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LIVE: JBC interviews candidates for Supreme Court justice | December 5, 2018

Dec 05, 2018 - 8:00 AM

(UPDATED) The Judicial and Bar Council is interviewing 6 applicants for the slot of retiring Associate Justice Noel Tijam

Rebus sic stantibus? SC aspirant says Duterte can unilaterally withdraw from ICC

Oct 18, 2018 - 3:29 PM

Associate Dean Rita Linda Jimeno stumbles on the doctrine at first, but eventually says that rebus sic stantibus may be used by Duterte to validly withdraw from the ICC without the concurrence of the Senate

ICC ISSUE. CEU Associate Dean Rita Linda Jimeno says President Rodrigo Duterte has basis to unilaterally withdraw from the International Criminal Court. Photo from JBC

Supreme Court applicant wants CCTV cameras in courtrooms

Oct 18, 2018 - 2:10 PM

Sandiganbayan Associate Justice Alex Quiroz, who is aspiring for a seat on the Supreme Court bench, says installing CCTV cameras would discourage misbehavior

PLANS. Sandiganbayan Justice Alex Quiroz says that if he is appointed to the Supreme Court (SC), he would push for the instalment of CCTV cameras in every courtroom in the country. Photo from JBC

Antonio Carpio, Sereno accuses Marquez, U.S. leaves UNHRC | Midday wRap

Jun 20, 2018 - 1:57 PM

Watch Rappler’s midday newscast with Margie de Leon

SC's De Castro: Same-sex marriage will complicate gender specific laws

Jun 19, 2018 - 11:56 PM

'There is a law that would guide judges and justices, and that is the Constitution,' says petitioner Jesus Falcis III

SERENO IMPEACHMENT. Justice Teresita De Castro testifies before the House Committee on Justice during Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Serenoo during the Impeachment proceedings on Wednesday. File by Darren Langit/Rappler

‘Mistakes’ of young lawyer overshadow historic marriage equality hearing

Jun 19, 2018 - 11:13 PM

Jesus Falcis III makes an impassioned plea at the end and tells the Court, ‘I made mistakes, but LGBT couples will be harmed if their rights are not recognized’

Nick Falcis with the rest of the petitioners at the Supreme Court for the oral arguments on same sex marriage on June 19, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Is timing right for same-sex marriage petition? Leonen warns of risks

Jun 19, 2018 - 6:47 PM

‘We may commit a mistake and such a mistake might be permanent,’ says Associate Justice Marvic Leonen

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

LIVE: JBC interviews candidates for Supreme Court justice | June 14, 2018

Jun 14, 2018 - 3:58 PM

There are 12 candidates vying for the slot of retiring Supreme Court Associate Justice Presbitero Velasco Jr, with 3 of them to be interviewed on Thursday, June 14

CA again blocks Mary Jane Veloso's testimony from jail in case vs recruiter

Jun 08, 2018 - 2:23 PM

(UPDATED) The Court Of Appeals says the government must request Indonesia to allow the incarcerated Veloso to go to the Philippines and testify in courts here

Militant group Migrante with the mother of OFW Mary Jane Veloso, Celia, march towards the Court of Appeals in Manila on January 25 to encourage the court to allow Veloso to give her testimony while inside the Indonesian jail. Photo by Ben Nabong

FULL TEXT: Supreme Court decision on Sereno ouster

May 13, 2018 - 10:30 AM

Read the full text of the Supreme Court decision, penned by Associate Justice Noel Tijam, that ousted Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno

Ousted Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno speaks before a crowd supporting her on May 11, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

CA overturns Ombudsman's dismissal of Junjun Binay in 2015

May 07, 2018 - 5:42 PM

The Court of Appeals says the condonation doctrine still covers former Makati City Mayor Jejomar Erwin 'Junjun' Binay Jr in September 2015

Mayor Junjun Binay during a presscon inside their home in Makati. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Sereno wants 'faith-shaming' justice to inhibit in quo warranto case

May 05, 2018 - 1:44 PM

With the addition of Associate Justice Samuel Martires, Chief Justice Sereno wants 6 of her colleagues to inhibit in the quo warranto petition filed against her

After Carpio, De Castro rebuffs Sereno on SALN claim

Mar 26, 2018 - 3:57 PM

This is a move to disprove Sereno’s claim that 13 other Chief Justice applicants did not submit complete SALNs

