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What makes tech 'evil?'

Jan 23, 2020 - 7:57 PM

There are now more avenues for technology to be used justifiably in 'evil' ways because technological innovation appears to have charged forward towards the growth of social injustice

Top U.N. court orders Myanmar to prevent Rohingya genocide

Jan 23, 2020 - 7:23 PM

(UPDATED) Presiding judge Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf says Myanmar must 'take all measures within its power to prevent the commission of all acts' described by the 1948 Genocide Convention

RULING ON MYANMAR. President of the International Court of Justice, Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf (C) speaks during the ruling of the International Court of Justice in The Hague, on January 23, 2020 in the lawsuit filed by The Gambia against Myanmar in which Myanmar is accused of genocide against Rohingya Muslims. Photo by Robin Van Lonkhuijsen/ANP/AFP

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

ICJ to rule next week on urgent measures in Rohingya genocide case

Jan 15, 2020 - 11:47 PM

The ruling comes a month after Myanmar's civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi traveled to The Hague to defend the bloody 2017 crackdown by her nation's army against the Rohingya

ROHINGYA REFUGEES. In this file photo taken on December 11, 2019 Rohingya refugees watch on a mobile phone a live feed of Myanmar's State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi's appearance at the UN's International Court of Justice in the Hague in the Netherlands. File photo by Munir Uz Zaman/ AFP)

What help? Chinese company, gov't officials botch aid to Gem-Ver fishermen

Jan 15, 2020 - 10:46 PM

Rappler traces the origin of F/B Pengyou from Batangas to Occidental Mindoro. The tattered boat is the latest in the government's bungled assistance efforts for the fishermen of Gem-Ver.

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 makes visa upon arrival 30 days only for Chinese tourists

Jan 12, 2020 - 12:28 PM

The amendment also prohibits conversion of the VUA to other types, such as work visas

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

Biggest fears for 2020

Jan 08, 2020 - 2:00 PM

What are yours?

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

U.S. state sacks prison guard trainees for Nazi salute

Dec 31, 2019 - 9:31 AM

The probe concludes the gesture was motivated by 'ignorance' and an 'appalling lack of judgement' but still 'damaged the reputation' of the West Virginia prison

JUST IGNORANT? In this photo received by AFP on December 30, 20190 from the W.Va., the Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Basic Training Class #18 in West Virginia poses for a photo as they gesture the Nazi salute. Photo by HO/W.Va. Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation/AFP

The second sinking of Gem-Ver

Dec 27, 2019 - 1:18 PM

Part 1: Rappler returns to San Jose 5 months later, in November, as the crewmen finish their repairs and prepare to sail back to Recto Bank. While Gem-Ver has been patched up, its men have drifted apart.

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

Mexico vows to take Bolivia to court over embassy spat

Dec 27, 2019 - 9:44 AM

The two countries' relations continues to turn sour after Mexico granted asylum to Bolivian ex-president Evo Morales

FEUDING COUNTRIES. Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard Casaubon says they would file a complaint against Bolivia with the International Court of Justice. File photo by Eric Baradat/AFP

Number of environmental defenders killed increases to 49 in 2019

Dec 26, 2019 - 7:34 AM

Farmers and agricultural workers remain the most targeted, representing 63% of deaths

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

Romania upholds acquittals in notorious child trafficking case

Dec 24, 2019 - 8:24 AM

Police raids into child trafficking hubs discovered jewellery and large amounts of cash, as well as documents giving members of the network power of attorney over children, enabling them to be taken to Britain

ROMANIA. A silhouette on a Romanian flag is pictured as protesters march in downtown Bucharest demanding an independent justice system on March 3, 2019. Photo by Daniel Mihailescu / AFP

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

[EDITORIAL] Ang anino ng backhoe sa Ampatuan massacre

Dec 23, 2019 - 10:31 AM

The sad truth is this: the trial of the decade does not reform, overhaul, or even change the injustice that's still prevalent in our society today

Will PH military be China's unwitting accessory to data breach?

