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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

CA upholds 10-year jail time for U.S. Marine who killed Jennifer Laude

Aug 20, 2017 - 8:20 PM

The Court of Appeals affirms the homicide ruling against US Marine Joseph Scott Pemberton and upholds the payment of P4 32 million to Jennifer Laude s family

MUGSHOT. The Court of Appeals has ruled with finality on a US Marine's killing of Filipino transgender woman, Jennifer Laude. Photo from EPA/PNP OLONGAPO-PIO

Mile Long tenants to Duterte: Please help us

Aug 20, 2017 - 7:02 AM

Unfair para kaming aso tinapon ka tinadyakan ka palabas na alis kayo dito says a tenant for 33 years

PLEASE HELP. A sign on the door of Creekside Hotel claims they were misled by Sunvar. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Evicted

Aug 19, 2017 - 8:37 AM

Sunvar tenants vacate the Mile Long property

PARKING SPACE. Buses of the OSG now occupies the parking lot of Mile Long.

​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

273 tenants face eviction at Mile Long

Aug 17, 2017 - 10:14 AM

Sunvar appeals to the government to consider the businesses that will be affected by the eviction

VACATE. Staff of a production company inside Mile Long property in Makati say they have began packing up in compliance to the vacate order personally served by Solicitor General Jose Calida. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Prieto-owned Sunvar complies, will vacate Mile Long

Aug 16, 2017 - 2:13 PM

Sunvar understands that the government has taken an opposite view Sunvar continues to have faith in the law and legal process the company says

CA affirms Zaldy Ampatuan's wealth dishonesty charge

Jul 20, 2017 - 5:40 PM

The court s affirmation can later be used as basis for a forfeiture case against the jailed former governor

Prietos lose another round at CA in Mile Long dispute

Jul 19, 2017 - 6:37 PM

This comes after the Prieto family announced it is divesting from the Philippine Daily Inquirer

3 SC justices inhibit from Ilocos Norte detention case

Jul 18, 2017 - 5:03 PM

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno and Associate Justice Andres Reyes Jr have urged the House to observe separation of powers between the judiciary and legislature

INHIBITED. Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno (center) and Associate Justices Diosdado Peralta (left) and Andres Reyes Jr (right) inhibit from the Ilocos Norte detention case

CA junks Martial Law victims' plea for $2B granted in Hawaii

Jul 16, 2017 - 5:55 PM

The Philippines Court of Appeals says the Hawaii court had no jurisdiction over the case filed by victims of human rights abuses

BANTAYOG WALL. Relatives of victims of Martial Law light candles at the Bantayog ng mga Bayani Wall of Remembrance to honor the heroism of their fallen kin. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

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Jul 13, 2017 - 8:04 PM

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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

House defers show cause order vs 3 CA justices in Ilocos detention case

Jul 04, 2017 - 9:53 PM

This comes after House Sergeant at Arms Roland Detabali filed a motion for the 3 justices of the CA Special 4th Division to inhibit from the case

ON HOLD. Representative Johnny Pimentel and House Sergeant-atArms Roland Detabali briefs media on the possible detention rooms of Ilocos Governor Imee Marcos and the 3 CA justices on July 3, 2017. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

SC nominee Gaerlan: PH needs federalism, but not ready yet

Jul 04, 2017 - 2:30 PM

Court of Appeals Associate Justice Samuel Gaerlan also rejects the perception that the CA is tainted with graft and corruption

JBC INTERVIEWS. CA Associate Justice Samuel Gaerlan is interviewed by the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) on July 4, 2017 as he applies for a vacancy in the Supreme Court.

House says Imee Marcos can still work as governor while in detention

Jul 03, 2017 - 12:25 PM

The House also readies the detention room of the 3 CA justices who ordered the provisional release of 6 Ilocos Norte officials implicated in the tobacco funds probe

MARCOS DETAINED? This bed would be provided to Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos should she be detained by the House, but she may bring in her own. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Coast Guard officials suspended over procurement anomalies

Jul 02, 2017 - 9:45 PM

Instead of dismissal ordered by the Ombudsman the officials will now face a 6 month suspension as ruled by the Court of Appeals

SUSPENSION. Seven officials of the Philippine Coast Guard has been ordered suspension for procurement irregularities.

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Jun 26, 2017 - 8:28 PM

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Ilocos Norte execs want CA to declare House detention a form of 'torture'

Jun 26, 2017 - 4:45 PM

The provincial officials lawyer Estelito Mendoza urges the Court of Appeals to grant their petition for a writ of habeas corpus

DETAINED OFFICIALS. From left to right: Evangeline Tabulog, Josephine Calajate, Encarnacion Gaor, Genedine Jambaro, Eden Battulayan, and Pedro Agcaoili during a House hearing on June 20, when they still refused to properly testify before lawmakers. File photo by Jasmin Dulay/Rappler

IBP to House: Don't add to problems, recall order vs CA

Jun 24, 2017 - 8:03 PM

The IBP advises the House committee to file a petition for certiorari before the High Court if it doesn t agree with the CA


CA justices, including a Bedan, make up shortlist for SC post

Jun 23, 2017 - 1:55 PM

The changes in the High Court come amid highly controversial issues awaiting decision

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

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Jun 22, 2017 - 1:41 PM

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CA showed ‘ignorance of law’ in Ilocos execs detention case – Alvarez

Jun 22, 2017 - 10:39 AM

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez advises Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno and CA Presiding Justice Andres Reyes to ‘discipline’ their justices

LEGISLATURE VS JUDICIARY? Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez believes the CA has no jurisdiction over Congress' authority to cite people in contempt. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

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Jun 22, 2017 - 10:17 AM

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Jun 21, 2017 - 8:38 PM

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House panel issues show cause order to 3 CA justices over detention case

Jun 20, 2017 - 7:46 PM

The committee on good government asks appellate court justices to explain their order for the provisional release of the Ilocos Norte officials detained by the House

LEGISLATIVE VS JUDICIARY? The panel chaired by Representative Johnny Pimentel agrees to issue a show cause order against 3 CA justices. Photo by Jasmin Dulay/Rappler

'Emotional' Speaker Alvarez 'must know the limits of his power' – CA justice

Jun 20, 2017 - 8:00 AM

The Speaker threatens to have CA justices disbarred over the case of detained Ilocos Norte officials Justice Stephen Cruz says Let justice be done though the heavens fall

CO-EQUAL BRANCHES. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez won't take orders from the Court of Appeals. Rappler file photo

Philippines to appeal Malaysia death sentence on 9 Filipinos

Jun 16, 2017 - 4:38 PM

The 9 Filipinos face Malaysia s death row over the Sabah standoff that killed at least 70 people in 2013

TOP DIPLOMAT. Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says the Philippines will appeal the death sentence imposed on 9 Filipinos in Malaysia. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

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Jun 13, 2017 - 1:17 PM

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U.S. appeals court upholds block on Trump travel ban

Jun 13, 2017 - 7:48 AM

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit keeps in place a lower court injunction on the ban arguing the president has overstepped his authority and his executive order discriminated against travelers based on their nationality

WELCOME TO THE USA. This file photo taken on February 8, 2017 shows Yemenis who were among those stranded in Djibouti when US President Donald Trump ordered his travel ban, arrive to Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, California. David McNew/File/AFP

CA junks environment protection plea vs Zambales mining firms

Jun 11, 2017 - 9:00 PM

The Court of Appeals says a closure order issued by the environment department against the mining firms makes the petition moot and academic

MOOT. The Court of Appeals renders a petition for environment protection against mining firms in Zambales moot and academics due to the closure order earlier issued by the DENR.

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Jun 09, 2017 - 11:00 AM

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9 Filipinos sentenced to death over Sabah standoff

Jun 08, 2017 - 6:20 PM

The Malaysian Court of Appeal imposes the death penalty on 9 Filipinos for waging war against Malaysia s head of state in 2013

SIEGE IN SABAH. This picture taken on March 8, 2013, shows Malaysian soldiers moving in toward where Filipino gunmen were locked down in a standoff in the surrounding villages of Tanduao in Sabah. File photo by Malaysian Ministry of Defense/AFP

U.S. court maintains block on Trump travel ban

May 26, 2017 - 9:49 AM

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals says it remained unconvinced that the part of the measure naming the specific countries had more to do with national security than it does with effectuating the president s promised Muslim ban

NEW TRAVEL BAN. Tareq Aquel Mohammed Aziz holds travel documents after arriving from Yemen at Dulles International airport on February 6, 2017 in Washington, DC. File photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP

Duterte warns SC, CA anew not to abuse TROs

May 18, 2017 - 8:15 PM

The President warns that if judges use their power to issue TROs to make money there will be a time I will not honor your orders

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Napoles back in Camp Bagong Diwa

May 16, 2017 - 7:49 AM

Alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles is back at the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology facility in Taguig after two years at the women s correctional in Mandaluyong

NO TO NBI DETENTION. Alleged pork barrel scam queen Janet Lim Napoles is all smiles on May 10, 2017 as she appears at the Sandiganbayan in civilian clothes following her acquittal before the Court of Appeals. Photo by Rappler

Where do PH judicial bodies stand in the Napoles case?

May 14, 2017 - 11:08 AM

All the judicial bodies are now at play in the biggest corruption scandal in recent history Where are they so far when it comes to Janet Lim Napoles?

After CA acquittal: What's next for Janet Napoles?

May 10, 2017 - 2:22 PM

The Napoles camp intends to file a new petition for bail They have also set a meeting with Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II

SMILING JANET. Alleged pork barrel scam queen Janet Lim-Napoles was all smiles on May 10, 2017 as she appears publicly at the Sandiganbayan in civilian clothes following acquittal before the Court of Appeals (CA). Photo by Rappler

Lawmakers dismayed over Napoles acquittal

May 08, 2017 - 8:50 PM

The standard of justice under the Duterte administration has gone to the dogs says Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin following the CA s ruling in favor of alleged pork barrel scam queen Janet Lim Napoles

DISMAYED. Representatives Carlos Zarate, Ariel Casilao, and Tom Villarin are all disappointed over the CA ruling in favor of Janet Lim Napoles. File photos by Rappler