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Bikoy applies for state protection

Aug 05, 2019 - 3:29 PM

'My life and the life of my family... is at risk,' says Peter Joemel Advincula

WITNESS PROTECTION. Peter Joemel Advincula meets with his lawyer Larry Gadon before his application to be under the Witness Protection Program (WPP) is passed to the DOJ on August 5, 2019. Photo courtesy of Larry Gadon

Panelo hits New York Times editorial vs Duterte as 'false information'

Aug 03, 2019 - 8:30 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo accuses the New York Times of relying on 'false facts...peddled by communist rebels...as well as the political opposition'

'FALSE INFORMATION.' Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo accuses the New York Times of spreading 'false information' after it criticized President Rodrigo Duterte in an editorial. Screenshot from RVTM

U.N. experts urged to probe killings of environmental defenders in PH

Jul 30, 2019 - 7:38 PM

In its annual report, international watchdog Global Witness has tagged the Philippines as the most dangerous country for environmental activists

DEADLIEST. The Kalikasan Philippine Network for Environment holds a press briefing at the Commission on Human Rights headquarters in Quezon City to release the report by international watchdog Global Witness which has dubbed the Philippines as the deadliest country in the world for environmental defenders. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

More than 160 land defenders murdered in 2018 – watchdog

Jul 30, 2019 - 12:01 PM

The Global Witness annual land defenders report found 'countless' more people were silenced through violence, intimidation and the use and misuse of anti-protest laws across the world

PH deadliest country for environmental activists in 2018 – report

Jul 30, 2019 - 10:50 AM

Global Witness says 30 environmental activists were killed in the Philippines in 2018

A group of farmers hold a protest at the Department of Justice in Manila on 11 March 2019, as the mother of a survivor in the Sagay massacre files a child custody case against police officers and her estranged ex-husband. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Mangaoang as state witness, Regine Velasquez, porn malware | Evening wRap

Oct 30, 2018 - 9:22 PM

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Mangaoang applies for witness protection program

Oct 30, 2018 - 2:12 PM

Senator Richard Gordon says he has recommended to Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarro that former Customs official Lourdes Mangaoang be given state protection

THREATENED. Lourdes Mangaoang at the Senate blue ribbon committee hearing on October 30. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Enrile's 'ambush': Real or not?

Sep 23, 2018 - 10:55 AM

Juan Ponce Enrile himself had admitted that his 'ambush' in 1972 was 'staged' to justify the declaration of Martial Law. Yet he later retracted that claim.

JPE. Juan Ponce Enrile talks to Ferdinand Marcos Jr in a two-part video entitled 'JPE: A Witness to History'.

Ex-Trump campaign chairman Manafort to plead guilty to conspiracy charges

Sep 14, 2018 - 10:39 PM

Seven charges in a previous indictment against Manafort were reduced to just two in a criminal information submitted to the court Friday by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, signaling a deal had been made with Manafort's lawyers to accept guilt

PLEADING GUILTY. 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

CA: 3 accused in Maguindanao massacre can't be state witnesses

Jul 29, 2018 - 2:59 PM

The Court of Appeals denies the motion seeking to turn Police Inspector Rex Ariel Diongon, Police Office 1 Rainier Ebus, and Mohammad Sangki into state witnesses

NEVER FORGET. A memoir lists the names of the 58 victims of the Ampatuan massacre. Photo by Rappler

Record 207 environmental activists killed in 2017

Jul 24, 2018 - 3:26 PM

The Global Witness reports that Brazil was the most dangerous country for land activists in 2017 with 57 killed, while the Philippines accounted for 48

Russia persecutes Jehovah's Witnesses – rights watchdog

Jun 29, 2018 - 12:07 AM

'The Jehovah's Witness faith is not an extremist organization,' says Human Rights Watch director Rachel Denber. '(Russian) Authorities should stop this religious persecution of its worshippers now.'

BANNED. File photo shows members of Jehovah's Witnesses on a street stand near in Lviv, Ukraine. Shutterstock

Guevarra stops state protection for Janet Napoles

May 25, 2018 - 3:47 PM

(3rd UPDATE) This is Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra's first major decision in the pork barrel scam

STATE PROTECTION. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra stops the state protection of Janet Lim Napoles.

