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Revilla asks SC to stop plunder trial, allow bail

Jan 21, 2018 - 8:05 PM

Former senator Ramon 'Bong' Revilla Jr, through top lawyer Estelito Mendoza, tells the Supreme Court that the Sandiganbayan violated his human rights

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PET ruling 'confirmation of bias' vs Bongbong Marcos, says lawyer

Jan 18, 2018 - 2:31 PM

The PET allows former senator Bongbong Marcos to gain access to the soft copies of election data in the 3 pilot provinces where a ballot recount will be held, but the original documents will remain with the Court.

MARCOS CAMP. Lawyer Vic Rodriguez, counsel for former senator Bongbong Marcos, questions the latest ruling of the Supreme Court, sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal, in Marcos' electoral protest. Rappler file photo

House reps question SC lawyer's faith, intentions at Sereno impeach hearing

Jan 18, 2018 - 8:04 AM

(UPDATED) Lawyer Jocelyn Fabian is questioned on her competence, and at times mocked for her Christian faith, during the continuation of the impeachment hearing vs Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno

Resource person Atty. Jocelyn Fabian Head of the Two technical working group of Supreme Court testifying before the House of Representatives during hearing on Determination of probable cause in relation to the verified complaint for impeachment against Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno o Wednesday, January 17, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Bidding issues hound Sereno in impeachment hearing

Jan 17, 2018 - 10:26 PM

Lawmakers raise possible violations of the anti-graft law

Justice Committee Chair Cong. Reynaldo Umali during hearing on Determination of probable cause in relation to the verified complaint for impeachment against Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno on Wednesday. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

AFP lists 5 people who could be next ISIS emir in SE Asia

Jan 17, 2018 - 2:40 PM

Defense and security officials appear before Supreme Court justices to defend the second extension of martial law in Mindanao

'THIS FLAG IS NOTHING.' The Philippine Marines recover Islamic State black flags and high-powered firearms from the Maute Group in Marawi City. File photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

Sereno’s land cruiser can be graft violation – lawmaker

Jan 17, 2018 - 2:01 PM

Sereno’s spokesperson claims the Chief Justice never specified the brand vehicle, and that she is not the first to have a vehicle preference

Witnesses Atty. Thelma Bahia Deputy Court Administrator (left), Atty. Corazon Ferrer-Flores (center) Deputy Clerk of Court-Fiscal Management and Budget Office, Atty. Ma. Carina Cunanan (right) Procurement Head and Asst. Chief Administrative Services of Supreme Court take their oath before testifying at the House of Representatives during hearing on Determination of probable cause in relation to the verified complaint for impeachment against Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno o Wednesday, January 17, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Leonen: Why no intel given to Congress during martial law deliberations?

Jan 16, 2018 - 5:20 PM

Hearing oral arguments on martial law's extension, the Supreme Court associate justice says Malacañang cited threats from a minor operative of a terrorist group

Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman along with other petitioners attend the oral arguments on the 1-year extension of the Martial Law in Mindanao by the Supreme Court in Manila on January 16, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

SC sets new round of oral arguments on martial law

Jan 16, 2018 - 4:17 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The oral arguments will be held on January 16 and 17

Justices of the Supreme Court led by chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno starts the first oral argument on the petition to lift the martial law in Mindanao at the Supreme Court in Manila on June 13, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

SC orders DND, AFP, PNP chiefs to attend martial law oral arguments

Jan 16, 2018 - 3:50 PM

Military chief General Rey Leonardo Guerrero attends the first day of the oral arguments on petitions against the extension of martial law in Mindanao

Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Calida insists government not providing tokhang documents to SC

Jan 16, 2018 - 3:49 PM

The Supreme Court en banc orders the petitioners to respond to Calida's motion for reconsideration

MOTION. Solicitor General Jose Calida files a motion for reconsideration seeking the recall of the Supreme Court's order to provide full documentation of the war on drugs. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Sereno, staff flew business while Marquez stayed in economy

Jan 16, 2018 - 9:28 AM

The story is related to an accusation against Sereno for being supposedly lavish in her official travels

