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Rappler Talk: Prosecuting under the 2020 anti-terror bill

Jun 09, 2020 - 6:59 PM

In the 2020 anti-terror bill, the burden of proof is shifted on the suspect. Longtime prosecutor and former DOJ Undersecretary Leah Tanodra-Armamento talks about the woes of prosecution under an anti-terror law

31 released from Negros crackdown on progressive groups

Nov 07, 2019 - 9:46 AM

Prosecutors order the release after finding out the suspects were not members of the rebel group New People's Army

RELEASED. Jose Max Ortiz (center) fetches his clients, the 21 terminated workers earlier accused as members of the New People's Army. Photo by Marchel Espina

De Lima seeks Senate probe into killings of lawyers, judges under Duterte gov't

Jul 27, 2019 - 5:56 PM

Opposition Senator Leila de Lima says the 'targeted and systematic attacks' against members of the Bar are detrimental not only to the profession, but also to those who turn to them for justice

PROBE KILLINGS. Senator Leila de Lima seeks an investigation into the high number of lawyers, judges, and prosecutors killed under the Duterte administration.

Duterte picks frat brod over career officials as new prosecutor general

Jun 29, 2019 - 3:04 PM

Offier-in-charge Richard Fadullon, who was DOJ's lead counsel in trying to jail Trillanes, will go back to his old post

Ces Drilon on revived libel complaint: ‘It’s absurd’

May 11, 2019 - 12:50 PM

'For merely participating in a legal internal process mandated by our employer, we could end up in jail for libel,' says the ABS-CBN veteran

Prosecutor junks perjury case filed by Okada vs former firm

Apr 28, 2019 - 5:39 PM

There 'is no falsity that can be attributed' to Tiger Resort official Dindo Espeleta, says Las Piñas City Senior Assistant Prosecutor Donald Macasaet

JAPANESE TYCOON. A perjury case filed by Japanese gaming tycoon Kazuo Okada against his former firm is junked by a local prosecutor. File photo by AFP

Prosecutors to consolidate cases vs suspects in Silawan murder

Apr 17, 2019 - 9:55 PM

Ruso Zaragoza, the prosecutor in the case, says the investigation would move faster if the charges were to be consolidated

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Duterte supports arming prosecutors

Apr 05, 2019 - 11:04 AM

The President, a former prosecutor himself, vows to 'do everything' to protect prosecutors. So far, 11 prosecutors have been killed under the Duterte administration.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the 31st Annual Convention of the Prosecutors' League of the Philippines at the Asturias Hotel in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan on April 4, 2019. VALERIE ESCALERA/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Taguig prosecutor OKs charges vs Nicko Falcis – Kris Aquino's camp

Mar 12, 2019 - 11:05 PM

Kris posts a statement issued by Divina Law on her social media accounts

LEGAL BATTLES. In this file photo, actress Kris Aquino files a Counter-Affidavit over grave threats charges pressed against her by brothers Nikko and Jesus Falcis. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Makati prosecutor clears lawyers in bar raid case

Feb 28, 2019 - 3:17 PM

To accuse the lawyers of constructive possession of drugs for documenting the search on their client's bar is 'ludicrous and farcical,' says Senior Assistant City Prosecutor Romel Odronia

CONFRONTATION. Videos show the lawyers and the searching party of the Makati bar engaging in a spat before the arrest. Screenshot from sourced video.

Pasig prosecutor junks Kris Aquino’s qualified theft case vs Nicko Falcis

Feb 27, 2019 - 9:50 AM

A resolution dated February 15 dismisses the case for insufficient evidence

KRIS AQUINO. The theft complaint filed by the actress against her former business manager Nicko Falcis is dismissed in Pasig. File photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Makati prosecutor dismisses qualified theft complaint vs Nicko Falcis

Feb 22, 2019 - 1:01 PM

(UPDATED) 'There is no sufficient evidence to engender a well-founded belief that Falcis committed the crimes charged,' the Makati City Prosecutor's Office says in its resolution

NICKO FALCIS. Kris Aquino's former business manager faces accusations of qualified theft. Screenshot from Nicko Falcis' Instagram page

DOJ starts probe into cops’ alleged role in prosecutor slay

Jan 28, 2019 - 5:41 PM

The family of Prosecutor Rogelio Alfiler Velasco comes face to face with the accused

SLAIN PROSECUTOR. Prosecutor Rogelio Velasco was shot to death at Don Antonio Heights in Quezon City on May 11, 2018. Photo courtesy of Velasco family

Malacañang 'outraged' by killing of ex-Cebu City fiscal

Jan 20, 2019 - 8:40 AM

Malacañang assures the family and friends of former Cebu City assistant prosecutor Mary Ann Castro that 'justice will be served'

AMBUSHED. Mary Ann Castro sustained 5 gunshots in Escario St., Cebu City. Photo by Romeo Marantal

Controversial former Cebu fiscal killed in ambush

Jan 17, 2019 - 11:35 PM

Former assistant prosecutor Mary Ann Castro is assassinated despite heightened police presence in Cebu City, which is preparing for this weekend's Sinulog Festival

AMBUSHED. The Nissan Juke of Mary Ann Castro sustained 5 gunshots in Escario St., Cebu City. Photo by Romeo Marantal

German police raid Deutsche Bank in 'Panama Papers' graft probe

Nov 29, 2018 - 7:14 PM

German prosecutors raid several Deutsche Bank offices in the Frankfurt area over suspicions of money laundering based on revelations from the 2016 'Panama Papers' data leak

(FILES) In this file photo taken on February 02, 2018 The logo of German company Deutsche Bank is pictured at it's headquarter in Frankfurt, Germany, on February 2, 2018. German prosecutors raided several Deutsche Bank offices in the Frankfurt area on November 29, 2018 over suspicions of money laundering based on revelations from the 2016 "Panama Papers" data leak.  Daniel ROLAND / AFP

From superstar to suspect: Carlos Ghosn's crazy week

Nov 27, 2018 - 6:01 PM

When Carlos Ghosn's private Gulfstream jet touched down at Tokyo's Haneda Airport on November 19, the crazy week of the millionaire auto tycoon was about to begin

UNDER SIEGE. In this file photo taken, then Nissan Motors chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn during a joint press conference in Tokyo. TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA / AFP

LIST: Judges, prosecutors, lawyers killed under Duterte gov't

Nov 08, 2018 - 6:45 PM

(6th UPDATE) Members of the judiciary are not spared from the culture of impunity

Khashoggi strangled and dismembered in consulate – Turkish prosecutor

Oct 31, 2018 - 11:50 PM

Turkish prosecutor's office says it is 'obliged' to reveal the details about the murder of Khashoggi after the talks with Saudi Arabia's chief prosecutor produced 'no concrete results'

DISMEMBERED. This file photo taken on December 15, 2014, shows Jamal Khashoggi, a veteran Saudi journalist who has been critical towards the Saudi government and has gone missing after visiting the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul on October 2, 2018. Photo by Mohammed Al-Shaikh/AFP

Saudi prosecutor to visit Istanbul over Khashoggi murder

Oct 26, 2018 - 6:03 PM

Turkish president Erdogan says they still have more evidence about the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi

A handout photo released by the Turkish Presidential Press Service shows Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivering a speech during the opening ceremony of the 'July 15 Martyrs’ Monument' at the Presidential Complex in Ankara on July 16, 2017, as part of the events held to mark one year since the July 15 defeat of the failed coup bid. Turkey on July 15 marked one year since the defeat of the failed coup bid with mass nationwide rallies seeking to showcase national unity and a stern warning by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to "chop off the heads" of traitors. / AFP PHOTO / TURKISH PRESIDENTIAL PRESS SERVICE / MURAT CETIN MUHURDAR / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / TURKISH PRESIDENTIAL PRESS SERVICE / MURAT CETIN MUHURDAR" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Pasay prosecutor summons Trillanes for 2nd inciting to sedition complaint

Oct 16, 2018 - 6:34 PM

The complaint stems from the press statements of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV when his amnesty was voided

EMBATTLED. Senator Antonio Trillanes is summoned to the Pasay Prosecutor's Office for a hearing over an inciting to sedition complaint. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Brazil prosecutors probe judge who ordered release of Lula

Jul 12, 2018 - 10:32 AM

Attorney General Raquel Dodge says there is evidence that when appeals judge Rogerio Favreto acted professionally, he did so 'motivated by personal feelings and interests'

Lula remains in jail as Brazil judge voids shock release order

Jul 09, 2018 - 10:30 AM

Judge Pedro Gebran Neto overturns a shock order to free Lula, which dropped hours earlier from Judge Rogerio Favreto at an appeals court in the southern city of Porto Alegre

IMPRISONMENT. In this file photo, Ex-Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva arrives at the Federal Police headquarters where he is due to serve his 12-year prison sentence, in Curitiba, Parana State, Brazil, on April 7, 2018. File photo by Heuler Andrey/AFP

'Parking' fee? Fault lies in Ombudsman setup

Jun 24, 2018 - 9:30 PM

(UPDATED) It's possible graft investigators are being paid to 'park' cases, says Special Prosecutor Edilberto Sandoval, but Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales defends the setup that separates investigators from prosecutors

Prosecutor general inhibits from Okada estafa complaints

Jun 10, 2018 - 4:15 PM

Acting Prosecutor General Jorge Catalan Jr grants the motion of Tiger Resort Leisure & Entertainment Incorporated, the complainant against Japanese tycoon Kazuo Okada

Acting Prosecutor Gen. Jorge Catalan Jr. answers queries from the senators during the hearing of Committees on Public Order & Dangerous Drugs and Justice & Human Rights at the Senate in Pasay City on July 26, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Firearms for prosecutors, Ressa wins Golden Pen, New Spain PM on pro-EU government | Midday wRap

Jun 07, 2018 - 1:53 PM

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'A life well-lived': Sorority sisters pay tribute to slain Ombudsman prosecutor Madonna Joy Tanyag

Jun 07, 2018 - 9:00 AM

'This fight would probably be the most difficult of all that we have faced, but we shall draw strength from the brave soul that we have loved dearly. Her name was Donna,' says the Sigma Delta Pi Sorority

GONE TOO SOON. Madonna Joy Tanyag (right) with a Sigma Delta Pi sorority sister. Photo grabbed from Angie Esposo's Facebook page with permission

PNP to continue investigating slain prosecutor’s death — Albayalde

Jun 06, 2018 - 11:58 PM

The PNP chief wants to dig deeper into the case

CONFESSION. Angelito Avenido says he did not intend to kill Ombudsman Prosecutor Madonna Joy Ednaco Tanyag. Photo by Jeff Digma/Rappler

Hiker from Cebu indicted over Mt Pulag fire, faces P2.36-M fine

May 22, 2018 - 12:01 PM

The 6 other hikers in the group were excluded in the case because 'their acts may not be interpreted to have assisted or aided the respondent,' says the Benguet Prosecutor's Office

TORCHED. Mount Pulag has been closed off from hikers after a grassland fire. BFP photos

Stronger protection for prosecutors pushed in Senate

May 19, 2018 - 10:18 AM

(UPDATED) Senator Grace Poe files a resolution urging two Senate committees to look into stronger protection for prosecutors after the killing of Quezon City Deputy Prosecutor Rogelio Velasco

PROTECTION FOR PROSECUTORS. Prosecutors and fellow government workers seek justice for slain prosecutors in the country outside the Quezon City DOJ Hall May 15, 2018, following the killing of QC Assistant Prosecutor Rogelio Velasco. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Quezon City assistant prosecutor ambushed

May 11, 2018 - 11:22 PM

Quezon City Assistant City Prosecutor Rogelio Alfiler Velasco is driving his red Toyota Innova in Don Antonio Heights when the gunmen attack him

SCENE of the Crime Operatives inspect QC Assistant Prosecutor Rogelio Velasco’s bullet-riddled car at Don Antonio Heights on Friday evening, May 11, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Special Prosecutor Sandoval applies for Ombudsman post

May 09, 2018 - 10:05 AM

Special Prosecutor Edilberto Sandoval, the head of graft prosecutors, is the first to confirm interest in the post

APPLICATION. Special Prosecutor Edilberto Sandoval applies for the post of Ombudsman. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

State prosecutors slam ‘malicious’ Anti-Corruption Commission recommendation

Apr 02, 2018 - 11:05 AM

The Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) recommends the suspension of prosecutors who had a hand in dismissing drug charges against suspects Kerwin Espinosa and Peter Lim

Photo courtesy of the DOJ.

PACC to Duterte: Suspend fiscals who junked drug charges vs Lim, Espinosa

Mar 27, 2018 - 3:29 PM

The commission recommends a lifestyle check on former assistant state prosecutor Aristotle Reyes, whom President Duterte has since appointed as regional trial court judge

UP TO DUTERTE. The PACC can only recommend charges against officials under the executive department. Malacañang file photo

Sandiganbayan to DOJ: Prove threats vs Janet Napoles

Mar 19, 2018 - 11:11 AM

First Division Justice Geraldine Faith Econg says lawyer Stephen David's story about a supposed ransacking incident inside the prison cell of Janet Napoles is ‘unimaginable’

SAFEHOUSE? Special Prosecutor Edilberto Sandoval talks to Janet Napoles' lawyer Stephen David before they attend the hearing on March 19, 2018, on the motion to move Napoles out of her regular jail and into a safehouse. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Will Napoles be state witness? Spotlight on the Special Prosecutor

Mar 17, 2018 - 8:16 PM

'Malacañang can easily undermine the Special Prosecutor's independent judgment in this case, and force him to drop Napoles as an accused,' says Senator Leila de Lima

ON THE SPOT. Special Prosecutor Edilberto Sandoval is the first recommending authority if Janet Lim-Napoles will indeed be turned as state witness. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Cayetano on ICC withdrawal, DOJ prosecutor now RTC judge, Panama Papers law firm to close | Midday wRap

Mar 15, 2018 - 12:26 PM

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Lead prosecutor in Bong Revilla plunder leaves Ombudsman to be judge

Nov 20, 2017 - 7:49 PM

Prosecutors resign from the Office of the Ombudsman due to a 'lack of retirement package.' The Ombudsman Retirement Bill only passes the House on 3rd reading on Monday.

LEAD PROSECUTOR. Joefferson Toribio worked on the Bong Revilla plunder case since its start and leaves now in the middle of trial. Photo by Angela Casauay/Rappler

Lawyers to question before Supreme Court role of prosecutors in EJKs

Nov 20, 2017 - 4:30 PM

The justice department's data shows that prosecutors have handled only 71 drug-related deaths out of the thousands who have been killed

PROSECUTING THE WAR ON DRUGS. Law groups want to highlight the obligations of prosecutors in cases where drug suspects are killed in police operations. Photo by Rappler

Ex-Sandiganbayan chief argues for reversal of Jinggoy bail

Oct 02, 2017 - 12:06 PM

'It is very elementary that, in conspiracy, the act of one is the act of all,' Sandoval tells his former juniors at the anti-graft court

JINGGOY BAIL. Chief Special Prosecutor Edilberto Sandoval argues before the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan, of which he was the former presiding justice, to reverse the bail grant to Jinggoy Estrada. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Aguirre files wiretapping complaint vs Hontiveros

Oct 02, 2017 - 9:50 AM

(UPDATED) Aguirre says he will also file an ethics complaint before the Senate against Hontiveros

WIRETAPPING. Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II files a wiretapping complaint against Senator Risa Hontiveros before the Pasay City Prosecutors' Office on October 2, 2017. Photo courtesy of the DOJ

Ombudsman chief prosecutor downplays politics in Jinggoy’s bail grant

Sep 19, 2017 - 1:29 PM

Chief Special Prosecutor Edilberto Sandoval is a former Sandiganbayan justice who once voted to approve the grant of bail to plunder defendant Carlos Garcia

NO POLITICS? Chief Special Prosecutor Edilberto Sandoval says he trusts that his former fellow justices of the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan cannot be controlled by politics. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

19 cases of drug war deaths filed in court – DOJ

Sep 08, 2017 - 12:17 PM

DOJ releases the data amid calls by lawmakers to show proof of how the government is investigating and prosecuting alleged summary killings

DRUG WAR DEATHS. 3 suspected drugs personalities were apprenhended by cops while 3 others died after a shootout in Maypajo, Caloocan City on September 30, 2016. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Ex-immigration commissioners withdraw complaint vs Jack Lam

Sep 05, 2017 - 12:35 PM

Al Argosino and Michael Robles say the complaint turned out to be based on mistaken assumption or interpretation of facts and circumstances

IMMIGRATION SCANDAL. Gaming tycoon Jack Lam is accused of bribing Immigration Commissioners Al Argosino and Michael Robles. But the commissioners are now moving to withdraw their complaint. Photo from Jimei website

Aguirre insists DOJ, not Ombudsman, authorized to handle Kian case

Aug 30, 2017 - 11:15 AM

UPDATED Prosecutor General Gaña creates a 3 man prosecution panel to handle the case

KIAN CASE. Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre attends the hearing on Kian Delos Santos case on August 24, 2017 conducted by the Senate Committee on Public Safety & Dangerous Drugs.‹ Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Aguirre: 'Passionate' Caloocan prosecutor free to express himself

Aug 23, 2017 - 8:00 PM

At the DOJ budget hearing a lawmaker urges Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II to discipline Caloocan City Assistant Prosecutor Darwin Cañete for making unprofessional statements

Caloocan prosecutor won't be fired, but won't handle Kian's case either

Aug 21, 2017 - 8:20 PM

Prosecutor Darwin Cañete is believed to have pre judged the Grade 11 student killed in Caloocan anti drug raids saying the latter is not super innocent

Indicted? Charged? A guide to court jargon

Aug 06, 2017 - 10:00 AM

Understand the court process behind the highly publicized cases in the news today

DENR sues Palawan mining firm for illegal tree cutting

Jul 14, 2017 - 7:00 PM

An environment official says the filing of the complaint is based on Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu s instruction to not let Ipilan Nickel Corporation off the hook

There's a new Special Prosecutor in town

Jul 07, 2017 - 2:31 PM

Special Prosecutor Edilberto Sandoval has a say on who to recommend as state witness He can also enter into plea bargaining agreements

File photo of newly-appointed Special Prosecutor Edilberto Sandoval