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Phishing is top PH cybercrime during pandemic – authorities

Jul 12, 2020 - 6:42 PM

Online selling scams and the proliferation of misinformation that cause panic among the public are the other cybercrimes often committed as Filipinos grapple with the COVID-19 outbreak, says the National Bureau of Investigation NBI-Cyber Crimes Division

DOJ main office to reopen on June 29 after virus lockdown

Jun 28, 2020 - 8:10 PM

The 11-day lockdown, enforced after 5 employees and an outsourced security guard tested positive for the coronavirus, will be lifted as disinfection has been completed

The Department of Justice building in Padre Faura, Manila

2 months since, DOJ yet to start hearings on Pimentel quarantine breach

Jun 16, 2020 - 9:48 PM

The justice department instead puts the pressure on complainant Rico Quicho to submit hard copies of his evidence

QUARANTINE BREACH. Senator Koko Pimentel is sued for violating the Mandatory Reporting of Notifiable Diseases Act for breaching quarantine rules. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

DOJ's precarious role in the contested anti-terror bill

Jun 09, 2020 - 7:09 PM

Will prosecutors be independent of the Secretary of Justice who will sit in the anti-terror council?

Will Facebook dummy account probe look at govt too? DOJ says 'all angles'

Jun 08, 2020 - 8:01 PM

The DOJ promises it will not misuse user data that will be submitted to them in the course of an investigation

DOJ defends terror bill's dissent exception, but leaves out 'killer' caveat

Jun 08, 2020 - 5:26 PM

DOJ Spokesperson Markk Perete says Section 4's exception on dissent 'should calm concerns,' but he leaves out a 'killer' provision. It's the provision on intent.

ANTI-TERROR BILL. Protesters gather inside the University of the Philippines campus on June 4, 2020, to protest the passing of the anti-terrorism bill. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

DOJ cybercrime office to probe dummy Facebook accounts

Jun 07, 2020 - 5:35 PM

(UPDATED) Computer-related identity theft is a crime, and Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra says he's worried over the surge in fake Facebook accounts

DOJ asserts: 'Gabby Lopez is a Filipino citizen since birth'

Jun 03, 2020 - 3:54 PM

Justice Undersecretary Emmeline Aglipay Villar also tells a joint House panel that ABS-CBN chairman emeritus Gabby Lopez did not lose his Filipino citizenship when he used his American passport to travel

ABS-CBN OFFICIALS. Executives of embattled network ABS-CBN listen as their chairman emeritus Gabby Lopez answers lawmakers' questions through video conferencing app Zoom in joint House hearing on June 3, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

'Vital witness' in Ampatuan massacre survives attack in South Cotabato

Jun 03, 2020 - 2:35 PM

(UPDATED) 'Sangki is a vital witness in the second wave of prosecution for the Maguindanao massacre, and it is not far-fetched that his ambush today had something to do with the horrible case,' says Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra

END IMPUNITY. Militant groups protest for justice during the Ampatuan promulgation outside Camp Bagong Diwa on December 19, 2019. Photo by Alecs Ongcal

Reports of sexual abuse of children triple during lockdown

May 25, 2020 - 6:13 PM

The justice department receives nearly 280,000 reports from March to May. It blames telecommunications companies for not proactively blocking access to forms of online sexual exploitation of children

117 convicts get parole amid pandemic

May 21, 2020 - 4:01 PM

Over 400 other convicts also eligible for parole are awaiting clearance. Retired military generals Carlos Garcia and Jovito Palparan are not qualified, according to the Department of Justice.

BILIBID. Workers use heavy equipment as they dismantle illegal structures as ordered by newly installed BuCor chief Gerald Bantag and PNP Directorial Staff Chief Guillermo Eleazar inside the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City on October 9, 2019. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

With indictment of teacher, media told be careful when interviewing suspects

May 16, 2020 - 5:38 PM

Ex-SC Spokesperson Ted Te says the NBI agents are still liable for the arbitrary detention of teacher Ronnel Mas

ARRESTED. A 25-year-old teacher who tweeted about offering a P50 million reward to kill President Rodrigo Duterte is arrested by the NBI. Photo courtesy of Allan Sison

In PH pandemic: Due process for allies, warrantless arrests for the rest

May 13, 2020 - 7:06 PM

(UPDATED) Justice Secretary Guevarra commits the NBI to look into the prohibited mass gathering for the birthday of Metro police chief Sinas – when other people in previous mass gatherings were just picked up and jailed

VIOLATIONS. Composite photo of a San Roque resident arrested for mass gathering (left) and NCRPO chief Debold Sinas enjoying his birthday party attended by dozens (right). San Roque photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler and Sinas photo by NCRPO

House, DOJ could have done more for ABS-CBN – FLAG

May 05, 2020 - 8:52 PM

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra defends his refusal to issue a formal legal opinion for ABS-CBN, a document that could serve as a legal defense for the NTC

CEASE AND DESIST. The National Telecommunications Commission(NTC) has issued a cease and desist order to the giant network ABS-CBN effective immediately. May 5, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

DOJ: Order vs ABS-CBN 'immediately executory'

May 05, 2020 - 5:34 PM

Should it stop broadcasting immediately? That is the pressing question now for the network giant.