Supreme Court, Court Administrator Jose Midas Marquez testifies before the House Committee on Justice hearing on the impeachment complaint against Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno on Tuesday, December 5, 2017. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

SEC revokes Rappler registration, Dengvaxia refund, Sereno impeachment hearing | Evening wRap

Jan 15, 2018 - 8:37 PM

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House wants more justices, psychiatrist to testify in Sereno impeachment

Jan 15, 2018 - 5:30 PM

Associate Justices Mariano del Castillo and Andres Reyes, as well as a psychiatrist who previously evaluated Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, are among those who will be invited

The House Committee on Justice resumes its hearing to determine probable cause in the impeachment complaint against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno on Monday, January 15, 2017. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Martires urges cases against court officials who delayed benefits

Jan 15, 2018 - 3:58 PM

The Sereno camp says the testimony is irrelevant to the complaint against the Chief Justice

Witness Supreme Court Associate Justice Samuel Martirez attends the House Committee on Justice hearing on the continuation of impeachment proceedings against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno on Monday, January 15, 2017.Witnesses Supreme Court Associate Justice Diosdado Peralta (right), Lucas Bersamin (center)and Samuel Martirez (left) attends the House Committee on Justice hearing on the continuation of impeachment proceedings against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno on Monday, January 15, 2017. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

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Jan 15, 2018 - 2:34 PM

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SC affirms ruling that barred candidacy of Lucio Tan's daughter

Jan 15, 2018 - 12:47 PM

SC rules Vivienne Tan's reacquisition of Philippine citizenship does not mean she never lost her citizenship

Supreme Court of teh Philippines in Padre Faura, Manila

New year, same impeachment: House resumes tackling complaint vs Sereno

Jan 15, 2018 - 9:45 AM

At least 3 associate justices are expected to appear before the committee as it holds its first hearing for 2018

HEARINGS RESUME. House Justice Committee chair Reynaldo Umali during a December 11, 2017 hearing to determine probable cause in the Sereno impeachment complaint. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Legal battles further delay turnover of coco levy funds to farmers

Jan 14, 2018 - 6:35 PM

The Sandiganbayan rules in favor of UCPB and Cocolife's request to be heard despite an earlier Supreme Court decision that there is no need for further hearings

Calida to SC: Martial law extension has 'factual basis'

Jan 14, 2018 - 12:44 AM

Solicitor General Jose Calida says the liberation of Marawi did not signal the end of rebellion in Mindanao

FACT. Solicitor General Jose Calida argued the extension of Martial Law has factual basis as rebellion in Mindanao still exists. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

De Lima hits Calida for 'cover-up' of drug war documents

Jan 13, 2018 - 4:59 PM

'Just like his master Duterte, Solicitor General Jose Calida has no word of honor,' Senator Leila de Lima says

'NO WORD OF HONOR.' Senator Leila de Lima does not mince words against Solicitor General Jose Calida

Calida on SC order, Duque demands Sanofi refund,Trump on Kim | Evening wRap

Jan 12, 2018 - 8:34 PM

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Calida refuses to give SC full documentation of drug war

Jan 12, 2018 - 12:21 PM

Solicitor General Jose Calida tells the High Court that the documents have 'national security implications'

SHOT. John Paul Martinez, 21 years old, is dies from several gunshot wounds after an encounter with Manila police.

Petition vs tax reform law, Malacanang on comfort woman statue, Trump on NoKor talks | Evening wRap

Jan 11, 2018 - 8:20 PM

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Calida mocks petitioners vs tax reform law: 'Is that all you have?'

Jan 11, 2018 - 2:39 PM

'Why am I not surprised at your blatant disrespect for basic democratic principles, Mr Solicitor General?' says ACT Teachers Representative Antonio Tinio, one of the petitioners

Members of the Makabayan Bloc file a petition to derail the implementation of the the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Law before the Supreme Court in Manila on January 11, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler.

