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#CJSearch: How chief justice applicants voted on P7-B Delfin Lee scam

Nov 14, 2018 - 5:31 PM

Bersamin and Bernabe voted to grant bail to the Globe Asiatique owner; Carpio and Reyes dissented; Peralta inhibited

DELFIN LEE CASE. The chief justice applicants were split in deciding the 7-5-2 ruling that downgraded the estafa charges against property developer Delfin Lee.

Bersamin, Velasco wanted to acquit Jinggoy Estrada in plunder case

Aug 24, 2018 - 7:18 PM

Justices Peralta and Reyes point to a deficiency in the plunder charge, but say it is already moot. It is a narrow 6-4-4 decision that upholds the charge.

PLUNDER CASE. Associate Justices Presbitero Velasco Jr and Lucas Bersamin voted to acquit Jinggoy Estrada of plunder, while Associate Justices Diosdado Peralta and Andres Reyes Jr pointed to the deficiency of the plunder charge.

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.

Will impeachment complaints foil the chances of SC chief justice aspirants?

Aug 23, 2018 - 5:45 PM

(UPDATED) Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra, ex-officio member of the JBC, says the impeachment complaints will not affect the chief justice applications

OATH. Opposition lawmakers Teddy Baguilat Jr, Gary Alejano, and Edcel Lagman swear before House of Representative acting secretay general Dante Roberto Maling as they filed impeachment complaints against 7 Supreme Court justices. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

#CJSearch, Makati bar raid, Aretha Franklin | Midday wRap

Aug 17, 2018 - 2:43 PM

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#CJSearch: Promised reforms of chief justice applicants

Aug 17, 2018 - 11:41 AM

Supreme Court Justices Diosdado Peralta and Lucas Bersamin want to smoke out corruption in the judiciary, while Justice Teresita Leonardo de Castro vows to continue her digitization reforms

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

#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

#CJSearch: How did aspirants vote on key Supreme Court decisions?

Aug 16, 2018 - 7:00 AM

(3rd UPDATE) We are updating this to add the voting history of Justices Antonio Carpio and Estela Perlas Bernabe, who join Justices Diosdado Peralta, Lucas Bersamin, and Andres Reyes Jr in the nomination for chief justice

TRACKING THE VOTE. Voting history in key Supreme Court decision reveals something about the justices aspiring to be the next Philippine Chief Justice. Photos courtesy of Supreme Court PIO

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

LIST: Who are applicants for Supreme Court Chief Justice?

Jul 26, 2018 - 8:58 PM

(UPDATED) One from the list will fill in the position vacated by ousted chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno

Supreme Court of teh Philippines in Padre Faura, Manila

Same-sex marriage: Flawed petition or unready Court?

Jun 26, 2018 - 10:49 AM

‘The Supreme Court was trying to find a reason not to decide the case,’ says constitutional law professor Dan Gatmaytan

De Castro disses Sereno, quo warranto oppositors

Jun 01, 2018 - 6:15 PM

‘You will see it many times in your career that those who rise too fast often fall just as quickly,’ Associate Justice Teresita Leonardo de Castro says in a speech before new lawyers, in apparent reference to ousted chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno

New lawyer take their oath during oath taking ceremony at the Plenary hall, Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City. PHOTO BY INOUE JAENA/Rappler

[OPINION] Bar Bulletin No. 26: Has the Supreme Court unintentionally restrained free speech?

Jun 01, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Warning participants against 'undermin[ing] the safe and orderly conduct' of the oath-taking ceremonies for new lawyers intentionally or unintentionally limit public criticism of the court

5 justices won't inhibit in Sereno quo warranto case

Apr 10, 2018 - 1:43 PM

(UPDATED) Outside the SC premises in Baguio City, Sereno’s supporters mobilize to call for the inhibition of the justices they call the 'Biased 5'

Diosdado Peralta, Teresita Leonardo de Castro, Lucas Bersamin, Francis Jardeleza, Noel Tijam

Sereno wants 4 justices to inhibit from quo warranto case

Apr 05, 2018 - 10:35 AM

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno says Associate Justices Diosdado Peralta, Lucas Bersamin, Francis Jardeleza, and Noel Tijam 'cannot decide the quo warranto petition objectively and impartially'

SC JUSTICES. Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno claims that (left to right) Associate Justices Diosdado Peralta, Lucas Bersamin, Francis Jardeleza, and Noel Tijam cannot be impartial in the quo warranto petition filed against her. Photos from the Supreme Court

PAL retrenchment win erodes SC's credibility – Leonen

Mar 26, 2018 - 9:40 PM

'The actions of the majority of this Court en banc...creates an ominous cloud that will besmirch our legitimacy,' says Associate Justice Marvic Leonen

Democracy Forum at the Ateneo Law School in Makati on February 12, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Sereno says sorry for confusion over indefinite leave

Mar 01, 2018 - 2:25 PM

'I had agreed to go on an indefinite leave, but I am also bound by the appropriate administrative rules,' says Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno

APOLOGY. Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno apoligizzes for the 'inaccurately conveyed' information of her leave. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

SC justices warn Sereno spokespersons over ‘damaging’ statements

Mar 01, 2018 - 1:17 PM

'We apologize for any confusion we have caused in the last few days but we were working on available information,' says Sereno's spokesperson

CJ spokesperson Atty. Jojo Lacanilao during interview by media at Congress on Tuesday, February 27, 2018. Lacanilao announce over CJ Ma. Lourdes Sereno wellness leave on March 1-15. Photo by DARREN LANGIT/Rappler

Sereno's indefinite leave a 'consensus' of SC en banc

Mar 01, 2018 - 11:19 AM

Thirteen justices slam the camp of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno for making announcements that have 'seriously damaged the integrity of the judiciary'

SC’s Bersamin pushes for broader criteria to declare martial law

Jan 16, 2018 - 7:44 PM

Associate Justice Lucas Bersamin tells Christian Monsod, a drafter of the 1987 Constitution, that current version of the constitution has been ‘emasculated’

MARTIAL LAW. Supreme Court Associate Justice Lucas Bersamin says the 1987 Constitution is not enough to address present-day threats to the safety of Filipinos. Photo from the Supreme Court

2017 Bar questions copied from past exams?

Dec 04, 2017 - 10:30 AM

Legal Education Board (LEB) Chairman Emerson Aquende, however, says 'there is nothing wrong with repeating test questions'

Over 7,200 candidates set to take 2017 Bar exams

Nov 05, 2017 - 12:01 AM

The chair of the 2017 Bar examinations is Associate Justice Lucas Bersamin

LAWYER HOPEFULS. Examinees enter the University of Santo Tomas during the first day of the 2016 Bar examinations on November 6, 2016. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Bersamin, DICT, Sessions | Midday wRap

Jun 14, 2017 - 2:18 PM

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SC's Bersamin says trust Duterte on martial law

Jun 13, 2017 - 8:59 PM

I am willing to presume good faith on the part of government says Associate Justice Lucas Bersamin

ORAL ARGUMENTS. Supreme Court (SC) starts on June 13, 2017 the oral arguments on the petitions seeking to nullify the martial law in Mindanao. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

EXPLAINER: Issues on jurisdiction in De Lima cases

Mar 21, 2017 - 10:19 AM

What are the issues on jurisdiction being threshed out at the oral arguments before the Supreme Court?

The Supreme Court holds round 1 of the oral arguments on March 14, 2017 on the petition to nullify the drug cases against Senator Leila de Lima. Photo by Rappler

How did SC justices vote on major political cases?

Nov 12, 2016 - 2:15 PM

Besides the Marcos burial and cases involving former presidents the Supreme Court has also decided on major cases involving key politicians

EN BANC. The Supreme Court during its oral arguments on the burial of the late President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani on August 31, 2016. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Supreme Court: Marcos was not pure evil

Nov 08, 2016 - 6:22 PM

UPDATED The justices ruled on the petitions opposing a hero s burial for Marcos by viewing and judging his totality as a person the SC decision says

Supreme Court allows hero's burial for Marcos

Nov 08, 2016 - 12:45 PM

UPDATED By a vote of 9 5 the Supreme Court gives the go signal for former president Ferdinand Marcos burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani Justices are expected to submit their opinions by Thursday November 10

The Supreme Court on November 8 rules 9-5 in favor of the burial of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

Bilibid verdict, Marcos burial, Typhoon Lawin | 6PM wRap

Oct 18, 2016 - 9:03 PM

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Marcos burial, Typhoon Lawin, Clinton vs Trump | 12PM wRap

Oct 18, 2016 - 3:35 PM

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SC: Verdict on Marcos burial on hold until November 8

Oct 18, 2016 - 12:27 PM

UPDATED This is the second time the High Court has extended the status quo ante order on a hero s burial for the dictator

EN BANC. The Supreme Court during its oral arguments on the burial of the late President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani on August 31, 2016. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

SC rules in favor of Poe, PH flagdown rates, royal family | 6PM wRap

Mar 08, 2016 - 6:50 PM

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PDAF: Slow-moving corruption issue

Dec 23, 2015 - 9:30 AM

Given the slow movement of proceedings in 2015 conviction is unlikely under the present administration

The ties between Lucas Bersamin and Estelito Mendoza

Aug 31, 2015 - 6:04 PM

In 4 big public interest cases Supreme Court Justice Bersamin has always decided in favor of Mendoza’s clients

#AnimatED: Bersamin vs Leonen

Aug 31, 2015 - 9:00 AM

Supreme Court justices shouldn’t use secrecy as a cover for wrongdoing

The triumph of Juan Ponce Enrile

Aug 29, 2015 - 5:27 PM

Enrile of course is not most men He does not bow to the judgment of history He rewrites it

THE SENATOR. Senator Juan Ponce Enrile at the impeachment trial of Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona, 29 May 2012. Photo by Bullit Marquez / EPA

Leonen has no business questioning SC verdict, says Bersamin

Aug 25, 2015 - 6:49 PM

The Supreme Court s verdict on Senator Juan Ponce Enrile is now the subject of a complaint by one justice against another

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Roxas' campaign, Aquino on Customs, Bersamin vs Leonen | 12PM wRap

Aug 25, 2015 - 12:24 PM

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War of SC justices: Bersamin files complaint vs Leonen

Aug 24, 2015 - 5:53 PM

Supreme Court Justice Lucas Bersamin who penned the decision granting bail to Senator Juan Ponce Enrile files a complaint against one of the 4 dissenters Justice Marvic Leonen

Let’s all get out of jail now (provided we have the money)

Aug 24, 2015 - 12:15 PM

As I remember the evil of Senator Juan Ponce Enrile I will remember too these Supreme Court justices who frustrated the hopes of many for a decision worthy of a just and democratic country

Enrile bail 'dangerous, unprecedented' – De Lima

Aug 20, 2015 - 10:18 PM

The justice secretary asks: What will now prevent the other accused from applying for bail directly to the Supreme Court for the same reason that Enrile has given in his petition?

BAIL. Senator Juan Ponce Enrile leaves the Sandiganbayan after posting bail on August 20. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

SC's grant of Enrile bail 'political accommodation'?

Aug 20, 2015 - 9:30 PM

Associate Justice Marvic Leonen s strongly worded dissenting opinion reveals that Associate Justice Lucas Bersamin circulated for signing a draft different from the one previously voted upon by the justices

SPECIAL CASE. Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen says in his dissenting opinion the decision to grant Enrile bail mirrors 'special accommodation.' Photo by Ben Nabong / Rappler

Behind the SC decision on Enrile's bail

Aug 18, 2015 - 8:06 PM

Supreme Court justices who voted for Enrile s bail petition cite humanitarian grounds but those who oppose it say it introduces new doctrine in criminal law

IN PHOTOS: 3rd ASEAN Chief Justices Meeting

Mar 04, 2015 - 1:04 PM

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno says that even coffee breaks are working periods for the chief justices

Understanding the SC ruling on the DAP

Jul 14, 2014 - 3:30 PM

What are the main points and highlights of the Supreme Court decision on the controversial Disbursement Acceleration Program?

SC justices' SALNs out; Del Castillo still richest

Jul 01, 2013 - 8:02 PM

Associate Justice Mariano del Castillo declares the highest net worth with P110 million; Justice Marvic Leonen the least with P1 6 million

SALN. Associate Justice Mariano del Castillo remains the richest Supreme Court justice with a net worth of P110 million. File photo by Rappler

Plunder complaint vs SC justice, Ongpin

Sep 24, 2012 - 6:20 PM

Top businessmen Roberto Ongpin and Ramon Ang allegedly entered into a contract that is grossly disadvantageous to the government