Justice and Rule of Law

Reversal of fortune for 'pork barrel queen'?

Duterte’s SolGen moves to acquit
Napoles in illegal detention of Luy

THE SENATE is holding a hearing on yet another corruption case this week, but there may be a reversal of fortune of sorts for previous Senate “visitor” and so-called “pork-barrel queen” Janet Lim Napoles — courtesy of no less than the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG). Last Jan. 11, or just six months into […]

The kidnap-slay of Jee Ick Joo

AIDG’s picky protocols fail

A BIG AND ALL-IMPORTANT task in the government’s current war on drugs — validating information on high-value targets or HVTs– has been assigned to the Anti-Illegal Drugs Group or AIDG. By its own protocols, the AIDG supposedly reviews all information and sources of information about its subjects in a meticulous, multi-layered manner. But the elite […]

The kidnap-slay of Jee Ick Joo

May an accused arrest a suspect?

THE KIDNAP-SLAY of former Hanjin executive and South Korean national Jee Ick Joo remains far from being resolved even three months after his kidnapping and apparent death, and the recent arrest of one of the prime suspects in the case. In fact, the case seems to be getting even murkier by the minute, with members […]

The kidnap-slay of Jee Ick Joo

Korean cremated as ‘Jose Ruamar Salvador, Filipino’

HE had been living in the Philippines for the last eight years, but South Korean national Jee Ick Joo did not seem to have any intentions of changing his citizenship – at least not yet. But when the 53-year-old businessman’s body was brought to a Caloocan City crematorium last Oct. 19, his death certificate not […]

The Death of Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr.

Photos tell 2 stories: Shootout or rubout?

LEYTE –- As authorities seem to be standing pat on their claim that a shootout occurred between Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr. and the operatives of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) 8 at the sub-provincial jail in Baybay, Leyte before dawn on Nov. 5, photos provided by a police insider to PCIJ appear […]

DOJ received no FOI request?
Check your facts, Mr Aguirre!

JUSTICE Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II, in a message relayed to the media by Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella, on Saturday denied that the Department of Justice (DOJ) had received a request for data on the drug war from PCIJ and the Free Legal Assistance Group (FLAG). Both Aguirre and Abella apparently do not know whereof they […]

FOI request on drug war data:
PNP, DILG, DOJ won’t open up

LAST JULY 23, President Rodrigo R. Duterte enacted Executive Order No. 2, “Operationalizing in the Executive Branch the people’s constitutional right to information and the state policies to full public disclosure and transparency in the public service and providing guidelines therefor.” Two weeks later, PCIJ and the Free Legal Assistance Group (FLAG), the largest and […]

Aguirre defends Laud vs. CIDG, CHR

SC rules on DDS case: PNP
can search quarry for bodies

TWO YEARS AGO, the existence of the “Davao Death Squad” or DDS was enrolled and confirmed in the dockets of the Supreme Court of the Philippines. In a decision issued on Nov. 9, 2014, the Supreme Court’s First Division upheld the grant of a search warrant to uncover the bones of six victims who, on […]

Extra-judicial confessions on cam

DDB sets templates for cops
to make ‘surrenderees’ talk

EXTRA-JUDICIAL KILLINGS — the term has gained currency as a major criticism of the war on drugs of the Duterte administration. The proof of the crime: bodies felled by unidentified killers or vigilantes, in the dead of night or in the light of day. Extra-judicial confessions — the term is known to men and women […]

PNP Legal Service Advisory
to lawmen: Know, follow law

LAWYERS of the Philippine National Police-Legal Service used to sing a different song in regard to voluntary surrender and extra-judicial confession of suspects in crime. Their stern warning to policemen was: Respect the rights of the accused, know, follow the law. In April 2012, the PNP Legal Service issued a “Legal Advisory” on the matter […]

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