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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

Philippines to deport 'most wanted criminal' of Taiwan

Sep 10, 2018 - 12:35 PM

American fugitive Oren Shlomo Mayer, 37, is accused of chopping up and dumping in a river the body of a 43-year-old Canadian teacher in Taiwan

FOR DEPORTATION. American national Oren Shlomo Mayer, 37, is set to be deported back to Taiwan over the murder of a 43-year-old Canadian teacher. Photo of Mayer from the BI Fugitive Search Unit

Caloocan court to decide Kian delos Santos case in November

Aug 30, 2018 - 7:28 PM

The court concluded the hearing and set November 26 for the promulgation of judgment

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

Mangudadatu clan in ‘deep pain’ after Zaldy Ampatuan allowed to leave jail

Aug 24, 2018 - 2:53 PM

'The Ampatuans have taken so much from the families of the 58 victims, we will not let them keep taking from us every time they are out from prison,' says Maguindanao Representative Dong Mangudadatu

'DEEP PAIN.' The pregnant wife of then-vice mayor Toto Mangudadatu, the brother of Maguindanao Representative Dong Mangudadatu, was among the Maguindanao massacre victims. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Duterte 'dismayed' Zaldy Ampatuan allowed to leave jail

Aug 23, 2018 - 1:32 PM

Malacañang assures families of the Maguindanao massacre victims that the furlough granted to the ex-ARMM governor will have no bearing on the case

'DISMAYED'. Malacañang says President Rodrigo Duterte does not approve of the furlough granted to Maguindanao massacre suspect Zaldy Ampatuan. File photo from Malacañang

Man behind UK parliament attack accused of attempted murder

Aug 15, 2018 - 9:03 PM

Police said the man, a British national originally from Sudan, was initially arrested on suspicion of terrorism offenses but revealed he had been 'further arrested for attempted murder'

FORENSICS WORK. Police forensics officers work around a silver Ford Fiesta car that was driven into a barrier at the Houses of Parliament in central London on August 14, 2018. Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Nueva Ecija court clears Left leaders of murder charges

Aug 13, 2018 - 3:58 PM

(UPDATED) The warrants of arrest against Satur Ocampo, Teddy Casiño, Rafael Mariano and anti-poverty secretary Liza Maza are no longer in effect

CLEARED. From left: Teddy Casiño, Satur Ocampo, Liza Maza and Rafael Mariano are cleared of murder charges after the Palayan City, Nueva Ecija RTC Branch 40 dismissed the cases and quashed the warrants against them. Graphic by Ken Bautista/Rappler

Group offers P1-M bounty for leads on Liza Maza, 3 others

Aug 04, 2018 - 3:11 PM

(3rd UPDATE) 'Is he confirming that it is GMA who is behind the revival of the case?' asks the former lawmakers' counsel, referring to lawyer Ferdinand Topacio's involvement in the effort

OLD CASE. From left: Teddy Casiño, Satur Ocampo, Liza Maza and Rafael Mariano. Graphic by Ken Bautista/Rappler

Murder charges filed vs Cagayan town vice mayor for councilor's slay

Jul 31, 2018 - 7:03 PM

Police say the two alleged gunmen also charged in the killing of Rizal town Councilor Alfredo Alvarez work for Rizal town Vice Mayor Joel Ruma

MURDER SUSPECT. Police point to Rizal, Cagayan, Vice Mayor Joel Ruma as a suspect in the killing of Rizal Councilor Alfredo Alvarez. Photo from the Cagayan Provincial Information Office Facebook page

Malacañang urges Liza Maza to surrender

Jul 31, 2018 - 12:33 PM

'We expect Cabinet members to adhere to the rule of law in this country,' says Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque about the warrants of arrest for NAPC Secretary Maza and 3 others

ARREST ORDER. File photo shows National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) Secretary Liza Maza, during a press briefing in Malacañang on February 16, 2017. Malacañang Photo

Left leaders question judge's flip-flop in murder case

Jul 30, 2018 - 6:44 PM

Ten years ago, the same judge said there was no basis to find probable cause to order the arrest of Maza, Mariano, Casiño and Ocampo

Militant groups hold a protest in Camp Crame on July 30, 2018 calling for a stop in political persecution as PNP chief Oscar Albayalede orders serving warrant of arrests to Satur Ocampo, Liza Maza, Teddy Casino and Raphael Mariano for criminal charges. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

PNP mounts manhunt for 79-year-old Satur Ocampo, 3 others

Jul 30, 2018 - 12:38 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Also covered by the arrest warrants are incumbent anti-poverty commission head Liza Maza, ex-agrarian reform chief Rafael Mariano and former Bayan Muna representative Teddy Casiño

POLITICAL ARREST? Supporters of the 4 ex-lawmakers decry the arrest order issued 12 years after the case against them was filed. Graphic by Ken Bautista/Rappler

4 ex-lawmakers from Left face arrest for 2006 murder case

Jul 27, 2018 - 7:30 PM

The case was filed by widows Isabelita Bayudang and Mayumi Peralta, accusing the 4 leftist leaders of conspiring to kill their husbands Carlito Bayudang and Jimmy Peralta in 2004 and 2003, respectively

BAYAN PRESSCON. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Kenyan beauty queen sentenced to death for murder

Jul 20, 2018 - 5:06 PM

Kenya has an effective ban on carrying out death sentences and no death row prisoner has been executed since 1987. The death sentence remains on the statute books however.

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Priests, nuns donate P300,000 to kids of murdered mom

Jul 19, 2018 - 5:45 PM

Hospicio de San Jose offers to accept the orphans of slain 27-year-old Jennifer Taburada, who was killed by masked gunmen in Caloocan City

DONATIONS FOR ORPHANS. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle turns over to Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David around P300,000 in Mass collections on July 19, 2018, for children left behind by slain parents. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Bishop slams 'death squads' in 2 overnight Caloocan murders

Jul 19, 2018 - 2:00 PM

(UPDATED) 'We used to call them bonnet gangs. Now we just call them what they really are – death squads,' says Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David

SHEPHERD. Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David celebrates Mass at the 5th Philippine Conference on New Evangelization at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila on July 19, 2018. Photo by Roy Lagarde

Mayor Halili's daughter urges Duterte: 'Give us justice'

Jul 07, 2018 - 5:21 PM

'I will not feel helpless. All the more I will fight back,' says Angeline Halili who has vowed to seek justice for her slain father, Tanauan Mayor Antonio Halili

Mayor Halili's wake. Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

FACT CHECK: Misleading video on priest in Camarines Sur murder case

Jun 26, 2018 - 2:12 PM

The blog post uses a November 2016 news report that is unrelated to the murder. Authorities have not yet officially named any suspect in the case nor confirmed there is a video of the crime.

Screenshot of website article supposedly showing a video of a murder in Baao, Camarines Sur, reportedly involving a priest

Malaysia murder case linked to Najib 'may be re-opened'

Jun 19, 2018 - 10:22 PM

Mongolian Altantuya Shaariibuu was shot dead and her body blown up with military-grade plastic explosives near Kuala Lumpur in 2006.

ANOTHER CASE. Malaysia's former prime minister Najib Razak (3rd right) arrives at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) office in Putrajaya on May 22, 2018.  Scandal-tainted former Malaysian leader Najib Razak arrived on May 22 at the anti-corruption agency to give a statement over a massive financial scandal that helped to bring down his long-ruling regime in historic elections. / AFP PHOTO / MOHD RASFAN

Maid convicted in killing of film critics Alexis Tioseco, Nika Bohinc

May 09, 2018 - 2:25 PM

Criselda Dayag is found guilty of robbery with homicide

After backlash, Aguirre revives parricide case vs Bohol official

Mar 27, 2018 - 6:30 PM

The lead police investigator in the murder-kidnapping case earlier called the dismissal of parricide charges the 'latest DOJ blunder'

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II announces during a press briefing in Malacañang on March 20, 2018 that the illegal drug case filed against alleged drug lords Kerwin Espinosa and Peter Lim has not been dismissed yet citing that he has the authority to review the case. Malacañang Photo

DOJ order clearing suspect in Bohol mayor slay 'disturbing, alarming' – police

Mar 27, 2018 - 12:29 PM

'The DOJ might be renamed Department of Injustice for this latest blunder?' asks Senior Superintendent Jonathan Cabal, after the Department of Justice cleared the prime suspect in the murder of Bien-Unido Mayor Gisela Bendong-Boniel

'ALARMING' DOJ RESOLUTION. Senior Superintendent Jonathan Cabal, former intelligence chief of the Police Regional Office (PRO-7) in Central Visayas, questions the Department of Justice resolution on the murder of Mayor Gisela Boniel clearing her husband, the primary suspect in the case. Screengrab from Rappler video

Asylum seeker jailed for life in Germany for rape, murder

Mar 22, 2018 - 8:19 PM

Hussein Khavari, of uncertain age and origin, is found guilty of the deadly night-time attack on medical student Maria Ladenburger, 19, in October 2016 in the university town of Freiburg

Murder case filed vs cop who killed Tondo teenager

Mar 15, 2018 - 1:34 PM

Police Officer 2 Omar Malinao surrendered to Manila police days after the death of 13-year-old Aldrinne Pineda, but claimed it was an accidental shooting

SLAIN TEEN. Aldrinne Pineda, 13, is buried at the Manila North Cemetery on March 14, 2018. Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

Sandiganbayan puts ex-Palawan governor Joel Reyes back in jail

Jan 29, 2018 - 12:20 PM

(UPDATED) Reyes' lawyer says they will take the case to the Supreme Court

CONVICTED. The anti-graft court Sandiganbayan upholds the conviction of Joel Reyes for one count of graft. File photo from PNP Public Information Office

Prosecutors tell Sandiganbayan: Jail Joel Reyes now

Jan 10, 2018 - 1:21 PM

Prosecutors point out that the former Palawan governor remains a flight risk: he evaded arrest for 3 years before he was caught in Thailand

BAIL CANCELATION. Ombudsman prosecutors move for the cancelation of bail of former Palawan governor Joel Reyes, convicted for one count of graft by the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan. File photo from PNP Public Information Office