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Malolos court affirms conviction and jail time vs Palparan, 2 soldiers

Nov 15, 2018 - 4:55 PM

Palparan’s subordinates wanted lesser jail time for surrendering voluntarily, but this plea is denied by the court

KIDNAPPING SENTENCE. General Jovito Palparan inside his cell at Recreational and Diagnostic Center of the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City on 4 October 2018. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

People of the Philippines vs Jovito Palparan

Sep 17, 2018 - 5:11 PM

In this video, reporter Patricia Evangelista and filmmaker Kiri Dalena lay out the case against retired major general Jovito Palparan, accused of kidnapping and serious illegal detention

PALPARAN. Jovito Palparan being interviewed after a hearing. Photo by Geloy Concepcion

After Palparan conviction, lawyers target Gloria Arroyo

Sep 17, 2018 - 3:51 PM

‘We are looking at the angle of command responsibility of Palparan’s commander-in-chief Gloria Macapagal Arroyo,’ says private prosecutor Edre Olalia

Former AFP General Jovito Palparan being escorted by military during promulgation at the Bulacan Regional Trial Court on September 17, 2018. Palparan was guilty on Kidnapping for Serious Illegal Detention. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Palparan says he’s not ready for life imprisonment

Sep 17, 2018 - 12:42 PM

The mother of student activist Sherlyn Cadapan calls on Palparan to return her daughter, missing for 12 years now

NOT READY. Retired army major general Jovito Palparan says he's not ready to spend the rest of his life in jail after he was convicted and sentenced to life for kidnapping and serious illegal detention by the Malolos Regional Trial Court (RTC) on September 17, 2018. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Finding Sherlyn Cadapan

Sep 17, 2018 - 11:55 AM

Mother of disappeared UP student Sherlyn Cadapan speaks of her politicization in the 8 years since her daughter's disappearance. Even after Jovito Palparan's conviction, she hopes her daughter is alive.

'SHOW ME THE EXECUTIONER.' Linda Cadapan, mother of disappeared UP activist Sherlyn Cadapan, speaks at a rally before the NBI where Jovito Palparan is being held. Photo by Patricia Evangelista / Rappler

Jovito Palparan: The most wanted man in the country

Sep 17, 2018 - 11:22 AM

First published in 2013, we are republishing this story by Patricia Evangelista in light of Jovito Palparan's conviction on Sept 17. Based on interviews and sworn court statements.

BUTCHER. Jovito Palparan. Photo by Geloy Concepcion

Jovito Palparan found guilty

Sep 17, 2018 - 9:44 AM

(UPDATED) Palparan’s co-accused Lieutenant Colonel Felipe Anotado and S/Sgt Edgardo Osorio are also found guilty of kidnapping and serious illegal detention. The 3 are sentenced to 40 years in prison.

DETAINED. Senatorial candidate and retired Major General Jovito Palparan. Photo by Carlo Gabuco / Rappler

Maute doctor, 53 others charged for kidnapping, beheading sawmill workers

Jan 30, 2018 - 6:47 PM

Dr Russel Langi Salic, along with his co-accused, are charged with kidnapping, serious illegal detention, and murder before the court in Malabang, Lanao del Sur

EXTRADITION. Filipino doctor Russell Salic (in orange) is escorted by National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) agents following a court hearing in Manila on November 7, 2017. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

After CA acquittal: What's next for Janet Napoles?

May 10, 2017 - 2:22 PM

The Napoles camp intends to file a new petition for bail They have also set a meeting with Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II

SMILING JANET. Alleged pork barrel scam queen Janet Lim-Napoles was all smiles on May 10, 2017 as she appears publicly at the Sandiganbayan in civilian clothes following acquittal before the Court of Appeals (CA). Photo by Rappler

Lawmakers dismayed over Napoles acquittal

May 08, 2017 - 8:50 PM

The standard of justice under the Duterte administration has gone to the dogs says Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin following the CA s ruling in favor of alleged pork barrel scam queen Janet Lim Napoles

DISMAYED. Representatives Carlos Zarate, Ariel Casilao, and Tom Villarin are all disappointed over the CA ruling in favor of Janet Lim Napoles. File photos by Rappler

Calida on Napoles acquittal: 'Justice prevailed'

May 08, 2017 - 3:15 PM

Solicitor General Jose Calida lauds the Court of Appeals for clearing Janet Lim Napoles in her serious illegal detention case and says this acquittal has no effect on the pork barrel scam cases

Solicitor General Jose Calida attends the continuation of the oral argument of the Supreme Court on the petition of senator Leila De Lima at the SC in Manila on March 28, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

