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[OPINION] The punitive turn: The bungled discourse of the GCTA law

Aug 31, 2019 - 3:11 PM

Fueled by the continuing emphasis on the Antonio Sanchez case, the discourse has decidedly turned punitive – the raw and basic instinct for blood had taken over the land

IN CHARTS: 2 years on, PH courts have 30% compliance with continuous trial

Aug 28, 2019 - 9:57 PM

Before continuous trial, only 2% of criminal cases on average finish trial in 180 days. The 30% compliance is an impressive improvement.

PH COURTS. A woman looks at the bulletin board of one of the busiest court houses in Metro Manila, the Manila Regional Trial Court. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Beyond Sanchez: How to improve the Good Conduct Time Allowance law

Aug 26, 2019 - 5:00 PM

The law should clarify unclear provisions on heinous crimes and spell out disqualifying acts to encourage sustained good behavior

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

Can heinous crimes be excluded from good conduct time allowance law?

Aug 23, 2019 - 3:30 PM

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra's interpretation differs with the view of the former justice undersecretary who published the law manual

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. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

[OPINION] Media sensationalism, bureaucratic ineptitude, the common tao's quest for justice

Aug 23, 2019 - 9:46 AM

Jail and prison officials will be very afraid to exercise their professional discretion to release a reformed offender simply because of the horrendous backlash that they will face

'Worse than prison': Abuses in Philippine youth homes

Jul 22, 2019 - 3:56 PM

Officially called 'Houses of Hope,' proponents in the Philippines say youth detention centers are places for reformation and education, but critics slam many of them as 'hellholes' where children are treated like caged animals

'HOUSES OF HOPE?' In this photo taken on May 21, 2019, minors being held at a juvenile detention center gather for roll call in Malolos town, Bulacan province, north of Manila. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Faster justice? Let judges actively investigate facts of case, says Roque

Nov 23, 2018 - 4:28 PM

The senatorial bet and former Duterte spokesman bares part of his eyed legislative agenda on the 9th anniversary of the Maguindanao massacre

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte meets with the kin of the Maguindanao Massacre victims at the Malacañan Palace on November 23, 2017. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Ombudsman's case survival rate drops in 2017

Mar 18, 2018 - 7:10 PM

This is the rate that cases reach trial and are not dismissed for lack of sufficient evidence

LAST YEAR. Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales is set to retire in July 2018. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Napoles as state witness a 'mockery of justice' – Robredo

Mar 18, 2018 - 12:43 AM

'Para sabihin na eligible siya para maging state witness, parang ginagawang mockery iyong justice system eh,' says Vice President Leni Robredo

Vice President Leni Robredo shared her views on federalism to political science students at the Pakasaritaan 2018 Conference held in Baguio City on Saturday, March 17, 2018. The conference was organized in line with the country's proposed shift to a federal government and efforts being undertaken on the matter. (Photo by OVP)

Sereno: 'Every injustice' to a breadwinner destroys 5 more lives

Oct 17, 2017 - 10:30 AM

'There are a few things in life that are very important. And one of them is justice,' the Chief Justice says.

MEMORIES OF KAMUNING. Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno speaks during a media forum at the Kamuning Bakery in Quezon City. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

SC justices express outrage over killing of Butuan judge

Aug 06, 2017 - 11:17 AM

UPDATED Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III calls the attack an insult to the Philippine National Police and calls for the immediate arrest of the killers

OUTRAGE. Supreme Court justices issue a statement expressing outrage over the killing of a Butuan City regional trial court judge

Crime and due process: Is there room for dialogue and compromise?

Jul 30, 2017 - 5:00 PM

President Duterte s popularity and the willingness of Filipinos to embrace change can provide the right atmosphere for improving the criminal justice system

Explaining Duterte’s views on Filipino criminality

Jul 25, 2017 - 6:37 PM

The consistency and resoluteness of his acts will earn him more admiration Filipinos understand and share these philosophies of punishment

What are the Sandiganbayan's oldest pending cases?

