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[OPINION | NEWSPOINT] Marcos vs Robredo

Oct 12, 2019 - 11:00 AM

To be sure, too many incredible things have happened in the Supreme Court, precisely in cases where Duterte had an interest

Senators joke Peralta is next chief justice

Sep 30, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Justice Diosdado Peralta, the most senior of the applicants, represents the judiciary in budget hearings of both chambers of Congress

THE NEXT CJ? Senators tease Associate Justice Diosdado Peralta that he is the next chief justice. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

IN CHARTS: 2 years on, PH courts have 30% compliance with continuous trial

Aug 28, 2019 - 9:57 PM

Before continuous trial, only 2% of criminal cases on average finish trial in 180 days. The 30% compliance is an impressive improvement.

PH COURTS. A woman looks at the bulletin board of one of the busiest court houses in Metro Manila, the Manila Regional Trial Court. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Pacquiao: Trust Supreme Court justices in deciding death penalty cases

Aug 06, 2019 - 6:55 PM

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon says: 'In this imperfect world, death can be imposed. And this imposition of death penalty is irrevocable because you can't bring back the life.'

DEATH PENALTY. Senator Manny Pacquiao, a Born-again Christian, gives a privilege speech on his proposal to reimposition of death penalty for high-level drug traffickers. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

SC: Release P747-M retirement perks of ex-DBP employees

May 05, 2019 - 1:59 PM

The Supreme Court grants a petition questioning the Commission on Audit's notice of disallowance on the Development Bank of the Philippines' retirement program

Image from Wikicommons

Calida blocks petition seeking to increase nurses' salary

Feb 27, 2019 - 12:08 AM

Solicitor General Jose Calida argues that implementing an increase in salary grade for government nurses would result in a 'wage distortion' among state workers

NURSES' PAY. A petition at the Supreme Court seeks to increase the salary of public nurses in the Philippines. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

[ANALYSIS] Deep Dive | What's the big deal about seniority in selecting the Chief Justice?

Nov 29, 2018 - 9:30 AM

Appointing the judiciary’s head, whether the most senior or not, is the only way by which the President may legally exert influence over the judiciary

Who will be the next Chief Justice? | Evening wRap

Nov 23, 2018 - 10:20 PM

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SC urged: Rule now on 2008 petition vs exploration deal with China

Nov 21, 2018 - 5:57 PM

The petitioners say it is 'high time' that the High Court resolve their 10-year-old petition in view of a new joint exploration deal between the Philippines and China

SUPREME COURT. The High Court allows court employees to work only till noontime on Holy Wednesday. Rappler file photo

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

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

[WRAP | Day 4] Trillanes stays in Senate, Duterte changes tune on warrantless arrest

Sep 08, 2018 - 7:00 AM

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV remains holed up in the Senate as President Rodrigo Duterte himself backtracks on the warrantless arrest of his fierce critic

NO ARREST. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV remains at the Senate as rumors of a warrantless did not materialize on Friday, September 7. Photo by Alecs Ongcal / Rappler

Military defers action on Trillanes, waits for SC

Sep 07, 2018 - 2:10 PM

'The DND respects the judicial process and will defer to the decision of the court on the matter,' says the Department of National Defense

NOW UP TO SC. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV at the Senate building in Pasay City. Photo by Alecs Ongcal / Rappler

Trillanes: Supreme Court TRO will give military a 'way out'

Sep 07, 2018 - 12:55 PM

Trillanes says it is the only way that the military can get out of the order to arrest him without necessarily defying their commander-in-chief

Photo by Alecs Ongcal / Rappler

Opposition senators a no-show in ICC oral arguments

Aug 28, 2018 - 3:36 PM

The Supreme Court denies the motion for reconsideration as well as the appeal to let Senator Leila de Lima argue through video conference

NO SHOW. Opposition senators are a no show at the Supreme Court oral arguments on the withdrawal from the International Criminal Court (ICC) on August 28, 2018. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, June 27, 2018

Jun 27, 2018 - 11:30 AM

Hello! Here's a roundup of news you need to know this Wednesday.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte administers the oath of office of around 1,900 newly-elected barangay chairpersons in the Zamboanga Peninsula. The ceremony was held at the Municipal Gymnasium in Molave, Zamboanga del Sur on June 26, 2018. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Leonen grills Calida: Can you prove Constitution bans same-sex marriage?

Jun 26, 2018 - 10:47 PM

'We choose only portions of the past that we like and call it tradition that we must preserve,' says Associate Justice Marvic Leonen

CONSTITUTION. Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen and Solicitor General Jose Calida argued on June 26, 2018, on whether the Constitution contemplated same-sex marriage.

Supreme Court tackles: Are same-sex couples family too?

Jun 26, 2018 - 5:24 PM

‘Is there a statistical study that shows that heterosexual couples make better families?’ Associate Justice Marvic Leonen asks Solicitor General Jose Calida

Justices of the Supreme Court led by acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio starts the oral arguments on the same sex marriage on June 18, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

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

Carpio to decline chief justice nomination

Jun 20, 2018 - 11:13 AM

'I have to be consistent with my position, that the quo warranto is not the proper way to remove a sitting member of the Court. So I don’t want to benefit from the decision to which I disagreed,' says Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio

NOT DISPUTED. Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio says Filipinos should stop saying 'disputed' West Philippine Sea. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

[OPINION | NEWSPOINT] A moral snowball

May 19, 2018 - 11:00 AM

At any rate, if Duterte and his gang think they're done with Sereno, they’re mistaken

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, May 18, 2018

May 18, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Friday

Sereno rallies Filipinos to fight Duterte’s ‘dictatorial’ rule

May 17, 2018 - 7:16 PM

'Kung ayaw niya ng dissent, bigyan siya ng dissent. Kung ayaw niya ng boses ng tao, bigyan siya ng boses ng tao. The only way to fight a bully is to resist,' says ousted chief justice Maria Loures Sereno in her strongest speech yet

Former SC chief justice speaks at a forum at the Integrated Bar of the Philippines in Pasig City on May 17, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Sereno to Duterte: 'Mag-resign ka na'

May 17, 2018 - 5:25 PM

'Gagawin niya ba tayong probinsiya ng China? ....Eh di sana pala pumunta rin ako kay Xi Jinping,' says ousted chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, as she also mocks President Rodrigo Duterte's China ties

Former SC chief justice speaks at a forum at the Integrated Bar of the Philippines in Pasig City on May 17, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

14 senators file resolution urging SC to review Sereno ouster

May 17, 2018 - 4:00 PM

(2ND UPDATE) '[It] sets a dangerous precedent that transgresses the exclusive powers of the legislative branch to initiate, try, and decide all cases of impeachment,' says Senate Resolution 738

REVIEW. Senators sign a resolution urging the Supreme Court to review its decision on the ouster of former Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. File photo

Opposition senators ask SC to stop PH from leaving Int'l Criminal Court

May 16, 2018 - 6:25 PM

In a petition filed before the Supreme Court, 6 senators argue that the withdrawal from the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court needs Senate concurrence

USURPATION OF LEGISLATIVE POWERS. Opposition senators ask the Supreme Court to invalidate the withdrawal from the International Criminal Court initiated by President Rodrigo Duterte. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

CHR: Granting of quo warranto petition vs Sereno 'erodes rule of law'

May 15, 2018 - 7:40 PM

The Commission on Human Rights says it is in 'disbelief' over the decision of the Supreme Court to oust Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno

A group of lawyers led by the National Union of Progressive Lawyers troop the Supreme Court on May 15, 2018 to protest the quo warranto decision against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

[OPINION] On the ouster of Chief Justice: Sereno served with honor and competence

May 15, 2018 - 5:08 PM

Her legacy is an unimpeachable reputation, and a record of leadership marked by changes that have and will continue to enhance the judiciary and the legal profession

Ousted Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno speaks before a crowd supporting her on May 11, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: When the Supreme Court harms itself – and us

May 14, 2018 - 9:00 AM

If democracy must die sooner or later, it must die with honor

[OPINION | NEWSPOINT] A tale of two stinks

May 12, 2018 - 1:00 PM

As it happens, Topacio is our link between two stinks – the one surrounding the Tulfos now and the one exploded in 2005 by Gloria Arroyo, former president and now Deputy Speaker and seemingly an eternal Topacio client

House to await resolution of Sereno motion for reconsideration before plenary vote

May 11, 2018 - 5:46 PM

'Out of respect to a co-equal [branch] that has ruled that it has jurisdiction over the matter of the legality of the appointment of respondent Sereno, the House of Representatives should wait for the resolution of the motion for reconsideration, if one is filed,' says House Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas

WAITING HOUSE. The articles of impeachment against Maria Lourdes Sereno, whom the SC ousted as chief justice on May 11, 2018, is still pending at the House of Representatives. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Senators on Sereno ouster: ‘Black day for justice’

May 11, 2018 - 12:06 PM

(5TH UPDATE) 'The Supreme Court has fallen, and fallen hard in the eyes of the public,' says Senator Risa Hontiveros

BLACK DAY. Supporters of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno hold up banners as the Supreme Court deliberated on the quo warranto petition against Sereno on May 11, 2018. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

SC Associate Justice Teresita de Castro nominated for Ombudsman

May 07, 2018 - 1:05 PM

Retired associate justice Arturo Brion cites Associate Justice Teresita de Castro's decades-long service to the judiciary in a nomination letter he sent to the Judicial and Bar Council

Justice Teresita De Castro testifies before the House Committee on Justice during Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Serenoo during the Impeachment proceedings on Wednesday. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

