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JBC starts application process for Carpio’s Supreme Court replacement

Jun 27, 2019 - 3:03 PM

Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin will retire ahead of Carpio, which will start another selection process for a new top magistrate

IMPENDING RETIREMENT. Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio will retire on October 26, 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Supreme Court applicants: Duterte can allow China to fish in PH waters

Jun 26, 2019 - 6:07 PM

Two Court of Appeals justices use an argument mostly used by the Supreme Court itself in past decisions that upheld Duterte policies: presidential discretion

JBC Interviews. (L-R) Court of Appeals Associate Justices Eduardo Peralta Jr and Mario Lopez and Sandiganbayan Associate Justice Alex Quiroz are interviewed by the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) for a vacancy on the Supreme Court. Screenshots from JBC

SC applicant rejects same-sex marriage, says LGBTQIA ‘not minority’

Jun 21, 2019 - 2:55 PM

‘Why should the recognition and rights be given to them over and above what is given to other people?’ says law professor Jeremy Benigno Gatdula

JBC INTERVIEWS. Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) member former justice Jose Mendoza (left) interviews law professor Jeremy Benigno Gatdula for a position on the Supreme Court bench. Photo courtesy of the JBC

There’s a crucial spot open at the Office of the Ombudsman

Jun 04, 2019 - 1:00 PM

Two lawyers allied with the Duterte administration are applying for Deputy Ombudsman for Luzon: former justice undersecretary Erickson Balmes and PACC executive director Eduardo Bringas

CRUCIAL VACANCY. The spot for Deputy Ombudsman for Luzon is open. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Ex-SC justice Tijam is new JBC member

Mar 06, 2019 - 7:07 PM

(UPDATED) Newly-retired Supreme Court justice Noel Tijam is the 3rd Bedan in the Judicial and Bar Council, which screens applicants to judiciary posts

Newly retired Supreme Court Associate Justice Noel G. Tijam takes his oath as the newest member of the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) before Chief Justice Lucas P. Bersamin at 3:00 p.m. today, February 7, 2019, at the Supreme Court New Session Hall in Padre Faura Street, Manila. Justice Tijam will take over Atty. Jose Mejia as representative of the academe in the JBC, the constitutional body which screens applicants to Judiciary posts. Justice Tijam will serve a term of four years in the JBC and will be eligible for a one-time renewal upon approval of the President. (Courtesy of the SC Public Information Office)

[ANALYSIS | Deep Dive] Game changers

Jan 09, 2019 - 9:00 AM

No one laughs at the President's jokes, and the Supreme Court becomes supreme again. Why not?

Sandiganbayan chief Cabotaje-Tang makes it to SC short list

Dec 07, 2018 - 8:08 PM

Associate Justice Efren dela Cruz, dissenter in the Bong Revilla acquittal, does not make it to the short list of Supreme Court justice candidates

SHORTLISTED. Sandiganbayan Presiding Justice Amparo Cabotaje-Tang makes it to the shortlist for a justice position at the Supreme Court.

Brewing coup in Sandiganbayan? ‘Employees’ oppose Tang's SC application

Dec 05, 2018 - 5:42 PM

Employees tell the Judicial and Bar Council that Tang ‘runs the affairs of the anti-graft court like her idol Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno’

OPPOSITION. Sandiganbayan Presiding Justice Amparo Cabotaje-Tang answers the opposition against her application filed by supposed employees of the anti-graft court during the JBC panel interviews on December 5, 2018. Photo by the JBC

JBC tackles drug war, divorce, same-sex marriage in panel interview

Dec 05, 2018 - 3:27 PM

Applicants for a Supreme Court vacancy are asked for their opinions on polarizing legal issues. Privacy issues are also discussed.

PUBLIC INTERVIEWS. (L-R) CA Justices Ricardo Rosario, Ramon Cruz and Eduardo Peralta undergo the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) public interviews on December 5, 2018, for a vacancy on the Supreme Court. Photos from the JBC

LIVE: JBC interviews candidates for Supreme Court justice | December 5, 2018

Dec 05, 2018 - 8:00 AM

(UPDATED) The Judicial and Bar Council is interviewing 6 applicants for the slot of retiring Associate Justice Noel Tijam

Ahead of JBC interviews, SC lists recommendation for next justice

Dec 04, 2018 - 3:30 PM

(UPDATED) CA Justices Manuel Barrios, Ramon Bato Jr, Ramon Garcia, and Court Administrator Midas Marquez get the en banc’s nod

VACANCIES. The Supreme Court is again on the search for who will be President Rodrigo Duterte's 8th appointee to the High Court. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Ex-Arroyo lawyer Batacan faces charges for alleging corruption in Ombudsman

Nov 21, 2018 - 11:12 AM

(UPDATED) Ombudsman Samuel Martires files complaints of corruption and obstruction against lawyer Edna Batacan, who told the JBC she had paid a fee for a case status

OMBUDSMAN RACE. Prominent lawyer Edna Batacan, whose clients included President Rodrigo Duterte, applies for the post of Ombudsman. Photo from Atty Edna Batacan's Facebook Page

CA justices shortlisted to be next Supreme Court justice

Nov 16, 2018 - 4:48 PM

The names on the shortlist are all familiar

Supreme Court of teh Philippines in Padre Faura, Manila

‘Improper’ JBC questions led to striking out public interview of senior justices

Oct 25, 2018 - 5:55 PM

‘The court en banc was disappointed that there were questions which were not proper, they catered to something, to trivia,’ says Associate Justice Marvic Leonen

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

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

In the JBC, Justice Mendoza emerges as the tough questioner

Oct 18, 2018 - 6:55 PM

‘But that’s basic, it’s in the textbook,’ the retired justice tells Associate Dean Rita Linda Jimeno during a panel interview for justice of the Supreme Court

TOUGH QUESTIONING. Retired justice Jose Mendoza emerges as the tough questioner in public interviews of the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC). Photo from JBC

Rebus sic stantibus? SC aspirant says Duterte can unilaterally withdraw from ICC

Oct 18, 2018 - 3:29 PM

Associate Dean Rita Linda Jimeno stumbles on the doctrine at first, but eventually says that rebus sic stantibus may be used by Duterte to validly withdraw from the ICC without the concurrence of the Senate

ICC ISSUE. CEU Associate Dean Rita Linda Jimeno says President Rodrigo Duterte has basis to unilaterally withdraw from the International Criminal Court. Photo from JBC

Supreme Court applicant wants CCTV cameras in courtrooms

Oct 18, 2018 - 2:10 PM

Sandiganbayan Associate Justice Alex Quiroz, who is aspiring for a seat on the Supreme Court bench, says installing CCTV cameras would discourage misbehavior

PLANS. Sandiganbayan Justice Alex Quiroz says that if he is appointed to the Supreme Court (SC), he would push for the instalment of CCTV cameras in every courtroom in the country. Photo from JBC

Justice Bernabe applies for chief justice

Oct 15, 2018 - 7:18 PM

Associate Justice Andres Reyes Jr also tries again for the Supreme Court's top spot

CJ SEARCH. Supreme Court Associate Justice Estela Perlas-Bernabe applies for chief justice.

Recent JBC interviews had less tough questions on SC decisions

Oct 02, 2018 - 9:00 AM

The last JBC interviews also saw odd questions about the applicants’ love lives and belated decisions to bear children

JBC. (From left to right) Judicial and Bar Council members retired judge Toribio Ilao, retired justice Jose Mendoza, Chief Justice Teresita Leonardo De Castro (ex-officio chairman) and Atty Milagros Fernan-Cayosa. Photo from Supreme Court PIO

‘Habal-habal’ justice joins old-timers in JBC shortlist for Supreme Court

Oct 01, 2018 - 2:10 PM

The 9 names are familiar, except for one: Justice Edgardo Delos Santos, who is tagged as the ‘habal-habal’ justice of Visayas

Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos led supporters gather infront of the Supreme Court on October 17, 2016 for a mass and to call for the immediate burial of former President Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

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

‘Habal-habal’ justice of Visayas tries luck at SC

Sep 26, 2018 - 5:07 PM

(UPDATED) Justice Delos Santos penned the lauded Writ of Kalikasan decision that shut down the controversial Inawayan Landfill in Cebu City

SUPREME COURT APPLICATION. Court of Appeals Justice Edgardo delos Santos applies for a Supreme Court post for the first time. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Who's who: Candidates vying to replace former SC justice Martires

Sep 26, 2018 - 8:22 AM

Many of the candidates are current associate justices at the Court of Appeals and had previously applied for a position at the High Court

Supreme Court of teh Philippines in Padre Faura, Manila

Midas Marquez tries again for Supreme Court in JBC interview

Sep 26, 2018 - 7:33 AM

Marquez is among the 6 nominees whom the en banc has recommended to the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC). He was previously interviewed in June 2017.

