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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 warns prosecutors against engaging in partisan politics

Feb 27, 2019 - 11:23 PM

'Electioneering or engaging in partisan political activities by one holding a non-political office is a punishable offense,' Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra reminds government prosecutors

NO ELECTIONEERING. The justice department warns government prosecutors  against electioneering during the 2019 midterm elections. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

IN CHARTS: Drug cases take over PH courts, have low disposition rates

Aug 28, 2018 - 10:00 AM

Only 12% of the 289,295 drugs cases at the lower courts are disposed of in 2017. A big problem is that courts just can't keep up.

DRUG WAR CASES. Images by Noel Celis/AFP and Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Over 152,000 drug cases filed in court under Duterte admin

Aug 01, 2018 - 7:00 AM

Conviction rate is low, however. A large number of the cases are dismissed by the courts on technical grounds.

DRUG WAR CASES. Images by Noel Celis/AFP and Rambo Talabong/Rappler

State prosecutors slam ‘malicious’ Anti-Corruption Commission recommendation

Apr 02, 2018 - 11:05 AM

The Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) recommends the suspension of prosecutors who had a hand in dismissing drug charges against suspects Kerwin Espinosa and Peter Lim

Photo courtesy of the DOJ.

Ball starts rolling at last for PDAF scam plunder trials

Jun 22, 2017 - 7:20 PM

After Bong Revilla's plunder trial, Jinggoy Estrada is next, to be followed by former representative Edgar Valdez

Bong Revilla lawyer: If offense proves true, it's bribery not plunder

Feb 09, 2017 - 12:21 PM

If Revilla really received kickbacks the case is only simple bribery and not plunder says the former senator s lawyer Estelito Mendoza

S.Africa appeal ruling sought on Zuma's 800 graft charges

May 24, 2016 - 8:45 AM

Pressure on the president would increase if some or all of the charges – which relate to alleged corruption racketeering fraud and money laundering – were reinstated

APPEAL. A file photograph dated August 6, 2015 shows South African president Jacob Zuma reacting whilst answering questions from opposition parties in parliament, Cape Town, South Africa. File photo by Nic Bothma/EPA

16 BSM officials on DOJ lookout bulletin

May 03, 2016 - 2:50 PM

Acting Justice Secretary Emmanuel Caparas also urges the National Prosecution Service to expedite the resolution of the case filed against the school officials

'Star Wars' film company in court after Harrison Ford broke leg

Feb 12, 2016 - 8:54 AM

Foodles Production UK will appear in court in May to face 4 charges alleging that it breached health and safety law as Ford reprised his role as Han Solo

INJURED ON SET. US actor/cast member Harrison Ford poses next to a Stormtrooper film character as he arrives to the European premiere of the film 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' in Leicester square in London, Britain, 16 December 2015. The film is the seventh in the Star Wars series. File photo by Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA

DOJ forms fact-finding team on attacks vs Lumad

Sep 26, 2015 - 4:48 PM

The probe aims to identify and hold responsible those behind the attacks The fact finding team is given 60 days to submit a final report on its findings and recommendations

PROTEST. A multisectoral group holds a protest outside the House of Representatives to protest the Lumad killings. Photo by Vincent Go/Rappler

Palace urges co-equal branches to help improve PH HR record

Jun 27, 2015 - 6:06 PM

A United States report says that extrajudicial killngs remain the biggest challenge in the Philippines and while there have been gains concerns about impunity remain

‘WHEEL OF TORTURE.’ This wheel is reportedly used by Biñan, Laguna police to torture its inmates. Photo courtesy of CHR/AFP

'DOJ Mamasapano report should provide closure'

Apr 25, 2015 - 9:17 PM

We need the BBL so we can establish the necessary mechanism on the ground to reduce and eliminate violence such as what happened in Mamasapano says National Commission on Muslim Filipinos Secretary Yasmin Busran Lao

FULL TEXT: Justice department report on Mamasapano

Apr 22, 2015 - 5:36 PM

The version of the report that the DOJ has made public includes redactions to conceal the identities of witnesses suspects and NBI operatives

DOJ readies criminal raps vs 90 for SAF deaths

Apr 16, 2015 - 2:36 PM

The report recommends charges against some 90 MILF BIFF and PAGs fighters alleged to be responsible for the Mamasapano bloodbath

BLOODY FIELDS. Barangay Tukanalipao in Mamasapano, Maguindanao, where the 55th Special Action Company found themselves trapped on January 25. Rappler file photo

Trial of Coast Guard men over Taiwanese death starts Nov 24

Nov 17, 2014 - 7:55 PM

Batanes regional trial court Judge Ramon Barona sets Balintang Channel incident trial after dismissing the motions of 8 PCG personnel to quash the homicide case against them

Charges set vs embassy staff over 'sex for flight'

Jun 25, 2014 - 10:58 PM

The cases come a year after the alleged sex for flight scheme was first exposed

'SEX-FOR-FLIGHT.' Can the Philippine government stop the sexual exploitation of distressed OFWs?

Egypt refers 13 to trial over Tahrir sex attacks

Jun 15, 2014 - 12:30 AM

Egypt s prosecution service refers 13 men to trial for alleged sex attacks on women at Cairo s Tahrir Square including during inaugural celebrations for new President Abdel Fattah al Sisi

Marawi prosecutor gunned down in broad daylight

May 19, 2014 - 9:19 PM

Prosecutor Saipal Alawi is gunned down on the road while on his way home

NBI: Prosecute American, 6 others for minor's death, rape

Mar 24, 2014 - 6:02 PM

An American his live in partner and 5 others are implicated by the NBI in the November 2013 death and sexual assault of a 15 year old in Zambales province

Homicide charges set over Taiwan fisherman's death

Mar 18, 2014 - 3:56 PM

The Department of Justice says 8 Philippine Coast Guard personnel engaged in a conspiracy to kill a Taiwanese

INSPECTING THE PCG BOAT. Filipino and Taiwanese investigators inspect the MCS-3001 vessel involved in the death of a Taiwanese fisherman in South Harbor, Manila, Philippines, 28 May 2013. Photo by Susan Corpuz/EPA

Not just audits: COA will now file graft cases

Feb 26, 2014 - 9:55 PM

It will no longer just passively point out anomalies in gov t funds and hope for agencies or concerned citizens to act on those findings

Pistorius to face trial in March over girlfriend's killing

Aug 19, 2013 - 4:51 PM

UPDATED South Africa s Paralympian sprint star Oscar Pistorius will go on trial in March charged with murdering his girlfriend on Valentine s Day

FACING TRIAL. South African Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius (C) leaves the Magistrate Court in Pretoria on August 19, 2013. Pistorius will go trial in March charged with murdering his girlfriend on Valentine's Day, a magistrate ruled at a packed court hearing on August 19, 2013. Photo by AFP/Alexander Joe

Pistorius trial date likely by August 19

Aug 14, 2013 - 9:48 AM

The 26 year old double amputee athlete known as the Blade Runner will return to court on the day slain model Reeva Steenkamp would have turned 30

ON TRIAL. South African Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius appears on June 4, 2013 at the Magistrate Court in Pretoria for the first time since being freed on bail in February over the Valentine's Day killing of his model girlfriend. Photo by Alexander Joe/AFP

New P55-M forfeiture case filed vs Ligot, family

Jun 04, 2013 - 12:13 AM

The Ombudsman says Ligot and his relatives had no sufficient means to open bank deposits or make investment placements in significant sums

SEVEN ACCOUNTS. The Ombudsman seeks to forfeit investments and cash stashed by Ex. Lt. Gen Jacinto Ligot and his family in 7 banks. File photo from Newsbreak

'Team PNoy more unified on issues than UNA'

Apr 17, 2013 - 6:11 PM

FactCheck 2013 looks into the positions of candidates from both coalitions on 5 points on President Aquino s key agenda

Australian DJs could face prosecution for royal hoax

Dec 23, 2012 - 8:54 AM

Scotland Yard said officers had this week sent a file to the Crown Prosecution Service CPS over the prank earlier this month by presenters Mel Greig and Michael Christian from Sydney s 2Day FM radio station

'JUST A PRANK.' Sydney radio station 2Day FM presenters Michael Christian (L) and Mel Greig being interviewed by Tracy Grimshaw. The two presenters who made a prank call to a London hospital treating prince William's wife Kate are set to break their silence on December 10 in a "raw and emotional" interview with Australian television. AFP PHOTO / NINE NETWORK "A CURRENT AFFAIR"

UK holds fire on abusive Facebook, Twitter users

Dec 19, 2012 - 9:55 PM

The guidelines intended to draw a line between genuine threats and misjudged jokes have been published after a growing number of prosecutions and concerns over freedom of speech

Suspects in Makati slay ask for bail on murder charges

Dec 13, 2012 - 5:45 PM

The defendants want to put the burden of proof on the prosecution so the judge will grant them bail on a non bailable offense

SUSPECTS. From left to right and top to bottom: Galicano Datu III, Crispin de la Cruz, Juan Alfonso Abastillas and Osric Cabrera. Collage by Emil Mercado from images courtesy of Makati police

DOJ grants Corona's extension plea for 'last time'

Oct 15, 2012 - 2:56 PM

Corona had asked for an extension thrice and the Justice Department gave him until October 25 to submit his counter affidavit


