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Oops! Davao Judge mistakenly applies for chief justice

Aug 16, 2018 - 9:58 PM

‘Nandito na 'ko, sayang naman po ‘yung effort ko,’ says the judge from Tagum City, Davao

#CJSEARCH. Judge Virginia Tehano-Ang admits to the JBC that she did not really intend to apply for chief justice. Photo from Supreme Court PIO

#CJSearch: Reyes says long career in judiciary offsets seniority

Aug 16, 2018 - 9:43 PM

'I have a background in managing in the Court of Appeals, being its presiding justice for the last 7 or 8 years,' says Justice Reyes

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Calida wants Supreme Court to block Senate probe into firm contracts

Aug 16, 2018 - 4:42 PM

The SC en banc asks Senator Trillanes to file his comment to the petition

Solicitor General Jose Calida prior to the start of the Supreme Court oral arguments on same sex marriage on June 19, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Breaking up Supreme Court into 4 high courts weakens judiciary

Aug 16, 2018 - 3:29 PM

Former SC associate justice Vicente Mendoza says it's more important to preserve the role of the High Court in the justice system

Is Peralta front-runner for chief justice?

Aug 16, 2018 - 3:07 PM

Peralta denies telling people he is the next chief justice

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#CJSearch: Is it worth appointing De Castro who has only 2 months to serve?

Aug 16, 2018 - 12:44 PM

Court insiders see an opportunity for Antonio Carpio to accept the nomination when De Castro retires in October

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Bersamin defends rise in wealth during JBC chief justice interview

Aug 16, 2018 - 11:14 AM

Justice Bersamin says he and his wife would be willing to sign a waiver if necessary

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LIVE: JBC interviews Supreme Court Chief Justice aspirants

Aug 16, 2018 - 9:11 AM

Who will become Maria Lourdes Sereno's successor? Watch the interviews on Thursday, August 16.

#CJSearch: How did aspirants vote on key Supreme Court decisions?

Aug 16, 2018 - 7:00 AM

Rappler reviews key decisions from 2007 and finds that Associate Justices De Castro, Peralta, Bersamin, and Reyes Jr lean toward the executive or politicians

Banco Filipino loses Supreme Court bid for P25-B financial aid

Aug 15, 2018 - 2:40 PM

Problems continue for the embattled bank as it loses its petition for a P25-billion government loan

A private security guard stands in front of a Philippine thrift bank, Banco Filipino building in the financial district of Manila on March 16, 2011, after the bank closed March 15 due to heavy withdrawals. The Philippine central bank in a statement on March 16, have asked the management of Banco Filipino to explain the "bank's status to its clients". AFP PHOTO/TED ALJIBE / AFP PHOTO / TED ALJIBE

Robredo appeals PET to use ballot images in initial recount

Aug 14, 2018 - 7:03 PM

The camp of the Vice President tells the Tribunal that Marcos has not been able to substantiate his claim that the ballot images are compromised

Photo from Leni Robredo Media Bureau

SC limits Senate detention period for persons cited in contempt

Aug 14, 2018 - 12:59 PM

'The indefinite detention of persons cited in contempt impairs their constitutional right to liberty,' rules the Supreme Court

CITED IN CONTEMPT. The Senate public order committee cites Arvin Balag (R), alleged Grand Praefectus of the Aegis Juris fraternity, in contempt. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Playing the cards right? Politics of ICC oral arguments

Aug 14, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Is it a good idea to bring the issue to the Court? And what added value will Leila de Lima’s personal participation bring?

