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Ombudsman again suspends ERC commissioners

Jun 17, 2018 - 4:35 PM

The Energy Regulatory Commission questions the basis for the suspension and seeks a temporary restraining order from the Court of Appeals

CA denies pro-life group's plea vs FDA

Jun 11, 2018 - 10:14 PM

The Court of Appeals decision effectively lifts a TRO by the Supreme Court and paves the way for the implementation of the Reproductive Health Law

JUNKED. The Court of Appeals denied an appeal filed by the Alliance For the Family Foundation Philippines, Incorporated against the Food and Drug Administration Authority.

CA to Makati court: Reopen hazing case vs Tau Gamma Phi members

Jun 10, 2018 - 6:50 PM

The Court of Appeals says the Makati City Regional Trial Court erred when it previously dismissed the case against 5 fraternity members implicated in the death of Guillo Cesar Servando

REVIVED. The Court of Appeals orders the Regional Trial Court of Makati City to revive its case against members of the Tau Gamma Phi fraternity. File photo from CA website

CA flip-flops, says fees paid to Sereno et al in Piatco case illegal

Jun 08, 2018 - 6:57 PM

The Court of Appeals sides with Piatco this time and says it should not be obliged to pay the government and its lawyers $6 million in arbitration costs, $275,973 of which is for Sereno

PIATCO FEES. The Court of Appeals says Piatco should not be obliged to pay $6 million to the government and its lawyers, including former chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.

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

CA orders reinstatement of 2 cops linked to PNP courier deal

Jun 07, 2018 - 4:44 PM

The Court of Appeals' Special 11th Division says 'there is no substantial evidence' that Police Superintendent Lenbell Fabia and Police Chief Inspector Sonia Calixto 'participated or gained' in the alleged conspiracy in the PNP's deal with Werfast Documentary Agency, Incorporated

Supreme Court upholds CA ruling to give protection to human rights lawyer

May 22, 2018 - 1:38 PM

'What the respondent obviously established is that the threats to her right to life, liberty and security were neither imaginary nor contrived, but real and probable,' says the SC in upholding the Court of Appeals' ruling in favor of lawyer Maria Catherine Dannug-Salucon, who accused the military of harassment

HIGH COURT. The facade of the Supreme Court building

Court of Appeals denies bail plea of Zaldy Ampatuan

May 09, 2018 - 4:26 PM

Zaldy Ampatuan loses another battle to be provisionally freed from jail over the 2009 Maguindanao Massacre

ACCUSED. Former Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao governor Zaldy Ampatuan walks along a jail corridor on his way to a trial court arraignment proceeding on the Maguindanao Massacre in Taguig City, east of Manila, Philippines, 12 December 2012. File photo by EPA/Rolex dela Pena

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

CA affirms life imprisonment for Filipino-Chinese over shabu lab

Apr 29, 2018 - 6:20 PM

The Court of Appeals denies the petition of Lawrence Yu, who was convicted of drug manufacturing and possession in 2011

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

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.

Duterte names CA justice Inting as Comelec commissioner

Apr 19, 2018 - 2:00 PM

(UPDATED) Hailing from Davao City, Court of Appeals Associate Justice Socorro Inting is the first new personality that President Rodrigo Duterte is introducing to the poll body

PHILIPPINE LEADER. President Rodrigo Duterte walks past honor guards as he is given foyer honors upon his arrival at Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City for the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Change of Command Ceremony on April 18, 2018. Malacañang photo

CA again stops suspension of 4 ERC commissioners

Apr 15, 2018 - 11:40 PM

The Court of Appeals issues a preliminary injunction after the temporary restraining order it initially issued already lapsed

CA upholds dismissal of Bulacan State University officials over field trip tragedy

Mar 28, 2018 - 5:53 PM

The Court of Appeals says the university officials 'violated their basic duty of protecting the students from harm while under their custody and supervision' during the 2014 field trip to San Miguel, Bulacan

