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After 6 years, killers of ad exec Kae Davantes convicted

Nov 15, 2019 - 9:19 PM

Four men are guilty of robbery with homicide for robbing 25-year-old Kae Davantes in front of her home in 2013, and then later killing her by strangling before throwing her off a bridge

Supreme Court extends Ampatuan massacre judgment to December

Nov 08, 2019 - 12:51 PM

'We have waited for ten years, the 30 days is a short time to wait,' private prosecutor Nena Santos says of the 30-day extension to promulgate the decision

JUSTICE NOW. Signs calling for justice and conviction of the Ampatuans posted at the Bantayog Ng Mga Bayani. Photo by Jaira Krishelle Balboa/Rappler

Pasig court wants reinvestigation of securities case vs Ressa, Rappler

Oct 14, 2019 - 5:23 PM

(UPDATED) The Pasig RTC Branch 159 says prosecutors violated Maria Ressa and the other board members' rights to due process

RAPPLER CASES. Maria Ressa at the Pasig Regional Trial Court (RTC) where she faces 3 different cases all stemming from the company's Philippine Depositary Receipt (PDR). Photo by Rappler

Manila court allows Rappler to seek dismissal of cyber libel case

Oct 08, 2019 - 10:55 AM

Rappler has 10 days to file its demurrer to evidence, after which William Keng's lawyers would have 10 days to reply. The case has progressed expediently so far.

CYBERLIBEL. Rappler CEO and Executive Editor Maria Ressa attends a hearing on the cyberlibel case filed by against her by businessman Wilfredo Keng at the Manila Regional Trial Court on March 1, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

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

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

Davao City court holds first ever teleconference hearings in PH

Sep 02, 2019 - 5:07 PM

In 15 minutes, Judge Emmanuel Carpio of Davao City Regional Trial Court Branch 16 is done with the arraignment and pre-trial of suspects in two different cases

FIRST VIDEOTELECON HEARING. Leonilo Gonzales is arraigned on September 2, 2019, via video teleconferencing for his frustrated murder case that Davao City Regional Trial Court Branch 16 under Judge Emmanuel Carpio is hearing. Rappler photo

Court junks DOJ request to rearrest Satur Ocampo

Aug 19, 2019 - 5:35 PM

Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 32 finds no basis to overtake an earlier Supreme Court decision that gave Satur Ocampo provisional liberty

LIBERTY. Former Bayan Muna representative Satur Ocampo (utmost right) keeps his liberty as the Manila Regional Trial Court rejects prosecutors' request to rearrest him on pending murder charges. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

De Lima gets 2-day furlough to visit ailing mother

Aug 14, 2019 - 10:07 AM

Inclusive of travel time, Senator Leila de Lima gets 48 hours to visit her mother Norma in Iriga City. She can only stay at the hospital for 8 hours.

FURLOUGH. Opposition Senator Leila de Lima is given 8 hours to spend with her mother Norma who doctor says "is not expected to linger much longer." Photo by the office of Sen. Leila de Lima

Quezon City court halts EDSA provincial bus ban

Aug 02, 2019 - 7:35 PM

The Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 223 says the controversial bus ban has 'far-reaching effects'

BUSES ALONG EDSA. A Quezon City court has issued a preliminary injunction stopping the implementation of the controversial provincial bus ban. File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

A look into a libel trial: First witnesses up in Maria Ressa case

Jul 23, 2019 - 12:29 PM

A witness testifies to have read the article – a testimony that may seem trivial but is a requisite to proving an element of the crime

CYBERLIBEL. Opposing counsels shake hands after the hearing on the cybercrime charges filed by complainant Wilfredo Keng against Rappler CEO and Executive Editor Maria Ressa on July 23, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon

Maria Ressa cyber libel case proceeds to trial at Manila court

Jun 21, 2019 - 12:11 PM

No settlement is reached between Rappler and complainant Wilfredo Keng

Rappler CEO Maria Ressa leave the court room as she attend for her pre-trial at Manila City Hall in Manila on 21 June 2019.  Photo by: Lito Borras/Rappler

Manila court orders release of Wellmed owner

Jun 15, 2019 - 3:34 PM

(UPDATED) 'It is the constitutional right of our client to post bail and be released accordingly, without any conditions,' says Bryan Sy's lawyer Rowell Ilagan

Wellmed owner Brian Christopher Sy been escort by the NBI personnel to Manila RTC at NBI Headquarters in Manila on 11 June 2019. NBI was ordered by Manila RTC to summon the Wellmed Dialysis Center owner Brian Sy. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

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.

