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WATCH: 'Anak, pasado ka!' and other victorious 2017 Bar moments

Apr 26, 2018 - 8:45 PM

Parents wait under the heat at the Supreme Court to deliver the good news to their children

BAR VICTORY. Editha Billones calls her daughter Zandalee to inform her she has passed the 2017 Bar Examinations. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

2017 Bar: Redemption for UST, sorrow for hazing victim Castillo's mom

Apr 26, 2018 - 8:10 PM

It is bittersweet redemption for a law school rocked by a high-profile hazing scandal

Security personnel check entering examinees during the first day of the Bar Exams at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila on Sunday, November 6, 2016. A total of 6,924 law graduates applied for the 115th Bar exams which will be held on four consecutive Sundays of the month starting November 6. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

'Try and try': Bar 2017 takers say failure is not the end

Apr 26, 2018 - 7:19 PM

This was the 4th time both Leslie Llagas and Katherine Macaroy took the Bar. Despite failing several times, their dream to be a licensed lawyer has never faded.

Bar exam 2017 topnotcher is also a registered nurse

Apr 26, 2018 - 5:08 PM

Before becoming the 2017 Bar exams topnotcher, Mark John Simondo of the University of St La Salle in Bacolod was also the law school's valedictorian and, before that, a magna cum laude graduate of nursing

IN PHOTOS: 2017 Bar exam results announcement

Apr 26, 2018 - 5:03 PM

The Supreme Court grounds burst into squeals and cheers as Associate Justice Lucas Bersamin announces the results of the Bar exam

Hopefuls react as the results of the 2017 Bar Examinations is announced at the Supreme ourt on April 26, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

No TRO yet for Boracay workers who wanted to stop closure

Apr 26, 2018 - 3:22 PM

There is no instant relief from the Supreme Court

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Bar Exam 2017 results, Boracay closed, Macron in U.S. | Midday wRap

Apr 26, 2018 - 2:34 PM

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FULL LIST: Bar Exam 2017 passers

Apr 26, 2018 - 1:43 PM

A total of 1,724 examinees pass the 2017 Bar Examinations

Photo by Bong Santisteban

Mark Simondo of University of St La Salle Bacolod tops 2017 Bar Exams

Apr 26, 2018 - 1:06 PM

(UPDATED) The 2017 Bar Exam topnotcher is Mark Simondo of the University of St La Salle Bacolod with a grade of 91.05%

Photo from @SCPh_PIO

Bar Exam results 2017: 25.55% passing rate

Apr 26, 2018 - 10:56 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The passing grade this year is 75% for the total 6,748 law graduates who took the Bar in November 2017. Less than 2,000 make it.

Photo by Leanne Jazul

Malacañang on Fox, Petition against Boracay closure, Ressa on cyber libel complaint | Evening wRap

Apr 25, 2018 - 9:58 PM

Watch Rappler's evening newscast with Marguerite de Leon

As quo warranto decision nears, Sereno hits SC for 'unfairness'

Apr 25, 2018 - 6:32 PM

This is another messaging shift from the Chief Justice – from being evasive on the topic of personal relationships to joking about exorcising evil

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno speaks on separation of Powers Under the Rule of Law at the fellowship of Philippine Bar Association in Manila Golf and Country Club in Forbes Park, Makati City on April 11, 2018. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Boracay workers file 1st petition vs closure at Supreme Court

Apr 25, 2018 - 1:18 PM

(UPDATED) Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque asserts, 'Unless a TRO is issued, the planned closure of Boracay to tourists shall proceed'

Lawyers from the National Union of People's Lawyers standing as representatives of residents and workers from the famous Boracay Island file a Temporary Restraining Order and Preliminary Injunction on the 6-month closure of the Boracay beach before the Supreme Curt in Manila on April 25, 2018. Photo Ben Nabong/Rappler

Roque on Boracay closure, Pulse Asia survey, Aquino on 2019 elections | Evening wRap

Apr 24, 2018 - 9:16 PM

Watch Rappler's evening newscast with Marguerite de Leon

Bayan Muna asks SC to clarify TRO on retail electricity suppliers

Apr 24, 2018 - 8:10 PM

The group says the 'sweeping' temporary restraining order earlier issued by the Supreme Court 'has given monopolies like Meralco the advantage'

SC: Ombudsman Morales entitled to full 7-year term

Apr 24, 2018 - 4:40 PM

The Supreme Court dismisses petitions to remove Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales for supposedly overstaying

SC recognizes divorce in marriage with foreigners

Apr 24, 2018 - 3:45 PM

In a landmark ruling, the Supreme Court says the State shall now recognize one form of divorce in a country that bans absolute divorce

Drug campaign files ready, PNP just waiting for Duterte nod to share

Apr 24, 2018 - 3:44 PM

The Supreme Court has been asking for the documents since December 2017

DRUG FILES READY. PNP chief Albayalde speaks to Rappler in Camp Crame. Photo by Angie de Silva

SC wants Comelec, Bongbong Marcos to comment on shading threshold in VP race

Apr 24, 2018 - 1:49 PM

(UPDATED) This is in relation to the ongoing pilot recount in the electoral protest that Marcos filed against Vice President Leni Robredo

The Supreme Court holds yearly summer sessions in Baguio where they hold office all month of April. Photos by Lian Buan/Rappler

Controversial ex-CA justice fined for gambling

Apr 23, 2018 - 4:55 PM

Retired Court of Appeals Associate Justice Normandie Pizarro, who was accused of 'selling' cases, justifies his gambling as an 'indiscretion committed by a dying man'

GUILTY. Retired Court of Appeals Justice Normandie Pizarro is found guilty of conduct unbecoming of a member of the judiciary for gambling.

Mindanao shows growing dissatisfaction with gov't – SWS

Apr 22, 2018 - 2:54 PM

Mindanao pulls down the national ratings of the Senate, the House of Representatives, the Supreme Court, and even President Duterte's Cabinet

EXPLAINER: Paano nakakaltasan ng boto sa recount si Robredo?

Apr 21, 2018 - 9:30 AM

Nasa gitna ng isyu ang 'shading threshold' – gaano kalaking bahagi ng oval sa balota ang naitiman ng botante – para bilangin ang boto niya para sa bise presidente

SC in focus: Sereno says quo warranto gravest wound inflicted on Constitution

Apr 20, 2018 - 7:41 PM

Sereno's challenge is to let the impeachment trial take its course, and spare the SC the pains of handing down a polarizing decision

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno speaks on separation of Powers Under the Rule of Law at the fellowship of Philippine Bar Association in Manila Golf and Country Club in Forbes Park, Makati City on April 11, 2018. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Sereno quo warranto will be decided end of May – SC's Carpio

Apr 19, 2018 - 12:43 PM

The Supreme Court en banc will hold a special session on May 17, a Thursday

Upholding the Law of the Sea Convention and the Post-Arbitration Philippine Challenge forum at Malcolm Theater, UP College of Law on July 15, 2016

Robredo appeals to PET to apply 25% shading threshold

Apr 19, 2018 - 12:25 PM

(UPDATED) Vice President Leni Robredo files an urgent motion for reconsideration after the Presidential Electoral Tribunal earlier scrapped the 25% threshold

Vice President Leni Robredo went to the Supreme Court in Manila on Thursday, April 19, 2018, accompanying her lawyers, Romulo Macalintal and Maria Bernadette Sardillo, as they filed a motion for reconsideration over the Presidential Electoral Tribunal's decision to implement a 50-percent threshold percentage in the ongoing recount, for the electoral protest filed against her by Bongbong Marcos. In their motion, Macalintal, a veteran election lawyer, asked the Tribunal to reverse its earlier decision and instead observe the 25-percent threshold percentage set the Comelec for the 2016 elections. After the filing, VP Robredo addressed hundreds of her supporters outside the SC building. (Photos by OVP)

Trillanes, De Lima ask SC to drop quo warranto vs Sereno

Apr 19, 2018 - 11:17 AM

The two opposition senators file a manifestation, saying, '[We] strongly urge the Honorable Court to reflect on the wisdom of proceeding with this case notwithstanding the apparent lack of impartiality of some of its members'

MANIFESTATION. Senators Antonio Trillanes IV and Leila de Lima seeks the dismissal of the quo warranto petition against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.

Supreme Court tells gov't to prove drug war police reports exist

Apr 18, 2018 - 8:12 PM

The High Court wants answers: were anti-drug operations planned and conducted properly, and were the deaths really investigated?

Police investigate a dead man near Espana Boulevard in Manila on August 6, 2016.

Duterte nod needed before sharing Tokhang files with SC – PNP

Apr 18, 2018 - 5:12 PM

'Kapag sinabi ni Presidente na huwag mo ibigay, kung ako pa ang chief PNP, hindi ko talaga ibibigay,' says outgoing Philippine National Police chief Ronald dela Rosa

COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF. Outgoing and incoming PNP chiefs Ronald dela Rosa and Oscar Albayalde want Duterte's approval before sharing drug campaign documents with the SC. File photo from PPD

Law groups to U.N. expert: Probe Duterte threats vs judiciary

Apr 18, 2018 - 4:10 PM

Malacañang, however, says President Rodrigo Duterte's remarks against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno only show his 'dislike' of her, and not of the judiciary

Lawyers Arpee Santiago of the Ateneo Human Rights Center, Neri Colmenares of National Union of People's Lawyers and Integrated Bar of the Philippines' Abe Fajardo, Ryan Jay Roset and Dean Tony La Viña on Wednesday, April 18, 2018, show a copy of the submitted report to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers Diego Garcia Sayan narrating the recent statements by President Rodrigo Duterte against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Gadon submits expert comment on Sereno quo warranto. SC expunges it.

Apr 18, 2018 - 4:00 PM

(UPDATED) The Supreme Court did not recognize the amicus curiae because there was no invitation extended to lawyer Larry Gadon to begin with, say court insiders

Filipino immigrant fighting deportation wins U.S. Supreme Court case

Apr 18, 2018 - 3:00 PM

Conservative Justice Neil Gorsuch joins in a 5-4 ruling stating that the legal definition of a crime of violence – which is being used to deport Philippines-born James Garcia Dimaya – is too vague

SURPRISE VOTE. In this file photo taken on April 10, 2017 Neil Gorsuch speaks after he was sworn-in as an associate justice of the US Supreme Court in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Why Supreme Court justices go to Baguio every April

Apr 18, 2018 - 11:40 AM

Will the SC wait until after their writing break in May to hand down their Sereno decision, or will the justices create another history in Baguio?

The Supreme Court holds yearly summer sessions in Baguio where they hold office all month of April. Photos by Lian Buan/Rappler

Supreme Court voids De Lima's watchlist order vs Arroyo in 2011

Apr 17, 2018 - 2:12 PM

Arroyo's constitutional right to travel was violated, says the Supreme Court

Police escort detained Senator Leila De LIma inside the Philippine Hearth Center for a medical checkup on March 12, 2018

Comelec resolution disproves SC claim on ballot shading

Apr 15, 2018 - 6:55 PM

A Commission on Elections resolution shows that the poll body recognizes ballot ovals shaded by at least 25%, as argued by Vice President Leni Robredo

SHADING THRESHOLD. A Comelec resolution in September 2016 recognizes the 25% shading threshold for the May polls.