Malacañang on Cambridge Analytica, Sereno vs De Castro, Sandiganbayan on Napoles | Evening wRap

Apr 10, 2018 - 9:05 PM

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Sandiganbayan: Napoles cannot move to a DOJ safehouse

Apr 10, 2018 - 1:08 PM

'To place Napoles into the custody of the WPP despite being presently under detention for a lawful cause is contrary to the clear and express import of Article IX, Section 1 of the IRR of RA 6891,' says the Sandiganbayan's resolution

'PORK SCAM QUEEN'. In this file photo, alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles attends a hearing at the Sandiganbayan in Quezon City on June 15, 2017. File photo by Darren Langit

'Witness': Katy Perry's return to Manila is out of this world

Apr 03, 2018 - 10:59 PM

Katy Perry electrifies as she performs in Manila for the fourth time

KATY PERRY. The diva brings her 'Witness' tour to Manila. All photos by Stephen Lavoie/Rappler

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Our Good Friday that is Janet Napoles

Mar 26, 2018 - 9:00 AM

We write about the pork barrel queen in the holiest of weeks in Asia’s biggest Christian country, and rightly so. She represents one of our worst contradictions as a nation of the faithful.

Osmeña on Aguirre, Duque on HIV, Duterte on Kuwait deployment ban | Evening wRap

Mar 21, 2018 - 7:25 PM

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Aguirre on DOJ probe, Alvarez on Go, Sereno on quo warranto petition | Evening wRap

Mar 20, 2018 - 8:43 PM

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Duterte on divorce, Sandiganbayan on Napoles, Facebook shares plunge | Midday wRap

Mar 20, 2018 - 11:43 AM

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Sereno impeachment, Medialdea on Napoles, Dela Rosa on DOJ | Evening wRap

Mar 19, 2018 - 10:36 PM

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Law bars DOJ from taking custody of Janet Napoles – Sandiganbayan chief

Mar 19, 2018 - 5:49 PM

'BJMP is a secure facility, she's been there for quite some time, and we have not received a single report of threat,' says Presiding Justice Tang

No need for Janet Napoles: Cases vs LP lawmakers pending at Ombudsman

Mar 19, 2018 - 1:34 PM

Lawyer Levito Baligod had previously filed pork scam cases against 17 Liberal Party (LP) legislators and 8 non-LP legislators

CASES VS LP. Lawyer Levito Baligod is pursuing other pork barrel scam cases against members of opposition Liberal Party (LP) pending now at the Office of the Ombudsman.

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

Napoles under WPP, ICC withdrawal, Cabinet revamp | Evening wRap

Mar 16, 2018 - 8:32 PM

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Ombudsman Morales: Janet Napoles' witness protection won't affect cases

Mar 16, 2018 - 3:49 PM

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales says the development will not affect the multiple counts of plunder and graft Janet Lim Napoles is facing before the Sandiganbayan

PDAF SCAM CASES. Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales is against the bid to place alleged pork scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles under the Witness Protection Program. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

DOJ puts Janet Napoles under state protection

Mar 16, 2018 - 11:52 AM

Alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles is not a state witness yet. The anti-graft court Sandiganbayan has the final say on the matter.

'PORK SCAM QUEEN'. In this file photo, alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles attends a hearing at the Sandiganbayan in Quezon City on June 15, 2017. File photo by Darren Langit

Duterte on ICC, CIDG on Kerwin Espinosa, Stephen Hawking dies | Evening wRap

Mar 14, 2018 - 9:35 PM

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CIDG to DOJ: Stop witness protection for 'uncooperative' Kerwin Espinosa

Mar 14, 2018 - 3:08 PM

The Criminal Investigation and Detection Group has appealed to the justice department as early as September 2017. As of March 2018, Espinosa remains under witness protection.

WORTHY OF PROTECTION? Self-confessed drug lord appears before a DOJ hearing on August 24, 2017. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

SC Justices in impeachment hearing, Fariñas on martial law, China Telecom | Midday wRap

Dec 11, 2017 - 12:08 PM

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Katy Perry is returning to Manila

Dec 05, 2017 - 10:23 AM

The stop is part of the pop star’s 'Witness: The Tour'

KATY PERRY. The pop star comes back to Manila for Witness: The Tour. Photo courtesy of Ovation Productions

Katy Perry dipastikan menggelar konser di Indonesia!

Nov 28, 2017 - 11:25 AM

Konser ini adalah bagian dari tur dunianya yang bertajuk 'Witness: The Tour'

KONSER. Penyanyi Katy perry akan menggelar konser di Indonesia pada 14 April 2018 mendatang. Foto dari AEG Presents

Sereno camp tells Gadon to ‘review his law' over cross-examining witnesses

Nov 17, 2017 - 2:34 PM

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno's spokesperson Jojo Lacanilao says it would be a 'mockery of the law' if she is denied her right to counsel and her right to cross-examine witnesses through her lawyers

IMPEACHMENT. The spokesperson of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno hits her critic lawyer Larry Gadon anew. File photos by Rappler

Fratman identified in Atio hazing blocks witness testimony

Oct 30, 2017 - 7:17 PM

The lawyer for Alex Bose also files a motion to issue a show cause order against reporters who published the content of Mark Ventura’s affidavit