SUPREME COURT APPLICATION. For his 4th application for a justice position since 2017, Court Administrator Midas Marquez will face the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) on September 26, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/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

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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.

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

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

By 2022, Supreme Court filled with Duterte appointees

Jul 30, 2018 - 9:16 AM

Here's how the composition of the Philippines' top court would look like by the time President Rodrigo Duterte's term ends

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

Junior SC Justice Andy Reyes applies for chief justice

Jul 25, 2018 - 4:59 PM

Two senior justices also accept their automatic nominations: Associate Justices Diosdado Peralta and Lucas Bersamin

CHIEF JUSTICE APPLICATION. Supreme Court Associate Justice Andres Reyes Jr accepts the nomination to become the next chief justice. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

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

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Jul 20, 2018 - 8:24 PM

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Martires, Sandoval short-listed; Bello disqualified for Ombudsman

Jul 20, 2018 - 1:49 PM

(UPDATED) Also short-listed is San Beda and Lex Taleonis alumnus Felito Ramirez

SHORTLISTED. (L-R) Lawyer Felito Ramirez, Supreme Court Associate Justice Samuel Martires, Special Prosecutor Edilberto Sandoval are shortlisted to become the next Ombudsman.

Supreme Court recommends Martires as Ombudsman

Jul 17, 2018 - 1:50 PM

The recommendation will be sent to the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC), which will then vote on its official short list on Friday, July 20

OMBUDSMAN APPLICATION. Associate Justice Samuel Martires gets unanimous votes from the Supreme Court for a recommendation to be Ombudsman. Screengrab from JBC

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, June 28, 2018

Jun 28, 2018 - 9:28 AM

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TAHO VENDOR. Mario Cañete is with his daughter at the basketball-gym-turned-patients-ward of National Kidney and Transplant Institute in Quezon City on Wednesday, June 27, a day after he was diagnosed with leptospirosis. Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

Morales on Ombudsman applicant Batacan: Maybe you are corrupt

Jun 27, 2018 - 2:18 PM

‘Excuse me, why don't we look at each other's records?’ Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales says of Edna Batacan, former lawyer of President Rodrigo Duterte

OMBUDSMAN. The outgoing Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales snaps back at the criticism of defense lawyer Edna Batacan who's applying to be Ombudsman.

Complainant opposes Midas Marquez' SC application, cites 'misused' World Bank funds

Jun 21, 2018 - 1:48 PM

Private citizen Rjhay Laurea files the opposition with the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC), which is screening Marquez and other applicants for Supreme Court Justice

Court Administrator Jose Midas Marquez during the Impeachment proceedings on Wednesday. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

Edna Batacan, defender of Arroyo, Napoles, wants to clean up Ombudsman

Jun 20, 2018 - 3:17 PM

The 65-year-old Batacan says she knows the Office of the Ombudsman enough to know that there is also corruption inside

OMBUDSMAN APPLICATION. Edna Batacan, a veteran defense lawyer and a sought-after counsel for high-profile public officials, applies for the post of Ombudsman. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Bello obtains Ombudsman clearance just in time for JBC interview

Jun 20, 2018 - 11:33 AM

(UPDATED) Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III's clearance states that he no longer has pending cases as of June 18, 2018, or two days before the public interviews

CLEARED. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III presents a recently-obtained Ombudsman clearance that states he no longer has pending cases before the Office of the Ombudsman. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

LIVE: JBC interviews candidates for Ombudsman | June 20, 2018

Jun 20, 2018 - 9:42 AM

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Priests, pastors oppose Martires’ Ombudsman application

Jun 18, 2018 - 11:06 AM

Martires’ quo warranto vote and a past disciplinary action show lack of probity, according to Catholic priests, Evangelical pastors and theological teachers

OPPOSITION. David Lim, spokesperson of the group of priests, pastors and theological teachers, file the opposition against the application of Supreme Court Justice Samuel Martires with the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) on June 19, 2018. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler