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Carpio praises Duterte for upholding sea freedoms

Nov 18, 2018 - 10:24 PM

Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio says it 'is a most welcome development' that President Rodrigo Duterte upheld freedom of navigation and overflight in the South China Sea

WEST PHILIPPINE SEA. Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio attends Kasarinlan: A Philippine Foreign Policy Forum in Intramuros, Manila, on July 9, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

First among equals: How influential is a chief justice on the Court?

Nov 01, 2018 - 6:25 PM

A recently-released study shows there’s a probability that a justice who belongs to the same network as the chief justice will vote similarly as the top magistrate

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

No more public interview for senior magistrates applying for chief justice

Oct 22, 2018 - 3:00 PM

'The majority of the JBC members took the view that sitting members of the Supreme Court had already been publicly interviewed when they originally applied for their SC positions,' says Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra

Carpio vies for Supreme Court chief justice

Oct 12, 2018 - 5:15 PM

SC Associate Justice Mariano del Castillo declines the nomination to be the country's next top magistrate

VYING FOR TOP MAGISTRATE. Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio has accepted the nomination to be the next chief justice. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

De Castro ends chief justice stint, leaves gifts to court workers

Oct 08, 2018 - 11:01 AM

Promotions, salary raises, and bonuses mark Teresita Leonardo de Castro's chief justiceship that lasted only a little more than a month

SC Justice Teresita de Castro in her final flagraising ceremony at the Supreme Court on October 8, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

JBC begins search for SC chief justice after De Castro

Sep 28, 2018 - 3:20 PM

Application opens September 29 and ends October 15

DE CASTRO COURT. Chief Justice Teresita Leonardo De Castro will retire on October 8. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Noynoy Aquino eyes filing cases vs accusers in court

Sep 25, 2018 - 11:44 PM

Former president Noynoy Aquino still stands by his appointment of ousted Supreme Court chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno

MULLING CASES. Former president Benigno Aquino III speaks during the Liberal Party’s National Executive Council meeting on September 25, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

[OPINION | NEWSPOINT] From incapacity to absurdity

Sep 01, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Compulsively carrying on this way, he succeeded only in burying himself deeper in the hole of his regime’s own digging

Robredo hopes CJ De Castro to ‘unify’ Supreme Court again

Aug 29, 2018 - 2:15 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo does not react when asked if she has any fears over Chief Justice Teresita Leonardo de Castro possibly influencing the electoral protest filed against her

FOR THE SAKE OF SC. Vice President Leni Robredo is hoping for the a unified Supreme Court under Chief Justice Teresita Leonardo de Castro. File photo by OVP

CJ De Castro: Collegiality is back at the Supreme Court

Aug 28, 2018 - 2:19 PM

The new Chief Justice believes she is the first woman top magistrate and not Maria Lourdes Sereno, who was ousted via a quo warranto petition

Newly appointed Supreme Court Chief Justice Teresita Leonardo-De Castro is greeted by supporters during the weekly flag raising ceremony in Manila on August 28, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong

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Aug 27, 2018 - 1:31 PM

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Duterte denies De Castro appointment her 'reward' for Sereno ouster

Aug 27, 2018 - 10:08 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte stresses that he based Chief Justice Teresita de Castro's appointment on seniority and merit

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the launch of the Go Negosyo’s ‘Pilipinas Angat Lahat’ program at the Rizal Hall in Malacañan Palace on August 14, 2018, conveys graft and corruption continues to plague the government. But he also promised to get rid of the problem during his term. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Malacañang denies De Castro named Chief Justice as 'reward'

Aug 26, 2018 - 11:45 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque says President Rodrigo Duterte 'upheld judicial professionalism by appointing [the] most senior of aspirants'

Supreme Court Associate Justice Teresita de Castro and Court Administrator Jose Midas Marquez testifies before the House Committee on Justice's impeachment proceeding against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno on Wednesday, after the Supreme Court en banc on Tuesday voted to allow justices and employees invited by the committee to testify in its hearings. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Lawmakers on De Castro appointment: Why choose 'endo CJ'?