WITNESS. Mark Anthony Ventura, identified as the Secretary of Aegis Juris Fraternity, is admitted to the DOJ-run Witness Protection Program (WPP). Photo courtesy of the DOJ

Aegis Juris fratman, Cayetano, Jack Ma | Evening wRap

Oct 25, 2017 - 8:47 PM

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Aegis Juris fratman turns state witness, tells all

Oct 25, 2017 - 3:07 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Mark Ventura tells investigators that when the fratmen at the initiation rites saw Atio Castillo move after he collapsed, they paddled him again

STATE WITNESS. Mark Ventura (middle) signs the document on his admission into the Witness Protection Program in connection to the case of hazing victim Horacio Castillo III. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Ubial, De Lima, Trangia | Evening wRap

Oct 10, 2017 - 8:01 PM

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DOJ offers witness protection to hazing suspect Ralph Trangia

Oct 10, 2017 - 11:35 AM

'Hopefully, Mr Trangia’s return is covered in good intentions to clear his name and to tell the truth,' says Justice Secretary Aguirre

RETURN. Ralph Trangia, suspect in the case of slain UST Law student Horacio Castillo III, arrives at the NAIA Terminal 1 in Pasay City on October 10, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Parents of Reynaldo de Guzman get state protection

Sep 16, 2017 - 12:35 PM

'I told the parents of Kulot that they can trust the government's Witness Protection Program,' says Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II

WITNESS PROTECTION PROGRAM. The government admits the parents of Reynaldo de Guzman into its Witness Protection Program. Photo c/o DOJ

Gov't to offer witness protection to cab driver in Arnaiz case

Sep 11, 2017 - 7:16 PM

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre also appeals to the group holding taxi driver Tomas Bagcal to allow the NBI to conduct investigation

POSSIBLE WITNESS. Tomas Bagcal speaks at a press conference on September 10, 2017. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Family of slain teen Carl Arnaiz gets state protection

Sep 05, 2017 - 5:42 PM

The cab driver in the Carl Arnaiz case has not applied for admission into the Witness Protection Program says the Department of Justice

GRIEF. Carl Angelo Arnaiz' family during the teen's funeral on September 5, 2017. Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

DOJ urged to turn over Kian case to Ombudsman

Aug 28, 2017 - 3:50 PM

Hontiveros says the DOJ s independence is tainted by the statement of Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II that the teenager s murder was just blown out of proportion

KIAN CASE. Around a thousand people attend the burial of Kian Loyd delos Santos on August 26, 2017. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

PAO wants to take Kian witnesses from Hontiveros

Aug 24, 2017 - 6:33 PM

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II also says the credibility of the witnesses will be affected because Hontiveros is a vocal Duterte critic

KIAN CASE. PAO forensic consultant Dr Erwin Erfe and chief Persida Acosta attends the Senate hearing into the Kian delos Santos case on August 24, 2017.‹ Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Witnesses to Kian's killing to face Senate, 'will only be telling the truth'

Aug 23, 2017 - 9:48 PM

Since they are children we have to explain to them what will happen and that there is nothing for them to be scared of lawyer Minerva Ambrosio says

CUSTODY. Senator Risa Hontiveros and Caloocan Bishop Pablo David visit the Philippine General Hospital, where witnesses to Kian delos Santos' killing have been interviewed to prepare their affidavits. Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

Aguirre gives state protection to Patricia Bautista

Aug 18, 2017 - 6:12 PM

WPP benefits include shelter livelihood assistance and educational benefits for the children of the witness

WITNESS PROTECTION. Patricia Bautista signs the certificate of provisional admission into the Witness Protection Program (WPP) at the DOJ headquarters on Friday, August 18. Photo courtesy of the DOJ

PNP to Parojinog witnesses: Bring your claims to court

Aug 04, 2017 - 5:07 PM

PNP spokesperson Dionardo Carlos says it is the only way that erring cops can be penalized

3 witnesses vs De Lima moved back to Bilibid maximum security compound

Jul 28, 2017 - 12:07 PM

The group Kabalikat urges Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II not to transfer the witnesses as this may affect the drug cases against detained Senator Leila de Lima

Inside the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City on October 28, 2016. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Aquino on new PDAF scam probe, Napoles: 'I'm confused'

Jul 22, 2017 - 11:15 AM

The former president also defends former budget secretary Florencio Abad, the apparent target of the DOJ's reinvestigation of the pork barrel scam

'PORK SCAM QUEEN'.Alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles attends a hearing at the Sandiganbayan in Quezon City on June 15, 2017. Photo by Darren Langit

PH still deadliest country in Asia for environmental defenders – report

Jul 13, 2017 - 7:20 PM

At least 28 land and environmental defenders were killed in the Philippines in 2016 according to environmental monitor Global Witness