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Trump wins key court case on snub of Congressional subpoenas

Feb 29, 2020 - 2:57 PM

'We lack authority to resolve disputes between the legislative and executive Branches until their actions harm an entity beyond the federal government,' the decision says

KEY CASE. A key court victory bolsters US President Donald Trump's refusal to allow current and former White House staff to testify before Congress and to supply documents on the grounds of executive privilege. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini / AFP

KEY CASE. A key court victory bolsters US President Donald Trump's refusal to allow current and former White House staff to testify before Congress and to supply documents on the grounds of executive privilege. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini / AFP

TIMELINE: Tracing BIR's tax complaint against Rappler Holdings

Apr 17, 2018 - 6:50 PM

(UPDATED) Here's a timeline of events surrounding the Bureau of Internal Revenue's tax evasion complaint against Rappler

HASTENED? In just 3 days after BIR asked Rappler for tax documents, BIR announced via a press release that it filed a tax evasion complaint against Rappler Holdings. Photo by Charles Salazar/Rappler

DOJ summons Maria Ressa over Rappler tax evasion case

Apr 17, 2018 - 10:46 AM

(UPDATED) The subpoena directs Rappler president Maria Ressa and treasurer James Bitanga to submit their counter-affidavit as the BIR accuses them of tax evasion – a claim they contest

SUMMONED BY BIR. The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) summons Rappler CEO Maria Ressa over the tax evasion complaint filed against Rappler Holdings Corporation. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Committing abuse just made easier

Mar 19, 2018 - 9:53 AM

A new law, Republic Act 10973, gives the PNP chief and the two top CIDG bosses the power to issue subpoenas. It threatens our rights, and urging vigilance while just waiting for abuse to happen isn't enough.

PNP to issue 'guidelines' on subpoena powers

Mar 14, 2018 - 5:45 PM

The guidelines will be limited to how policemen will serve subpoenas, says PNP CIDG chief Director Roel Obusan

JUST A VISIT. Cops go around Tondo, Manila to exhibit its relaunched Oplan Tokhang. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Alejano to Dela Rosa: Craft rules for subpoena powers

Mar 14, 2018 - 8:10 AM

Gary Alejano, a soldier-turned-legislator, is among the sponsors of the now-controversial law that returns to the police the power to issue subpoenas

CONSCIENCE? Gary Alejano, among the authors of a bill that restored subpoena powers to the PNP, says an IRR must be crafted. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Subpoena powers should remain with judiciary, says PNP law author Pimentel

Mar 13, 2018 - 9:01 PM

Republic Act 10973, Pimentel says, reduces the power of the judiciary and puts Filipinos' right to security at risk

NO ABUSE? PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa earlier vowed that they will use their 'conscience' in issuing subpoenas. PNP PIO file photo

No abuse of PNP subpoena powers? How the police will do it

Mar 13, 2018 - 1:07 PM

While PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa vows to stick to the law, grave concern remains because of police abuses in the past, especially during Martial Law

COPS AT THE DOOR. Cops go around Muntinlupa City to knock and plead with drug suspects to surrender. File photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

PNP subpoena powers only for 'extreme' circumstances – Roque

Mar 12, 2018 - 3:00 PM

'It would not be resorted [to] as often as people might expect.... It's not going to be a common thing,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque

PNP Chief Ronald dela Rosa (Center), Benjamin Magalong ( 2nd-Left), Francisco Uyami (2nd-R), Chief Supt. Fernando Mendez Jr. (Left) and PC/SUPT Keith Ernald Siñgian (Right) Photo by DARREN LANGIT

Subpoenas intended for 'wealthy' and 'well-learned' – PNP CIDG chief

Mar 12, 2018 - 9:50 AM

(UPDATED) PNP CIDG chief Roel Obusan quashes fears that the subpoena will be used against the poor and defenseless

CIDG CHIEF. Director Roel Obusan speaks to reporters about the PNP's new subpoena powers in Camp Crame, Quezon City. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

No rules to issue subpoenas, 'conscience' is enough – PNP chief Dela Rosa

Mar 12, 2018 - 9:19 AM

(UPDATED) The PNP refuses to put guidelines on issuing subpoenas

DELA ROSA. PNP chief Dela Rosa says 'conscience' is enough when it comes to filing subpoenas. File photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Lacson defends CIDG subpoena law: Read it first

Mar 11, 2018 - 4:50 PM

Senator Panfilo Lacson, former chief of the Philippine National Police and author of the now-controversial law, says a person's rights are still in place

SUBPOENA POWER BACK. The CIDG is the PNP's premiere investigative unit. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Why PNP's new subpoena powers threaten our rights

Mar 11, 2018 - 1:40 PM

'It is so unfair and unjust. Marcosian ito, at bumabalik na tayo,' says human rights lawyer Edre Olalia

OPLAN TOKHANG. Cops go around Muntinlupa City to knock and plead with drug suspects to surrender. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Malacañang on police subpoena powers: Law will address abuse

Mar 10, 2018 - 9:01 PM

'Mayroon naman tayong mga umiiral na batas po kapag inabuso itong ganitong kapangyarihan,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque

OPLAN TOKHANG. Cops go around Muntinlupa City to knock and plead with drug suspects to surrender. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Duterte signs law licensing PNP chief, CIDG execs to issue subpoenas

Mar 09, 2018 - 6:33 PM

PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa and the top two officials of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group can now issue subpoenas in aid of investigations

SUBPOENA POWERS. PNP chief Director General Ronald Dela Rosa at a Camp Crame press conference. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Duterte has nothing to do with NBI subpoena vs Rappler – Malacañang

Jan 20, 2018 - 9:08 PM

Rappler says it found it 'interesting' that Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque knows more details about the case than the respondents, who have yet to receive a copy of the complaint

NO HAND? The Palace says President Rodrigo Duterte had nothing to do with the subpoenas issued against Rappler. File photo by Malacañang

NBI on Rappler, HRW on Duterte, Pope Francis marries couple on papal plane | Midday wRap

Jan 19, 2018 - 12:36 PM

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NBI summons Rappler CEO Ressa, reporter over cybercrime complaint

Jan 18, 2018 - 7:52 PM

The complaint is filed by Wilfredo Keng, a businessman Rappler reported on in 2012 for alleged favors given to impeached Chief Justice Renato Corona

Umali warns House committee can have CJ Sereno arrested

Nov 26, 2017 - 2:42 PM

Sereno's spokesperson asks House justice committee chairman Reynaldo Umali to respect the separation of powers

ARREST BY HOUSE? In this file photo, Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno speaks at the University of San Carlos Auditorium Talamban Campus in Cebu City on August 24, 2017. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Sereno camp: Gadon is using House to 'fish' for evidence

Nov 23, 2017 - 3:58 PM

Gadon says issuing subpoena to witnesses is the House's constitutional duty

Atty. Larry Gadon during the Continuation on the deliberation on the verified complaint for impeachment against Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno on Wednesday. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

Can House subpoena justices to Sereno impeachment hearing?

Nov 22, 2017 - 8:30 PM

In 2012, the Supreme Court issued a resolution, saying justices cannot be compelled to testify in impeachment proceedings

Sandiganbayan gives Ombudsman go signal to probe Corona bank accounts

Oct 30, 2017 - 12:40 PM

The anti-graft court reverses its earlier ruling that quashed the subpoenas for the bank records of the late Chief Justice Renato Corona and his wife

CORONA WEALTH. After being ousted in May 2012 for non-declaration of assets, the Office of the Ombudsman is now going after P131 million worth of assets by the late former chief justice Renato Corona.

How Revilla's team is defending him in his plunder trial

Oct 08, 2017 - 1:31 PM

His lawyers successfully limit the testimonies of bank officials in the plunder trial, but will the AMLC report be enough to pin down former senator Ramon 'Bong' Revilla Jr?

DEMURRER. Bong Revilla is set to file a motion for leave to file demurrer which seeks the outright dismissal of his plunder charges.

House summons Imee Marcos to tobacco fund hearing

Jun 28, 2017 - 10:49 PM

If she fails to attend the July 25 hearing then the Ilocos Norte governor will be arrested by the House where her accuser Rodolfo Fariñas is majority leader

APPEARANCE REQUIRED. The House officially issues a subpoena for Governor Imee Marcos to testify during the probe on July 25. File photo by Mara Cepeda

Duterte, Marcos, Trump | Evening wRap

Jun 27, 2017 - 8:16 PM

Watch the evening newscast with Marguerite de Leon

Napoles, tax reform, Merkel | Evening wRap

May 29, 2017 - 9:29 PM

Watch the evening newscast with Natashya Gutierrez

Uson, Lopez, Flynn | Midday wRap

May 11, 2017 - 1:06 PM

Watch the midday newscast with Zak Yuson

#AskTheTaxWhiz: 5 big lies about the BIR audit

Dec 19, 2016 - 1:20 PM

The Tax Whiz gives us the lowdown on the audit conducted by the Bureau of Internal Revenue on taxpayers accounts

4 US Marines summoned to testify on Olongapo slay

Oct 17, 2014 - 7:34 PM

A witness says 3 male white foreigners looked for the suspect their buddy Pemberton after a transgender woman s murder

OLONGAPO MURDER. CCTV footage shows the victim, Jeffrey Laude, and the suspect before the crime allegedly happened in Celzone Lodge, Olongapo City.

Sereno wants more funds for faster case disposal

Aug 29, 2014 - 1:09 AM

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno is straightforward in expressing her dismay over the judiciary s limited share in the budget pie I am not content with what they gave us she says

Courts to use e-subpoena to make sure cops attend hearings

Apr 30, 2014 - 6:50 PM

When cops who are called as witnesses in cases don t appear at hearings courts dismiss thousands of cases most of them drug related

UPGRADE. Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, Chief Justice Lourdes Sereno and Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas witness the signing of a memorandum of agreement for the new e-subpoena system. Photo by Bea Cupin/Rappler

Rappler Newscast | October 16, 2013

Oct 16, 2013 - 9:38 PM

Death toll from earthquake continues to rise Drilon says he will sign subpoena for Napoles to US House fails to agree on a proposal to raise the debt ceiling

Drilon: I will sign subpoena for Napoles

Oct 16, 2013 - 3:39 PM

Having been accused of trying to hide the truth the Senate President decides to compel Napoles to appear and testify before the Senate

File photo: Senate President Franklin Drilon

Drilon: 17 senators to push for total ‘pork’ abolition

Oct 15, 2013 - 11:20 AM

Senators will discuss in caucus whether to take an individual or collective stand on the abolition of the pork barrel

Revilla: It’s high time Napoles faces Senate

Oct 14, 2013 - 4:55 PM

Sen Bong Revilla the subject of a plunder complaint over the PDAF scam says he will vote in favor of issuing a subpoena to the alleged scam mastermind

Consulting again: Drilon to ask senators on Napoles

Oct 01, 2013 - 1:21 PM

The Senate President just wouldn t sign yet the the subpoena that the blue ribbon committee wants to issue against the alleged brains of the PDAF scam

Napoles in Senate? Ombudsman to decide

Sep 23, 2013 - 4:35 PM

Senate President Franklin Drilon asks the Ombudsman s opinion on the request to subpoena Napoles in the Senate probe

MARATHON HEARINGS. The Senate blue ribbon committee, chaired by Teofisto 'TG' Guingona III, is holding two hearings on the PDAF scam this week, Sept 24 and 26.

Senate to Ombudsman: Bring docs on CJ's '$10M’

May 09, 2012 - 11:21 AM

The Senate orders Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales and complainants to produce documents on Corona s alleged US 10 million

Tanada: We're hoping for TRO reversal

Feb 14, 2012 - 11:44 PM

TANADA TALKS. Prosecution spokesperson Erin Tanada talks to Rappler about Day 17. February 14, 2012. Natashya Gutierrez.

Defense: What judge requests for subpoena?

Feb 14, 2012 - 10:27 PM

Lawyers of Chief Justice Renato Corona say the bias of some senator judges shows that the Senate overstepped its reach

Where the defense stands

Feb 11, 2012 - 10:42 AM

The defense faces a tough challenge ahead given evidence and testimonies but Corona s team will have their day in court

JUDGMENT. Chief Justice Renato Corona will be judged based on how well his lawyers defend him. Photo by Emil Sarmiento

Day 15: Cuevas commits a mistake

Feb 09, 2012 - 11:46 PM

Defense backtracks and asks the court to disallow the prosecution from seeing CJ s BPI bank statements

CUEVAS' MISTAKE. Lead counsel Serafin Cuevas requests for the subpoena of Chief Justice Renato Corona's BPI statements of account. February 9, 2012. Natashya Gutierrez.

Defense says no to subpoena of shopping receipts

Feb 09, 2012 - 12:32 PM

Lawyers say these are irrelevant and immaterial to the proceedings

NO TO SHOPPING RECEIPTS. The defense has filed an urgent motion to quas subpoena of receipts from Rustan's and invoices from Design Concepts. February 9, 2012. Natashya Gutierrez.

Stop release of bank documents, defense asks court

Feb 07, 2012 - 5:27 PM

They say bank documents should be released only upon Corona s permission

Miriam questions order to release Corona bank records

Feb 07, 2012 - 2:14 PM

Sen Miriam Defensor Santiago is filing a motion for reconsideration on the Senate decision to summon bank records of Chief Justice Renato Corona

'One-of-a-kind': Senate summons Corona bank records

Feb 07, 2012 - 3:12 AM

In an extraordinary ruling the Senate decides in favor of liberality to open the bank records of Chief Justice Renato Corona

ONE OF A KIND. Sen. Tito Sotto reads the Senate's decision to allow the issuance of a subpoena for Corona's bank records.

Defense opposes subpoena of Corona's bank accounts

Feb 01, 2012 - 12:51 PM

Bank documents are inadmissible and irrelevant they say

When journalists are subpoenaed

Jan 31, 2012 - 12:33 PM

It could set precedents and result in more restrictive press laws