SC grants Marcos motion for panel of commissioners to hear poll protest

MANILA — The Supreme Court (SC) sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) granted the urgent motion filed by former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos to designate at least three hearing officers who will assist the Tribunal during the preliminary conference on his election protest against Vice President Leni Robredo. In a six-page resolution signed by … Read More

SC starts oral arguments on petitions vs martial law in Mindanao

MANILA — The Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday started the three-day oral arguments on the three consolidated petitions challenging the constitutionality of President Rodrigo Duterte’s proclamation of martial law in Mindanao. The three consolidated petitions were filed by opposition lawmakers led by Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman, local Mindanao leaders led by Lumad leader Eufemia Campos … Read More

DOJ high-level delegation in CDO for preps on inquest proceedings vs Maute members

MANILA — A high-level delegation headed by Justice Secretary Vitaliano N. Aguirre II is now in Cagayan de Oro City to oversee the preparations of DOJ prosecutors for the start of the inquest proceedings against detained Maute-ISIS personalities. “As we celebrate our Independence Day, we are starting the inquest proceedings for the personalities allegedly involved … Read More

Comelec, Smartmatic officials face raps over ‘alteration’ in 2016 polls server

MANILA — The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Wednesday approved the filing of criminal charges against officials of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) and Smartmatic over the unauthorized alteration of a script in the transparency server during the canvassing of votes during the May 9, 2016 national and local elections. In a 42-page resolution dated … Read More

2 dead in Bilibid diarrhea outbreak

MANILA — Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II on Thursday announced that two inmates died due to a diarrhea outbreak at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP). Aguirre identified the fatalities as Virgilio Sabado, 62, with type 2 diabetes who died around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday due to infectious diarrhea and hypovolemic shock; and Sabas Lastimoso, 67, who … Read More

NBI nabs 10 foreigners for illegal mineral extraction in Zambales

MANILA — The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on Monday announced the arrest of 10 foreign nationals for illegally extracting minerals in San Felipe, Zambales. NBI Director Dante A. Gierran said operatives of the NBI-Environmental Crime Division (NBI-EnCD) arrested 10 foreign nationals, most of whom are Chinese were caught in flagrante operating the dredging vessel … Read More

Sereno urges new lawyers to empower provinces with better legal services

MANILA – Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno urged the country’s new lawyers, who took their oath on Monday, to empower the provinces with better legal services, particularly the poor sectors of the society. ”Apart from your record-breaking number, your batch is exceptional in the diversity of your originating residence and law schools, especially … Read More

Woman accusing Trillanes of bribery meets DOJ chief, mulls raps vs senator

MANILA — A businesswoman from Davao City who accused Senator Antonio Trillanes IV of bribing her to testify against President Rodrigo Duterte met Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II on Monday. Guillermina “Grace” Barrido Arcillas, accompanied by lawyer Bruce Rivera, appeared at Aguirre’s office in Manila and talk to him about her plans to press charges … Read More

Ex-PBA player, 2 others face drug charges

              MANILA — Three persons including former Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) player were subjected to an inquest proceeding at the Department of Justice (DOJ) on Thursday after their arrest in a buy-bust operation in Mandaluyong City. Former PBA player Dorian Peña, along with Ledy Mea Vilchez and Jose Paolo Ampeso were subjected to inquest proceedings … Read More

DOJ chief: Death threat prevents Napoles from ‘spilling the beans’ on PDAF scam

MANILA — Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II on Thursday said alleged pork barrel scam Janet Lim-Napoles is willing to name more government officials involved the anomalous releases of the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) but was being blackmailed by a certain group that is holding his brother Reynald “Jojo” Lim. “Yang kapatid (Jojo) niyang yan … Read More