ORAL ARGUMENTS. Detained Senator Leila De Lima wants to personally participate in the Supreme Court oral arguments on the withdrawal from the ICC. Photo of De Lima by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Federalism probe, Grab pricing, PH weather | Evening wRap

Aug 10, 2018 - 9:17 PM

Watch Rappler’s evening newscast with Chay Hofileña

Jose Reyes Jr appointed Supreme Court justice

Aug 10, 2018 - 1:43 PM

The latest appointee of President Rodrigo Duterte to the high court is set to take his oath on Monday, August 13

SC approves rule that bars subjects of complaints from leaving PH

Aug 07, 2018 - 8:18 PM

The Supreme Court approves a Precautionary Hold Departure Order (PHDO) for crimes where the minimum penalty is at least 6 years and one day

Supreme Court of the Philippines in PAdre Faura on June 19, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

2 Supreme Court cases loom over Suarez's minority leadership

Aug 07, 2018 - 7:00 PM

The blocs of ex-majority leader Rodolfo Fariñas and Marikina 2nd District Representative Miro Quimbo plan to file separate cases questioning the minority leadership of Quezon 3rd District Representative Danilo Suarez

MINORITY LEADER. Quezon 3rd District Representative Danilo Suarez gestures as he speaks at the plenary for the first time since being retained as the House minority Leader on August 7, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Missed SC deadline another misstep for same-sex marriage petition

Aug 07, 2018 - 1:48 PM

The High Court asks lawyer Jesus Falcis to show cause why he should not be disciplined for failing to submit his memorandum on time

Attorney Jesus Falcis III prior to the start of the Supreme Court oral arguments on same sex marriage on June 19, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

SC denies De Lima request to join ICC oral arguments

Aug 07, 2018 - 12:17 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Supreme Court Justices Carpio and Jardeleza vote to allow De Lima's participation but are outvoted

Senator Leila de Lima on Thursday, August 2, 2018 arrives at the Quezon City RTC to attend hearing on her disobedience to summons case filed against her by former justice committee chair Rep. Reynaldo Umali . Photo by DARREN LANGIT

SC sends Carlos Celdran to jail for offending 'religious feelings'

Aug 06, 2018 - 7:39 PM

The activist faces imprisonment of 2 months and 21 days at minimum, and 1 year, 1 month, and 11 days at maximum for his 2010 'Damaso stunt'

CARLOS CELDRAN. Carlos Celdran faces up to 13 months and 11 days in prison. Screenshot from Carlos Celdran's Instagram.

Draft charter downgrades Supreme Court

Aug 04, 2018 - 7:47 PM

Creating mini supreme courts has never been advanced as solutions because it is contrary to the idea of One Supreme Court

SC: It takes courage for women to testify against men who abuse them

Aug 03, 2018 - 1:25 PM

High Court says that 'lustful acts of men are often veiled in either the power of coercive threat or the inconvenience inherent in patriarchy as a culture’

Supreme Court of the Philippines in PAdre Faura on June 19, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Carpio leads reopening of Marawi Hall of Justice

Aug 02, 2018 - 4:20 PM

Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio says he would not object to development projects with the Chinese as long as the Philippines' sovereign rights are upheld

MARAWI. Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio leads the ceremonial re-opening of the Marawi Hall of Justice.

EXPLAINER: SC ruling on inordinate delay and why it matters

Aug 01, 2018 - 5:09 PM

It's now up to new Ombudsman Samuel Martires to use the ruling to their advantage

Office of the Ombudsman Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

SC rules what constitutes inordinate delay in resolving cases

Jul 31, 2018 - 5:24 PM

From now on, when defendants try to have their cases dismissed based on delay, the fact-finding phase cannot be counted as part of the investigation period

VICTORY? The Office of the Ombudsman gets its desired result as the Supreme Court voted to exclude from the count on inordinate delay the fact-finding period.

Bersamin gets most votes as SC nominee for chief justice

Jul 31, 2018 - 2:45 PM

By tradition, the vote of the chief justice as the ex-officio chairman of the JBC has followed the vote of the Supreme Court en banc

Witnesses Supreme Court Associate Justice Diosdado Peralta (right), and Lucas Bersamin (left) attends the house hearing on Determination of probable cause in relation to the verified complaint for impeachment against Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno on January 15, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Supreme Court downgrades charges vs Delfin Lee, allows bail

Jul 31, 2018 - 2:12 PM

The charges against Globe Asiatique owner Delfin Lee are downgraded from syndicated estafa to simple estafa, which is a bailable offense

After the arraignment and back to jail.

Rappler Talk: Lawyer Romel Bagares on PH withdrawal from Int'l Criminal Court

Jul 30, 2018 - 12:40 PM

On Monday, July 30, Rappler's Marites Vitug talks to Romel Bagares, lead counsel of the Philippine Coalition for the International Criminal Court, on the repercussions of withdrawing from the ICC and how it can be opposed

By 2022, Supreme Court filled with Duterte appointees

Jul 30, 2018 - 9:16 AM

Here's how the composition of the Philippines' top court would look like by the time President Rodrigo Duterte's term ends

Supreme Court of the Philippines in PAdre Faura on June 19, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

House suffers 10-point drop in satisfaction rating – SWS

Jul 30, 2018 - 12:55 AM

The net satisfaction ratings of the Senate and the Duterte Cabinet are also lower in the 2nd quarter of 2018, according to a Social Weather Stations survey

LIST: Who are applicants for Supreme Court Chief Justice?

Jul 26, 2018 - 8:58 PM

(UPDATED) One from the list will fill in the position vacated by ousted chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno

Supreme Court of teh Philippines in Padre Faura, Manila

Duterte won't appeal SC ruling on IRA yet after talk with Mandanas

Jul 26, 2018 - 4:05 PM

(UPDATED) Batangas Governor Hermilando Mandanas tells President Rodrigo Duterte that the ruling wouldn't cause an unmanageable increase in the government's budget

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 27th Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on July 9, 2018. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Senate minority to SC: Allow De Lima to argue on ICC case

Jul 26, 2018 - 3:48 PM

'The issues in this case being of transcendental importance, Senator De Lima should not be prevented from personally arguing the case before the Honorable Court by mere reason of her incidental detention,' says the Senate minority bloc

Justices of the Supreme Court led by acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio starts the oral arguments on the same sex marriage on June 18, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Comelec to PET: Stick to 25% shading threshold or risk all elective posts

Jul 26, 2018 - 12:07 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The Commission on Elections says the 50% shading threshold that the Presidential Electoral Tribunal insists on using in the vice presidential protest case has long been abandoned

Junior SC Justice Andy Reyes applies for chief justice

Jul 25, 2018 - 4:59 PM

Two senior justices also accept their automatic nominations: Associate Justices Diosdado Peralta and Lucas Bersamin

CHIEF JUSTICE APPLICATION. Supreme Court Associate Justice Andres Reyes Jr accepts the nomination to become the next chief justice. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

DBM to appeal Supreme Court ruling on tax share of local gov't units

Jul 25, 2018 - 2:35 PM

Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno says applying the Supreme Court ruling on 'rightful' tax share of local government units next year 'would compromise projects'

KAPIHAN. Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno talks to the media about the recent Supreme Court ruling on local governments' share of taxes. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Ex-CA Justice Ricardo Puno Sr dies

Jul 25, 2018 - 10:19 AM

Former Court of Appeals justice Ricardo Puno Sr dies at age 95

Former Supreme Court justice Ricardo Puno Sr. Photo from the Facebook page of Robbie Puno

Supreme Court ’nipped in the bud’ Arroyo’s plunder case – Morales

Jul 24, 2018 - 4:29 PM

Arroyo rises to the position of House Speaker, but she is not entirely in the clear because a pending case remains at the Ombudsman

Congresswoman Gloria Macapagal Arroyo during the 3rd State of the nation address at the House of representatives in Quezon city. Photo by Mary Grace dela Serna/Rappler

Carpio declines nomination for chief justice

Jul 24, 2018 - 4:27 PM

The other 4 senior Supreme Court justices have yet to respond to their automatic nominations

Justice Antonio Carpio. KASARINLAN A Philippine Foreign Policy Forum. July 9, 2018 at The Bayleaf Intramuros, Manila. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

SC junks Revilla petition to unfreeze assets

Jul 24, 2018 - 3:35 PM

Former senator Bong Revilla's latest petition to stop the trial at the anti-graft Sandiganbayan is still pending

PLUNDER CASE. Former senator Ramon 'Bong' Revilla Jr is under tria; before the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan for plunder in connection with the pork barrel scam. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Acting Chief Justice Carpio to attend Duterte's SONA 2018

Jul 21, 2018 - 1:48 PM

The House Secretary General corrects his earlier statement that Carpio declined the invitation

Photo by Angie de Silva

TS Henry, Federalism, Boracay, Apple emojis | Evening wRap

Jul 17, 2018 - 9:50 PM

Watch Rappler’s evening newscast with Gelo Gonzales

Leonen urges more scrunity of corruption in judiciary

Jul 17, 2018 - 8:06 PM

‘Corruption weakens judicial independence far more than political interference,’ says Associate Justice Marvic Leonen

CORRUPTION IN JUDICIARY. Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen urges the public, especially lawyers, to be more probing and proactive against corruption in the judiciary. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Leonen: I did not ask Duterte for chief justice post

Jul 17, 2018 - 4:54 PM

'That's pure false,' says Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen of RJ Nieto's Facebook post

CHIEF JUSTICE POST. Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen refutes social media rumors that he asked President Rodrigo Duterte for the vacant chief justice post. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Supreme Court reprimands Sereno over quo warranto statements

Jul 17, 2018 - 1:55 PM

The reprimand is a lighter sanction against ousted chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno because the Supreme Court earlier indicated the possibility of disbarment

CJ Sereno at UP Diliman. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Supreme Court recommends Martires as Ombudsman

Jul 17, 2018 - 1:50 PM

The recommendation will be sent to the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC), which will then vote on its official short list on Friday, July 20

OMBUDSMAN APPLICATION. Associate Justice Samuel Martires gets unanimous votes from the Supreme Court for a recommendation to be Ombudsman. Screengrab from JBC

SC finds same-sex marriage lawyer guilty of contempt for improper attire

Jul 16, 2018 - 5:35 PM

The Supreme Court reprimands young lawyer Jesus Falcis III for not wearing a suit and tie to a preliminary conference attended by justices

Attorney Jesus Falcis III prior to the start of the Supreme Court oral arguments on same sex marriage on June 19, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Robredo camp to SC: Ignore Calida's opinion on ballot shading threshold

Jul 16, 2018 - 11:00 AM

(UPDATED) Vice President Leni Robredo's lawyer Romulo Macalintal says Solicitor General Jose Calida's 'erroneous' support of the 50% shading threshold would 'erode the very foundation of our democracy' by disenfranchising voters

DISREGARD THE OSG. VP Leni Robredo's election lawyer Romulo Macalintal says Solicitor General Jose Calida has no personal knowledge over the ballot shading threshold issue. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

SC to power firms: Heed requirements before disconnecting users

Jul 15, 2018 - 5:01 PM

'The serious consequences on a consumer, whose electric supply has been cut off, behoove a distribution utility to strictly comply with the legal requisites before disconnection may be done,' says the Supreme Court

NO CHARGE. The Supreme Court rules electric companies must strictly comply with legal requirements before charging or disconnecting customers. Supreme Court photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler, Electric meter photo from Shutterstock, Billing photo from Meralco

SC gives Comelec 10 days to comment on ballot shading threshold

Jul 13, 2018 - 3:32 PM

The Supreme Court, acting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal, says it has taken 'note without action' Vice President Leni Robredo's motion to give the Commission on Elections just 5 days to comment

SC ORDER. The Commission on Elections must now comment on the ballot shading threshold in the vice presidential election case.