - 9:59 AM

'I had the right to end the whole Witch Hunt if I wanted. I could have fired everyone, including Mueller, if I wanted. I chose not to,' Trump tweeted from Air Force One.

'THIS IS THE END OF MY PRESIDENCY.' A page from the recently released Mueller Report is shown April 18, 2019 in Washington, DC. Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP  WIN MCNAMEE / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

Mueller report details Trump's efforts to halt probe

Apr 19, 2019 - 9:42 AM

Trump's efforts to remove Mueller began after press reports indicated that the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election had widened to include whether the president had committed obstruction of justice

RESIGNED. In this file photo, White House counsel Don McGahn listens as Supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill on September 27, 2018. Photo by Andrew Harnik / POOL / AFP

Turkey opposition win in disputed Istanbul vote confirmed – party

Apr 17, 2019 - 11:58 PM

The loss of the capital Ankara and Istanbul to the Republican People's Party is a major setback for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's ruling AKP after a decade and a half in power

OPPOSITION WIN. Candidate of main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) for Istanbul mayor Ekrem Imamoglu (C) arrives to receive his mandate certificate from authorities at the local courthouse in Istanbul on April 17, 2019. Photo by Yasin AKGUL / AFP)

DOJ indicts ex-cop Acierto over magnetic lifters shabu case

Apr 17, 2019 - 6:16 PM

Dismissed PDEA deputy chief Ismael Fajardo and resigned customs intel officer Jimmy Guban are also indicted for drug importation

INDICTED. Controversial ex-cop Eduardo Acierto is indicted for drug importation over intercepted magnetic lifters which were found to have contained shabu in 2018. File photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Group starts petition urging youth, government to act on climate crisis

Apr 15, 2019 - 6:07 PM

The 'I am Climate Justice Movement' needs volunteers to get barangay ordinances passed in support of the campaign

Choose candidates with environmental agenda – youth leaders

Apr 14, 2019 - 9:07 PM

Youth climate advocates from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao challenge candidates to help stop using coal energy and producing single-use plastic, among others

CALL TO ACTION. Youth leaders from across the Philippines gather in a unity declaration protest to stop environmental destruction. Photo by Claudia Gancayco

Erdogan's party to seek rerun of Istanbul election

Apr 09, 2019 - 10:58 PM

Officials at the Supreme Electoral Council will decide whether the ruling party has a case

RERUN. This file photo taken on March 31, 2019 shows ballots inside a polling box during the local elections at a polling station of Tuzla district in Istanbul. der way in several of Istanbul's 39 districts. File photo by Ozan Kose/AFP

DOJ official accused of manipulating case vs Daraga Mayor Baldo

Apr 09, 2019 - 9:33 AM

The camp of Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo also threatens to file administrative charges against the panel of prosecutors in Camarines Sur

MANIPULATION? The camp of Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo accuses a Department of Justice official manipulating the case against the mayor. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

DOJ checking Xian Gaza's claim he fled the Philippines

Apr 07, 2019 - 11:28 PM

Former 'billboard suitor' Xian Gaza claims he was able to leave the country despite 3 arrest warrants against him

Carpio warns against similar waivers to China in Kaliwa dam project

Mar 29, 2019 - 11:52 AM

‘Our assets are also collateralized in Kaliwa dam, patrimonial assets also,’ says Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio

KALIWA DAM. Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio says the China-funded Kaliwa Dam has similar waivers in the loan agreement that could end up collateralizing gas from the Reed Bank. Photo by LeAnne/Rappler

DOJ indicts NDF consultant Gamara for illegal possession of firearms, explosives

Mar 28, 2019 - 4:09 PM

Renante Gamara and retired priest Arturo Joseph Balagat are cleared of violating the election rule that bans bringing guns outside the home

NDF CONSULTANT. Renante Gamara is arrested inside a 'safehouse' in Imus, Cavite. Photo from Karapatan

Reed Bank not collateral to China loan? Carpio rebuts Duterte gov't

Mar 27, 2019 - 10:20 AM

Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio counters the claims of government officials who sought to downplay his warning against the repercussions of a government loan from China

LEGAL VIEWS. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo (left) and Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio have clashing views on a provision in the Chico River project loan agreement. Carpio photo from Senate PRIB