#ThewRap: Videos to watch this week, April 9-15, 2018

Apr 15, 2018 - 12:44 PM

Videos to keep you up-to-date with the news this week

Recovery of additional SALNs 'destroys' quo warranto petition – Sereno camp

Apr 14, 2018 - 9:11 PM

Solicitor General Jose Calida himself confirmed the existence of these SALNs, lawyer and spokesperson Josalee Deinla says

QUO WARRANTO. Solicitor General Jose Calida petitions the Supreme Court to remove Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno through a quo warranto proceeding. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Ateneo president: Junk quo warranto vs Sereno, let impeachment unfold

Apr 14, 2018 - 3:04 PM

Resorting to a quo warranto petition to remove Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno 'circumvents the clear dictates of the Constitution,' says Father Jose Ramon Villarin

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno speaks on separation of Powers Under the Rule of Law at the fellowship of Philippine Bar Association in Manila Golf and Country Club in Forbes Park, Makati City on April 11, 2018. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Duterte's tirades vs Sereno 'attack on rule of law' – int'l jurists

Apr 14, 2018 - 2:20 PM

The International Commission of Jurists also urges President Rodrigo Duterte to 'retract his comments and to refrain in the future from making any statements attacking individual judges or in any way interfering with the independence of the judiciary'

[OPINION | NEWSPOINT] The ultimate betrayal

Apr 14, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Why should Duterte trouble himself with a minority chief justice?

Duterte on Sereno, Duterte apologizes to Hong Kong, Comey’s book | Midday wRap

Apr 13, 2018 - 12:16 PM

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Sereno behind bars? Duterte says he only wants her out

Apr 13, 2018 - 8:58 AM

'Talagang dapat paalisin ka, noon pa. Bobo ka na, putang ina, kung anong pinagsasabi mo,' President Rodrigo Duterte says of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno

SC says no basis for Robredo's claim of 'systematic decrease' in her votes

Apr 12, 2018 - 7:25 PM

The Supreme Court says Vice President Leni Robredo showed 'a misunderstanding of the revision process' in her motion seeking to set the minimum ballot oval shading threshold at 25% for the recount

DENIED. Vice President Leni Robredo attends a multi-sectoral mass at the St. Scholastica'€™s College, Manila on April 2, 2018, the start of the PET ballot recount. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Sereno now has 11 U.P. SALNs on file

Apr 12, 2018 - 7:10 PM

'SALNs are only relevant to the question of integrity if the issue is ill-gotten wealth,' says Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno's spokesperson Jojo Lacanilao

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno speaks on separation of Powers Under the Rule of Law at the fellowship of Philippine Bar Association in Manila Golf and Country Club in Forbes Park, Makati City on April 11, 2018. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

SC to Robredo, Marcos: Explain why you're still commenting on case

Apr 12, 2018 - 5:56 PM

The Supreme Court says both camps continued to disclose 'sensitive information' about the electoral protest despite being reminded twice not to do so

Newsbreak Chats: Top stories for March

Apr 12, 2018 - 4:09 PM

Join us as we make sense of these stories and what it means for the public: Malacañang's ban on Rappler, the quo warranto petition to remove Sereno, and state surveillance in the Philippines

Bar Exam 2017 results out on April 26

Apr 12, 2018 - 1:41 PM

A total of 7,227 law graduates took the Bar Examinations in November 2017

Well-wishers greet aspiring lawyers on the last day of the Bar Examinations on November 26, 2017. File photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Duterte’s satisfaction rating, Lacson on Aquino, SC on anti-illegal drug campaign | Midday wRap

Apr 12, 2018 - 12:25 PM

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#ThewRap: Things you need to know, April 12, 2018

Apr 12, 2018 - 10:05 AM

Hello! Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Thursday.

WAR ON DRUGS. A dead body with a sign board lays on the road in Tondo, Manila on July 28, 2016. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

PNP to SC: Presumption of regularity is on our side

Apr 12, 2018 - 8:52 AM

'The presumption of regularity remains with the law enforcers and unless proven otherwise in the court of law,' says the PNP in a statement relating to alleged extrajudicial killings

OPLAN TOKHANG. Cops prepare to go around to knock and plead with drug suspects to surrender. File photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Aquino on Senate Dengvaxia report, LTFRB on Grab, White House on Mueller | Evening wRap

Apr 11, 2018 - 8:42 PM

Watch Rappler's evening newscast with Marguerite de Leon