ABS-CBN OPERATIONS. Hundreds of fans marched along Mother Ignacia and Sgt Esguerra Streets in Quezon City during the Kapanilya Fandom to support ABS CBN and the renewal of its broadcasting franchise.  Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

DOJ promises to assess 100 convicts per week for parole, clemency

May 04, 2020 - 9:00 PM

The Board of Pardons and Parole is now reviewing the records of an initial batch of 200 convicts

BILIBID. A look at the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa on October 29, 2019. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Guevarra counters Calida: ABS-CBN can operate while franchise renewal ongoing

May 04, 2020 - 5:40 PM

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra says 'there is sufficient equitable basis to allow broadcast entities to continue operating' while franchise renewal bills are pending in Congress

CLASH. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra and Solicitor General Jose Calida clash on whether ABS-CBN can continue operating without a franchise while hearings are ongoing in Congress. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

DOJ relaxes parole and clemency rules, excludes heinous crime convicts

Apr 22, 2020 - 3:27 PM

The relaxed rules lower the age of sickly prisoners who may avail of executive clemency from 70 to 65

STATE PENITENTIARY. The New Bilibid Prison. Photo by Lisa Marie David

DOJ needs 'one more week' to decide on release of low-risk convicts

Apr 15, 2020 - 4:10 PM

For convicts serving their sentence, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra says any release would be a purely executive decision that needs no permission from the courts

BILIBID. A file photo of inmates queuing for water rations inside the New Bilibid Prison Maximum Security Compound. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

DOJ summons Koko Pimentel over quarantine breach complaint

Apr 14, 2020 - 5:03 PM

(UPDATED) The preliminary hearing is scheduled on May 20

PIMENTEL AND QUICHO. File photo of Senator Aquilino Pimentel III by Angie de Silva/Rappler. Image of Rico Quicho from Facebook.

DOJ: Early release of sick, elderly prisoners ordered before virus crisis

Apr 12, 2020 - 7:20 PM

The Department of Justice says it ordered the release of old and sickly prisoners even before the coronavirus outbreak. Groups say these vulnerable inmates remain behind bars.

In this photo taken on March 27, 2020, prison inmates lie to sleep at the crowded courtyard of the Quezon City jail in Manila. - UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet has urged countries to protect people held in overcrowded prisons and other enclosed facilities by releasing vulnerable detainees, saying COVID-19 "risks rampaging through such institutions". (Photo by Maria TAN / AFP)

Coronavirus patients urged to waive confidentiality: ‘Being diagnosed not a crime, stigma’

Apr 05, 2020 - 1:45 PM

'By being candid, the COVID-19 patients and PUI’s will help most their family members, friends, co-workers and those they were close with,' says a joint statement by 3 organizations of doctors and lawyers

CONTAINING A PANDEMIC. The National Kidney and Transplant Institute in Quezon City installs triage at the hospital's compound to evaluate and categorizate patients on March 29, 2020. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

DOJ sticks to arrest policy, but rolls out electronic inquest

Mar 30, 2020 - 6:23 PM

There are calls to be lenient and just allow violators to go home after booking them because of lack of suitable jails

VIOLATORS. 120 adults and 15 minors sit in a social distancing manner after they were apprehended by patrolling police for violating the curfew of the enhanced community quarantine at Barangay Batasan in Quezon City on Monday midnight, March 23. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

DOJ allows release of seized medical supplies to hospitals

Mar 30, 2020 - 4:51 PM

Government will be given priority in the auction of these items, says the justice department

MEDICAL SUPPLIES. Workers repack around 300,000 face mask and 2,000 thermal scanners at Manila City hall on March 25, 2020 donated by Guangzhou municipal government of China to the Manila City government. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

[PODCAST] Law of Duterte Land: DOJ and warrantless arrests

Mar 29, 2020 - 6:55 PM

In the 2nd and final part of the 'War on the Law' podcast, we take a look at the evolving definition of warrantless arrests under the Department of Justice

'Compassion': DOJ not investigating Pimentel quarantine breach without complaint

Mar 25, 2020 - 8:27 PM

The justice department also rules out a warrantless arrest, as Secretary Guevarra appeals for compassion

