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Senate approves longer jail time for people who lie under oath

May 18, 2020 - 4:24 PM

Government officials who commit perjury also face a more severe penalty of up to 12 years in prison and a fine not exceeding P1 million, based on a bill approved on final reading by 20 senators

LONGER PRISON TIME. Senators pass on 3rd and final reading a bill that would impose longer prison time to people who give false testimonies and commit perjury under oath. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

To honor Celdran, Lagman files bill repealing 'archaic' crime of blasphemy

Oct 21, 2019 - 11:31 AM

Albay Representative Edcel Lagman says the crime of offending religious feelings, of which the late Carlos Celdran was found guilty, is an 'odious remnant of the Dark Ages'

Is it legal to send back to jail released heinous crimes convicts?

Aug 30, 2019 - 3:43 PM

(UPDATED) Article 99 of the Revised Penal Code says good conduct time allowance 'once granted shall not be revoked'

TIME ALLOWANCE. The Good Conduct Time Allowance Law (GCTA) is in the spotlight due to controversies surrounding convicted murderer and rapist former mayor of Calauan, Laguna Antonio Sanchez. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Amid Sanchez news, senators split on amending reduced prison term law

Aug 23, 2019 - 12:21 AM

Senate President Vicente Sotto III wants to amend the Good Conduct Time Allowance law to exclude heinous crime convicts, but Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon disagrees

MAXIMUM SECURITY. Convicted former mayor of Calauan, Laguna Antonio Sanchez is seen inside the Maximum Security Compound of the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City on August 22, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Retroactive law can slash 1990s convicts' jail terms by up to 19 years

Aug 22, 2019 - 11:46 AM

The retroactive application of the law on Good Conduct Time Allowance will result in the mass release of around 11,000 Bilibid inmates

BILIBID INMATES. Inside the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Sentiments split on SC ruling freeing convicts like 'beast' Sanchez

Aug 21, 2019 - 4:24 PM

It sparks debate on a law that applies to all, even to a convict whom the Supreme Court called an "unthinking beast." It also reignites opposition to death penalty

FREEING 'GOOD CONDUCT' CONVICTS. The government is set to release a thousand convicts based on a recent Supreme Corut ruling that retroactively applied the law on good conduct time allowance. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

FAST FACTS: Know the difference between commonly confused legal terms

Dec 07, 2018 - 5:10 PM

(UPDATED) Legal terms are sometimes confused with each other, even by trial judges and media practitioners

Rappler's cyber libel case will make Cybercrime Law unconstitutional – lawyer

Mar 09, 2018 - 7:49 PM

(UPDATED) The crime of online libel didn't exist at the time the Rappler story was published. 'If respondents are charged by the government, it would make the cybercrime act an ex post facto law' which is prohibited under the Constitution, says top cybercrime lawyer JJ Disini.

Maria inside the NBI Cybercrime office on January 22, 2018. Photo by Rupert Ambil/Rappler

Until when can victims file cases vs sex offenders?

Feb 18, 2018 - 10:00 AM

The law prescribes a certain period of time within which an offender may be prosecuted for a crime

Baguio high school basketball coach accused of sexual harassment

Jan 10, 2018 - 6:16 PM

Fil-Am Josiah Weihman shares a painful secret he has kept for 14 years involving his former high school coach, and hopes others would come forward

TEAM PHOTO. Josiah Weihman (bottom left) and the rest of his highschool basketball team pose for a photo with  coach Leo Arnaiz (top right). Photo from Josiah Weihman's Facebook page

Man pretending to be a cop in viral video identified

Dec 29, 2017 - 2:47 PM

Police identify the man dressed as a cop and riding a car with PNP sitckers as Joseph Philip Lu Bautista, 36

ROAD RAGE. Joseph Lu Bautista admits he is not a cop and says he only wore the uniform because it is 'comfortable'. Photo from Piny Ortiz's Facebook

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Sep 01, 2017 - 9:29 PM

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Sep 01, 2017 - 1:01 PM

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Duterte oks higher fines for fake news

Sep 01, 2017 - 11:46 AM

The publication of false news now comes with a fine of P40 000 to P200 000 from the previous fine of just P200 to P1 000

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte in deep thought during the 13th Cabinet meeting at the State Dining Room in Malacañan Palace on March 6, 2017. TOTO LOZANO/ Presidential Pho

Duterte approves heavier fines for crimes

Sep 01, 2017 - 10:31 AM

The President signs into law amendments to the Revised Penal Code which impose heavier fines for crimes and higher values for property used as basis for penalties

Questions you need to ask about martial law in Mindanao

May 25, 2017 - 2:23 PM

Martial law is meant to give the military control over its coverage area when the civilian government could no longer function

CRISIS IN MARAWI. Residents of Marawi City fleeing the armed clashes between government forces and the Maute Group arrives in Iligan on May 24, 2017. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

A deranged mind: The insanity plea in PH cases

Mar 26, 2017 - 8:10 PM

UPDATED Has the insanity plea ever worked in a Philippine court?

De Lima faces complaint at DOJ for telling Dayan to skip hearing

Dec 13, 2016 - 9:25 AM

House leaders want Senator Leila de Lima investigated for stopping her former aide and ex boyfriend Ronnie Dayan from attending a House hearing

EMBATTLED SENATOR. Senator Leila de Lima now faces another complaint filed against her before the Department of Justice. File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

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Dec 12, 2016 - 11:48 PM

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Senators to act on House ethics complaint vs De Lima

Dec 12, 2016 - 5:40 PM

Senator Panfilo Lacson goes to the extent of saying that De Lima clearly broke rules when she advised Ronnie Dayan to skip a House probe

File photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

House leaders file ethics complaint vs De Lima

Dec 12, 2016 - 3:40 PM

This is the 3rd ethics complaint lodged against Senator Leila de Lima the fiercest critic of President Rodrigo Duterte

Extrajudicial killings: Police self-defense?

Aug 06, 2016 - 2:06 PM

The government s over emphasis on the right of the person with the gun over the right to life and due process of presumed innocent civilians can easily be abused and misused

The many faces of sexual harassment in PH

Jun 04, 2016 - 10:00 AM

How do you know if you are being sexually harassed? Where do you draw the line? Here s what you need to know

Leila de Lima on Duterte's anti-crime vow: 'Not feasible'

Jan 21, 2016 - 11:22 AM

The former justice secretary says the long term solution lies in the review and amendment of the Revised Penal Code which she will pursue if elected senator

UPHOLD THE LAW. Former justice secretary Leila de Lima at a forum with students at Cagayan State University on January 20, 2016. Photo by Raymon Dullana/Rappler

COA: Marinduque used disaster fund for health workers' phones

Aug 18, 2015 - 11:41 AM

The provincial government should have tapped its General Fund for the purchase of 1 300 mobile phones amounting to P909 675 say state auditors

Mayor Lani Cayetano indicted for padlocking Taguig session hall

Aug 06, 2015 - 11:04 AM

The Ombudsman junks the explanation of the Taguig mayor and City Administrator Jose Montales that the move which prevented regular city council sessions was part of the city’s reengineering and reorganizational plan

CHARGES. Taguig Mayor Lani Cayetano and another city official faces criminal charges for padlocking the city session hall in 2010, forcing city council members to hold sessions elsewhere.

What consumers need to know about the PH Competition Act

Jul 10, 2015 - 11:06 AM

Part 1: The measure aims to give consumers more choices and lower prices through stronger market competition

DBP employees file admin, criminal complaint vs top execs

May 29, 2015 - 6:52 PM

The complaint is based on the ‘highly questionable sale’ of the bank’s P14 3 billion worth of government securities resulting in actual government losses of P717 07 million

LIST: Drilon's proposed changes to the Revised Penal Code

Mar 07, 2015 - 7:20 PM

Increasing the fines and making penalties more fair under the decades old Code will create a sound fair and effective policy against criminality says the Senate President

SENATE PRESIDENT DRILON. File photo by Joseph Vidal/Senate PRIB

Ombudsman indicts ex-PCGG chair for influence peddling

Nov 26, 2014 - 11:44 AM

The Ombudsman finds probable cause to indict former PCGG chair Camilo Sabio for trying to influence his brother a Court of Appeals Justice in the GSIS Meralco case

INDICTED. The Ombudsman approves the indictment of former PCGG chairman Camilo Sabio. Photo from the Office of the Ombudsman website

PNP chief violated 4 laws on accepting gifts

Oct 03, 2014 - 11:01 AM

Anti corruption laws which nailed anti graft court Justice Gregory Ong could be applied to Philippine National Police chief Alan Purisima as well

Lady senators lead repeal of crime of ‘premature marriage’

Jul 30, 2014 - 8:35 PM

The Senate passes on final reading a bill repealing a Penal Code provision which penalizes widows who marry within 301 days after the death of their husbands