Corona prosecutors closely watching CJ selection

Jun 30, 2012 - 3:48 PM

Quimbo says they are tempted to participate in the selection process but the CoronaTrial showed them that the position is so holy it should be insulated from politics

RH, FOI bills running out of time

Jun 09, 2012 - 7:48 PM

What the congressmen worked on other than CoronaTrial

POLITICAL WILL: Languishing in Congress for over a decade, the sin tax measure finally passes lower House

The failed state of Miriam Defensor-Santiago

Jun 03, 2012 - 9:13 AM

She believes that the idiocies acted out in court may be intended to precipitate a stroke or a heart attack or were designed deliberately to make her lose her temper

Not enough to pity Corona – Pangilinan

Jun 02, 2012 - 10:34 AM

Sen Francis Pangilinan says justice not just compassion must be exacted from former Chief Justice Renato Corona

It’s all over: Anatomy of a checkmate

May 30, 2012 - 2:47 PM

All roads are blocked and there is no exit except to leave with as much dignity as possible

Fariñas salutes Lito Lapid

May 30, 2012 - 6:38 AM

Prosecutor Rodolfo Fariñas thanks Sen Lito Lapid for using his palusot speech to argue for Corona s conviction

Rappler Newscast | May 28, 2012

May 29, 2012 - 12:15 AM

Oral arguments for the prosecution invoke principles of greatness rule of law the country s future and the character of a Chief Justice | Defense counsel s closing arguments focus on legal arguments saying mistakes the chief justice made in his SALN were done in good faith | Rappler Exclusive: Former monetary board officials say Corona admitted to illegal trading of dollars in his testimony in the impeachment court

Replay: Day 43 (click here for more clips)

May 28, 2012 - 11:06 PM

The defense and prosecution panels delivered their closing arguments Watch day 43 in full length

Day 43: wRap

May 28, 2012 - 6:25 PM

Rappler s Ayee Macaraig recaps day 43 of the Corona Trial where the defense and the prosecution delivered their closing arguments

Miriam: In case of conviction, how to determine penalty?

May 28, 2012 - 2:38 PM

Senator judge Miriam Defensor Santiago asks the presiding officer and the rest of the members of the impeachment how to determine the penalty for the Chief Justice in case of conviction

Enrile to Cuevas: Will you elevate result of proceedings to SC?

May 28, 2012 - 2:32 PM

Enrile asks defense panel if they will take the result of the impeachment proceedings up to the Supreme Court

Day 43: Interview with prosecution's Quimbo

May 28, 2012 - 2:08 PM

Rep Miro Quimbo gives us a preview of the prosecution s closing arguments

Why prosecutors see a Corona conviction

May 28, 2012 - 10:34 AM

The prosecution says it has built a solid case against Chief Justice Renato Corona

What if Jennifer Holliday cross-examined Corona?

May 27, 2012 - 7:06 PM

The case vs the Chief Justice can be resolved soon if Jennifer Holliday becomes prosecutor

Rappler Newscast | May 24, 2012

May 24, 2012 - 8:46 PM

Corona s lawyers say their client wants to go back to the Senate and apologize Prosecution spokesman Sonny Angara says Corona s walk out may be a killer blow to his defense Jessica Sanchez loses the title American Idol to Phillip Phillips

#TalkThursday: Prosecuting The Chief Justice

May 24, 2012 - 3:03 PM

Rappler s Maria Ressa talks with prosecution spokesperson Juan Edgardro Sonny Angara

Who will cross examine Corona? 5 candidates

May 16, 2012 - 8:36 PM

Prosecution says they will definitely ask the Chief Justice about his dollar accounts

READY: Lead prosecutor Niel Tupas says they are ready for CJ Corona

The Gamechanger: Implications of the Ombudsman's testimony

May 15, 2012 - 10:29 PM

It’s not yet “game over” but certainly the game has changed The bar the Chief Justice must hurdle to be acquitted is much higher now than before Carpio Morales testified

Basa Guidote: Corona's double-edged sword

May 12, 2012 - 11:40 AM

Despite its ugly history the BGEI was raised by Corona s lawyers to explain his wealth Here s how this bitter family dispute has evolved through the years

READY TO POUNCE: Private prosecutors Cynthia Roxas and Renato Samonte with lead prosecutor Niel Tupas Jr. (PHOTO BY EMIL SARMIENTO)

Prosecution awaits Ombudsman report

May 05, 2012 - 2:53 PM

Prosecution mulls next move in the trial of Chief Justice Renato Corona It s a waiting game says spokesperson Sonny Angara

CAREFUL. Prosecution awaits Ombudsman's final recommendation