Apr 22, 2017 - 12:00 PM

Among the oldest cases are the graft cases against Imelda Marcos and civil forfeiture cases against former president Ferdinand Marcos and his cronies

PENDING CASES. Graft cases against former First Lady and current Ilocos Norte representative Imelda Marcos are among the oldest pending cases at the Sandiganbayan.

U.S. State Dept notes killings in Duterte-led Philippines

Mar 04, 2017 - 10:28 PM

The most significant human rights problems were killings allegedly undertaken by vigilantes security forces and insurgents the US State Department says

'TRUMP OF THE EAST.' Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte congratulates US President Donald Trump during a phone call in Davao City on December 3, 2016. Photo by Richard Madelo/PPD

Ateneo de Manila students walk out of classes to reject death penalty bill

Mar 02, 2017 - 2:38 PM

The university s student government leads the walk out after an overwhelming majority in the House of Representatives approved the death penalty bill on second reading

NO TO DEATH PENALTY. Ateneo de Manila University students oppose the lightning passage of the death penalty bill in the House of Representatives. Photo courtesy of Xavier Alvaran

LIVE: House votes on death penalty bill on 2nd reading

Mar 01, 2017 - 5:10 PM

The House justice panel approved the measure seeking to reinstate the death penalty for heinous crimes in the Philippines Will it pass both houses?

LIVE: House debate on the death penalty bill

Feb 28, 2017 - 5:44 PM

The House justice panel approved the measure seeking to reinstate the death penalty for heinous crimes in the Philippines Will it pass both houses?

Never again an Arroyo and De Lima injustice

Feb 25, 2017 - 10:57 PM

This sad episode can also be good for the country if we finally reform our criminal due process system

'Sporadic, sensational' crimes do not justify death penalty – lawmaker

Feb 14, 2017 - 8:00 PM

Siquijor Representative Ramon Rocamora argues that making the criminal justice system competent is the proper solution to address criminality

'NOT COMPELLING ENOUGH.' Siquijor Representative Ramon Rocamora, former prosecutor, argues against the death penalty bill. Screengrab from congress.gov.ph

Alvarez on death penalty: Inefficient justice system not Congress' problem

Feb 13, 2017 - 3:15 PM

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez says problems in the judiciary should not prevent lawmakers from doing their job

Return of death penalty will fix faulty justice system – lawmakers

Feb 07, 2017 - 9:55 PM

Representatives Reynaldo Umali Vicente Veloso and Fredenil Castro are all fighting for the passage of the death penalty bill in the House of Representatives

PRO-DEATH PENALTY. Administration lawmakers all delivered speeches in favor of the death penalty as the House began its debate on HB 4727. Photos of Umali and Castro by Rappler, photo of Veloso from his Facebook page

Sereno: Extrajudicial killings a setback in judicial reforms

Jan 25, 2017 - 6:26 PM

Chief Justice Sereno urges the police to reflect on the way they have performed their duties that led to the increase of unsolved killings linked to war on drugs

JUDICIAL REFORMS. Chief Justice Sereno speaks of judicial reforms at the Management Association of the Philippines (MAP) Inaugural Meeting. Photo by SC PIO

Why are we willing to risk killing innocent people?

Dec 10, 2016 - 6:27 PM

Indonesia is sacrificing its reputation for upholding human rights in the name of a ‘solution’ to drug use that has been demonstrated to be ineffective Let’s change that

DEATH PENALTY. Indonesian activists hold candles during a candlelight protest against death penalty executions, outside the presidential palace in Jakarta, Indonesia, 28 July 2016. EPA/MAST IRHAM

Rodrigo Duterte, death penalty, Ateneo-La Salle | Evening wRap

Dec 07, 2016 - 9:59 PM

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House death penalty bill: How they voted

Dec 07, 2016 - 7:30 PM

UPDATED The House justice committee votes in favor of reimposing the death penalty for heinous crimes in the Philippines Who voted for and against the measure?

CAPITAL PUNISHMENT. How did the House justice panel vote on the death penalty bill?

House to extend death penalty debates to January 2017

Dec 07, 2016 - 7:30 PM

Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas says more supermajority congressmen would be amenable to reimposing the death penalty if only applied to drug related cases

MORE DEBATES. Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas says House sessions in January 2017 would include floor debates on the death penalty bill. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Death penalty bill hurdles House committee

Dec 07, 2016 - 12:42 PM

3rd UPDATE Leyte 3rd District Representative Vicente Veloso compares criminals who commit heinous crimes to Satan: Kung ang nasa harapan mo ay si Satanas na mismo oh my God Bigyan mo naman ang gobyerno ng option para patayin na yan

DEATH PENALTY. The House committee on justice meets on December 7, 2016. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

A lethal mix? Death penalty and a 'flawed, corrupt' justice system

Dec 03, 2016 - 9:00 PM

In People v Mateo in 2004 the Supreme Court says 71 77 of death penalty verdicts handed by lower courts were wrong The SC reduced the sentences to life imprisonment and even acquittal

LETHAL. Critics say a 'flawed and corrupt' justice system should be fixed first before even considering the revival of the death penalty.

Duterte to Sereno: I'm just doing my duty

Aug 09, 2016 - 1:10 PM

The President assures the Chief Justice that he has basis for naming the 7 judges with alleged links to the drug trade

'MY DUTY.' President Rodrigo Duterte speaks to reporters on August 8, 2016 in Hotel Elena, Davao City. Photo by Manman Dejeto

Philippine crime war packs decaying jails

Jul 30, 2016 - 4:51 PM

As police wage an unprecedented war on crime detainees appear doomed for lengthy stints in an underfunded and overwhelmed penal system

OVERCROWDED. Inmates rest in their sleeping quarters inside the Quezon City jail at night in Manila in this picture taken on July 18, 2016. Noel Celis/AFP

Roxas: SC justices of next president can change character of judiciary

Mar 31, 2016 - 10:45 AM

The wrong choice might mean that black becomes white and white becomes black And that s why we need to be very very careful the Liberal Party candidate says

CAREFUL CHOICE. Liberal Party bet Mar Roxas (right) stresses the importance of choosing the successor of President Benigno Aquino III (left), because the next leader will have the power to appoint 10 justices of the Supreme Court. Rappler file photo

China's criminal conviction near 100% in 2015

Mar 13, 2016 - 12:26 PM

1 232 million were found guilty by Chinese courts in 2015 while 1 039 were declared innocent a government report says

In this file photo, SWAT police stand on patrol in Kunming's Intermediate Court in Kunming, southwest China's Yunnan province on September 12, 2014. AFP photo

A cry for justice

Nov 12, 2015 - 1:51 PM

Arming judges for their own protection may not be the ultimate solution Supreme Court Justice Antonio Carpio said in 2007 this creates a false sense of security

SHOT DEAD. Former Cagayan judge Nathaniel Pattugalan was assassinated by two unidentified hired goons. Newsbreak file photo

How to curb 'laglag-bala' modus and airport extortion

Sep 28, 2015 - 11:10 PM

Under the current system a crooked cop can ruin an innocent person s life just by saying I found something

Sereno: Justice must be real-time, high-tech

Jul 17, 2015 - 11:06 AM

The Chief Justice has 15 more years left in her term to transform Philippine courts from being repositories of paper to modern structures where accessing justice can be as easy as a click

TECH-SAVVY JUDICIARY. Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno obliges to a selfie with students after her first meet-the-press session in August 2013. File photo

Obama calls for overhaul of US justice system

Jul 15, 2015 - 10:23 AM

Obama sketches out a package of justice reforms aimed at reducing and the prison population

 US President Barack Obama speaks at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) conference at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, July 14, 2015. tracie Van Aukn/EPA

'People's champ' Manny Pacquiao meets Mary Jane Veloso

Jul 10, 2015 - 11:44 AM

UPDATED The Filipina death convict breaks down in tears as she prayed with the boxing champ and wife Jinkee

'People's champ' Pacquiao to meet Mary Jane Veloso July 10

Jul 09, 2015 - 4:34 PM

The visit of Manny Pacquiao comes as the justice department approves the filing of charges against the recruiters of Mary Jane

Egypt sentences deposed Islamist President Morsi to death

May 16, 2015 - 6:14 PM

UPDATED Morsi sitting in a caged dock raises his fists in defiance when the judge read the verdict

MOHAMED MORSI. Ousted Egyptian President, Mohammad Morsi, stands in a cage in the courtroom where he stands charged of spying with Qatar, in Cairo, Egypt, 15 February 2015.

China convicted more than 700 for terrorism, separatism in 2014 – court

Mar 12, 2015 - 2:50 PM

China has vowed to step up punishment of what it calls violent terrorists and is drafting its first ever anti terrorism law

In this file photo, a paramilitary guard stands inside the Beijing No.1 Detention Center in Beijing, China, 25 October 2012. Diego Azubel/EPA

Marc Sueselbeck's open letter to the Filipino people

Mar 04, 2015 - 4:58 PM

UPDATED I wanted to write you to ask for help from anyone who can help me to speak to the government to give me leniency I would be eternally grateful to you

Senate approves reforms for anti-graft court

Feb 25, 2015 - 7:52 PM

Among the changes is the assignment of cases involving less than P1 million to regional trial courts so the Sandiganbayan can focus on ‘the most significant cases’

FASTER CASES. The Sandiganbayan amendments aim to cut the average time of resolving cases, which now spans 9 to 10 years. File photo by Rappler

Political prisoners, families on hunger strike for papal visit

Jan 15, 2015 - 12:05 AM

Detainees from at least 50 jails around the Philippines hope that the Holy Father will join them in their call for their immediate release

FLOWERS FOR THE POPE. Families appeal to the pope for the release of their loved ones, as well as the resumption of peace talks between the Philippine government and the National Democratic Front. Photo by George Moya/Rappler

Why the jury system's time in PH may never come

Jan 04, 2015 - 11:00 AM

There is no rush to the jury system grand and petit in the world

Chinese man seeking $2.4M for wrongful death sentence

Dec 26, 2014 - 4:12 PM

The man is seeking compensation after the court wrongfully convicts him of poisoning two children in 2008

Palace: Gov't doing its best on Maguindanao massacre case

Nov 22, 2014 - 4:51 PM

Vice President Jejomar Binay meanwhile says concerned government agencies should not lose focus and that resolution of the case should always be a priority

FIVE YEARS. Relatives and supporters of victims of the infamous massacre visit the site where 58 people were killed in Ampatuan town, Maguindanao province, in Mindanao on November 21, 2014, ahead of the 5th anniversary of the worst political massacre of the country. Photo by Mark Navales/AFP

4 years on, no justice for slain botanist Leonard Co

Nov 15, 2014 - 8:45 AM

There have been no trials held 4 years after the death of the revered Filipino botanist allegedly at the hands of soldiers

Philippines joins historic call against death penalty

Oct 10, 2014 - 3:59 PM

The joint declaration signed by the Philippines among 12 countries comes as the Philippine Senate is set to discuss reviving capital punishment

REVIVE THIS CHAMBER? This is the view from inside the Philippines' lethal injection chamber at the National Penitentiary in Manila on Jan 9, 2004. File photo by Joel Nito/AFP

JDF hearings on hold as House scrutinizes budget

Aug 29, 2014 - 5:17 PM

Should the jurisdiction over the construction of halls of justice be transferred from the Department of Justice to the Supreme Court?