‘THE FINAL PHOTO.’ Picture shows BSU students struggling against the strong current in Madlum River, as their batchmates watch in horror on August 19, 2014. Seven people drowned in the incident; two survived. Photo courtesy of Bulsu

CA affirms Masbate's Lanete barred from public office

Mar 07, 2018 - 9:35 PM

The Court of Appeals rules on the condonation doctrine that Rizalina Seachon Lanete invoked – the same doctrine being cited by Cebu's Gwendolyn Garcia in a separate case

Masbate governor and former representative Rizalina Seachon-Lanete is escorted by family members after she voluntarily surrendered at the Sandiganbayan in Quezon City on February 20. Lanete is facing graft and plunder charges in her alleged involement in the multimillion pork barrel scam. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

[OPINION] Part 2: Distorting probable cause in Ortega case

Mar 03, 2018 - 9:00 PM

When this case reaches the SC, we can only pray that the Justices see what is at stake here – how it may inform preliminary investigations and arrest warrant issuances

RELEASED. Former Palawan Governor Joel Reyes, murder suspect for the death of broadcast journalist Gerry Ortega, is released from jail following a Court of Appeals decision finding no basis for a lower court to hold him on trial. File photo from PNP Public Information Office

[OPINION] Injustice in the Court of Appeals: The Ortega case

Mar 03, 2018 - 6:00 PM

When the evidence is controverted, when the respondent cannot irrefutably show he is not the one they seek, the bias is for process, truth-telling, and the fires of trial

SEC 'internally studying' Omidyar's $1.5-M PDR donation to Rappler

Mar 01, 2018 - 8:26 PM

The country's corporate regulator says any action on Omidyar's donation to Rappler 'must be coursed through the honorable court through an appropriate pleading or manifestation'

DEVELOPMENT. SEC says the ball is now on the Court of Appeal's court. A workshop on August 28, 2016 at the Rappler headquarters in Pasig City. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

CA affirms bail for 16 cops linked to Maguindanao massacre

Feb 26, 2018 - 3:40 PM

The Court of Appeals says prosecutors failed to present evidence that would link the cops to the massacre

AFFIRMED. The CA affirms the Quezon City RTC decision allowing bail for 16 cops linked to the Maguindanao massacre. File photo from the CA website

Napoles jumps on 'main plunderer' bandwagon, asks SC for bail again

Feb 22, 2018 - 3:00 PM

Alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles files a supplemental petition using a principle that has worked for two plunder defendants in the past

MAIN PLUNDERER. Janet Lim Napoles files another petition at the Supreme Court, this time using a principle that has helped other plunder defendants.

Rappler to Harry Roque: Duterte ban about press freedom

Feb 21, 2018 - 8:26 PM

'It is not the government's role to say who can cover what, and when, and where,' says Rappler after President Duterte banned Rappler from Malacañang

DUTERTE BAN. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque (center) defends the decision of President Rodrigo Duterte (left) to ban Rappler from Malacañang. Malacañang file photo

CA reaffirms Ombudsman order against ex-MRT chief Vitangcol

Feb 04, 2018 - 4:45 PM

The Court of Appeals says Al Vitangcol III, who is accused of extortion, did not raise new arguments in his petition

EMBATTLED. Former MRTA chief Al Vitangcol faces several cases over an alleged extortion attempt on a Czech company. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

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Feb 04, 2018 - 9:50 AM

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SEC order meant to silence us, muzzle free expression – Rappler

Jan 29, 2018 - 7:26 PM

'We cited in our petition the serious substantive irregularities in the SEC decision as well as the steps that the Commission skipped when it handled our case with undue haste. We cannot but conclude that the order's real purpose is to silence us and muzzle free expression.'

