Court of Appeals

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

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

Alvarez wants more trial courts, CA abolished

Nov 21, 2017 - 4:03 PM

The House Speaker, himself a lawyer, wants less steps in the country's justice system

JUSTICE SYSTEM OVERHAUL. House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez proposes a simpler justice system in the Philippines. File photo by Mara Cepeda/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

CA affirms bail grant to Cedric Lee, Deniece Cornejo

Oct 20, 2017 - 2:11 PM

'While Navarro had indeed been detained, there is a possibility that said detention might be legal in view of citizen’s arrest and not for the purpose of kidnapping,' says the Court of Appeals' 9th Division

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

Court of Appeals stays 11 dismissal orders against Cagayan de Oro mayor

Oct 06, 2017 - 8:15 AM

Mayor Oscar Moreno faces 24 administrative cases for the rental of equipment during his tenure as governor of Misamis Oriental from 2004 to 2013

MORENO.  Rappler file photo

CA affirms arrest warrant vs Jovito Palparan

Oct 04, 2017 - 9:31 AM

The Court of Appeals has affirmed the kidnapping and serious illegal detention charges against retired military general Jovito Palparan

RETIRED GENERAL. A Bulacan court affirms the kidnapping and serious illegal detention charges retired military general Jovito Palparan. Rappler file photo

CA upholds arrest warrant vs wife of slain racer Enzo Pastor

Oct 01, 2017 - 6:45 PM

The parricide case against Dalia Guerrero-Pastor over the killing of her husband is still pending before a Quezon City court

WANTED. The widow of international car racer Enzo Pastor has been placed on Interpol's wanted list.

CA stops 5 new dismissal orders vs Cagayan de Oro mayor

Sep 26, 2017 - 7:24 AM

The 5 new dismissal orders stemmed from allegations of irregularities in the rental of equipment for road project back when Moreno was governor of Misamis Oriental

NEW DISMISSAL ORDERS. The 5 new dismissal orders stemmed from allegations of irregularities in the rental of equipment for road project back when Oscar Moreno was governor of Misamis Oriental. Rappler file photo

Bayan Muna asks SC to compel telcos to refund P18-B 'excess' text fee

Sep 19, 2017 - 9:49 PM

The petition covers Globe Telecom, Smart Communications Incorporated, and Digitel Philippines Incorporated, which is the operating company of Sun Cellular

INTERVENTION. Bayan Muna wants the Supreme Court to intervene and green light the refund order against telecommunication companies.

Petition to increase taxi flag down rate junked due to technicalities

Sep 12, 2017 - 12:59 PM

Due to petitioners’ repeated failure to comply with the foregoing directives the Court deems it appropriate to dismiss the petition says the Court of Appeals

TAXI. File photo of taxis at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3. Photo from NAIA-MIAA

SC upholds appellate court rulings in Cagayan de Oro mayor's cases

Sep 11, 2017 - 7:57 PM

Three Court of Appeals associate justices in Mindanao have stopped the implementation of the Ombudsman s suspension order against Mayor Oscar Moreno

Court of Appeals reinstates Tuguegarao mayor Soriano

Sep 06, 2017 - 2:05 PM

The court says Tuguegarao City Mayor Jefferson Soriano should be punished with a 90 day suspension and not dismissal from the service as ordered by the Ombudsman in January

REINSTATED. Tuguegarao City Mayor Jefferson Soriano talks to the media after he took his oath before Judge Maita Israel Deray at the Tuguegarao City Hall on September 6, 2017. Photo courtesy of Gerard Lucena

Malacañang, CHED to abide by CA ruling on Vitriolo

Aug 31, 2017 - 4:05 PM

The Court of Appeals orders the reinstatement of Julito Vitriolo as executive director of the Commission on Higher Education

Ombudsman Cardio-Morales orders the dismissal of CHED Exec Dir Vitriolo after being found guilty for misconduct. Photo by Toto Lozano/Presidential Photo

Supreme Court upholds Alan Purisima's 2014 suspension

Aug 30, 2017 - 3:49 PM

Purisima was serving the said suspension when he participated in the botched Mamasapano police operations in January 2015

WERFAST DEAL. Dismissed PNP chief Alan Purisima's anomalous deal with courier firm Werfast is the basis of his suspension, eventual dismissal, and pending graft charges before anti-graft court Sandiganbayan. Photo by Mark Cristino

CA affirms conviction in 2004 murder of Coca-Cola exec Chua-Sy

Aug 21, 2017 - 12:26 PM

A careful examination of the records shows that there was conspiracy among the accused appellants since each of them played a role in the commission of the crime the CA s ruling says

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