DOJ dismisses petitions in Atio Castillo slay case due to “procedural lapses”

Marje Pelayo   •   July 18, 2018   •   2680

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Justice (DOJ) dismissed several appeals on its resolution indicting Aegis Juris Fraternity members in line with the death of UST Law student Horacio “Atio” Castillo III last year.

In a resolution dated July 5, the DOJ junked the petition of Atio’s parents Carmina and Horacio Jr. seeking to file criminal charges against UST Law Dean Dean Nilo Davina due to late filing.

Meanwhile, the agency also dismissed petitions for review filed by two of the 10 accused, Marcelino Bagtang and Ralph Trangia, also due to procedural lapses.

Both parties are set to undergo trials in Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 20 on July 24. – Mai Bermudez / Marje Pelayo

DOJ directs PNP-CIDG to provide complete address of respondents in sedition complaint

Maris Federez   •   July 24, 2019

The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Wednesday directed the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detention Group (PNP-CIDG) to provide them complete information of those who were made respondents in the sedition complaint before the agency.

This, following the PNP-CIDG’s filing of complaint for sedition before the DOJ against Vice President Leni Robredo, Senators Leila de Lima and Risa Hontiveros, and former Senators Antonio Trillanes IV and Bam Aquino, in relation to the so-called Project Sodoma on Thursday (July 18).

The DOJ Panel of State Prosecutors who was tasked to conduct preliminary investigation on the complaint issued an order directing the PNP-CIDG to provide them with the complete addresses of the said respondents.

The Panel noted that the complaint filed before it does not state respondents’ complete addresses.

It added that the missing information has made it difficult for the Panel to cause service of the subpoena to respondents.

The complaints filed against the respondents were sedition, inciting to sedition, libel, cyber libel, estafa, harboring a criminal and obstruction of justice.

The respondents refuted the complaints with one of them even regarding the charges as “hogwash” and “a piece of trash”.   (with details from Mai Bermudez) /mbmf

Prosecutors find probable cause to indict Jayme for violation of Art. 142 of RPC

Maris Federez   •   May 6, 2019

Rodel Jayme, the webmaster of the website which first shared the “Bikoy” videos

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has found probable cause to indict Rodel Jayme for violation of Article 142 of the Revised Penal Code, in relation to Sec. 6 of the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012.

In a press statement, the DOJ said, “the inquest prosecutors found that Jayme’s creation of the website and his use of said website to circulate videos which allege the involvement of the President and his family in the drug trade was used for the purpose of weakening the confidence of the people in government and stir up dissent against it.”

The resolution released by the inquest prosecutors reads that they “likewise upheld the validity of the arrest of Jayme,” noting that the NBI had conducted surveillance on Jayme, “which satisfied personal knowledge on the part of its agents of the lawful acts committed by him.”

The inquest prosecutors further noted that since the circulation of the videos continues, the crime is still unfolding.

The DOJ is set to file an information against Jayme and other John and/or Jane Does with whom he worked and/or transacted with the appropriate court.

If convicted, Jayme will face imprisonment of six years and one day to twelve years, among other penalties.

DOJ joins hunt for personalities behind “real narco list” videos

Maris Federez   •   April 23, 2019

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Justice (DOJ) has joined the hunt for alias Bikoy and the other personalities behind the “Totoong Narco List” [real narco list] videos.

The said videos implicated Presidential son Paolo Duterte, President Rodrigo Duterte’s common-law wife Honeylet Avanceña, and former Special Assistant to the President Bong Go, in illegal drug trade.

DOJ Secretary Menardo Guevarra had also ordered the department’s fact-finding team to conduct an investigation on the identity of the people behind the series of videos and to file possible criminal cases against them.

Guevarra said, “I have given instructions to the DOJ Office of Cybercrime to coordinate with the NBI (National Bureau of Investigation) cybercrime unit and find out the source of these videos.”

The justice secretary further stated that the criminal charges will depend on the acts committed, such as cyber libel or similar offense.

Aside from the DOJ-initiated investigation, the Philippine National Police (PNP) is also conducting a separate probe on the said videos. – Maris Federez

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