GENDER EQUALITY. Lady senators successfully pushed for a bill that discriminates against widows and women who seek to remarry after separation. Senator Nancy Binay is the author of the bill. Photo by Ayee Macaraig/Rappler

Ombudsman drops malversation raps in 'pork' cases

Jul 19, 2014 - 9:00 PM

An Ombudsman official defends the move saying malversation may be difficult to prove in court as it will require actually showing that the public official received the funds and disbursed them

Customs files smuggling charges vs importers, brokers

Jun 23, 2014 - 3:12 PM

The agency slaps two import firms with raps for illegal importation of steel coils and counterfeit footwear worth over P120 million

SMUGGLING. Customs Chief John Sevilla says the Philippines should not be a dumping ground for smuggled substandard products. Rappler file photo

BOC slaps smuggling raps against trader, customs broker

May 15, 2014 - 4:54 PM

The trading firm has allegedly misdeclared its imported products to avoid correct tax payment and brought in substandard steel and wood imports

Bureau of Customs

Pimentel files criminal charges vs 4 DA officials

May 13, 2014 - 3:21 PM

Senator Aquilino Pimentel III will ask the Ombudsman and the Commission on Audit to to check for other possible cases of forgery in the use of the organic farming fund

Customs files charges vs 2 steel importers, customs brokers

Apr 14, 2014 - 6:02 PM

Customs Commissioner John Sevilla says the two firms did not only attempt to defraud the government of revenues they also endangered lives with their substandard steel imports

SMUGGLED. Bureau of Customs deputy commissioner Ariel Nepomuceno inspects one of the 26 container vans containing misdeclared steel products apprehended at the Manila port. Photo by Jose Del/Rappler

PH laws that are unfair to women

Mar 30, 2014 - 11:13 AM

Here are some Philippine laws laws that according to groups discriminate against women

Cybersex, media, privacy, and the cybercrime law

Mar 04, 2014 - 4:47 PM

In this concluding part, we explain key provisions that touch on cybersex, online child pornography, media freedom, and the right to privacy

Making sense of online libel

Mar 03, 2014 - 7:01 PM

This is the 1st part of a list of questions that constitutes an explainer on the Supreme Court's decision. We initially focus on online libel.

Libel in the age of like

Feb 21, 2014 - 5:53 PM

In the age of social media if someone merely shares a potentially libelous story on his Facebook wall he cannot be sued for libel because he is not the original author of the post

90-year-old Enrile may still spend time in jail

Feb 19, 2014 - 1:03 PM

If convicted of plunder the 90 year old lawmaker may escape imprisonment due to humanitarian reasons

Court junks petition to stop sexual health forum

Jan 23, 2014 - 6:04 PM

The Pasay court denies the petition on the third day of the 4 day conference

PRO-LIFE. Pro-Life Philippines gathers outside the PICC building on Tuesday, January 21 to protest the ongoing conference attended by delegates from different countries . Photo by Jose Del/Rappler

After 'My Husband's Lover' measure, same-sex marriage bill?

Aug 12, 2013 - 8:56 PM

Cibac Rep Sherwin Tugna says the Lagman bill which seeks to penalize same sex adultery is a dangerous precedent that can lead of same sex marriage proposals

MOVEMENT. Gay rights activists call for an end to discrimination and violence against the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community and the creation of anti-discrimination laws. File photo by EPA/Rolex Dela Pena

Ombudsman sacks admin officer who demanded bribe

Jun 19, 2013 - 7:02 PM

Records officer Juan Dita dela Cruz is found guilty of demanding and receiving P30 000 from a policeman who needed a clearance for his promotion

Lawyer to SC: Repeal libel law

Jan 30, 2013 - 6:20 PM

Penalizing libel infringes against the constitutionally protected fundamental rights of citizens

NO TO LIBEL, ONLINE OR NOT. Harry Roque wants the Supreme Court to nullify all provisions on libel. File photo

SC asked to nullify law on libel penalty

Dec 29, 2012 - 12:34 PM

The amended petition came weeks before the SC holds its oral arguments on the Cybercrime law which increases the penalty for libel

DECRIMINALIZE LIBEL. Lawyer Harry Roque and columnist Ellen Tordesillas said libel - online or not should not be punishable with imprisonment.

Tulfo-Santiago brawl: Punishment for physical injuries

May 07, 2012 - 8:02 PM

Jail time fines and damages for causing injury to someone vary under the law