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Without main witness, suspects in Ruby Rose Barrameda slay acquitted

Oct 01, 2019 - 9:32 AM

After the main witness recants his testimony and goes missing, the Malabon Regional Trial Court says there is insufficient evidence to convict Ruby Rose's estranged husband and father-in-law

PNP plans to arrest Joma Sison through Interpol

Sep 10, 2019 - 2:30 PM

The Philippine National Police is preparing to ask the International Criminal Police Organization to issue a red notice against exiled communist leader Joma Sison

PNP CHIEF. General Oscar Albayalde speaking during a press conference at Camp Crame in Quezon City. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Manila court orders arrest of Joma Sison, Jalandoni over Leyte mass grave

Sep 06, 2019 - 3:32 PM

(UPDATED) Satur Ocampo, a co-accused, is excluded in the warrant because of an earlier bail grant by the Supreme Court

WARRANT. CPP Founding Chairman Joma Sison and NDF senior adviser Luis Jalandoni are ordered arrested by a Manila court. Photo of Sison by Rappler, photo of Jalandoni by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Sanchez's wife on paying victims P12-M damages: 'Wala kaming intensiyon'

Sep 03, 2019 - 5:32 PM

The wife of rape and murder convict Antonio Sanchez says they won't pay the families of Eileen Sarmenta and Allan Gomez because the former mayor is 'innocent'

NOT PAYING. The family maintains that Antonio Sanchez did not commit any crime.  Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Panelo admits meeting Sanchez family in Malacañang

Sep 03, 2019 - 2:45 PM

The convict's former lawyer, who is now spokesperson of President Rodrigo Duterte, does not see anything wrong with it

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte chats with Presidential Chief Legal Counsel and Spokesperson Salvador Panelo at the sidelines of the 85th anniversary of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) at The Forum of the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) Grounds in Pasay City on December 6, 2018. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

AKO Bicol, Batocabe’s son slam court decision allowing Baldo to post bail

Aug 31, 2019 - 9:10 PM

Former Daraga Mayor Carlwyn 'Awin' Baldo is set to be released on Monday after a Legazpi City court allowed him to post bail

NO TO BALDO'S RELEASE. Atty. Justin Batocabe and Rep. Alfredo Garbin exchanges pleasantries with former Senator JV Ejercito taken during the wake of slain lawmaker Rodel Batocabe at Bicol University of Legazpi. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Sotto: Duterte must revamp Bureau of Corrections

Aug 31, 2019 - 4:45 PM

(UPDATED) 'This travesty of justice is condemnable!' Senate President Vicente Sotto seethes on Twitter, following reports that the Bureau of Corrections released convicts in high-profile cases

SENATE PRESIDENT. Senate President Vicente Sotto III presides a session at the Senate. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Lacson: Some convicts in Chiong sisters murder case now out of prison

Aug 30, 2019 - 4:38 PM

(UPDATED) The senator says the release order was signed by somebody else, when the only person authorized to sign it was Bureau of Corrections Director Nicanor Faeldon

CHIONG MURDER. The Chiong family reacting to the life imprisonment sentence in 1999. Photo courtesy of Thoughtful Robot

Bong Go: Duterte 'blocked' release of rape-slay convict Sanchez

Aug 26, 2019 - 12:22 PM

'Sa tignin niyo papayag si Pangulong Duterte na may backer sa ganung krimen? Heinous crimes? Definitely, wala pong sinasabing backer,' says Senator Christopher 'Bong' Go

MAXIMUM SECURITY. 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

[PODCAST] Ang batas na puwedeng magpalaya sa rapist-murderer na si Antonio Sanchez

Aug 23, 2019 - 11:51 AM

Ano ang epekto ng RA 10592 kay convicted murderer-rapist na si Antonio Sanchez? Alamin sa talakayan nina justice reporter Lian Buan at researcher-writer Jodesz Gavilan.

Mother of Allan Gomez joins UPLB protest rally against release of son's murderer

Aug 23, 2019 - 12:23 AM

'Parang walang katinuan ang mga taong humalay at pumatay sa mga mahal namin sa buhay,' Mrs Illuminada Gomez recalls the heinous crime committed 26 years ago

LOST A SON. Illuminda Gomez, mother of slain Allan Gomez, talks to the media about her reaction on the impending release of convicted rapist-murderer Antonio Sanchez on Thursday, August 22 at the UP Los Baños. Photo by Pat Echano/ Rappler

Antonio Sanchez was denied clemency in 2019

Aug 22, 2019 - 9:40 PM

But, says Justice Secretary Guevarra, if someone is denied clemency, he can still qualify for early release based on good conduct time allowance

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

#NoToSanchezRelease: Netizens, groups demand justice for ex-mayor's rape-slay victims

Aug 22, 2019 - 8:50 PM

Netizens question the integrity of the Philippine justice system, wonder which between the rape-slay and impunity is worse

Remember? Salvador Panelo was Antonio Sanchez's lawyer in UPLB rape-slay case

Aug 22, 2019 - 3:17 PM

Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo counts convicted murderer-rapist Antonio Sanchez as among his former clients

'Dapat binitay na siya noon,' says Bato dela Rosa on rapist-murderer Sanchez

Aug 22, 2019 - 3:17 PM

Lawmakers want a review of the Bureau of Correction's computation on rape-slay convict Antonio Sanchez's good conduct time

CONVICT. Rapist-murderer Antonio Sanchez (center) may not step out of the New Bilibid Prison soon. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Malacañang on possible Antonio Sanchez release: 'We can't do anything'

Aug 22, 2019 - 2:58 PM

Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo denies he has anything to do with the possible early release of his former client, Antonio Sanchez, saying the convicted rapist-murderer is 'automatically' among the potential beneficiaries of the law and Supreme Court ruling

PALACE SPOKESMAN. In this file photo, Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo conducts his regular briefing for Palace reporters. Photo from the Facebook page of Salvador Panelo

'Affirm his 7 life sentences': Thousands sign petition to keep rapist-murderer Sanchez in prison

Aug 22, 2019 - 1:26 PM

'He used his power and position to kidnap, rape, and murder. His actions terrorized a university and an entire town. For full justice to be served, he must remain incarcerated for the duration of his lifetime,' the petition says

Drilon wants Senate probe into rape-slay convict Sanchez's reduced sentence

Aug 22, 2019 - 11:52 AM

(UPDATED) Antonio Sanchez, who was convicted for 7 terms of reclusion perpetua for rape and murder, has been caught with P1.5-million worth of shabu in his cell

OUT TOO SOON? Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon wants Antonio Sanchez' upcoming release to be investigated. Rappler file photo

Eileen Sarmenta's mother demands proof of rapist Sanchez's good behavior

Aug 22, 2019 - 10:35 AM

'Nag-start na kaming makapag move-on, we want to live normal lives pero ito na naman po, bumalik na naman lahat,' says Eileen Sarmenta's mother Clara

EILEEN SARMENTA RAPE SLAY CASE. Maria Clara Sarmenta on her way home from a television interview on August 22, 2019, after news broke that her daughter Eileen's rapist and murderer, Antonio Sanchez, is set to be released soon. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Antonio Sanchez killed 2 others, but those have no legal bearing on his release

Aug 21, 2019 - 8:17 PM

Human rights lawyer Edre Olalia suggests excluding certain types of heinous crimes from the reduced prison term law

BILIBID CONVICTS. A thousand Bilibid convicts are set to be released soon because of a Supreme Court ruling that retroactively applied a law on reduced prison term. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Antonio Sanchez of 1993 UPLB rape-murder case to get out soon – DOJ

Aug 20, 2019 - 8:21 PM

This is thanks to a recent Supreme Court ruling that retroactively applied a reduced prison term law

Heavily armed members of the PNP-Special Action Force secure inmates of the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City on May 29, 2017 as Justice secretary Vitaliano Aguirre said that he is considering deploying members of the military as additional forces after recieving reports of continuing drug trade inside the detention facility. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Pangilinan refiles bills seeking to speed up murder investigations

Aug 17, 2019 - 5:24 PM

The senator says the proposed bills seeking mandatory autopsies on crime victims and crematories' compulsory collection of biological specimen will 'help solve cases swiftly and efficiently'

FOR JUSTICE. Senator Francis Pangilinan pushes for mandatory autopsy, collection of biological specimen anew. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Manila court convicts Quiapo road rage driver of murder

Aug 05, 2019 - 12:38 PM

Army reservist Vhon Martin Tanto is sentenced to up to 40 years in prison

CONVICTED. Army reservist Vhon Martin Tanto, shown here after his arrest on July 30, 2016, is convicted of murder for the death of bicycle rider Mark Vincent Garalde. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Body of murdered Filipina found inside freezer in Texas

Aug 02, 2019 - 6:52 PM

Police are investigating the deaths of Alyssa Marie Mejia Rogers and her husband – who reportedly shot himself after killing his wife – as a possible murder-suicide