Rappler takes SEC case to the Court of Appeals

Jan 29, 2018 - 7:21 PM

(UPDATED) Rappler's petition for review cites procedural and substantive processes which were violated, and points out how Rappler's PDRs were singled out

Davao judge who ordered Matobato’s arrest short-listed for CA justice

Jan 26, 2018 - 3:50 PM

The short-list of 7 for the post of a Court of Appeals justice are all women

SHORTLIST. The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) releases an all-women shortlist for a spot of a Court of Appeals justice. File photo from the Court of Appeals website


SC allows columnist to pursue counterclaim vs Enrile in libel case

Jan 24, 2018 - 12:14 PM

'The Supreme Court ruling is a victory for press freedom,' says Yolanda Ong's lawyer Jose Manuel Diokno

COUNTERCLAIM. The Supreme Court allows columnist Yolanda Ong to pursue her P88 million counterclaim against Juan Ponce Enrile.

SolGen appeals to CA to allow Mary Jane Veloso’s testimony in PH case

Jan 24, 2018 - 10:42 AM

Her testimony will be vital in the local case in Nueva Ecija against her alleged recruiters. The local case will boost her defense in the drug trafficking charge in Indonesia

Parents of OFW Mary Jane Veloso, Cesar and Celia, weep as they appeal to President Rodrigo Duterte to help their daughter who is facing death sentence in Indonesia for illegal drug trade, during a candle lighting rally at the Plaza Miranda in Quiapo, Manila on Thursday, September 8, 2016. Photo by Ben Nabong/ Rappler

Malacanang on Charter Change, Mayon Volcano eruption, Roque on Navy frigate deal | Evening wRap

Jan 23, 2018 - 8:20 PM

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Sereno camp: CA justice lied at House impeachment hearing

Jan 23, 2018 - 5:26 PM

The CA associate justice claims the Chief Justice promised protection to 3 other CA justices in a deadlock with the House of Representatives

NO 'IMPROPRIETY.' The camp of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno denies she promised protection for 3 CA justices who were in a deadlock with the House of Representatives. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

CA denies plea of residents of Zambales to ban mining operations

Jan 23, 2018 - 1:42 PM

'A perusal of the motion for reconsideration reveals no new and meritorious arguments and yields mere rehashed arguments,' the appellate court says in its latest ruling

MOOT. The Court of Appeals renders a petition for environment protection against mining firms in Zambales moot and academic due to the closure order earlier issued by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

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

SolGen Calida asks CA to rearrest Joel Reyes

Jan 23, 2018 - 11:30 AM

Solicitor General Jose Calida says the Court of Appeals made a 'grave error' when it disregarded the testimony of a key witness in the murder case against former Palawan governor Joel Reyes

REARREST. Solicitor General Jose Calida joins the motions asking for the rearrest of former Palawan governor Joel Reyes. File photo from PNP Public Information Office

Negros Oriental Governor Degamo again secures TRO vs dismissal order

Jan 15, 2018 - 7:35 PM

Degamo expects to return to office on Wednesday, January 17, after the 90-day suspension order against him ends

ROEL DEGAMO. Photo from Roel Degamo's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pg/degamo.roel

FAST FACTS: Who is Normandie Pizarro, the CA justice who freed Joel Reyes?

Jan 11, 2018 - 7:16 PM

He also acquits Napoles and rejects billion dollars worth of compensation to martial law victims

CONTROVERSIAL DECISIONS. Justice Normandie Pizarro has penned some of the Court of Appeals' controversial decisions as of late.