Philippine's Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno (R) stands next to Supreme court Associate Justice Teresita de Castro during the annual convention of the country's judges, in Manila on March 8, 2018.  The Philippine Supreme Court chief justice vowed to fight "bullying" and save judicial independence as President Rodrigo Duterte's congressional allies launched an impeachment process March 8 to remove her from office. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Sandiganbayan to DOJ: Prove threats vs Janet Napoles

Mar 19, 2018 - 11:11 AM

First Division Justice Geraldine Faith Econg says lawyer Stephen David's story about a supposed ransacking incident inside the prison cell of Janet Napoles is ‘unimaginable’

SAFEHOUSE? Special Prosecutor Edilberto Sandoval talks to Janet Napoles' lawyer Stephen David before they attend the hearing on March 19, 2018, on the motion to move Napoles out of her regular jail and into a safehouse. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

De Castro calls out Sereno as they share one stage

Mar 08, 2018 - 11:12 AM

Associate Justice Teresita Leonardo De Castro openly disapproves of Sereno when she says, 'I am very sorry that the Chief Justice has taken this opportunity to discuss a matter which is sub judice'

Philippine's Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno (R) stands next to Supreme court Associate Justice Teresita de Castro during the annual convention of the country's judges, in Manila on March 8, 2018. The Philippine Supreme Court chief justice vowed to fight "bullying" and save judicial independence as President Rodrigo Duterte's congressional allies launched an impeachment process March 8 to remove her from office. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

#ThewRap: Videos you need to watch this week, February 12-18, 2018

Feb 18, 2018 - 9:52 AM

Must-watch videos this week

DISINFORMATION. Computer programmer Carlos Nazareno shares how Duterte supporters swarmed the Facebook page of the  International Criminal Court shortly after it announced its probe on the government's war on drugs. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Leonen on holding the line: 'It involves knowing, critical analysis'

Feb 13, 2018 - 1:02 PM

Associate Justice Marvic Leonen urges the public to be discerning of their actions on social media, which he describes as a platform that has the power 'to create digital amnesia and dull critical thinking'

Democracy Forum at the Ateneo Law School in Makati on February 12, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

PH can ban China in Benham, but not other nations – Carpio

Feb 06, 2018 - 1:12 PM

The Philippines has no valid ground to disallow other member-states of UNCLOS from conducting marine scientific research in Benham Rise, and will be 'violating UNCLOS' if it does so, says Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio

CORAL-RICH. Researchers say Benham Bank is rich in corals. Photo courtesy of Dr Hildie Nacorda/UPLB-SESAM

Sereno’s interference in 'Ilocos 6' was improper – CA justice

Jan 23, 2018 - 12:29 PM

Sereno promises justices of 'protection' in the showdown of power between the Court of Appeals and the House of Representatives

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.

Calida on drug smuggling in PH: ‘We cannot police an archipelago’

Dec 06, 2017 - 11:41 AM

Solicitor General Jose Calida also says Philippine police can't arrest big time drug lords who are in China

GRILLED. Solicitor General Jose Calida is grilled on the operational loopholes of Oplan TokHang and the government's anti-drug war campaign during the 3rd and final day of the Supreme Court oral arguments. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

SC Justice Carpio: ‘Why is PNP ignoring big-time drug lords?’

Dec 05, 2017 - 3:03 PM

Solicitor General Jose Calida defends the PNP, saying that they were ordered to target all drug suspects, big or small

CRITICAL. Antonio Carpio questions the thrust of the PNP's war on drugs. Rappler file photo

Sereno impeachment: RCAO, JDO, and Midas Marquez

Nov 30, 2017 - 3:51 PM

The Regional Court Administrator's Office and Judiciary Decentralized Office involve a complex issue of decentralization that has hounded the Supreme Court for years

De Castro accuses Sereno of deception

Nov 29, 2017 - 4:12 PM

(3rd UPDATE) 'I can't stand idly by when the collegial decision of the SC is being set aside,' says Justice De Castro, referring to the creation by Sereno of a new court office. The Sereno camp says JDO is no different from RCAO.

Justice Teresita De Castro testifies before the House Committee on Justice and Court Administrator Jose Midas Marquez during Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes during the Impeachment proceedings on Wednesday. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

De Castro testimony exposes division in the Supreme Court

Nov 29, 2017 - 1:36 PM

House members get touchy when De Castro is asked how she felt when Sereno was chosen over her to become Chief Justice

Justice Teresita De Castro testifies before the House Committee on Justice during Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Serenoo during the Impeachment proceedings on Wednesday. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

There's basis to issue TRO vs Tokhang – SC Justice Jardeleza

Nov 28, 2017 - 11:40 PM

(UPDATED) During oral arguments on the war on drugs, Associate Justice Francis Jardeleza says police knocking on doors of the houses of drug suspects may violate their right to be safe in their homes against unreasonable searches and seizures

TOKHANG ONLY. Associate Justice Francis Jardeleza at the Supreme Court in Manila. Rappler photo

Did Sereno favor court nominees? 5 justices asked to testify

Nov 27, 2017 - 8:23 PM

Representatives Ramon Rocamora and Kaka Bag-ao caution against calling all the justices, saying the House panel is resorting to a fishing expedition

Can House subpoena justices to Sereno impeachment hearing?

Nov 22, 2017 - 8:30 PM

In 2012, the Supreme Court issued a resolution, saying justices cannot be compelled to testify in impeachment proceedings

Brother of dismissed justice shortlisted to the anti-graft court

Sep 29, 2017 - 4:29 PM

The Judicial Bar Council submits 6 names to President Rodrigo Duterte

VACANCIES. Sandiganbayan has 4 vacancies for Associate Justices. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Cayetano conceals facts about China ships near Sandy Cay

Aug 22, 2017 - 12:55 PM

While keeping the facts secret Secretary Cayetano hits Justice Carpio for using the wrong facts about Sandy Cay near Pag asa Island in the disputed West Philippine Sea

CONCEALING FACTS. Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano refuses to disclose the facts about the Chinese ships reportedly guarding Sandy Cay near Pag-asa Island in the West Philippine Sea. Screen grab from Rappler video

Carpio to Duterte, Cayetano: Protest China 'invasion'

Aug 19, 2017 - 4:00 PM

By any yardstick this is a seizure of Philippine territory Justice Carpio says as Chinese ships guard a sandbar near Pag asa Island

​Makati judge ​who ordered Mile Long eviction shortlisted for anti-graft court

Aug 18, 2017 - 5:26 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte will be asked to choose from the submitted names

VACANCIES. Anti-graft court Sandiganbayan has 3 vacancies. Photo by: DARREN LANGIT

Uber suspension, Andy Bautista, new SC justice | Evening wRap

Aug 14, 2017 - 8:48 PM

Watch Rappler’s evening newscast with Acor Arceo

Duterte appoints Justice Gesmundo to Supreme Court

Aug 14, 2017 - 1:03 PM

UPDATED Gesmundo replaces retired Justice Jose Mendoza

NEW SC JUSTICE. Associate Justice Alexander Gesmundo is appointed to the Supreme Court by President Rodrigo Duterte. Photo from SC PIO

Bong Revilla in plunder trial: I will be free soon

Aug 10, 2017 - 1:54 PM

Napoles lawyer also chimes in: It’s our impression that in the end it will benefit us

CONFIDENT. Detaned former senator Bong Revilla smiles after his plunder trial hearing at the Sandiganbayan on August 10, 2017. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Sereno impeachment: Supreme Court OKs release of documents to aid VACC complaint

Aug 08, 2017 - 6:06 PM

For a second impeachment complaint lawyer Larry Gadon asks for more documents including the results of the Chief Justice s psychological examinations

REQUEST GRANTED. Supreme Court Spokesman Theodore Te announces on August 8, 2017 that the en banc has approved the release of documents to groups seeking the impeachment of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Faster trial seen in Bong Revilla plunder case

Aug 03, 2017 - 7:43 PM

Revilla s lawyer Estelito Mendoza is inclined to favor the proposal even as he continues to contest the witnesses relevance in the plunder case

WITNESSES. One of prosecution's witnesses, Piat Cagayan Vice Mayor Leonel Guzman (in beige jacket) exchange pleasantries with detained former senator Bong Revilla after the hearing at anti-graft court Sandiganbayan on August 3, 2017. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Sandiganbayan justice supports bid to strike down inordinate delay doctrine

Jul 28, 2017 - 6:28 PM

The Sandiganbayan has dismissed 79 corruption cases from January 2016 to May 2017 based on inordinate delay

Sandiganbayan Associate Justice Efren Dela Cruz speaks at the "Integrity and Anti-Corruption Initiatives in Changing Times" symposium in Cubao on July 28, 2017. Photo by Office of the Ombudsman

Local execs testify in Revilla plunder trial: 'We never got projects'

Jul 27, 2017 - 1:51 PM

Lawyer Estelito Mendoza counsel to the former senator says the witnesses testimonies have not established that the ghost projects were funded by his client s pork barrel

'I'M A VICTIM TOO.' Detained former senator Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr says on July 27, 2017 that he is also a victim in the ghost agricultural projects supposedly funded by his pork barrel. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Inside SC: Justice De Castro vs CJ Sereno?

Jul 20, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Justice De Castro s memorandum questions the actions of CJ Sereno including giving travel allowance to a court staff

Martial law narrative out of context, far-fetched – Leonen

Jul 09, 2017 - 4:00 PM

There is no rebellion that justifies martial law There is terrorism that requires more thoughtful action says Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen

Will Dimaampao be the 2nd Muslim SC justice?

Jul 07, 2017 - 5:26 PM

Dimaampao born in Marawi City is pushing for the organization of a sharia appellate court

INTEGRITY. Associate Justice Japar Dimaampao tells the JBC he can bring integrity to the High Court if he is chosen. Screengrab from PTV Livestream

SC retains right to review martial law proclamations

Jul 06, 2017 - 5:12 PM

That s the best part of the decision The Court made it clear that it had the power to review the President s decision says a legal expert of the SC ruling on the petitions against martial law in Mindanao

Supreme Court of the Philippines on Padre Faura Street in Manila. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Leonen: Lone dissenter in SC martial law ruling

Jul 05, 2017 - 7:35 PM

UPDATED We should have the courage to never again clothe authoritarianism in any disguise with the mantle of constitutionality Leonen says in his dissenting opinion

File photo of Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen

JBC interviews set for Duterte's 4th SC appointee

Jun 27, 2017 - 5:36 PM

Up for interviews next week are veteran public lawyers: CA Associate Justice Samuel Gaerlan Sandiganbayan Associate Justice Alexander Gesmundo and Deputy Ombudsman for Luzon Gerard Mosquera

Supreme Court of the Philippines in Padre Faura, Manila. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Midas Marquez: Marcos burial sound, no need to convene Congress on ML

Jun 19, 2017 - 12:14 PM

Court Administrator Midas Marquez is applying to be the next associate justice of the High Tribunal

APPLICANT FOR SC JUSTICE. Midas Marquez is back in the public eye as he applies for Associate Justice of the Supreme Court (SC) in public interviews conducted by the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) on June 19, 2017. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Calida says martial law declaration meant to make terrorists 'listen'

Jun 14, 2017 - 6:20 PM

UPDATED Solicitor General Jose Calida admits to the High Court that martial law does not give the President additional powers but only delivers the punch of an exclamation point

TOP MARTIAL LAW DEFENDER. Solicitor General Jose Calida, the government's top defender of the martial law in Mindanao, prepares before Day 2 of the Supreme Court (SC) oral arguments on June 14, 2017. Photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler

SC's Carpio: No evidence of rebellion in other parts of Mindanao

Jun 14, 2017 - 5:44 PM

Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio asks Calida to submit intelligence reports pointing to 'actual rebellion' elsewhere in Mindanao to justify the region-wide martial law declaration

File photo of Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio (second from left). Photo by Mark Z. Saludes/Rappler.com

SC's Del Castillo: Isn't Marawi siege act of rebellion?

Jun 13, 2017 - 1:36 PM

UPDATED Petitioner Lagman says the raising of an ISIS flag in Marawi City is nothing but cheap propaganda

ORAL ARGUMENTS. Justices of the Supreme Court led by Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno start the first oral arguments on the petition to lift the martial law in Mindanao on June 13, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler


VLOG: Justice Carpio, naglunsad ng South China Sea e-book

May 05, 2017 - 4:10 PM

Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio wants the e book to also reach a Chinese audience