COMPASSION. File photo of Senator Aquilino Pimentel. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler‹

Cops round up people in Manila based on spurious window hour advisory

Mar 22, 2020 - 12:16 AM

The window hour advisory is disowned by the PNP and the IAFT Saturday night, March 21

FAKE. PNP and IATF disown this window hour advisory for the Luzon lockdown. Photo by PNP

Prosecutors' offices to be closed nationwide, but officers on call for urgent matters

Mar 21, 2020 - 10:56 AM

This means legal remedies will become a challenge for those who will be arrested during the lockdown

PHYSICAL CLOSURE. Prosecutors offices nationwide will physically close soon, with a mechanism that will require officers and staff to report for work for urgent matters. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

DOJ stands firm on warrantless arrests – even if courts scaled down, prosecutors stranded

Mar 20, 2020 - 8:32 PM

(UPDATED) 'Otherwise, we will have a breakdown of law and order,' says Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra

WARRANTLESS ARREST. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra stands by his pronouncement that there are legal basis for warrantless arrest during the lockdown. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

In Luzon quarantine, DOJ says resisting and disobeying basis for arrest

Mar 17, 2020 - 12:18 AM

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra cites Republic Act No. 11332 among other laws, but law professor Ted Te says RA 11332 may be too broad

QUARANTINE. Barangay officials guard a control point in San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan an hour before the community quarantine is set to take place. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

DOJ urged to fast-track GCTA releases amid coronavirus scare

Mar 16, 2020 - 9:00 PM

A judge in Naga, which is a justice zone, sends a memorandum to his fellow judges to bring the issue to the attention of the Department of Justice

CORONAVIRUS. Officers from the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) conduct an awareness seminar regarding COVID-19 to detainees at the Manila City Jail on March 12, 2020. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

DOJ: No arrest for lockdown violators unless they 'assault, bribe, slander'

Mar 14, 2020 - 4:42 PM

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra also says curfew violators cannot be arrested unless local government units have issued their respective ordinances

LOCKDOWN. Members of the Manila Police District Station 9 hold a dry run for the lockdown on vehicles passing along Quirino Avenue and Roxas Blvd in Manila on March 13, 2020, in preparation for the various check points at key entry to and from Metro Manila as part of the implemention of the one month community quarantine by ordered by President Rodrigo Duterte starting March 15. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

DOJ summons Sandra Cam to preliminary probe on Masbate vice-mayor's slay

Mar 02, 2020 - 8:04 PM

The three-member DOJ panel of prosecutors also orders Cam to submit her counter-affidavit for her defense

PCSO member of the Board Sandra Cam during a congress inquiry on February 26, 2020, on the update by the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) on the status of its Peryahan ng Bayan games and small town lottery. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Guevarra won't issue formal opinion in ABS-CBN issue

Feb 24, 2020 - 4:09 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra says he is deferring to Congress, an independent branch of government

ABS-CBN FRANCHISE. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra and NTC Commissioner Gamaliel Cordoba answer questions from the senators at the hearing on the franchise renewal of ABS-CBN network on February 24, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

DOJ: Congress may authorize NTC to grant ABS-CBN provisional permit

Feb 24, 2020 - 12:18 PM

(UPDATED) Senator Franklin Drilon wants to make sure that the NTC cannot withdraw the temporary permit anytime it wants

DOJ POSITION. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra tells the Senate that Congress may give NTC the authority to issue a provisional permit to ABS-CBN. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

DOJ asked to weigh in if ABS-CBN can continue operating after March 30

Feb 20, 2020 - 5:00 PM

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra says they hope to respond to the National Telecommunications Commission by next week

LEGAL OPINION. DOJ is asked to render a legal opinion on whether ABS-CBN can continue operating after its fanchise lapses on March 30. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

DOJ panel to assess if Bikoy can be gov't witness in new sedition case

Feb 13, 2020 - 7:31 PM

The flip-flopping Peter Joemel Advincula, alias Bikoy, is the sole witness for now, but he is also charged with conspiracy to commit sedition

CONSPIRACY TO COMMIT SEDITION. Peter Joemel Advincula aka Bikoy attends the prelimianry investigation at the DOJ on August 9, 2019, which eventually saw him charged of conspiracy to commit sedition. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

How the DOJ will prove destabilization plot vs Duterte

Feb 13, 2020 - 6:50 PM

How exactly did the prosecutors arrive at that conclusion? And why is Trillanes cleared of sedition but charged with conspiracy to commit sedition?