Maria Ressa arraigned for cyber libel; SC may be next option

May 14, 2019 - 10:12 AM

(UPDATED) 'We're talking about it, we'll take a look at it,' says Ressa's lawyer Ted Te on elevating case to the Supreme Court

CYBERLIBEL. Rappler CEO and Executive Editor Maria Ressa arrives at the Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 46 for her scheduled arraignment over one count of cyberlibel on May 14, 2019. Photo by Lian Buan

Maria Ressa pleads not guilty to anti-dummy charge

May 02, 2019 - 3:45 PM

Trial begins on August 22

ANTI-DUMMY. Rappler CEO and Executive Editor Maria Ressa pleads not guilty to one count of anti-dummy before the Pasig RTC Branch 265. Rappler Screenshot

Ex-cop Acierto ordered arrested by Manila court over shabu shipment

Apr 24, 2019 - 11:52 AM

The Manila Regional Trial Court issues arrest warrants against Acierto and 7 others

INCOGNITO. Eduardo Acierto surfaces after months of hiding. Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Manila court defers arraignment of Maria Ressa

Apr 16, 2019 - 9:06 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Judge Rainelda Estacio-Montesa also defers the arraignment of ex-Rappler researcher writer Reynaldo Santos Jr to May 17. This will allow both journalists to file a motion for reconsideration on the denial of their earlier motion to quash.

MARIA RESSA. Rappler CEO and Executive Editor Maria Ressa arrives at the Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 46 for her arraignment on Tuesday, April 16, 2018. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Court junks Ressa appeal, says cyber libel valid 12 years post-publication

Apr 15, 2019 - 8:19 AM

(UPDATED) In denying Maria Ressa’s Motion to Quash, the Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 46 effectively upholds the justice department's theory that cyber libel’s prescription period is 12 years, instead of one year

Rappler CEO and Executive Editor Maria Ressa attends a hearing on the cyberlibel case filed by against her by businessman Wilfredo Keng at the Manila Regional Trial Court on March 1, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Rappler board members plead not guilty to anti-dummy charges

Apr 10, 2019 - 12:02 PM

CEO Maria Ressa will be arraigned separately, scheduled for May 2

ANTI-DUMMY CHARGE. Members of the 2016 Rappler board plead not guilty to anti-dummy charges pending before the Pasig Regional Trial Court. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Rights groups question warrants issued by Cebu judge vs Negros 14

Apr 09, 2019 - 8:13 AM

After a fact-finding mission, rights groups question why the search warrant was issued by a court in another province when there are regional trial courts in Negros Oriental

RIGHTS GROUPS UNITE. Photos by Micole Gerard Tizon/Rappler

Maria Ressa posts P126,000 bail for new case

Apr 01, 2019 - 5:05 PM

This is for a separate case that stems from last year's anti-dummy complaint filed by the National Bureau of Investigation

Rappler CEO and Executive Editor Maria Ressa speaks to media outside the Pasig Regional Trial Court on March 29, 2019, after posting bail for charges of violation of the anti-dummy law. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Maria Ressa released on bail, warns vs impact of arrests on business

Mar 29, 2019 - 2:21 PM

'The fact that they also included upstanding, successful, tech entrepreneurs and businessmen...is a bad signal to send to the rest of the world,' Maria Ressa says of her arrest and that of 5 members of Rappler's 2016 board

Maria Ressa issues a statement to media after her release at the Pasig City Hall of Justice on March 29, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Rappler on latest case: Pattern of harassment has not stopped

Mar 29, 2019 - 9:56 AM

This pattern of harassment, which started in January 2018 when the SEC issued an order revoking Rappler's license, casts a wider net to target other members of the board

Photo by Charles Salazar/Rappler

Maria Ressa arrested at NAIA over Anti-Dummy Law

Mar 29, 2019 - 7:44 AM

Immediately after deplaning, Ressa goes with arresting Pasig police officers to post bail

ARRESTED. Rappler CEO Maria Ressa is arrested upon arrival at the NAIA over a charge of violating the Anti-Dummy Law. Photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler

Taguig court orders arrest of Nicko Falcis

Mar 15, 2019 - 7:33 PM

Kris Aquino's former business manager has been charged with violation of the Access Devices Regulation Act

NICKO FALCIS. A warrant of arrest has been issued against Kris Aquino's former business manager. Screenshot from Nicko Falcis' Instagram account

Maute terrorist convicted in Taguig court over Marawi siege

Mar 15, 2019 - 6:24 PM

Junaid Macauyag Awal is found guilty of rebellion and violating the law on crimes against humanity

SIEGE. Marawi City was razed by a siege that lasted for 148 days. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Manila court denies bail for Taguba, importer in P6.4-B shabu case

Mar 14, 2019 - 7:55 PM

'There is still a long way to go and there will also be other evidence that will eventually be presented by the parties,' says the court

NO BAIL. Customs fixer Mark Taguba has been denied bail in the drug importation charges related to the P6.4 billion shabu case. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Manila court imposes P500,000 travel bond for Rappler’s Maria Ressa

Mar 14, 2019 - 2:56 PM

After an urgent motion Thursday afternoon, the court decides to reduce the bond to P100,000 per travel or P300,000 overall

LIBEL CHARGE. Rappler CEO and executive editor during her detention the NBI Cybercrime Division office on February 13, 2019, after her arrest for cyber libel charge. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Dismiss cyber libel case vs Maria Ressa, Rappler – Te, FLAG

Feb 26, 2019 - 1:17 PM

Te says the Supreme Court finalized the Cybercrime Law only on April 22, 2014, which means that in February 2014 when the article was supposedly republished, there was no applicable law

CYBER LIBEL. Rappler CEO Maria Ressa speaks to the media. File photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

PH court convicts Mexican suspected to be member of Sinaloa drug cartel

Feb 13, 2019 - 1:03 PM

Horacio Herrera is sentenced to life imprisonment

GUILTY. Mexican national Horacio Herrera is found guilty of selling illegal drugs in the Philippines. Photo sourced by Rappler

Ex-RCBC manager Maia Deguito asks Makati court to reverse conviction

Jan 28, 2019 - 8:45 PM

Maia Deguito, who was found guilty of money laundering, says the prosecution failed to present proof that she had full and prior knowledge of the illegal source of funds

APPEAL. Maia Deguito, former manager of the Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation branch in Manila's financial district, gestures as she answers a question during a senate hearing in Manila on April 5, 2016. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

DOJ asks Davao court to cancel Trillanes bail over holiday travel

Jan 17, 2019 - 1:35 PM

Paolo Duterte's camp claims Senator Antonio Trillanes IV's December trip makes him guilty of flight. The senator is now back in the Philippines and has appeared before the Davao City court.

DAVAO CASE. Opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV enters a not guilty plea before Davao City Branch 54 Judge Melinda Alconcel Dayanghirang on January 15, 2019. Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Not guilty of libel, Trillanes tells Davao City court

Jan 15, 2019 - 11:03 AM

Davao City Branch 54 Judge Melinda Alconcel Dayanghirang orders mediation between the two camps on March 21

'NOT GUILTY'. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV enters a not guilty plea before Davao City Branch 54 Judge Melinda Alconcel Dayanghirang on January 15, 2019. Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Davao court rejects DOJ request to block Trillanes travels

Jan 15, 2019 - 8:18 AM

(UPDATED) Judge Melinda Alconcel Dayanghirang of the Davao City Regional Trial Court Branch 54 says the opposition senator is not a 'flight risk'

'NOT A FLIGHT RISK.' This file photo shows Senator Antonio Trillanes IV at the Senate on October 22, 2018. Rappler screenshot

Next case for Trillanes: Charged with grave threat in Pasay

Jan 11, 2019 - 1:55 PM

‘Like all the other harassment cases filed against me, I will face this squarely,’ says Senator Antonio Trillanes IV

NEW YEAR, NEW CHARGES. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV faces new charges, this time for grave threat before the Pasay City Regional Trial Court. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Makati court convicts ex-RCBC manager Maia Deguito of money laundering

Jan 10, 2019 - 9:26 AM

(UPDATED) Former RCBC branch manager Maia Deguito is sentenced to 4 to 7 years in prison for each of the 8 counts of money laundering in connection with the 2016 Bangladesh Bank heist

CONVICTED. Former RCBC branch manager Maia Deguito is interviewed by media after a Makati court convicted her of money laundering in connection with the Bangladesh bank heist on January 10, 2019. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Makati court denies Trillanes’ appeal

Jan 07, 2019 - 5:14 PM

(UPDATED) RTC Branch 150 Judge Elmo Alameda denies the opposition senator’s appeal to not reopen the rebellion case against him

REBELLION CHARGE. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV will have to face trial again for rebellion at the Makati Regional Trial Court Branch 150. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Gloria Arroyo cleared of electoral sabotage in 2007 polls case

Dec 28, 2018 - 5:01 PM

(UPDATED) The Pasay court does not believe in the credibility of the whistleblower, former Maguindanao provincial administrator Norie Unas

CLEARED. House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo is cleared of electoral sabotage in the alleged rigging of the 2007 senatorial elections. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

4 Chinese sentenced to life in prison for operating floating shabu lab

Dec 14, 2018 - 3:19 PM

The Olongapo RTC sentences the 4 Hong Kong residents to life imprisonment after they were caught by the PNP near the shore of Subic, Zambales, manufacturing shabu aboard a fishing boat in 2016

Police Anti-Illegal Drugs Group operatives seized a suspected floating shabu laboratory and arrested all four Chinese crew on-board while cruising near Barangay Calapandayan in Subic, Zambales on July 11.

DOJ requests, then withdraws, hold departure order vs Trillanes in Pasay court

Dec 10, 2018 - 3:42 PM

A motion for a hold departure order against Trillanes is still pending before the Davao City Regional Trial Court

OVERSEAS TRAVEL. Senator. Antonio Trillanes is scheduled to travel to the USA and Europe beginning December 11, 2018. Rappler screenshot

Davao City court issues 4 arrest warrants vs Trillanes

Dec 08, 2018 - 11:09 AM

Judge Melinda Alconcel-Dayanghirang of the Davao City Regional Trial Court Branch 54 issues warrants of arrest for each libel complaint filed by presidential son Paolo Duterte and his brother-in-law Manases Carpio

OPPOSITION SENATOR. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV faces arrest again after a Davao City court issues arrest warrants in connection with libel complaints filed by presidential son Paolo Duterte and presidential son-in-law Manases Carpio. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Davao City court orders arrest of Trillanes

Dec 07, 2018 - 4:01 PM

Judge Melinda Alconcel Dayanghirang issues the warrant of arrest against the senator in connection with the libel case filed by presidential son Paolo Duterte

NEMESIS. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV has been ordered arrested by a Davao City court on December 7, 2018, over libel charges filed by President Rodrigo Duterte's son, former Davao City vice mayor Paolo. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Pasig court suspends arraignment of Maria Ressa

Dec 07, 2018 - 9:51 AM

(3rd UPDATE) 'What the court did today was to avoid a situation where there is hasty, malicious, and oppressive prosecution of innocent people,' says Rappler lawyer Francis Lim

Rappler to Pasig court: Tax charges ‘clear case of persecution’

Dec 06, 2018 - 5:15 PM

Maria Ressa is scheduled to be arraigned before the Pasig Regional Trial Court on Friday, December 7

PASIG CASE. Rappler CEO and Executive Editor Maria Ressa post bail for tax evasion charges at the Makati RTC on December 3, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

DOCUMENT: Arrest warrant for Maria Ressa in tax case

Dec 03, 2018 - 1:40 PM

Dated November 28, 2018, the warrant is signed by Judge Danilo Buemio and transmitted to the station commander of the Pasig City Police Station

BAIL. Rappler CEO Maria Ressa posts bail on Monday, December 3, 2018, at Pasig RTC Branch 265 after an arrest warrant is issued against her. Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Judge Soriano: Afford everyone rule of law, if only for our own safety

Nov 30, 2018 - 12:18 PM

The judge from Makati rose to prominence for his firm orders that directly contradicted and rejected the request of the country’s most powerful man – President Rodrigo Duterte

RULE OF LAW. Makati RTC Branch 148 Judge Andres Soriano delivers a speech on the rule of law before the Philippine Bar Association on November 28, 2018. Photo by Jazmin Tremblay/Rappler

Makati court allows Trillanes to travel abroad

Nov 29, 2018 - 6:10 PM

Senator Trillanes will go on visits to the Netherlands, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States starting the second week of December to early February for various activities, including speaking engagements

TRAVEL AUTHORITY. Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV  is granted authority by the court to travel abroad for the holidays. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

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

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