Kristine Joy Patag
Kristine Joy Patag

Kristine Joy Patag has been a reporter for Philstar.com since 2017. She covers the justice beat, and sometimes writes about pop culture. She is part of the Philippine Fact-check Incubator, an Internews initiative to build the fact-checking capacity of news organizations in the Philippines and encourage participation in global fact-checking efforts.

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ICC prosecution: High-profile DOJ-led review of 'war on drugs' killings a ‘desk review’
by Kristine Joy Patag - June 25, 2022 - 2:23pm
The high profile Department of Justice-led panel assessment of "war on drugs" operations that resulted in deaths was a mere "desk review" and does not reach the level of a domestic investigation that would merit...
ICC prosecutor seeks to resume probe into Duterte drug war
by Kristine Joy Patag - June 24, 2022 - 11:00pm
The prosecutor at the International Criminal Court has formally requested the pre-trial chamber to move forward in the probe into the Philippines' "war on drugs."
Authorities told: If there will be leniency in law enforcement, let it be afforded to the poor
by Kristine Joy Patag - June 23, 2022 - 2:32pm
Respect for constitutional rights including due process must be for all, regardless of affluence or political leanings, the Integrated Bar of the Philippines reminded authorities on Thursday.
DOJ: Court orders re-arrest of red-tagged community doctor Naty Castro
by Kristine Joy Patag - June 22, 2022 - 4:02pm
The Agusan del Sur court has ordered the re-arrest of community doctor Natividad Castro, the Department of Justice said Wednesday.
With barely a month left in office, Esperon red-tags independent news sites, 'attacks press freedom'
by Kristine Joy Patag - June 22, 2022 - 11:42am
In what could be his valedictory address, National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon made a brazen move: He asked the National Telecommunications Communications to block the public access to 28 websites.
Esperon has sites of news orgs, progressive groups blocked as 'communist affiliates'
by Kristine Joy Patag - June 22, 2022 - 9:25am
Citing the designation of the Communist Party of the Philippines, New People’s Army and National Democratic Front of the Philippines as terrorist organizations, National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon...
Guevarra: Stop dangerous 'red-tagging', file complaints instead
by Kristine Joy Patag - June 15, 2022 - 12:35pm
Instead of baselessly linking groups as fronts for communist rebels that puts them in danger, officials who have been red-tagging them should just file appropriate complaints, outgoing Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra...
Despite retractions, prosecution of De Lima to continue — Guevarra
by Kristine Joy Patag - June 14, 2022 - 1:55pm
The Department of Justice will not withdraw the remaining two drug cases against Sen. Leila de Lima, despite retractions of figures related to the allegations against the lawmaker, Secretary Menardo Guevarra sa...
Owner of SUV that ran over guard in viral video put on immigration lookout list
by Kristine Joy Patag - June 14, 2022 - 10:53am
The Philippine National Police has asked the Department of Justice to issue an Immigration Lookout Bulletin Order against the SUV driver who ran over a guard and has been evading summons from authorities.
Immigration implements dismissal order vs 'pastillas' staff
by Kristine Joy Patag - June 13, 2022 - 2:47pm
The Bureau of Immigration has implemented the dismissal order against 45 of its officials and personnel who were held liable over the “pastillas”  scheme.
QC Court on San Roque 21: No crime in being hungry and pleading for food
by Kristine Joy Patag - June 7, 2022 - 3:49pm
“The accused were acting within their rights when they went outside of their respective residences to plea for food,” the court said in a ruling dated June 6.
As he prepares to step down, Duterte calls for 'unity' behind successor Marcos
by Kristine Joy Patag - June 7, 2022 - 10:57am
Outgoing President Rodrigo Duterte urged the public to “unite” behind his successor president-elect Ferdinand Marcos Jr. an echo of the latter’s campaign call — and called for...
Marcos team seeks dismissal of petition to cancel COC pending before SC
by Kristine Joy Patag - June 1, 2022 - 3:42pm
The lawyers of president-elect Ferdinand Marcos Jr. has asked the Supreme Court to junk the petition seeking the cancellation of his Certificate of Candidacy as they urged the tribunal to “protect” the...
Incoming DepEd chief Duterte warns vs scammers targeting contractors, suppliers
by Kristine Joy Patag - June 1, 2022 - 11:03am
The team of vice president-elect Sara Duterte has warned the public of dubious individuals who present themselves to collect advance payments for the Department of Education, which Duterte will soon take lead.
2022 Bar: Applications to start on June 13; sched back to November
by Kristine Joy Patag - May 31, 2022 - 5:09pm
The Supreme Court will start accepting applications for the 2022 Bar exams on June 13.
Stressing importance of education, CHR backs DepEd push for resumption of 100% in-person classes
by Kristine Joy Patag - May 31, 2022 - 3:06pm
As the Department of Education eyes resumption of 100% in-person classes in the coming school year, the Commission on Human Rights reminded officials that education must be accessible.
Broadcaster Tulfo, Liloan mayor Frasco joining Marcos’ Cabinet
by Kristine Joy Patag - May 30, 2022 - 4:29pm
Press Secretary-designate Trixie Angeles-Cruz, in a briefing on Monday, said Tulfo will lead the Department of Social Welfare and Development while Frasco—who is also the spokesperson of vice-president elect...
Court junks indirect contempt case vs De Lima, lawyer
by Kristine Joy Patag - May 27, 2022 - 9:29am
A Muntinlupa court has dismissed the Department of Justice’s indirect contempt plea against Sen. Leila de Lima and her lawyer over statements made on trial.
Marcos names close friend Lagdameo as his special assistant
by Kristine Joy Patag - May 26, 2022 - 11:39am
President-elect Ferdinand Marcos Jr.’s long-time friend and ally Anton Lagdameo will join him at the Palace as his special aide.
Will People Power be commemorated in 2023? Marcos aide evades question
by Kristine Joy Patag - May 25, 2022 - 8:28pm
Marcos, who was elected by a historic majority vote, campaigned on the platform of unity but also on nostalgia for the supposed "golden years" of the Philippines under his father. 
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