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Probe into 'nanlaban' cases just a fishing expedition – SolGen

Nov 18, 2017 - 9:07 AM

Government lawyers also believe that families of drug war victims are not entitled to state protection

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

House justice committee invites Sereno to impeachment hearing

Nov 16, 2017 - 8:55 PM

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno earlier asked the committee to allow her lawyers to cross-examine the complainant's witnesses

COMMITTEE HEARING. The House Justice committee will continues its deliberations on the impeachment complaint filed agaist Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. File photo by Bea Cupin/Rappler

DOJ drops charges vs De Lima's co-accused, turns him into witness

Nov 16, 2017 - 7:13 PM

(UPDATED) Now, only Senator Leila de Lima and her former driver, Ronnie Dayan, stand trial for the drug trading charges before the Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court

DRUGS CASE. Senator Leila de Lima is surrounded by a platoon of cops as she attends her drug trade hearing at the Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court on November 16, 2017. Photo by the Office of Senator Leila de Lima

Sandiganbayan affirms Jinggoy Estrada bail grant

Nov 16, 2017 - 12:40 PM

'The court believes that the evidence presented by the prosecution in the bail hearings did not sufficiently establish that the accused was one of the main actors or masterminds in the so-called PDAF scam,' says the anti-graft court

FREE FOR NOW. Former Senator Jinggoy Estrada attends his hearing at the Sandiganbayan on September 18 as a free man. This was two days after he was granted bail by the Special 5th Division. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

TRO on Implanon contraceptive implants deemed lifted

Nov 13, 2017 - 3:25 PM

The Food and Drug Administration rules Implanon and Implanon NXT are non-abortifacients

NON-ABORTIFACIENTS. The FDA says contraceptive implant brands Implanon and Implanon NXT are non-abortifacients. Illustration by Shellete Gipa/Rappler

Implanon contraceptive implants do not induce abortion – FDA

Nov 12, 2017 - 7:31 PM

(UPDATED) The FDA certification that Implanon and Implanon NXT are non-abortifacients is a condition set by the Supreme Court for lifting the 2-year-old TRO on contraceptives

NON-ABORTIFACIENTS. A nurse in a clinic in Tabaco, Albay, shows boxes of Implanon that are nearing expiration. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Bangladesh chief justice resigns after graft allegations

Nov 11, 2017 - 10:30 PM

Surendra Kumar Sinha, accused of serious crimes including money laundering and financial irregularities, is believed to be overseas. An opposition member says Sinha 'has been forced to resign.'

[OPINION | Newspoint] Presumption of abnormality

Nov 10, 2017 - 9:00 AM

The law seems to have become (with apologies to Samuel Johnson) the last refuge of the scoundrel

De Lima to women: Don't be silenced, cowed by misogynistic remarks

Nov 08, 2017 - 2:13 PM

In her speech read during the 1st Southeast Asian Women's Summit, Senator Leila de Lima says she stands for the power and potential of women to make a difference in the world

'DO NOT BE SILENCED.' Even in detention, Senator Leila de Lima has continued to be one of President Rodrigo Duterte's fiercest critics. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Santiago resigns, SC junks Napoles bail petition, Trillanes to file libel case vs Nieto | Evening wRap

Nov 07, 2017 - 7:49 PM

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SC denies Janet Napoles’ bail appeal in Enrile case

Nov 07, 2017 - 4:43 PM

Napoles' co-accused Gigi Reyes has her own petition for bail which is currently being heard by the Sandiganbayan

DENIED. The Supreme Court (SC) denies Janet Lim Napoles' bail petition in the Enrile plunder case.

Roque urges Sereno to quit, Lorenzana on Baco, Lacson on Ventura | Evening wRap

Nov 06, 2017 - 9:21 PM

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Resignation 'never an option' for Chief Justice Sereno

Nov 06, 2017 - 2:33 PM

(UPDATED) 'She has done nothing to damage the institution,' says Sereno's spokesperson Carlo Cruz

SERENO IMPEACHMENT. Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, during a speech before judges on October 11, says she will not ask them to hold demonstrations of support as she undergoes impeachment proceedings at the House of Representatives. Photo from SC PIO

Malacañang calls on Chief Justice Sereno to resign

Nov 06, 2017 - 1:04 PM

(UPDATED) The Palace says her stepping down would spare the Supreme Court from further damage

'IT DOES NOT AFFECT ME.' Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno addresses the impeachment threats against her during a media forum in Cebu City on August 24, 2017. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

CA denies Makati's appeal for jurisdiction over Fort Bonifacio

Nov 05, 2017 - 1:30 PM

'The dismissal of this appeal is but a necessary legal consequence of Makati’s own acts,' says the Court of Appeals

FORUM SHOPPING. The Court of Appeals reiterates an earlier ruling which finds Makati guilty of forum shopping for simultaneously seeking the same legal remedy in its long-running dispute with Taguig over Bonifacio Global City. Rappler file photo

Over 7,200 candidates set to take 2017 Bar exams

Nov 05, 2017 - 12:01 AM

The chair of the 2017 Bar examinations is Associate Justice Lucas Bersamin

LAWYER HOPEFULS. Examinees enter the University of Santo Tomas during the first day of the 2016 Bar examinations on November 6, 2016. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Contraceptives review won't be influenced by politics, hysteria – FDA

Nov 03, 2017 - 8:12 PM

FDA director general Nela Charade Puno emphasizes the agency's review of 51 contraceptives – which could soon lead to the lifting of the SC TRO – is 'technical and scientific in nature and not a political one'

NO POLITICS. FDA chief Nela Charade Puno assures the public the agency is undertaking technical and scientific assessment of 51 contraceptives. Photo from FDA

PH rule of law rating drops, Marawi stragglers, Australia travel warning | Evening wRap

Nov 03, 2017 - 7:03 PM

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[OPINION | DASH of SAS] Lifting TRO on contraceptives: Waiting for the FDA

Nov 03, 2017 - 4:00 PM

We need to make sure the FDA hears our voices. We need to let them that we urgently need them to complete the resolution on the 51 contraceptive brands.

Indonesian terrorist, Roque on Duterte, NY terror suspect | Evening wRap

Nov 02, 2017 - 9:16 PM

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Lawyers do dirty groundwork to fight Duterte’s drug war

Nov 02, 2017 - 12:01 PM

'There are only a few of us who do this. We are lawyers, we need to find ways to make the law more meaningful and closer to justice.'

LAWYERS VS DRUG WAR. Cristina Antonio and Krissy Conti are among the lawyers taking on President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs.

FDA to certify implants as not inducing abortion – PopCom

Nov 02, 2017 - 11:00 AM

(2ND UPDATE) With the FDA set to certify contraceptive implant brands Implanon and Implanon NXT as non-abortifacients, the DOH and RH Law advocates expect the Supreme Court to lift its TRO

GO SIGNAL. The FDA says contraceptive implant brands Implanon and Implanon NXT are non-abortifacients. Illustration by Shellete Gipa/Rappler

Dela Rosa on pension, DDB drug plan, SC on Comelec | Evening wRap

Oct 30, 2017 - 8:23 PM

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SC: Comelec, not Marcos, must pay for storage fees of ballot boxes

Oct 30, 2017 - 5:55 PM

The Supreme Court says its order to safeguard the poll materials abroad should not have stopped the Commission on Elections from transferring these materials back to the country

A WIN FOR MARCOS. Former senator Bongbong Marcos will no longer have to shoulder the storage fees for election materials kept overseas. Photo of Marcos from Kamuning Bakery Cafe

Comelec, Bautista, Paynor on ASEAN | Midday wRap

Oct 24, 2017 - 1:19 PM

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For 3rd time, Sereno asks House panel to allow cross-examination

Oct 23, 2017 - 2:55 PM

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno cites the House's own rules on impeachment proceedings, and adds it is her 'basic right' as a respondent

‘NARRATIVES BUILT ON LIES.’ Chief Justice Sereno addresses the trial court judges in a convention in Palo, Leyte on October 11, 2017 where she said she trusts that the ‘narrative built on lies’ will eventually crumble. Photo from SC PIO

#WalangPasok: Nov 13-15 in Metro Manila, Bulacan, Pampanga for ASEAN Summit

Oct 23, 2017 - 12:26 PM

(UPDATED) Malacañang says the declaration of non-working holidays is in preparation for the 31st ASEAN Summit and Related Summits to be attended by world leaders

A worker waters the grounds around an ASEAN logo outside the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC), venue for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in Manila on April 25, 2017. Authorities have started deploying security personnel in and around the ASEAN summit venue ahead of the leaders' meeting on April 28-29. / AFP PHOTO / TED ALJIBE

SC affirms ruling vs P8.5-B back pay for Napocor employees

Oct 18, 2017 - 12:06 PM

The Supreme Court says the National Power Corporation employees failed to raise new issues that could convince it to reverse its ruling

NEXT SC JUSTICE. The JBC holds interviews to screen applicants for the post of Supreme Court associate justice. Photo by Mark Z. Saludes/Rappler

Sereno: 'Every injustice' to a breadwinner destroys 5 more lives

Oct 17, 2017 - 10:30 AM

'There are a few things in life that are very important. And one of them is justice,' the Chief Justice says.

MEMORIES OF KAMUNING. Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno speaks during a media forum at the Kamuning Bakery in Quezon City. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

SC affirms CA ruling on Smokey Mountain project

Oct 15, 2017 - 7:25 PM

The case involves the 1993 agreement between private firm R-II Builders and government housing agencies to develop the Smokey Mountain landfill in Tondo, Manila

SMOKEY MOUNTAIN. Supreme Court affirms the decision of the Court of Appeals that favored developer R-II Builders on the legal battle over the botched Smokey Mountain Development and Reclamation Project. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Was the PNP’s war on drugs illegal? Here’s why lawyers think so

Oct 15, 2017 - 10:30 AM

The Free Legal Assistance Group asks the SC the opportunity to present oral arguments for the public to hear

ILLEGAL? The Free Legal Assistance Group asks the Supreme Court to void the PNP circular that operationalized the war on drugs.

Law groups denounce Duterte's 'brazen assaults' vs democratic institutions

Oct 14, 2017 - 6:18 PM

According to the Alternative Law Groups, 'These acts deliberately undermine the independence of the institutions whose duties primarily consist in upholding public trust...and maintaining checks and balances so that tyranny would not arise from any branch of the government again'

[Newspoint] Abnormal evolution of justice

Oct 14, 2017 - 11:30 AM

Ideology is a system of political and economic thought that chooses a particular character in a particular environment in whom to incubate, and conviction is well-informed steadfastness. Simpleminded, impulsive, and stubborn, Rodrigo Duterte is just all wrong for both.

Justice Peralta cites Congress debates on drug law vs De Lima

Oct 14, 2017 - 9:57 AM

Justice Diosdado Peralta says that even if drug violations were committed by government officials, the RTC, not the Sandiganbayan, has jurisdiction over them

Sereno’s approval, trust ratings dip – Pulse Asia survey

Oct 13, 2017 - 12:35 PM

A Pulse Asia survey shows a big drop in the approval and trust ratings of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno as she faces an impeachment complaint

EMBATTLED CHIEF JUSTICE. SC Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno sees big drops in her approval and trust ratings in September according to a Pulse Asia survey. File photo by Rappler

Bautista impeachment, SWS, PDEA | Evening wRap

Oct 11, 2017 - 8:35 PM

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Lawyers file petition to declare drug war circulars unconstitutional

Oct 11, 2017 - 2:02 PM

The petitions of the human rights lawyers are the most comprehensive in terms of coverage when it comes to challenging the war on drugs

PETITON. Lawyers Felix Mariñas (foreground) and Jose Manuel "Chel" Diokno of the Free Legal Assistance Group (FLAG) lead the filing of petitions on October 11, 2017 to invalidate circulars which 'operationalize' the war on drugs. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

De Lima camp says SC ruling 'a travesty of justice'

Oct 10, 2017 - 10:05 PM

'It disregards basic constitutional safeguards against the arbitrary issuance of arrest warrants,' says Senator Leila de Lima's chief of staff Fhillip Sawali

DE LIMA CAMP. Detained Senator Leila de Lima's chief of staff, Fhillip Sawali, says their camp rejects the Supreme Court ruling that effectively keeps De Lima in jail. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Ubial, De Lima, Trangia | Evening wRap

Oct 10, 2017 - 8:01 PM

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SC decision vs De Lima 'unfortunate,' say minority senators

Oct 10, 2017 - 2:41 PM

The Supreme Court decision junking Senator Leila de Lima's petition 'highlighted Duterte's total control and manipulation of the three branches of government for his evil political ends,' says opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV

Photo from De Lima's office

Supreme Court's 9-6 ruling keeps De Lima in jail

Oct 10, 2017 - 12:11 PM

(5th UPDATE) The High Court rules the Sandiganbayan has no jurisdiction over De Lima. This means her case will not be handled by the Office of the Ombudsman, but by DOJ prosecutors who will defend their case against her before the Muntinlupa RTC.

Sandiganbayan acquits another in PCSO scam; only 1 plunder case remains

Oct 10, 2017 - 11:29 AM

Former COA intelligence fund unit head Nilda Plaras is off the hook

Duterte nominates another frat brother to the JBC

Oct 09, 2017 - 6:04 PM

Retired Supreme Court Justice Jose Mendoza will replace fellow retired Justice Angelina Sandoval-Gutierrez

 BROD. Retired Supreme Court Justice Jose Mendoza is also a member of Lex Talionis, the fraternity to which President Duterte belongs. Photo from the Supreme Court website

#PugadBaboy: Threat to democracy

Oct 09, 2017 - 11:00 AM

Robredo hits Marcos 'fake news' he'll soon become VP

Oct 08, 2017 - 2:15 PM

Former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr says the results of his electoral protest against Vice President Leni Robredo will be known within the year

FAKE NEWS. Vice President Leni Robredo says the claims of her defeated vice presidential rival Bongbong Marcos were fake news. Photo from the Office of the Vice President

Duterte can't participate in Sereno impeachment – lawyer

Oct 07, 2017 - 7:30 PM

The camp of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno says President Rodrigo Duterte cannot serve as a special prosecutor in the impeachment proceedings as it 'violates the constitutional role of the House of Representatives to act as sole prosecutors in impeachment cases’

IMPEACHMENT COMPLAINT. Lawyer Josalee Deila, spokesperson of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, attends the hearing of the House justice committee regarding the impeachment complaint filed against Sereno. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

[Newspoint] One very insecure president

Oct 07, 2017 - 2:30 PM

Duterte’s sense of insecurity would seem more typically manifest in his attacks on Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno and Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales, a former Supreme Court justice herself. He has threatened them both with impeachment.

Panelo to challenge Duterte probe before Supreme Court

Oct 06, 2017 - 4:17 PM

(UPDATED) Chief Presidential Counsel Salvador Panelo stresses 'the doctrine of immunity of a sitting president,' as the Ombudsman investigates the Duterte family's wealth

OMBUDSMAN PROBE. President Rodrigo Duterte pushes for the impeachment of Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales as he faces an Ombudsman probe into his family's wealth. Malacañang file photo

Duterte's PACC can't probe Ombudsman, judiciary – Drilon

Oct 06, 2017 - 2:27 PM

'What we want to prevent here is a situation wherein constitutional offices would be, in effect, under the mercy of the executive that they are mandated to investigate,' says Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon

NO POWER. Senate Minority Franklin Drilon says President Rodrigo Duterte's newly formed body to probe presidential appointees has no power to investigate the Office of the Ombudsman and the judiciary. File photo

After House proceeds with impeachment, Gadon dares Sereno to sign bank waiver

Oct 05, 2017 - 4:45 PM

Gadon says the general provision in SALN forms is not a sufficient waiver to look into Sereno's bank accounts

BANK WAIVER. Complainant Larry Gadon accuses Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno of non-disclosure of assets in her SALN.