De Lima hits CA ruling on ex-Palawan governor Reyes' release

Jan 09, 2018 - 4:05 PM

(UPDATED) 'There is no 'miracle' here, only a gross miscarriage of justice,' says Senator Leila de Lima, referring to the decision penned by Court of Appeals Justice Normandie Pizarro

Senator Leila De Lima files a Writ of Habeas Data before the Supreme Court in Manila on Monday, November 7, 2016, against President Rodrigo Duterte. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Martial Law victims may get full compensation by May 12

Jan 09, 2018 - 2:05 PM

The law gives the Human Rights Victims' Claims Board only until that date to settle all claims

DEMOCRACY FIGHTERS. The names of personalities who fought the Marcos dictatorship during Martial Law have been engraved on the Wall of Remembrance at the Bantayog ng mga Bayani in Quezon City. Photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Why CA dissenters call Joel Reyes freedom 'premature, preposterous'

Jan 09, 2018 - 11:09 AM

The Gerry Ortega murder case is somehow linked to the multi-million Malampaya fund scam, over which Joel Reyes is also facing charges

PREMATURE? Court of Appeals Justice Maria Filomena Singh calls the majority decision to free former Palawan governor Joel Reyes premature.

National Press Club wins anew in legal battle vs GSIS

Jan 08, 2018 - 8:16 PM

The Court of Appeals affirmed an order by the Regional Trial Court dismissing the estafa complaint filed by GSIS against former officers of the NPC in connection with the sale of a Vicente Manansala mural

Martial Law victims to seek enforcement of Hawaii ruling through SC

Jan 08, 2018 - 11:28 AM

Former human rights chairperson Etta Rosales says they are taking action after the Court of Appeals affirms its rejection of the Hawaii ruling granting claimants $2 billion

HEROES. Family of Martial Law victims light candles before the Bantayog wall. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Ortegas shocked at release of ex-Palawan governor

Jan 06, 2018 - 6:24 PM

'We ask everyone to remain vigilant,' says the family of slain broadcaster Gerry Ortega

JUSTICE WANTING. Patricia, the widow of slain broadcaster Gerry Ortega is in this photo taken on February 16, 2011. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Palawan ex-gov Joel Reyes, murder suspect, released

Jan 06, 2018 - 1:18 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The Sandiganbayan convicted Reyes of graft and sentenced him to 6 to 8 years in prison last year, but his lawyer says this is on appeal and has no bearing on his release related to the Gerry Ortega murder case

RELEASED. Former Palawan governor Joel Reyes is released from jail following a Court of Appeals decision finding no basis for a lower court to hold him on trial for the murder of Gerry Ortega. File photo from PNP Public Information Office

CA affirms Jason Ivler’s 40-year jail time in road rage case

Dec 18, 2017 - 7:24 PM

The court also increases damages due the family of Renato Ebarle Jr, whom Ivler killed in 2009

ROAD RAGE. Jason Ivler is found guilty of killing Renato Ebarle Jr following an incident of road rage in 2009. Photo from EPA/Rolex Dela Pena

Duterte on martial law extension, Dela Rosa on Carpio, Ongpin case | Evening wRap

Dec 12, 2017 - 6:58 PM

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CA clears Roberto Ongpin of insider trading

Dec 12, 2017 - 2:45 PM

The decision reverses a July 2016 Securities and Exchange Commission ruling which barred Ongpin from joining the board of any listed firm and fined him P174 million

Sanofi on Dengvaxia, CA on Ongpin case, New York subway attack | Midday wRap

Dec 12, 2017 - 1:42 PM

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Duterte appoints Walter Ong to the Court of Appeals

Dec 11, 2017 - 4:12 PM

He is the brother of former Sandiganbayan justice Gregory Ong, who was dismissed by the Supreme Court over links with alleged 'pork barrel queen' Janet Lim-Napoles

NEW APPOINTMENT. President Rodrigo Duterte chooses private lawyer Walter Ong as a new Court of Appeals Associate Justice. File photo from the Court of Appeals website


Romeo Barza is new Court of Appeals presiding justice

Dec 09, 2017 - 12:54 PM

CA Associate Justice Romeo Barza will assume the post left by Supreme Court Associate Justice Andres Reyes Jr

AFFIRMATION. The Court of Appeals upholds the trial court ruling sentencing to life imprisonment 19 individuals behind the kidnapping-murder of Betty Chua-Sy. File photo from the CA website