Aug 25, 2018 - 9:02 PM

(2nd UPDATE) Opposition lawmakers say the appointment is beneficial to the Marcos family, citing the electoral protest of former senator Bongbong Marcos

SHORT TERM. Lawmakers question Chief Justice Teresita de Castro's appointment given her two-month term. Lagman, Alejano Rappler file photo, Pangilinan file photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

New Chief Justice De Castro must prove 'independence, impartiality'

Aug 25, 2018 - 7:22 PM

'The new Chief Justice will have to credibly address uncomplimentary views about her independence and impartiality,' says the National Union of Peoples' Lawyers

'UNPRECEDENTED.' In this file photo, Supreme Court Associate Justice Teresita de Castro serves as resource person in a House of Representatives committee hearing on the impeachment complaint against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno on November 29, 2017, a first in history. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

The test of legacy for Chief Justice De Castro

Aug 25, 2018 - 6:14 PM

She penned the decision that convicted Joseph Estrada of plunder, and was part of the division that forfeited in favor of the government $8 million worth of Marcos Swiss bank accounts

'Ayawan na': Netizens dismayed by De Castro's appointment as Chief Justice

Aug 25, 2018 - 3:48 PM

How do you feel about her rise to the judiciary's top seat?

Teresita de Castro is new Supreme Court Chief Justice

Aug 25, 2018 - 2:44 PM

(3RD UPDATE) President Rodrigo Duterte picks senior justice Teresita Leonardo De Castro to replace ousted chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno

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Aug 24, 2018 - 10:43 PM

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JBC shortlists De Castro, Peralta, Bersamin for chief justice

Aug 24, 2018 - 11:51 AM

De Castro gets 6 votes, Peralta also 6, while Bersamin gets 5. President Duterte will choose the next chief justice from this list.

SHORTLISTED. Associate Justices Teresita Leonardo De Castro, Diosdado Peralta and Lucas Bersamin are shortlisted to become the next chief justice. Photos courtesy of SC PIO

Sereno ouster cited in opposition vs chief justice applicants

Aug 24, 2018 - 10:51 AM

The opposition says the impeachment complaints filed at the Lower House should be a valid ground for disqualification but that may not be a hard and fast rule

OPPOSITION. An opposition is filed with the Judicial and Bar Council against the chief justice applications of Associate Justices Teresita De Castro, Diosdado Peralta, Lucas Bersamin and Andres Reyes Jr.

Will impeachment complaints foil the chances of SC chief justice aspirants?

Aug 23, 2018 - 5:45 PM

(UPDATED) Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra, ex-officio member of the JBC, says the impeachment complaints will not affect the chief justice applications

OATH. Opposition lawmakers Teddy Baguilat Jr, Gary Alejano, and Edcel Lagman swear before House of Representative acting secretay general Dante Roberto Maling as they filed impeachment complaints against 7 Supreme Court justices. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

ISIS, Lawmakers vs SC justices, Big Bang Theory | Midday wRap

Aug 23, 2018 - 12:47 PM

Watch Rappler’s Midday newscast with Margie de Leon

JBC needs more time to probe SALNs of chief justice applicants

Aug 20, 2018 - 9:39 PM

The council defers voting and moves it to Friday, August 24

#CJSEARCH. The Judicial and Bar Council interviews applicants for the chief justice position on August 16, 2018. Screengrab from SC PIO

#CJSearch, Makati bar raid, Aretha Franklin | Midday wRap

Aug 17, 2018 - 2:43 PM

Watch Rappler’s midday newscast with Margie de Leon

#CJSearch: Promised reforms of chief justice applicants

Aug 17, 2018 - 11:41 AM

Supreme Court Justices Diosdado Peralta and Lucas Bersamin want to smoke out corruption in the judiciary, while Justice Teresita Leonardo de Castro vows to continue her digitization reforms

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

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

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

Photo from Supreme Court PIO

#CJSearch: Is Peralta front-runner for chief justice?

Aug 16, 2018 - 3:07 PM

Peralta denies telling people he is the next chief justice

Photo from Supreme Court PIO

#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

Photo from Supreme Court PIO

#CJSearch: 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

Photo from Supreme Court PIO

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.

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

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

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

Justice Carpio: Same-sex civil union is constitutional

Jun 26, 2018 - 7:25 PM

Petitioner Jesus Falcis III says civil union can be a middleground, 'but it doesn’t mean we will stop fighting for marriage equality'

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

The search is on for the next chief justice

Jun 25, 2018 - 8:30 PM

The 5 most senior justices are automatically nominated

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

Rappler Talk: Sereno on disbarment, Midas Marquez, Justice Leonen and not having regrets

Jun 20, 2018 - 2:14 PM

'As long as you have a good conscience, you did your best, that should be enough,' says Maria Lourdes Sereno

Carpio to decline chief justice nomination

Jun 20, 2018 - 11:13 AM

'I have to be consistent with my position, that the quo warranto is not the proper way to remove a sitting member of the Court. So I don’t want to benefit from the decision to which I disagreed,' says Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio

NOT DISPUTED. Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio says Filipinos should stop saying 'disputed' West Philippine Sea. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Sereno: Engaging with youth is priority now, not running for office

Jun 11, 2018 - 10:19 PM

'Iyong sa pulitika po, saka ko na ho 'yan pag-iisipan. Hindi naman yata ako kailangan magmadali,' ousted chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno says at a forum in UP

Sotto says Senate 'cannot intervene' in SC decision on Sereno ouster

May 22, 2018 - 5:31 PM

We should not interfere with [the] judiciary. I believe that because I don't want the judiciary to interfere with us,' Senate President Vicente Sotto III tells Rappler

Sen. Tito Sotto. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

The week in photos: May 12-18, 2018

May 19, 2018 - 2:48 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

A Palestinian youth waves a sparkler next a mosque in Gaza City on May 16, 2018, as the faithful prepare to start the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan. / AFP PHOTO / MOHAMMED ABED

[OPINION | NEWSPOINT] A moral snowball

May 19, 2018 - 11:00 AM

At any rate, if Duterte and his gang think they're done with Sereno, they’re mistaken

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, May 18, 2018

May 18, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Friday

Sereno to Duterte: 'Mag-resign ka na'

May 17, 2018 - 5:25 PM

'Gagawin niya ba tayong probinsiya ng China? ....Eh di sana pala pumunta rin ako kay Xi Jinping,' says ousted chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, as she also mocks President Rodrigo Duterte's China ties

Former SC chief justice speaks at a forum at the Integrated Bar of the Philippines in Pasig City on May 17, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

14 senators file resolution urging SC to review Sereno ouster

May 17, 2018 - 4:00 PM

(2ND UPDATE) '[It] sets a dangerous precedent that transgresses the exclusive powers of the legislative branch to initiate, try, and decide all cases of impeachment,' says Senate Resolution 738

REVIEW. Senators sign a resolution urging the Supreme Court to review its decision on the ouster of former Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. File photo

13 Senators sign draft resolution asking SC to review Sereno ouster

May 16, 2018 - 11:32 PM

The draft resolution asks the Supreme Court to review its decision to 'nullify the appointment' of Sereno as chief justice

LOOK: UPLB students hold indignation protest against Sereno ouster

May 15, 2018 - 8:38 PM

UPLB student council chairperson Charm Maranan urges the UPLB community to join their call in resisting the tyranny of the Duterte administration

CHR: Granting of quo warranto petition vs Sereno 'erodes rule of law'

May 15, 2018 - 7:40 PM

The Commission on Human Rights says it is in 'disbelief' over the decision of the Supreme Court to oust Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno

A group of lawyers led by the National Union of Progressive Lawyers troop the Supreme Court on May 15, 2018 to protest the quo warranto decision against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

[OPINION] On the ouster of Chief Justice: Sereno served with honor and competence

May 15, 2018 - 5:08 PM

Her legacy is an unimpeachable reputation, and a record of leadership marked by changes that have and will continue to enhance the judiciary and the legal profession

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