Dec 21, 2019 - 3:10 PM

Experts say Dito Telecommunity can allow China to mine data of Filipinos, and the Philippine military would be helping it by letting the telco build cell sites in its camps and bases

IBP on Ampatuan verdict: Delayed justice breeds despair, corruption

Dec 20, 2019 - 4:55 PM

While it welcomes the conviction of suspects in the Ampatuan massacre, the Integrated Bar of the Philippines laments the delay and pushes for reforms in the judicial process

Military report confirms spying risks in deal with China-backed telco

Dec 20, 2019 - 2:36 PM

The China-backed telco’s equipment can indeed be used to spy on the military, says the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ own risk analysis of the ‘co-location’ deal

[PODCAST] Ano ang solusyon sa mabagal na PH justice system?

Dec 20, 2019 - 12:06 PM

Paano makakatulong ang proyektong Governance in Justice sa mabagal na galaw ng hudikatura? Pakinggan sa podcast na ito nila justice reporter Lian Buan at researcher-writer Jodesz Gavilan.

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.

Bantag tries to slay Bilibid's old monsters, Duterte-style

Dec 16, 2019 - 8:52 PM

Part 3: Gerald Bantag literally bulldozed his way to get rid of shanties inside Bilibid on his first week. Will it work in fixing congestion and criminality? We take an inside look.

DEMOLTION. BuCor chief Gerald Bantag leads the demolition of illegally-built shanties inside the New Bilibid Prison. Photo courtesy of BuCor

Unqualified GCTA returnees lose jobs, are detained for months

Dec 15, 2019 - 9:12 PM

Part 2: Even if many are not heinous crime convicts, former inmates turn themselves in to the Correctional Institution for Women out of fear of the President. Administrative lapses make them worry they won’t be home for Christmas.

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.

Myanmar's Suu Kyi rejects genocide claims in U.N. court

Dec 11, 2019 - 4:51 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Myanmar's civilian leader rejects the 'misleading and incomplete' allegations by The Gambia that Myanmar's 2017 military operation amounted to an attempt to exterminate the Rohingya

SUU KYI. A handout photo released on December 10, 2019 by the International Court of Justice shows Myanmar's State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi attending the start of a 3-day hearing on the Rohingya genocide case before the UN International Court of Justice at the Peace Palace of The Hague. Photo by Frank Van Beek/UN Photo/ICJ/AFP

2019: Year of rough seas for PH in the face of belligerent China

Dec 10, 2019 - 8:09 PM

Often undetected, Chinese vessels and warships cross deeper into the Philippines' territorial seas and closer to home

Myanmar's Suu Kyi told to 'stop the genocide' in U.N. court showdown

Dec 10, 2019 - 5:28 PM

(3rd UPDATE) 'Another genocide is unfolding right before our eyes yet we do nothing to stop it,' says Gambian Justice Minister Abubacarr Tambadou

DEFENSE. Myanmar's State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi stands before UN's International Court of Justice on December 10, 2019, in the Peace Palace of The Hague, at the start of a three-day hearing on Rohingya genocide case. Photo by Koen Van Weel/ANP/AFP

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

Suu Kyi set to make history in Hague genocide case

Dec 08, 2019 - 11:18 AM

Political analysts say Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi's appearance before The Hague is 'unprecedented and also very unwise'

APOLOGIST? Critics argue Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi Suu Kyi is acting as an apologist for the same military that kept her under house arrest for many years.   Roslan RAHMAN / AFP

Thousands in Myanmar rally behind Suu Kyi ahead of Hague court date

Dec 07, 2019 - 8:21 PM

Aung San Suu Kyi is set to face the International Court of Justice next week to defend Myanmar against charges it committed genocide against the Muslim minority risks further damaging her already tattered overseas reputation

South Cotabato police arrest aunt offering nieces for online sex

Dec 07, 2019 - 8:05 PM

Police rescue 5 girls aged 5 to 15 from the woman suspect

CRIME SCENE. Police cordon off the home of the suspect after the operation. IJM photo

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.