[OPINION] The perils of quo warranto against Sereno

May 07, 2018 - 12:00 PM

If history indeed is the final and fair judge, those who vote against the quo warranto petition will be judged by future generations as people who put institution and country above themselves

Calida defends tax reform: Poor 'shielded' by gov't cash handouts

May 01, 2018 - 5:21 PM

Bayan Muna Representative Carlos Zarate says Solicitor General Jose Calida's argument is 'deceptive and misleading'

FUEL TAX. Solicitor General Jose Calida says higher taxes on fuel only has a 0.1% maximum effect on transporation rates. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Boracay workers file 1st petition vs closure at Supreme Court

Apr 25, 2018 - 1:18 PM

(UPDATED) Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque asserts, 'Unless a TRO is issued, the planned closure of Boracay to tourists shall proceed'

Lawyers from the National Union of People's Lawyers standing as representatives of residents and workers from the famous Boracay Island file a Temporary Restraining Order and Preliminary Injunction on the 6-month closure of the Boracay beach before the Supreme Curt in Manila on April 25, 2018. Photo Ben Nabong/Rappler

Bayan Muna asks SC to clarify TRO on retail electricity suppliers

Apr 24, 2018 - 8:10 PM

The group says the 'sweeping' temporary restraining order earlier issued by the Supreme Court 'has given monopolies like Meralco the advantage'

SC: Ombudsman Morales entitled to full 7-year term

Apr 24, 2018 - 4:40 PM

The Supreme Court dismisses petitions to remove Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales for supposedly overstaying

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.

Law groups to U.N. expert: Probe Duterte threats vs judiciary

Apr 18, 2018 - 4:10 PM

Malacañang, however, says President Rodrigo Duterte's remarks against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno only show his 'dislike' of her, and not of the judiciary

Lawyers Arpee Santiago of the Ateneo Human Rights Center, Neri Colmenares of National Union of People's Lawyers and Integrated Bar of the Philippines' Abe Fajardo, Ryan Jay Roset and Dean Tony La Viña on Wednesday, April 18, 2018, show a copy of the submitted report to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers Diego Garcia Sayan narrating the recent statements by President Rodrigo Duterte against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Ateneo president: Junk quo warranto vs Sereno, let impeachment unfold

Apr 14, 2018 - 3:04 PM

Resorting to a quo warranto petition to remove Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno 'circumvents the clear dictates of the Constitution,' says Father Jose Ramon Villarin

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno speaks on separation of Powers Under the Rule of Law at the fellowship of Philippine Bar Association in Manila Golf and Country Club in Forbes Park, Makati City on April 11, 2018. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

[OPINION | NEWSPOINT] The ultimate betrayal

Apr 14, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Why should Duterte trouble himself with a minority chief justice?

Bar Exam 2017 results out on April 26

Apr 12, 2018 - 1:41 PM

A total of 7,227 law graduates took the Bar Examinations in November 2017

Well-wishers greet aspiring lawyers on the last day of the Bar Examinations on November 26, 2017. File photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

PNP to SC: Presumption of regularity is on our side

Apr 12, 2018 - 8:52 AM

'The presumption of regularity remains with the law enforcers and unless proven otherwise in the court of law,' says the PNP in a statement relating to alleged extrajudicial killings

OPLAN TOKHANG. Cops prepare to go around to knock and plead with drug suspects to surrender. File photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Supreme Court: Drug war deaths may mean gov't behind killings

Apr 11, 2018 - 6:38 PM

The Supreme Court also 'wants to know why so many deaths happened' in the Duterte administration's anti-drug campaign

Alvarez wants House to impeach Sereno in May

Apr 11, 2018 - 2:00 PM

But Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez also says the impeachment proceedings would become moot and academic if the Supreme Court approves the quo warranto petition against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno

SERENO OUSTER. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez is set on having the House of Representatives impeach Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno next month. File photo from House

'Popcorn, please': Sereno-De Castro word war stuns netizens

Apr 10, 2018 - 7:55 PM

Netizens are willing spectators as the claws come out between the two women of the judiciary

'You're oppressive!': Sereno, De Castro face off in SC orals

Apr 10, 2018 - 5:25 PM

'You are making a lot of excuses,' an agitated Associate Justice Teresita Leonardo De Castro tells Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno

ORAL ARGUMENTS. Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno faces off in a two-hour long heated interpellation with Associate Justice Teresita Leonardo De Castro. Screengrab from SC

Duterte tells Congress to fast-track Sereno impeachment

Apr 09, 2018 - 2:21 PM

(UPDATED) Angered by Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno's latest remarks, President Rodrigo Duterte says he will 'help any investigator' and 'egg Calida [on]' to pursue the quo warranto petition

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech at the Francisco Bangoy International Airport in Davao City on April 9, 2018, announces that his attendance to the Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) Annual Conference 2018 aims to advance the country's cooperation with neighboring countries in the areas of economic investments and regional security. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO