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Cabanatuan judge cancels subpoena, hearing of Baguio traffic enforcers

Nov 20, 2019 - 6:50 PM

Citing 'the end of justice having sufficiently set,' Judge Nelson Largo revokes subpoena he ordered

Court convicts gunman in murder of businessman Dominic Sytin

Nov 20, 2019 - 4:15 PM

Edgardo Luib, convicted of murder and frustrated murder, points to Dominic Sytin's brother Dennis as mastermind. Dennis is at large.

HITMAN. Edgardo Luib, the confessed hitman in the Dominic Sytin murder case, is presented to the media following his arrest on March 11, 2019. Photo from PNP

Cabanatuan judge who summoned Baguio enforcers 'arrogant, unprofessional' – Magalong

Nov 15, 2019 - 7:08 PM

The mayor of Baguio City sends a letter to Supreme Court Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta about the 'bully' judge Nelson V. Largo

Ilocos Sur judge killed in ambush in La Union

Nov 05, 2019 - 9:27 PM

(3rd UPDATE) In September, Judge Mario Anacleto Bañez acquitted a Cordillera health worker, whom the army accused of being a communist rebel

Drug companies reach settlement ahead of landmark U.S. opioids trial

Oct 21, 2019 - 10:34 PM

The deal is worth $260 million to two Ohio counties at the center of the lawsuit but could spell billions more for 2,700 US communities devastated by addiction and overdose epidemic

OPIOID EPIDEMIC. Three leading drug distributors and an Israeli drugmaker blamed for a deadly US opioid epidemic have settled with plaintiffs on October 21, 2019, just hours before they're to go on trial, a federal judge announces. File photo by Eric Baradat/AFP

South Africa's Zuma to appeal against corruption trial

Oct 15, 2019 - 9:22 PM

Jacob Zuma's last-minute appeal will delay the case over bribery allegations dating back to a 1990s arms deal. He dismisses the charges as a conspiracy.

APPEAL. South Africa's embattled former president Jacob Zuma appears in the Pietermaritzburg High Court on corruption charges, in what would be the first time he faces trial for graft despite multiple accusations, in Pietermaritzburg on October 15, 2019. Photo by Michele Spatari/Pool/AFP

[ANALYSIS] Why this year’s Nobel Prize in Economics is relevant to Filipinos

Oct 15, 2019 - 12:03 PM

It's a testament to the power of research, scientific thinking, and empirical evidence in the crafting and implementation of economic policies and programs

South Africa ex-leader Zuma to face corruption trial

Oct 11, 2019 - 5:40 PM

(UPDATED) High Court Judge Willie Seriti agrees with the prosecution that parts of Jacob Zuma's arguments to have the case thrown out are 'scandalous and or vexatious'

JACOB ZUMA. Former South African president Jacob Zuma arrives to appear before the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture on July 15, 2019 in Johannesburg. Photo by Wikus De Wet/AFP

Trial of confessed gunman in Sytin murder ends; verdict out on November 20

Oct 10, 2019 - 10:57 PM

The promulgation of the decision on the murder and frustrated murder charges against Edgardo Luib will be released on November 20 – 8 days before the first death anniversary of Dominic Sytin

HIT MAN. Edgardo Luib, the confessed hit man in the Dominic Sytin murder case, is presented to the media following his arrest on March 11, 2019. File photo from PNP

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

Sudan's Bashir 'got $90 million from Saudi royals'

Aug 19, 2019 - 6:47 PM

(UPDATED) Omar al-Bashir faces a raft of charges of war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide from the International Criminal Court over his role in the Darfur war, but the latest trial is over graft allegations

TRIAL. In this file photo, Sudan's ousted president Omar al-Bashir is escorted into a vehicle as he returns to prison following his appearance before prosecutors over charges of corruption and illegal possession of foreign currency, in the capital Khartoum on June 16, 2019. File photo by Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP

Best friend of missing Bohol mayor testifies in kidnapping case

Aug 02, 2019 - 2:41 PM

Angela Leyson, a complainant in the kidnapping case, recalls how Gisela Bendong-Boniel was compelled to stay in Bohol overnight by municipal staff to sign 'important documents'

STRONG CASE. Senior Deputy State Prosecutor Richard Anthony Fadullon says Angela Leyson's testimony against defendand Nino Rey Boniel strengthens the kidnapping and illegal detention case. Photo by Ryan Macasero/Rappler

Davao court issues hold departure order vs Kapa officers

Jul 01, 2019 - 7:36 PM

A new rule allows the justice department to apply for a precautionary hold departure order despite the fact that no charge has been filed yet against Kapa-Community Ministry International

KAPA. Pastor Joel Apolinario prays over some 50,000 members of Kapa-Community International Ministry in a rally in General Santos City on June 13, 2019. File photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Wife of ex-Nissan boss Ghosn seeks Trump help

Jun 17, 2019 - 6:22 PM

'I'd like President Trump to speak to Prime Minister (Shinzo) Abe about fair conditions, fair trial conditions, and to let me speak to my husband – and also to respect this presumption of innocence until proven guilty,' says Carole Ghosn

CARLOS AND CAROLE GHOSN. This picture taken on April 3, 2019 shows former Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn (L) and his wife Carole (L) leave the office of his lawyer Junichiro Hironaka in Tokyo. File photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Solano found guilty of obstruction of justice in Atio hazing death

Jun 17, 2019 - 9:29 AM

(UPDATED) Aegis Juris fratman John Paul Solano is sentenced to 2 to 4 years in prison

GUILTY. John Paul Solano is found guilty of obstruction of justice in the Atio Castillo hazing case. File Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Labor leader sentenced to prison for illegal gun possession

Jun 04, 2019 - 12:02 AM

The San Mateo regional trial court judge says Marklen Maga of the Kilusang Mayo Uno failed to show proof that the firearm was not his

Vietnamese woman in Kim Jong-nam murder case freed

May 03, 2019 - 10:07 AM

(UPDATED) After a lengthy trial, Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong is freed after she pleaded guilty last month to a lesser charge of 'causing injury' over the 2017 assassination of Kim Jong-nam

Vietnamese national, Doan Thi Huong boards a car after appearing at the Shah Alam High Court, outside Kuala Lumpur on March 14, 2019. - A Vietnamese woman charged with assassinating the North Korean leader's half-brother lost her bid for immediate release March 14 as Malaysian authorities refused to drop a murder charge, days after her Indonesian co-accused was freed. (Photo by MOHD RASFAN / AFP)

Toppled Malaysian leader's 1MDB trial delayed

Feb 11, 2019 - 2:12 PM

(UPDATED) Najib Razak's lawyers have filed an application for the trial to be delayed pending an appeal on a technicality related to the transfer of charges between different courts

NAJIB RAZAK. In this file photo from December 12, 2018, former Malaysia prime minister Najib Razak (C) leaves the courthouse in Kuala Lumpur. File photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP)

Legazpi court bars overseas travel for Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo

Jan 25, 2019 - 5:02 PM

The Legazpi Regional Trial Court issues a a Precautionary Hold Departure Order against the local chief exeutive

PHDO. A Legazpi court bars overseas travel for embattled Mayor Carlwyn Baldo of Daraga, Albay, who was arrested for an unrelated firearms offense on January 22, 2019. (Photo courtesy by CIDG Albay)

Kim Jong-nam trial delayed further over witness statement row

Jan 24, 2019 - 7:39 PM

Proceedings in the trial of Siti Aisyah and Doan Thi Huong have moved slowly due to the large number of witnesses and the fact that hearings are held infrequently

TRIAL DELAYED. In this file photo, Indonesian national Siti Aisyah (C) and Vietnamese national Doan Thi Huong (top C) are escorted by Malaysian police after a special court session to rule on witness statements at the Shah Alam High Court, outside Kuala Lumpur on December 14, 2018. File photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Thai trial of model claiming Trump secrets set to begin

Jan 15, 2019 - 7:05 PM

Anastasia Vashukevich, known by her pen name Nastya Rybka, is a Belarusian model who claims she has proof of Russian efforts to help Donald Trump win office. She is on trial for running a 'sex training course' in Thailand.

Detained Belarusian model Anastasia Vashukevich, better known by her pen name Nastya Rybka, steps out of a prison van on arrival at a court in Pattaya to face trial on August 20, 2018, following a police raid on a sex training course. Rybka who sparked global intrigue after offering to trade secrets about alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 US election pleaded not guilty in a Thai court on August 20 on charges of solicitation. Krit Phromsakla Na SAKOLNAKORN / THAI NEWS PIX / AFP

DOJ asks Davao court to keep Trillanes from leaving PH

Dec 06, 2018 - 1:11 PM

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra says the move is not linked to a Makati court's decision to allow Senator Antonio Trillanes IV to travel to Europe and the US from the second week of December to early February

RESTRICTED TRAVEL. The Department of Justice seeks other remedies to restrict the overseas travel of opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Maria Ressa posts bail for tax case at Pasig court

Dec 03, 2018 - 12:43 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The case at the Pasig court is just one of the 5 tax cases the Department of Justice has filed against Rappler Holdings Corporation and its president Maria Ressa

POSTING BAIL. Rappler CEO Maria Ressa prepares to post bail at Pasig RTC 265. Photo by Glenda Gloria/Rappler

Charlottesville victims recount life-altering injuries at trial

Dec 01, 2018 - 10:10 AM

A year after the incident, victims of a car-ramming at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville now live with permanent injuries

'LIFE-ALTERING'. Victims recount violent experience after a car ran into a crowd of protesters in Charlottesville, VA on August 12, 2017. File Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

Media, human rights groups slam latest tax cases vs Rappler

Nov 30, 2018 - 12:56 PM

(3rd UPDATE) 'The mounting tax charges against Rappler are a blatant form of legal harassment,' says the Committee to Protect Journalists

'LEGAL HARASSMENT.' Groups slam the latest tax cases filed against Rappler Holdings Corporation and Maria Ressa. Screenshot from Rappler video.

DOJ files yet another tax case vs Maria Ressa, Rappler Holdings in Pasig court

Nov 29, 2018 - 5:49 PM

Aside from a case before the Court of Tax Appeals, the justice department files another tax charge at the Pasig Regional Trial Court

CHARGES. Rappler Holdings Corporation and Maria Ressa face another tax case at a separate court in Pasig over the companys Philippine Depositary Receipts (PDRs). Screenshot from Rappler video

El Chapo trial details suitcase stuffed with millions for ex-minister

Nov 21, 2018 - 1:54 PM

Jesus Zambada, a government informant held in US custody since 2008, says the bribes were delivered in person to Genaro Garcia Luna, Mexico's former public security minister, in 2005-2006

EL CHAPO. This file photo shows the US Federal Courthouse in Brooklyn where the trial of Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman is taking place. File photo by Don Emmert/AFP

Trillanes says he has no special request if jailed

Sep 26, 2018 - 10:38 PM

The mutineer-turned-senator says he will surrender to authorities when the time comes: 'We are prepared for the worst. Yayakapin ko 'yang eventuality na 'yan.'

PREPARED. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV says he is prepared for the worst to come. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Bill Cosby sent to prison for 3 to 10 years

Sep 26, 2018 - 5:33 AM

Found guilty on April 26 of drugging and molesting Andrea Constand, Cosby is impassive as Judge Steven O'Neill hands down the sentence on Tuesday in Norristown, Pennsylvania

SENTENCED. Comedian Bill Cosby is taken into custody at Montgomery County Courthouse September 25, 2018 in Norristown, Pennsylvania, after being sentenced to at least 3 years in prison and branded a "sexually violent predator" for assaulting a woman at his Philadelphia mansion 14 years ago.  Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Palparan's guilty verdict: Who is Malolos Judge Alexander Tamayo?

Sep 17, 2018 - 4:20 PM

During his first year presiding over Branch 15, Tamayo found Armando Padilla guilty of raping his 11-year-old daughter, sentencing him to death. The case was appealed and the sentence was reduced to life imprisonment.

Posters of kidnapped UP students Karen Empeno and Sherlyn Cadapan. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

On the Trillanes case: Who is Judge Elmo Alameda?

Sep 07, 2018 - 8:26 PM

(UPDATED) Judge Elmo Alameda has also handled the serious illegal detention case against Janet Napoles and the homicide case against ex-Batangas governor Jose Leviste

'HIGH-PROFILE' CASES. Judge Elmo Alameda of Makati City RTC Branch 150 is no stranger to high-profile cases. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Jury begins fourth day of deliberations in Manafort trial

Aug 21, 2018 - 11:24 PM

The case against Paul Manafort stems from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian election interference and possible collusion between the Trump campaign team and Moscow

INDICTED. In this file photo taken on December 11, 2017 former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort leaves Federal Court in Washington, DC. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/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

Batangas court dismisses case vs former UP film student

Aug 11, 2018 - 10:28 PM

The Batangas Regional Trial Court Branch 87 dismisses the cases against against former UP film student Maricon Montajes, Anakbayan member Ronilo Baes, and farmer Rommiel Cañete

FREE. Former film student Maricon Montajes poses with former UP College of Mass Communication Dean Rolando Tolentino. File photo courtesy of Rolando Tolentino

U.S. jury orders Monsanto to pay $290M to cancer patient over weed killer

Aug 11, 2018 - 10:56 AM

(UPDATED) California groundskeeper Dewayne Johnson, who was diagnosed with terminal cancer, says he repeatedly used Roundup during work, a weed killer with a probable carcinogenic ingredient

Plaintiff Dewayne Johnson reacts after hearing the verdict to his case against Monsanto at the Superior Court Of California in San Francisco, California, on August 10, 2018. A California jury on Friday, August 10, 2018 ordered agrochemical giant Monsanto to pay nearly $290 million for failing to warn a dying groundskeeper that its weed killer Roundup might cause cancer. Jurors found Monsanto acted with "malice" and that its weed killers Roundup and the professional grade version RangerPro contributed "substantially" to Dewayne Johnson's terminal illness. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / JOSH EDELSON

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

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

Court junks libel case filed by Chavit Singson vs 'Newsbreak 5'

Jul 18, 2018 - 10:14 PM

Judge Corpus Alzate of Vigan City cites the right of the accused, composed of Newsbreak editors and writers, to a 'speedy trial' in the 11-year-old case

CASE DISMISSED. A Vigan City court dismisses a 2006 libel case filed against then Newsbreak editor in chief Marites Dañguilan Vitug (in photo), along with other editors and writers of Newsbreak, over a Newsbreak special report on then Ilocos Sur governor Chavit Singson. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Candidate AIDS vaccine passes key early test

Jul 07, 2018 - 8:52 AM

The candidate vaccine will be tested in 2,600 women in southern Africa to see whether it prevents HIV infection

Photo from Shutterstock

Estelito magic: Bong Revilla gets away with new trial delay

Jun 14, 2018 - 12:21 PM

The prosecution begs the Court, ‘do not be hypnotized by Revilla’s chanting of repeated arguments’

STRATEGY. Former senator Bong Revilla huddles with his legal team led by veteran litigator Estelito Mendoza. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

PNP arrests suspect in Camarines Sur judge Begino's slay

Jun 13, 2018 - 11:36 AM

(3RD UPDATE) Police identify Wilfredo Armea as the suspected killer of Judge Ricky Begino

Photo for illustration purposes from Shutterstock

CA to Makati court: Reopen hazing case vs Tau Gamma Phi members

Jun 10, 2018 - 6:50 PM

The Court of Appeals says the Makati City Regional Trial Court erred when it previously dismissed the case against 5 fraternity members implicated in the death of Guillo Cesar Servando

REVIVED. The Court of Appeals orders the Regional Trial Court of Makati City to revive its case against members of the Tau Gamma Phi fraternity. File photo from CA website

De Lima cries, writes emotional message on son's graduation

Jun 03, 2018 - 5:54 PM

'To Vincent, I want to tell you, my son, that I am so happy and so proud of you,' writes detained Senator Leila de Lima. Read her full message here.

MOTHER'S LAMENT. Detained Senator Leila de Lima writes an emotional message on her son Vincent's graduation day at San Beda College Alabang. File photo by AFP

Court rejects De Lima request to attend son's law school graduation

May 28, 2018 - 6:30 PM

Senator Leila de Lima's son Vincent Joshua Bohol is set to graduate from the San Beda College Alabang School of Law on Sunday, June 3

2017. Senator Leila de Lima says the year changed her and made her closer to her family.

Jury still out in 7-year-old Apple-Samsung iPhone patent trial

May 22, 2018 - 2:01 PM

Apple wants $1 billion in damages while Samsung wants to lower the figure to around $28 million

CLASSIC BOUT. Older Apple iPhones and Samsung Galaxy phones are embroiled in the legal battle. iPhone and Galaxy photos from Apple and Samsung


Jaybee Sebastian will plead guilty in De Lima drug trade case – DOJ

May 18, 2018 - 11:33 AM

This follows the DOJ's dismissal of charges against Rafael Ragos to make him state witness against De Lima

High profile inmate Jaybee Sebastian appears before the House committee on justice as resumes its probe on October 10, 2016 into the proliferation of drugs in the New Bilibid Prison.

De Lima seeks court permission to attend son's law school graduation

May 17, 2018 - 2:25 PM

'To be personally present in such a special occasion is more than a compelling duty on the part of the accused De Lima as a mother,' Senator Leila de Lima's motion reads

Police escort detained Senator Leila De LIma inside the Philippine Hearth Center for a medical checkup on March 12, 2018

SC greenlights lower court trial of Trillanes' 'Hacienda Binay' case

May 16, 2018 - 6:22 PM

The High Court rules that parliamentary immunity does not apply to Trillanes' remaks which spawned the civil suit against him

SENATE PROBE. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV wants the Senate to investigate the refusal of the Anti-Money Laundering Council to provide data needed by the Office of the Ombudsman in its investigation of President Rodrigo Duterte's alleged secret bank accounts. File photo by Cesar Tomambo/Senate PRIB

Bedan lawyer, Davao judge also apply for Ombudsman post

May 15, 2018 - 5:36 PM

(UPDATED) Davao City Regional Trial Court Judges Carlo Espero II and lawyer Rex Rico are among Ombudsman hopefuls, informed sources from the judiciary confirm to Rappler

Office of the Ombudsman Photo by DARREN LANGIT

Closeup concert drug dealers sentenced to life imprisonment

Apr 06, 2018 - 4:55 PM

Their 3 co-accused face at least 20 years in prison

SENTENCED. The 5 people who sold illegal drugs during the Closeup Forever Summer concert on May 21, 2016 were caught by the NBI a month later. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler