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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

[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

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

[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

Opposition seeks Senate's united stand on jurisdiction on Sereno

May 15, 2018 - 5:06 PM

Minority Leader Franklin Drilon says the proposed resolution is meant 'to inform the Supreme Court of the sentiment of the Senate insofar as the legal issue is concerned'

Senate Minority Leader Franklin M. Drilon on Tuesday, February 20, 2018, supported the motion of the Senate Ethics Committee rejecting the ethics case filed against detained Senator Leila de Lima by lawyer Abelardo de Jesus in September 2016, after President Rodrigo Duterte accused her of involvement in the narcotics trade. “She did not violate the Senate rules and it is not related to De Lima’s official function. We moved for the dismissal of the case without prejudice to reviving the case in the future," Drilon said. (PRIB Photo by Romeo Bugante/AYA/20 February 2018)

The week in photos: May 5-12, 2018

May 13, 2018 - 11:36 AM

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

Supreme Court on May11, 2018 voting on the quo warranto case against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

After quo warranto, Supreme Court now vulnerable – Leonen

May 11, 2018 - 9:47 PM

Associate Justice Marvic Leonen says the ouster of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno through a quo warranto petition is 'a legal abomination'

Leonen: Supreme Court now vulnerableDemocracy Forum at the Ateneo Law School in Makati on February 12, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

PH military declares support for Duterte in wake of Sereno ouster

May 11, 2018 - 1:17 PM

The statement comes in the wake of a controversial Supreme Court vote to remove Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, an appointee of former President Benigno Aquino III whom Duterte called his 'enemy'

COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF. President Duterte has made it a practice to visit military camps around the country. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

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May 11, 2018 - 10:54 AM

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Sereno on quo warranto: SolGen is 'forum shopping'

May 06, 2018 - 11:17 AM

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno cites 'forum shopping' by the Office of the Solicitor General as a new reason to dismiss the quo warranto petition against her

EMBATTLED. File photo of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno speaking in UP Diliman, Quezon City on May 05, 2018. PHOTO BY INOUE JAENA

Sereno: Quo warranto case could 'destroy' judicial independence

May 05, 2018 - 8:00 PM

'Wala pong safe sa atin kasi saan tayo pupunta kung ang mga matatapang na huwes, lahat sila pwede lang ipatanggal?' Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno says

SERENO AT UP. Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno speaks at the 'Speak Truth to Power' forum in UP Diliman, Quezon City on May 5. Photo by Inoue Jaena/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

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

If SC ousts Sereno, Senate impeachment court may vote on validity of removal – Pimentel

Apr 25, 2018 - 2:37 PM

If the Supreme Court ousts Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno via quo warranto when the Senate is already convened as an impeachment court, the latter can determine whether or not to proceed with the trial, says Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III

IMPEACHMENT. Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III said the Senate will observe how the House of Representatives will accept the decision of the Supreme Court on the quo warranto petition against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. Photo by Rappler

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.

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

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

Alvarez, Sereno see 13-point drop in satisfaction ratings – SWS survey

Apr 17, 2018 - 11:31 PM

(UPDATED) Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno receives a net satisfaction rating of -7 while House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez gets a rating of +1

DROP. Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno and House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez both experienced a steep drop in their net satisfaction ratings in the recent Social Weather Stations survey. Photos by Alvarez's office, Rappler

Makabayan bloc asks SC to allow intervention in petition vs Sereno

Apr 10, 2018 - 1:10 PM

The House Makabayan bloc argues that the quo warranto petition seeking to void the Chief Justice's appointment would cause them to be 'deprived of their collective right' to bring the impeachment process to a 'logical conclusion'

EMBATTLED CHIEF JUSTICE. Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno delivers a speech during the Araw ng Kagitingan on April 9, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva

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Apr 05, 2018 - 10:30 AM

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PAIN. This night is forever etched in the memory of Nanette Castillo. The night unindentified gunmen shot and killed her son, Aldrin in front of their house in Tondo, Manila. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Groups to hold vigil for Sereno as SC starts summer session in Baguio

Apr 02, 2018 - 10:06 PM

The organizations urge the Supreme Court not to entertain the quo warranto petition against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, and to instead let the impeachment trial in the Senate proceed

PROTEST. Members of the civil society groups holding vigils for Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno announce on Monday, April 2, 2018, they will wear purple or pink sashes throughout their stay in Baguio, where the Supreme Court will hold its sessions during the summer. Photo  by Mau Victa/Rappler

Rappler Talk Investigative: Reynaldo Umali on impeaching CJ Sereno

Mar 15, 2018 - 7:06 PM

House justice committee chairperson Reynaldo Umali says it's the 'end of the road' for Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno

The week in photos: March 3-9, 2018

Mar 10, 2018 - 11:00 AM

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Men dismantle the symbolicly attached prosthetic arms from a replica of the Venus de Milo during an action led by Handicap International to raise awareness on the thousands of amputees worldwide in need of a prosthesis, at the Louvre-Rivoli metro station in Paris on March 6, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT

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Mar 09, 2018 - 11:34 AM

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ALL EYES ON THE CHIEF. Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno faces another tough challenge in impeachment proceedings as her fellow justices force her to take an indefinite leave.

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

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Mar 08, 2018 - 10:27 AM

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CHA-CHA. Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno hints at her opposition to Charter Change or Cha-Cha in a speech delivered before students of St. Scholastica's College Manila on March 7, 2018. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Malacañang hopes another SC justice will pen Malampaya ruling

Mar 07, 2018 - 6:31 PM

Malacañang says a new motion will ask the Supreme Court to 're-raffle' the case as the assigned ponente, Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, is on indefinite leave

MALAMPAYA CASE. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque says Malacañang is hoping that the Malampaya fund case will be 're-raffled' to a new Supreme Court justice. Malacañang file photo

Quo warranto proceedings vs Sereno unconstitutional, says Robredo

Mar 06, 2018 - 5:25 PM

The lawyer-turned-Vice President points out that the Constitution is clear in stipulating that a chief justice may only be removed from office through impeachment

CONSTI TALKS. Vice President Leni Robredo does not agree the Solicitor General's petition for quo warranto is a constitutional way to oust the Chief Justice. Photo by OVP

SC justices, execs wear red during flag rites

Mar 05, 2018 - 9:47 AM

Applause erupts as the justices, some wearing touches of red, come out for the flag ceremony

De Lima to seek court OK to attend Sereno impeachment trial

Mar 03, 2018 - 4:34 PM

Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III has said he would not exclude detained Senator Leila de Lima from the voting process

PNP escort detained senator Leila de Lima at the Quezon City Metropolitan Trial on Friday, to attend a hearing for the "Disobedience of Summons" Photo by DARREN LANGIT

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Presidential Spokesperon Atty. Harry Roque responds to follow up question after the press briefing in Malacañang on January 23, 2018. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

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

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

Duterte's word war with women

Dec 19, 2017 - 9:00 AM

How Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno and Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales have stood up to the President

WOMEN AND DUTERTE. President Rodrigo Duterte's tough-talking persona meets a match in equally tough-talking women such as the Chief Justice and the Ombudsman.

Will you know if you’re on a drug list? Not that easy, Calida says

Dec 05, 2017 - 7:51 PM

'Paano kung ang pangalan ko ay nandoon, how can I be given due process if I believe that my name should not be there?' asks petitioner Dean Jose Manuel Diokno

Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Marquez: Groups created by Sereno delayed benefits for judges, justices

Dec 05, 2017 - 3:03 PM

(UPDATED) Sereno's lawyer insists the creation of the working groups was intended to implement a consistent process

BELATED ACTION? Court Administrator Jose Midas Marquez tells the House justice committee on Tuesday, December 5, 2017, that the committee created by Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno approved the long pending applications for survivorship benefits after the matter was mentioned in the impeachment complaint against her. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Sereno to Duterte: SC is transparent even without FOI law

Dec 05, 2017 - 2:32 PM

Sereno says she 'shares the President’s expressed desire for greater transparency in government'

Supreme Court of teh Philippines in Padre Faura, Manila

Avengers or Suicide Squad? When Sereno and Morales attend a forum together

Dec 02, 2017 - 9:00 AM

The former colleagues on the bench tease each other, but they also send a strong message

Human Rights Commissioner Chito Gascon, Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno and Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales attend the Constitutional Fiscal Autonomy Group (CFAG) forum on November 29, 2017. Photo courtesy of the Office of the Ombudsman/PRIMB

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

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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

CHR's Gascon: Justice will prevail

Nov 29, 2017 - 1:37 PM

Commission on Human Rights Chairperson Chito Gascon reiterates that constitutional bodies are not part of a destabilization plot against the government – an accusation the administration and supporters have thrown in the past year

Did Sereno use Aguirre to limit martial law scope in Mindanao?

Nov 28, 2017 - 12:53 PM

Cebu 3rd District Representative Gwen Garcia asks the justice secretary if Sereno's request to downplay the danger posed by the Maute trial being held in Cagayan de Oro gave her basis for her vote on martial law coverage in Mindanao

Witness DOJ Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre during the continuation of the impeachment proceedings against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno on Tuesday, November 28, 2017. DARREN LANGIT

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

Sereno impeachment: Summary of the Chief Justice's earnings, expenses

Nov 26, 2017 - 7:05 PM

A lawmaker wants Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno to present proof of her purchases, such as receipts

SALN ISSUE. Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno's spokesperson says that the chief magistrate has no non-disclosures to speak of as the House of Representatives hears her impeachment case.

Umali warns House committee can have CJ Sereno arrested

Nov 26, 2017 - 2:42 PM

Sereno's spokesperson asks House justice committee chairman Reynaldo Umali to respect the separation of powers

ARREST BY HOUSE? In this file photo, Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno speaks at the University of San Carlos Auditorium Talamban Campus in Cebu City on August 24, 2017. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

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After 8 years, what's next in the Maguindanao massacre trial?

Nov 23, 2017 - 6:21 PM

Almost a decade has passed since the death of 58 in the Maguindanao massacre – will justice be served soon?

REMEMBERED. Candles are lit in remembrance of the victims of the Ampatuan massacre. Photo by Rappler