Olongapo court orders arrest of suspects in businessman Dominic Sytin's murder

Jul 30, 2019 - 5:53 PM

The warrant of arrest order covers the victim's brother Dennis Sytin and former employee Oliver Fuentes

SUSPECTS. PNP chief General scar Albayalde tags businessman Dominic Sytin as the alleged mastermind in the killing of his brother, Dominic Sytin. Photo from the Philippine National Police

Brother charged with murder in killing of businessman Dominic Sytin

Jul 26, 2019 - 2:03 PM

(UPDATED) Dennis Sytin says he would seek a reversal of the DOJ resolution

CHARGED. Dennis Sytin is charged for murder in the killing of his older brother Dominic. PNP screenshot

Parañaque court acquits RJ Bautista in killing of brother Ramgen

Jun 14, 2019 - 7:47 PM

The murder case against another Revilla sibling, Ramona Bautista, is shelved as she remains at large

RAMGEN. Actress Janelle Manahan at the grave of her former boyfriend Ramgen Revilla whose murder sent his brother RJ Bautista to jail in 2011.

Family feud: In-laws suspects in murder of former Batangas vice mayor's widow

Jun 11, 2019 - 4:47 PM

The widow of the former vice mayor of Santo Tomas, Batangas is murdered, and her daughter-in-law and sister-in-law are the suspects. But here's the twist, the victim herself was the suspect in the killing of her husband.

Accused in murder of Christine Silawan pleads not guilty

Jun 07, 2019 - 11:32 AM

The accused in the killing of a high school student in Lapu-Lapu City pleaded not guilty during his arraignment

MURDER WEAPON. The scissors test positive to the DNA of Christine Lee Silawan and her alleged killed Renato Llenes. Sourced photo

Suspected jihadists back in dock over murder of 2 Scandinavian women

May 16, 2019 - 1:38 PM

The main suspects are all from the Marrakech region near the site of the killings, which shocked the North African country

TRIAL. A picture taken on May 2, 2019 shows suspects, in the murder of two Scandinavian hikers, arriving for their trial at a Moroccan court in Sale near the capital Rabat. Photo by AFP

Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo surrenders

May 10, 2019 - 11:33 AM

(UPDATED) Mayor Carlwyn Baldo appears before Legazpi City Regional Trial Court Branch 10 Judge Maria Theresa San Juan Loquillano days after she issued a warrant for his arrest over the killing of AKO-Bicol congressman Rodel Batocabe and his aide

SURRENDER. Daraga, Albay Mayor Carlwyn Baldo surrenders to a courthouse. Photo from Baldo's Facebook page

Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo ready to surrender

May 06, 2019 - 5:21 PM

Legazpi RTC issues arrest warrant against Baldo for the murder Ako Bicol party-list Representative Rodel Batocabe

READY TO SURRENDER. File photo of Carlwyn Baldo, mayor of Daraga town, Albay during his arrest in January 20,  Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/RapplerF

SC upholds conviction of man behind 2011 car bomb blast

Apr 30, 2019 - 11:10 AM

The High Court sentences Datu Karim Masdal to reclusion perpetua without eligibility for parole

CAR BOMBING CONVICTION. Background photo by Charlie Saceda/Rappler

DNA of self-confessed killer found on Silawan case murder weapon

Apr 24, 2019 - 5:38 PM

DNA test results obtained by Rappler show DNA traces of self-confessed killer Renato Llenes are found on the scissors used to kill Cebu teen Christine Lee Silawan

MURDER WEAPON. The scissors test positive to the DNA of Christine Lee Silawan and her alleged killed Renato Llenes. Sourced photo

Anger as Malaysian cleared of murdering Indonesian maid

Apr 22, 2019 - 5:04 PM

Prominent Malaysian human rights lawyer Eric Paulsen calls the decision 'shocking and unacceptable'

ADELINA SAU'S DEATH. In this file photo taken on February 17, 2018, Petronela Koa cries next to the coffin containing her niece Adelina Sau during its arrival at Kupang airport in East Nusa Tenggara. File photo by Joy Christian/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

Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo charged with murder over Batocabe killing

Apr 04, 2019 - 6:40 PM

Prosecutors file the murder charges before the Legazpi City Regional Trial Court

CHARGED. Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo is charged of murder and attempted murder over the killing of Ako Bicol Representative Rodel Batocabe. Photo from Carlwyn Baldo's Facebook page

Saudi Arabia executes 39-year-old Filipina helper

Jan 31, 2019 - 8:49 AM

Saudi Arabia carries out the death penalty against a 39-year-old Filipina household service worker found guilty of murder

4 charged with murder over cop's death

Dec 21, 2018 - 12:35 AM

The suspects are said to be distant relatives of the slain policeman

Russian ex-policeman convicted over 56 murders

Dec 10, 2018 - 2:50 PM

The court in the Siberian city of Irkutsk finds Mikhail Popkov 'guilty of killing 56 people between 1992 and 2007,' the Irkutsk regional prosecutor's office says

Senators on convicted cops: EJK is real, review anti-drug campaign

Nov 29, 2018 - 4:24 PM

‘This is a compelling verdict because it tells us that justice is on hand, not just for the young Kian delos Santos, but for the other dubious deaths linked to the drug war’

Relatives and friends join Trixia delos Santos lights candle and offer prayers Wednesday, August 15, 2018, on the site where her brother Kian delos Santos killed in Baesa Libis, Brgy. 160 as they remember the 1st death anniversary of her brother. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Robredo wants deeper 'drug war' probe after conviction of Kian's killers

Nov 29, 2018 - 2:35 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says the guilty verdict handed to the murderers of Kian delos Santos is a 'victory of the nation'

NO TO DRUG WAR. Vice President Leni Robredo is a staunch critic of President Rodrigo Duterte's bloody drug war. File photo by OVP

Court verdict: Cops lied, Kian delos Santos helplessly killed

Nov 29, 2018 - 2:27 PM

'Never has homicide or murder been a function of law enforcement. The public peace is never predicated on the cost of human life,' says Judge Rodolfo Azucena Jr of Caloocan

GUILTY. PO1 Jeremias Pereda, PO1 Jerwin Cruz, and PO3 Arnel Oares (L-R) are guilty of murder for the killing of Kian delos Santos.  File photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler

3 cops who killed Kian delos Santos do not define all of us – PNP

Nov 29, 2018 - 2:00 PM

But Philippine National Police spokesman Benigno Durana acknowledges the conviction is a reminder to cops to operate within the bounds of law

GUILTY. Two of the three cops invoeved in the killing of 17-year-old Kian delos Santos being escorted after they were found guilty. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Malacañang: Conviction of Kian's killers proves PH justice system working

Nov 29, 2018 - 12:04 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte will not pardon the policemen convicted of murder, says Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo

The Caloocan RTC has handed down a guilty verdict on the Kian teen slay case today November 29, 2018.

Policemen guilty in Kian delos Santos killing

Nov 29, 2018 - 8:55 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The cops face the penalty of reclusion perpetua, or imprisonment for 20 to 40 years, without eligibility for parole

GUILTY. Cops (in yellow shirts) found guilty of murdering Kian delos Santos try to hide their faces as they are led outside the courthouse on November 29, 2018. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Mom of slain Filipina in Sweden seeks custody of grandchildren

Oct 04, 2018 - 5:49 PM

Slain Filipina Mailyn Conde Sinambong, 28, is survived by a 10-year-old son and 4-year-old daughter

SLAIN FILIPINA. A memorial Mass is held in Stockholm in the evening of October 2, 2018, for Mailyn Conde Sinambong, the 28-year-old Filipina killed allegedly by her husband who is an actor in Sweden. Photo courtesy of DFA

British retiree, Thai wife murdered in hired killing – police

Sep 25, 2018 - 5:44 PM

Alan Hogg is shot while his wife Nhot Suddaen is bludgeoned to death with a hammer at their villa in the northern province of Phrae by men paid 50,000 baht ($1,540)

Danish sub killer verdict postponed as judge collapses

Sep 14, 2018 - 7:20 PM

The lay judge, one of two serving along with 3 professional judges, falls ill shortly after the prosecutor begins presenting his final arguments in the Copenhagen appeals court

JUDGE COLLAPSES. An Ambulance leaves the court building on the day of the verdict for the pending appeal in the case against Peter Madsen at the Eastern High Court in Copenhagen, Denmark, on September 14, 2018. Photo by Tariq Mikkel Khan/Ritzau Scanpix/AFP

Cavite police sue Trece Martires mayor for murder of vice mayor

Sep 13, 2018 - 4:16 PM

Aside from Trece Martires Mayor Melandres de Sagun, the police also implicated four others in the killing of vice mayor Alex Lubigan

MURDER COMPLAINT. Trece Martires, Cavite Mayor Melandres De Sagun faces a murder and frustrated murder complaint over the killing of Vice Mayor Alex Lubigan. Photo from Trece Martires LGU website