Carpio will not testify in Sereno impeachment hearing

Jan 11, 2018 - 11:58 AM

(UPDATED) 'I declined because I have no personal knowledge of the matters the committee specified as the matters of inquiry,' Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio says

TESTIMONY? Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio clarifies to the House committee on justice which topics will be asked of him should he appear in the Sereno impeachment proceedings. Photo by Rappler

Makabayan bloc asks SC to strike down tax reform law

Jan 11, 2018 - 11:10 AM

(UPDATED) Leftist lawmakers argue that the House had no quorum and did not call a vote when it ratified the joint bicameral conference report on the Train bill

Members of the Makabayan Bloc file a petition to derail the implementation of the the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Law before the Supreme Court in Manila on January 11, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler.

Drilon on Charter Change, Bongbong Marcos on 2019 elections, Veloso’s birthday message | Evening wRap

Jan 10, 2018 - 7:52 PM

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Senate minority bloc eyes questioning Cha-Cha vote before SC

Jan 10, 2018 - 4:07 PM

'We are open to it. Ultimately it will have to be decided by the Supreme Court,' says Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon, as he insists Congress should vote separately in a Constituent Assembly

HEARING ON CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION BILLS: Senate President Pro Tempore Franklin M. Drilon, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Constitutional Amendments and Revision of Codes, shares a light moment with resource persons during the committee hearing on the proposed bills on the formation of a Constitutional Convention that will amend or revise the 1987 Philippine Constitution on Thursday, December 8, 2016. Drilon said the committee intended to find out (1) if the Constitution needs to be amended, (2) what the best mode of amending the charter is, (3) whether the two houses of Congress will vote jointly or separately, and (4) if Congress as a legislative body, can limit the powers of a Constituent Assembly or a Constitutional Convention. Also in photo is Senator Leila de Lima.(PRIB Photo by Cesar Tomambo/ 08 December 2016)

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, January 10, 2018

Jan 10, 2018 - 3:04 PM

Hello! Here's a roundup of news you need to know this Wednesday.

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SC orders DOH to answer Dengvaxia petition

Jan 10, 2018 - 2:37 PM

The petitioners want the Department of Health to provide free medicine and hospitalization to children vaccinated with Dengvaxia

A health worker shows off used vials of Dengvaxia vaccine inside the storage facility of the local government health sector that was given to students during the school-based immunisation in Manila on December 4, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Bongbong Marcos accuses PET of 'unfair treatment'

Jan 10, 2018 - 1:42 PM

Former senator Ferdinand 'Bongbong' Marcos Jr says 'one option' is to request for his electoral protest case be raffled off to another Supreme Court justice

SOLID NORTH. Former senator Bongbong Marcos waves to supporters the SC before the preliminary conference was held for his electoral protest against the Vice President on July 11, 2017. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

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Jan 10, 2018 - 12:49 PM

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'Why run for senator when I already won as VP?' – Bongbong Marcos

Jan 10, 2018 - 11:50 AM

(UPDATED) Former senator Ferdinand 'Bongbong' Marcos Jr says he is determined to see through the electoral protest he filed against Vice President Leni Robredo

RAN BUT LOST. Former senator Bongbong Marcos campaigns for vice president in Mandaluyong in May 2016. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Calida: SC has no power to review martial law extension

Jan 10, 2018 - 10:32 AM

Though the Supreme Court has retained its power to review martial law proclamations, Solicitor General Jose Calida says a proclamation is different from an extension

Solicitor General Jose Calida attends the first oral argument on the petition to lift the martial law in Mindanao at the Supreme Court in Manila on June 13, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Sereno camp: We expect an ‘intensified’ smear campaign in 2018

Jan 08, 2018 - 2:12 PM

'Sila na lang ang hindi nakakaalam na malapit na ma-impeach si CJ Sereno,' says complainant Larry Gadon

CALL TO ACTION. Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno calls on constitutional bodies to maximize their mandate to protect human rights in the country amid the Duterte administration's drug war. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Martial Law victims to seek enforcement of Hawaii ruling through SC

Jan 08, 2018 - 11:28 AM

Former human rights chairperson Etta Rosales says they are taking action after the Court of Appeals affirms its rejection of the Hawaii ruling granting claimants $2 billion

HEROES. Family of Martial Law victims light candles before the Bantayog wall. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Robredo to SC: Allow both camps to witness ballot retrieval

Jan 04, 2018 - 4:35 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo wants her camp and that of her rival Bongbong Marcos to be allowed to send representatives when ballots are retrieved in Camarines Sur, Iloilo, and Negros Oriental

THE VEEP. Vice President Leni Robredo delivers a speech during the 100th Centennial Anniversary held at the Muntinlupa Sports Complex on December 19, 2017. Photo by OVP

Russia's top court upholds election ban on opposition leader

Dec 30, 2017 - 9:19 PM

Alexei Navalny's campaign team will ask the Supreme Court to reconsider its decision and will also file a complaint with the European Court of Human Rights

BARRED. Alexei Navalny had been nominated to run against Vladimir Putin in the 2018 Russian elections before he was barred by the election commission. File photo

Case vs Trillanes, CPP vs Duterte, Trump on climate change | Evening wRap

Dec 29, 2017 - 7:22 PM

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Satisfaction ratings of Senate, House, SC, Cabinet up – SWS

Dec 29, 2017 - 6:24 PM

The 4 institutions, representing the 3 co-equal branches of government, see a rise in their net satisfaction ratings

SC orders government to answer petition vs martial law

Dec 29, 2017 - 3:42 PM

(UPDATED) The court en banc declares the petition sufficient in form and substance

Supreme Court of teh Philippines in Padre Faura, Manila

Sereno camp says drop in ratings good despite smear campaign

Dec 28, 2017 - 5:42 PM

The Sereno team is confident they will recover in the Senate, which they expect to be a fair venue for the impeachment trial

Retired SC Justice Justo Torres Jr dies

Dec 27, 2017 - 10:16 AM

'The SC en banc mourns the passing today of its 138th Associate Justice, Honorable Justo P. Torres Jr,' the High Court says

FORMER SC JUSTICE. Retired Supreme Court Associate Justice Justo Torres Jr was 90 when he passed away. Photo from the PUP College of Law Research Corps Facebook page

SC petition wants to require gov't to address dengue vaccine risks

Dec 22, 2017 - 10:12 PM

The petitioners – activists, mothers, and children – want the Supreme Court to compel the departments of health, education, and local government to provide information and free medicines, among others

PETITION. Gabriela Women's Party files a petition before the Supreme Court urging it to compel the government to address dangers of Dengvaxia vaccine. Photo from Gabriela

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Dec 22, 2017 - 7:51 PM

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SC orders release of Aegis Juris fratman from Senate detention

Dec 22, 2017 - 11:37 AM

Arvin Balag, a suspect in the fatal hazing of UST law freshman Horacio Castillo III, has been detained in the Senate for more than two months for contempt

Photo by Angie de Silva / Rappler

Sereno cannot be summoned to House hearings – lawyer

Dec 19, 2017 - 9:40 PM

Complainant Larry Gadon says he will move for the issuance of a subpoena, but Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno's camp and House justice committee chairman Reynaldo Umali say Gadon is not in the position to move for anything

Atty. Joshua Santiago, Josalee Deinla and Winnie Salumbides, lawyers of SC chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, hold a press conference in Manila on October 9, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

10 months since arrest, DOJ still amending case vs De Lima

Dec 19, 2017 - 12:01 PM

The amendments heed the advice of the Supreme Court ruling which also says there is no need to set her free meanwhile

Senator Leila De Lima wave to supporters as she arrives for her hearing on the case filed against her on the illegal drug trade inside the New Bilibid Prison at the Muntinlupa RTC on October 13, 2017.

Sereno camp insists allegations vs her 'not impeachable offenses'

Dec 17, 2017 - 5:20 PM

A spokesperson of Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno says statements made inside and outside the hearings of the House justice committee 'were purely hearsay, personal opinions, innuendos, and optics'

CHIEF JUSTICE. The camp of Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno insists the allegations against her are not impeachable offenses. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Philippines’ 12 biggest cases of 2017

Dec 16, 2017 - 3:18 PM

From jailing a sitting senator to debating the constitutionality of the Duterte administration's war on drugs, look back at the high-stakes judgments, decisions, and preliminary investigations of 2017

BIGGEST CASES. Characters of the pork barrel scam are back on the spotlight while their 'jailer' Leila de Lima ends up in prison for 3 counts of drug trade.