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Supreme Court hands off in DOJ's stricter drug plea bargain rules

Jul 13, 2020 - 2:15 PM

Dissenting Justice Benjamin Caguioa says the Supreme Court's efforts to declog court dockets of small-time drug cases will be put to waste

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

'For law and order in troubled times:' Guevarra declines 'last' chance for SC

Jul 05, 2020 - 6:18 PM

'This opportunity comes at a time when my services as Secretary of the Department of Justice are most needed'

SECRETARY OF JUSTICE. DOJ Secretary Menardo Guevarra defends his department's 2020 budget during at a budget hearing in September 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Ex-Wirecard COO was not in PH in June; immigration data faked

Jul 04, 2020 - 6:33 PM

(UPDATED) The immigration officers who encoded Jan Marsalek's supposed flight records have been fired

WIRECARD. Picture taken on September 18, 2018 shows the company logo at the headquarters of the technology and financial services company Wirecard in Aschheim near Munich, southern Germany. Photo by Christof STACHE / AFP

Novartis pays over $700 million to settle U.S. kickbacks case

Jul 02, 2020 - 4:50 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Novartis is accused of having hosted tens of thousands of speaker programs and events which the United States Department of Justice says were used to bribe physicians

NOVARTIS. The Novartis facility in Stein, Switzerland, on February 18, 2020. Photo from Shutterstock

'Do not be fooled:' Groups say panel probing drug war deaths 'damage control'

Jul 01, 2020 - 1:31 PM

(UPDATED) International group Human Rights Watch calls the panel 'nothing more than a ruse to shield the country from international scrutiny'

MEDIA OFF. Police seal off a crime scene following a TokHang operation in Manila on November 7, 2016, that led to the death of the suspect. Rappler file photo

To avoid ICC, Duterte admin forms panel to probe deaths in police operations

Jun 30, 2020 - 6:45 PM

(UPDATED) Justice Secretary Guevarra however tells the UN Human Rights Council the panel will engage the Commission on Human Rights as an independent monitoring body

UN COUNCIL. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra delivers a message at the 44th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council on June 30, 2020. Screenshot from UN HRC

[ANALYSIS] Leila de Lima's bail application

Jun 30, 2020 - 11:13 AM

'Clearly, the testimonies against De Lima are inadmissible, being hearsay, have little probative value, and are irrelevant, immaterial, and self-serving'

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

Novartis to pay $336 million in U.S. settlements on bribes

Jun 26, 2020 - 9:15 AM

US Assistant Attorney General Brian Benczkowski says Novartis subsidiaries 'profited from bribes...and they falsified their books and records to conceal those bribes'

NOVARTIS. The Novartis facility in Stein, Switzerland, on February 18, 2020. Photo from Shutterstock

Returning OFWs priority as gov't studies reentry of foreign workers

Jun 24, 2020 - 3:17 PM

The IATF may have a decision next week if they will allow the reentry of foreign workers who hold permanent and long-term visas

AIRPORTS. Domestic passengers checks in at the NAIA Terminal 3 on June 5, 2020. Domestic flights will resume as Metro Manila transitions to a more relaxed general community quarantine. Photo by Czar Dancel/Rappler

'Too many are sick and dying': Supreme Court defers deciding on prisoner release

Jun 23, 2020 - 2:36 PM

Prison agencies are also slammed for little transparency on the conditions of inmates

PRISONER RELEASE. Marites Asis, mother of 23-year-old pregnant political prisoner Reina Mae Nasino, goes to the Supreme Court to plead for a humanitarian prisoner release amid the pandemic. Photo courtesy of Kapatid

Sharon Cuneta plans to sue man who threatened to rape daughter Kakie

Jun 21, 2020 - 10:57 AM

Department of Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra says Sharon Cuneta sought his help in dealing with the man who threatened to rape her daughter Kakie Pangilinan

ON OFFENSIVE. Sharon Cuneta. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Cops arrest online sex trafficker in Taguig who abused own son, sister

Jun 19, 2020 - 2:21 PM

'One of the victims was a differently abled 27-year-old deaf female, the younger sister of the suspect and who is also the mother of some of the children rescued,' says Police Colonel Sheila Portento

SAVED. Police in personal protective equipment rescue 8 people, including this child, from an online sex trafficker in Taguig City on June 17, 2020. Photo from IJM

DOJ on lockdown after 5 confirmed to be coronavirus positive

Jun 17, 2020 - 7:04 PM

72 personnel test positive in rapid tests, but only 5 are validated in confirmatory tests

LOCKDOWN. The DOJ is on lockdown until June 29 after 5 are confirmed positive for coronavirus. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

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

'Consider the Constitution': Groups urge DOJ to recommend veto of anti-terror bill

Jun 16, 2020 - 8:24 PM

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra will submit the review to Malacañang on Wednesday, June 17. He will not make it public unless Malacañang releases it from their end.

68 DOJ employees test positive in coronavirus rapid test

Jun 14, 2020 - 2:24 PM

With a shortage on swab tests for mass testing, the national government and local governments have been relying on rapid antibody tests

INFECTIONS. The Department of Justice building in Padre Faura, Manila. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

On eve of Independence Day protests, DOJ says rallies 'temporarily banned'

Jun 11, 2020 - 2:50 PM

Is it legal to ban rallies during quarantine?

DISTANCE IN RALLIES. Protesters observe physical distancing during the anti-terror bill rallies on June 4, 2020. Photo by Anjo Lapresca

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

Head of Korea 'comfort women' shelter found dead amid probe

Jun 07, 2020 - 12:41 PM

The 60-year-old woman is believed to have taken her own life, police say

DOJ starts review of constitutionality of anti-terror bill

Jun 06, 2020 - 6:17 PM

'You appear to be a decent and honorable man, unlike many. Your principal will not be there forever, but your reputation and integrity will outlive you,' human rights lawyer Edre Olalia pleads to fellow Atenean lawyer Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra

REVIEW. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra says the Department of Justice (DOJ) will review the constitutionality of the highly contested anti-terror bill. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

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

Cebu City courts closed until June 5 after employee tests positive for coronavirus

Jun 01, 2020 - 7:29 PM

Cebu City Regional Trial Court Executive Judge Macaundas Hadjirasul says the employee and 28 others were tested on May 15

CLOSED. The Cebu City Hall of Justice is closed until June 5. Photo from Qimonda IT Center Website

Mother arrested for livestreaming sexual abuse of own children

May 30, 2020 - 7:10 PM

The 35-year-old mother faces charges of child trafficking which is punishable by life imprisonment

ARRESTED. Mother is arrested for the online sexual exploitation of her 3 children and 1 niece, all of them minors. Photo courtesy of IJM

Amazon shareholders reject dissident moves to reshape company

May 28, 2020 - 11:08 AM

Proposals on issues such as food waste, racism, environmental justice get rejected as Amazon says that, in many cases, they already support initiatives relating to those

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

JBC makes Supreme Court stints minimum of 2.5 years

May 24, 2020 - 6:10 PM

The Judicial and Bar Council sets new rules, but faces questions on constitutionality

Online sexual exploitation of children in PH tripled in 3 years – study

May 21, 2020 - 8:06 PM

Technology to detect livestreamed abuse has yet to be developed or utilized by internet service providers, according to the International Justice Mission

Photo from IJM

[PODCAST] Ang mga problemang dulot ng warrantless arrests

May 21, 2020 - 7:10 PM

Bakit tila ang due process ay para sa mga kakampi lamang ng Duterte administration?

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

[ANALYSIS] The right to call the government crazy

May 20, 2020 - 1:32 PM

Voicing your exasperation over the government and its officials – even in impolite language – is constitutionally protected

[OPINION] Dura lex sed lex is obsolete

May 18, 2020 - 2:51 PM

'Every time we say dura lex sed lex, we speak of oppression. Every time we call for dura lex sed lex, we advocate for injustice.'

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

U.S. judge stalls effort to drop case against ex-Trump aide Flynn

May 13, 2020 - 10:51 AM

'The parallels and the contrasts between the Watergate affair and the present situation now before this Court are striking,' says a group dubbing itself the 'Watergate Prosecutors'

STALLED. Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn arrives for a meeting with US President Donald Trump at Trump Tower in New York in 2016. Photo by Timothy A. Clary/AFP

Ryanair contests aid to Air France, SAS before EU court

May 12, 2020 - 11:25 PM

'We will appeal any European Commission state aid decisions that discriminate unlawfully between airlines,' says Ryanair

U.S. announces $49-million settlement in Malaysia 1MDB scandal

May 07, 2020 - 4:29 PM

The US Justice Department says it has now returned or helped Malaysia recover nearly $1.1 billion in funds and assets

SCANDAL. File photo of a project site of the 1MDB. Photo by Shutterstock.com

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

Supreme Court can't think 'far out the box' in releasing prisoners – Leonen

May 02, 2020 - 9:04 PM

'That would mean we will be ourselves be the first to violating certain constitutional rights if we do so,' says Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen

CONGESTED JAILS. Inmates queue for water rations inside the New Bilibid Prison Maximum Security Compound. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

TIMELINE: The bid to release low-risk, sick, elderly prisoners in PH

Apr 28, 2020 - 7:40 PM

Time is running out as the government decides whether or not to release eligible persons deprived of liberty, given the pandemic

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

'Trapped with abusers,' 7 kids rescued from sex trafficker in Luzon

Apr 25, 2020 - 11:05 AM

'One unintended consequence of [the lockdown] is that vulnerable children are being trapped with abusers and traffickers in their homes,' says the International Justice Mission

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