CA acquits Napoles in illegal detention case

May 08, 2017 - 1:55 PM

The Court of Appeals reverses the 2015 conviction of a Makati court saying that Janet Lim Napoles guilt was not proven beyond reasonable doubt

SolGen comment good for Napoles PDAF cases – lawyer

Mar 15, 2017 - 5:45 PM

Napoles lawyer Stephen David evades questions about his link to President Duterte

WHAT DEAL? Janet Lim-Napoles' lawyer Stephen David laughs off questions on whether the government had forged a deal with his client over the pork barrel cases. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Jinggoy Estrada: SolGen's comment on Napoles will weaken PDAF cases

Mar 06, 2017 - 4:21 PM

Former senator Jinggoy Estrada says Solicitor General Jose Calida s manifestation will hurt the credibility of whistle blower Benhur Luy

EFFECT ON PDAF CHARGES. Former senator Jinggoy Estrada, shown in this photo when he attended his hearing before the Sandiganbayan on January 30, 2017, believes that the Solicitor General's comment on the Napoles illegal detention case will affect his pork barrel charges. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Napoles accuses De Lima of extortion over illegal detention case

Mar 06, 2017 - 1:35 PM

3rd UPDATE Senator Leila de Lima denies Janet Lim Napoles allegation describing her as a polluted source and pathological liar

COURT APPEARANCE. Janet Lim-Napoles appears in Sandiganbayan on March 6, 2017 for her pre-trial in graft and plunder charges in connection to former Senator Jinggoy Estrada's pork barrel. Photo by Rappler

FACT CHECK: Did Calida flip-flop on Napoles illegal detention case?

Feb 28, 2017 - 2:46 PM

His name appears on the earlier brief but Solicitor General Jose Calida says he had no knowledge of it because of an internal rule in the OSG

'PORK BARREL SCAM QUEEN.' Authorities take a mug shot of Janet Lim Napoles, who is accused of masterminding the pork barrel scam, the biggest corruption scandal in Philippine history. Rappler file photo

Duterte backs SolGen's bid for Napoles acquittal in detention case

Feb 27, 2017 - 8:35 PM

I myself would move for the dismissal [of] the case especially one that is fabricated says President Rodrigo Duterte

'PORK BARREL SCAM QUEEN.' Authorities take a mug shot of Janet Lim Napoles, who is accused of masterminding the pork barrel scam, the biggest corruption scandal in Philippine history. Rappler file photo

Cayetano on Napoles case: This gov't won't act without strategy

Feb 16, 2017 - 2:12 PM

The President s staunchest ally however admits he is also asking for an explanation of the Solicitor General s move to have the pork barrel scam queen acquitted

TEAMWORK. Alan Peter Cayetano and Rodrigo Duterte attend #TheLeaderIWant Forum in DLSU on January 20, 2016 during the 2016 campaign season. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

SolGen's recommendation on Napoles 'suspicious' – De Lima

Feb 15, 2017 - 7:45 PM

It looks like this administration is bent on taking the side of every high profile crook and scoundrel the past administration was able to jail says the former justice chief who filed charges against Napoles

SUSPICIOUS. Senator Leila de Lima calls as 'suspicious' and 'questionable' the Solicitor General's move to acquit alleged pork barrel mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles. Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

SolGen: There's no deal with Napoles

Feb 15, 2017 - 6:40 PM

My interest is to see to it that justice is done says Solicitor General Jose Calida on his recommendation that the court acquit Janet Lim Napoles in her serious illegal detention case

NO DEAL WITH JLN. Solicitor General Jose Calida insists the Duterte government is not striking a deal with alleged pork scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Police nab Abu Sayyaf member with P600,000 bounty

Jul 23, 2016 - 2:09 PM

Bads Adjam has pending kidnap for ransom cases including the abduction of 21 people in Malaysia in 2000

Ex-INC minister's house help: Leaders force my family to lie

Nov 09, 2015 - 1:48 PM

2nd UPDATE Napakasakit po Nagagalit ako sa mga Sanggunian says Abegail Yanson house help of ex INC minister Lowell Menorca in a video obtained by Rappler

HITTING INC LEADERS. Abegail Yanson, who was supposed detained by former INC minister Lowell Menorca, says she wasn't held against her will and that the INC's leadership is forcing her family to lie. Screen grab from video courtesy of

SC orals, Napoles sentence, Rousey visits Pacquiao | The wRap

Apr 14, 2015 - 7:19 PM

The Ombudsman challenges the restraining order on Binay’s suspension Janet Napoles gets a life sentence for illegal detention MMA’s Ronda Rousey visits Manny Pacquiao

Janet Napoles gets life sentence for detaining Benhur Luy

Apr 14, 2015 - 2:51 PM

A Makati court sentences the alleged pork barrel scam mastermind to life in prison for illegally detaining her longtime aide turned whistleblower

GUILTY. Janet Napoles is sentenced to life in prison for illegally detaining Benhur Luy. Photo from PNP-PIO

Who are the lawyers of Janet Lim Napoles?

Aug 29, 2014 - 11:54 AM

The orders of the day for them are to show to the court that the charges against Napoles do not constitute plunder and that Luy is not credible

Condo security: 'Benhur not kidnapped'

Aug 19, 2014 - 12:26 PM

Security guards who witnessed the 2013 NBI rescue of pork scam whistleblower Benhur Luy claim they heard him defending Reynald Lim now accused of kidnapping Luy

KIDNAPPED? Security guards of the Pacific Plaza Towers say Benhur Luy resisted the NBI's 'rescue.' File photo by Joseph Vidal/Senate PRIB

Sandigan may order Napoles transfer to regular jail

Jul 12, 2014 - 10:00 PM

An anti graft court justice says Napoles should be issued a separate commitment order by the 3 Sandiganbayan divisions to be fair to the other accused in the plunder cases

CA: Arrest warrant vs fugitive Napoles brother stays

Jul 07, 2014 - 3:41 PM

Reynald Lim who is facing charges for illegally detaining pork barrel scam witness Benhuy Luy failed in his bid to have his indictment reversed and his arrest warrant recalled

Was Benhur into drugs? Court stops defense from questioning

Jul 01, 2014 - 4:00 PM

The defense attempts to prove the bad character of Benhur Luy in the illegal detention case against Janet Napoles He replies though Hydroxycut is not a prohibited substance

RELIABLE? The defense team of Janet Lim Napoles for her kidnapping case attempts to question Benhur Luy's character. File photo by Joseph Vidal/Senate PRIB

Napoles knows much more than Luy, says lawyer

Jun 06, 2014 - 2:53 PM

Napoles spokesman Bruce Rivera says his client can still help government in pinning down other lawmakers in the scam

HOW TO HELP? After being denied immunity from plunder raps, Janet Lim Napoles' camp insists they're still willing to help government. File photo by Rappler

Napoles unaware of Benhur ‘compromise’ – lawyer

Jun 04, 2014 - 5:30 PM

Lawyer Bruce Rivera says a meeting between the counsels of Napoles and Luy was unplanned and that Napoles herself was not privy to a request made for Luy to drop the serious illegal detention case against her

NOT PRIVY. Janet Lim Napoles' spokesman said Napoles doesn't know about any

The price of keeping Napoles detained: Over P1.4M so far

May 31, 2014 - 12:15 PM

It costs P150 000 a month to keep her detained in Fort Sto Domingo and around P120 000 for every full scale transfer from Laguna to Metro Manila

POLICE SECURITY. Over 100 police personnel and 20 vehicles are needed during

Aircon in jail? We won’t push it, says Napoles camp

May 30, 2014 - 1:14 PM

Napoles lawyer says she will have to return to OsMak once a week for check ups but the Makati court says her doctors will have to make the trip to Laguna

BACK IN JAIL. The detention facility where Janet Lim-Napoles is detained at Fort Sto Domingo in Sta Rosa, Laguna, as photographed on September 1, 2013. Photo courtesy PNP PIO/SAF

Alfredo Villamor: Napoles counsel was pork scam agent?

May 27, 2014 - 11:16 AM

Lawyer Alfredo Villamor used to represent Napoles in her serious illegal detention case and before that lawyered for JLN Corporation He is named in her affidavit as one of the agents who was part of the pork barrel deals

MEDIA SHY. Alfredo Villamor after one of the many hearings for Napoles' serious illegal detention case. File photo by Bea Cupin/Rappler

Napoles' 'unwanted visitors?' We weren't told – PNP

May 26, 2014 - 8:56 PM

The PNP says the Ospital ng Makati has physical jurisdiction over Janet Lim Napoles

TELL US. The PNP says it never received reports of 'unwanted' persons visiting Janet Lim Napoles in the hospital. File photo of Napoles in Camp Crame courtesy of the PNP PIO

Doctor: Napoles can be discharged by May 29

May 26, 2014 - 10:53 AM

Since Janet Lim Napoles is responding to the medications administered to stop her bleeding a Makati doctor says it would be safe to discharge her soon

CHECK-UP. Janet Lim Napoles undergoes tests at the Camp Crame General Hospital in February. File photo courtesy of the PNP PIO

Did pork scam stress cause Napoles’ bleeding?

May 23, 2014 - 7:51 PM

Her personal crisis was apparent on her face when we arrived says her doctor

NAPOLES' DOCTOR. Dr Efren Domingo says their earlier bed rest order was not heeded by Napoles right away. Photo by Gerard Lim/Rappler

More time in hospital for Napoles?

May 21, 2014 - 8:07 PM

Janet Napoles lawyers ask the court to revoke its earlier order compelling her to return to a Laguna jail

MORE TIME. Janet Lim Napoles files another motion to extend her stay in the Ospital ng Makati. File photo courtesy of the PNP PIO

Rappler Newscast | May 20, 2014

May 20, 2014 - 9:41 PM

Philippines to Filipinos in Thailand: prepare for evacuation Napoles asks to extend hospital stay Sen Enrile unfazed over pork barrel allegations

Want Napoles affidavit? Keep her at Makati hospital

May 20, 2014 - 4:57 PM

Napoles lead counsel says more than half of the affidavit is done but she needs a conducive place to complete it

AFFIDAVIT DONE? Janet Lim Napoles' lead counsel Stephen David says they need a conducive place to finish Janet Lim Napoles' affidavit on the pork barrel scam. Photo by Rappler

Court orders Napoles return to Laguna by May 23

May 20, 2014 - 4:34 PM

The PNP Region 4A which has custody over Napoles says they re ready to move her back to Fort Sto Domingo in Laguna

CHECK-UP. Janet Lim Napoles undergoes tests at the Camp Crame General Hospital in February. File photo courtesy of the PNP PIO

Napoles doctors: Hospital confinement not needed

May 15, 2014 - 4:21 PM

The judge hearing Napoles motion says the court plans to order Napoles return to her detention center in Laguna by next week

CHECK-UP. Janet Lim Napoles undergoes tests at the Camp Crame General Hospital in February. File photo courtesy of the PNP PIO

Judge: Napoles' hospital stay 'already overdue'

May 14, 2014 - 7:12 PM

The public is very much interested in this case All eyes [are] on us presiding Judge Elmo Alameda tells Napoles team of lawyers

CHECK-UP. Janet Lim Napoles undergoes tests at the Camp Crame General Hospital in February. File photo courtesy of the PNP PIO

Napoles recovering after removal of 'pre-cancerous' mass

Apr 23, 2014 - 1:09 PM

The alleged pork scam mastermind will remain at the Ospital ng Makati indefinitely after doctors removed the tumor that was not cancerous but is neither benign

CHECK-UP. Janet Lim Napoles undergoes tests at the Camp Crame General Hospital in February. File photo courtesy of the PNP PIO

Suspend cops in Vhong Navarro case – PNP probers

Apr 14, 2014 - 4:40 PM

4 members of the Southern Police District face suspension for 20 days for neglect of duty in the investigation of the controversial case

DENIECE AND A POLICE BLOTTER. The NCRPO's Internal Affairs Service recommends a 20-day suspension for 4 cops over alleged lapses in its investigation of the Vhong Navarro-Deniece Cornejo case. File photo by Jose Del/Rappler

Court OKs Ospital ng Makati for Napoles

Mar 28, 2014 - 3:23 PM

The court bars her from going to the posh St Luke s Medical Center

Doctors say no need to confine Napoles

Mar 21, 2014 - 2:11 PM

UPDATED Janet Lim Napoles is discharged from the Ospital ng Makati and sent back to her detention center in Sta Rosa Laguna after her condition is stabilized

'EMERGENCY?' Janet Lim Napoles is brought to the Ospital ng Makati for medical examinations after a hearing. The hospital is one of those considered for her surgery and confinement. Photo by Rappler

Napoles pleads before Makati court: Nahihirapan na ako

Mar 21, 2014 - 10:25 AM

UPDATED The alleged mastermind of the pork barrel scam pleads for the court s mercy and says she has long been enduring pain

Napoles medical condition 'urgent,' says expert witness

Mar 18, 2014 - 2:57 PM

The doctor based his opinion on December medical examination results under the name Jenny Tan Defense lawyers will prove she s also Janet Lim Napoles

TESTS NEEDED. Dr. Santiago del Rosario, presented as an expert witness during the hearing for Napoles' motion on Tuesday, March 18, says Napoles needs "immediate attention." Photo by Rappler

Napoles averse to confinement in government hospital

Mar 11, 2014 - 2:35 PM

Napoles lawyer says she had a bad experience at the Camp Crame General Hospital which had outdated facilities

OUTDATED? Napoles' lawyers say their client is averse to getting surgery and being confined at any government hospital because of her "bad experience" at the Camp Crame General Hospital. File photo courtesy of the PNP PIO