DESTAB PLOT? (L-R) Assistant State Prosecutor (ASP) Gino Paolo Santiago, Senior Assistant State Prosecutor Olivia Laroza-Torrevillas and ASP Michael John Humarang explain their resolution finding basis that there was indeed an attempt to topple the Duterte presidency. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Guevarra: PH will survive without VFA with Americans

Feb 12, 2020 - 2:09 PM

Whether the President's advisers agree with him on the termination of the military deal is now 'water under the bridge,' says the justice secretary

WE WILL SURVIVE. DOJ Secretary Menardo Guevarra says the Philippines will survive without the Visiting Forces Agreement. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

DOJ clears Robredo, charges Trillanes in sedition case

Feb 10, 2020 - 1:30 PM

(4th UPDATE) Ex-senator Antonio Trillanes IV faces charges over the 'Bikoy' narcolist videos. Vice President Leni Robredo, as well as senators Leila de Lima and Risa Hontiveros, are among those cleared.

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Razon's buy-in of Manila Water won't stop contract review - DOJ

Feb 05, 2020 - 5:44 PM

Discussions with water concessionaires will start in March, says Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra

BUY-IN. Enrique Razon buys 25% share of Manila Water amid an ongoing contract review of water concessionaires. File photo by Chrisee Dela Paz/Rappler

Free speech violation? Guevarra defends probe into coronavirus fake news

Feb 05, 2020 - 3:17 PM

Will it open subjects of investigation to warrantless arrest? It happened for a cybercrime case once before.

FREEDOM OF SPEECH. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra defends his order of investigating 2019-nCoV fake news saying the freedom of speech has limitations. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Malacañang asks for 'impact assessment' on VFA termination

Jan 27, 2020 - 11:49 AM

Is the termination on hold? Guevarra says President Duterte threatened but did not order to terminate the VFA

JOINT DRILLS. The Philippine Marines and US forces opened the 3rd KAMANDAG joint exercises at Subic Bay International Airport on October 9, 2019. Photo by Nappy Manegdeg/

DOJ: Effects of VFA termination on EDCA, Mutual Defense Treaty have to be studied

Jan 25, 2020 - 2:24 PM

The justice department is ready with its memorandum on the legal procedures to terminate the 20-year-old VFA

Philippine and American soldier unite as they conducts the amphibious exercise during the 2019 Balikatan exercise held at Naval Education Training Command (NETC) in Zambales on 11 April 2019. Photo by: Lito Boras/Rappler

Malacañang: Albayalde innocent until proven guilty

Jan 17, 2020 - 8:49 PM

'Let the law take its course,' says Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo

EX-POLICE CHIEF. Former police chief Oscar Albayalde submits his counter affidavit during the preliminary investigation into the 2013 Pampanga drug recycling case at the justice department on November 5, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Albayalde welcomes graft charges: 'The truth will bear me out in the end'

Jan 17, 2020 - 11:02 AM

The Philippine National Police says while it respects the findings of the Department of Justice on the 2013 Pampanga drug recycling case, ex-police chief Oscar Albayalde 'remains innocent until proven guilty beyond reasonable doubt'

EX-POLICE CHIEF. Former police chief Oscar Albayalde submits his counter affidavit during the preliminary investigation into the 2013 Pampanga drug recycling case at the justice department on November 5, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

DOJ wants graft charges vs Albayalde over Pampanga drug recycling case

Jan 16, 2020 - 6:57 PM

12 former Pampanga cops, who composed the raid team, are indicted for drug offenses, bribery and graft

FORMER TOP COP. Former Philippine National Police Chief Oscar Albayalde submits his counter-affidavit to the Department of Justice on November 5, 2019  over the Pampanga drug recycling case from 2013. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

All Bilibid returnees will be processed by March – DOJ

Jan 15, 2020 - 3:23 PM

Justice Secretary Guevarra approves the grace period on one condition: 'Make sure they are properly fed, they are properly accommodated, and they are safe'

BILIBID. Bayan Muna lawmakers visit the prisoners inside the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa on October 29, 2019. File photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

DOJ probes Bantag's booting out BuCor staff for favored BJMP aides

Jan 15, 2020 - 2:07 PM

'Wala pa kaming definitive action as to whether ibabalik ba namin 'yung mga inalis nya or hayaan lang namin,' says Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra

BUCOR CHIEF. Bureua of Corrections Director Gen Gerald Bantag shows NCRPO Chief PMajor Gen Guillermo Eleazar around the New Bilibid Prison during a surprise inspection of the facility in Muntinlupa City on Monday, October 7, 2019. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

DOJ on aggrieved Bilibid returnees: They can sue us

Jan 15, 2020 - 1:35 PM

'By their own acts, naipit sila sa loob,' says Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra

NO CULPABILITY? DOJ Secretary Menardo Guevarra admits inadequate facilities in Bilibid but stops short of taking responsibility for the deaths of returnees. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler