Philippine judicial branch yearend stories 2018 - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Philippine judicial branch yearend stories 2018

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Justice Efren de la Cruz: A year of losses for the ethics man

Dec 09, 2018 - 10:53 AM

It has been a tough year for the ethics man of the Sandiganbayan, the justice who prides himself as a man with no connections, and who would always say that those chosen over him for higher positions are more competent

'ETHICS MAN'. Sandiganbayan Justice Efren dela Cruz. Rappler Screenshot

Because of OSG lapse, SC upholds Mikey Arroyo’s acquittal in tax case

Dec 05, 2018 - 11:32 AM

The appeal is junked because the Office of the Solicitor General committed procedural lapses

DISMISSED APPEAL. The Supreme Court dismisses the government appeal on the acquittal of Mikey Arroyo in his P27 million tax evasion case. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Chief Justice Bersamin: I will not apologize for my appointment

Dec 03, 2018 - 5:25 PM

’I do not apologize to anyone for having been appointed. That is the wisdom of a President who is the appointing power, please accept me,’ Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin tells employees of the Supreme Court

CJ BERSAMIN. Newly appointed Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin during his press conference after he took oath as the new Chief Justice in Manila on November 28, 2018. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Like Enrile, 'advanced age' helps Imelda Marcos get bail

Dec 03, 2018 - 2:45 PM

The Sandiganbayan cites the landmark Supreme Court decision that granted bail to plunder defendant Juan Ponce Enrile, which was penned by now-Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin

Former First Lady and now Ilocos Norte Representative Imelda inside the court at the Sandiganbayan on November 16, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Justice Antonio Carpio: Forever the No. 2

Nov 28, 2018 - 8:56 PM

Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin says he's confident that his appointment will not strain relationships in the High Court

Photo c/o SC PIO

Chief Justice Bersamin's philosophy: Restraint in favor of government

Nov 28, 2018 - 7:57 PM

Bersamin says of Duterte’s announced death squad against rebel communists: ‘I will trust the government to do its job if it believes there is a crime being committed’

Newly appointed Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin during preaa conference after he took an an oath as the new Chief Justice of the Supreme Court in Manila on November 28, 2018. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

FAST FACTS: Who is new Supreme Court Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin?

Nov 28, 2018 - 1:16 PM

Lucas Bersamin is appointed as top magistrate on his 9th year in the Supreme Court. He is retiring in 10 months.

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

What's taking the Sandiganbayan long to issue warrant vs Imelda Marcos?

Nov 13, 2018 - 5:34 PM

'It is hard to explain why there is a delay in the warrant issuance and, consequently, service,' says law professor and former SC spokesman Ted Te

IMELDA ARREST. Martial law victims led by SELDA (Samahan ng mga Ex-Detainees Laban sa Detensyon at Aresto) hold a protest action, in front of the Sandiganbayan on Tuesday, November 13, 2018, to call for the issuance of a warrant of arrest against Imelda Marcos. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

LIST: Judges, prosecutors, lawyers killed under Duterte gov't

Nov 08, 2018 - 6:45 PM

(UPDATED) Members of the judiciary are not spared from the culture of impunity

Rappler Talk: Inside the Supreme Court with Justice Marvic Leonen

Oct 25, 2018 - 11:09 AM

Former Supreme Court spokesman Ted Te also joins the discussion on Thursday, October 25

Rappler Talk: Lawyer Cristina Bonoan on the Supreme Court under Duterte

Oct 23, 2018 - 2:46 PM

On Tuesday, October 23, Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug speaks with Cristina Bonoan of the Angeles State University about qualities needed in a chief justice and the challenges he or she will face

EXPLAINER: What Judge Soriano means in saying Duterte's Proclamation No. 572 is 'legal'

Oct 23, 2018 - 2:28 PM

Law professor Ted Te downplays fears of a possible effect of Judge Soriano's ruling, simply because ‘a trial court is not binding’

'GUTSY' Makati RTC Branch 148 Judge Andres Soriano is hailed by law professors for his "gutsy" decision that allows opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV to keep his freedom. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Rappler Talk: Understanding the Supreme Court with Ted Te

Oct 15, 2018 - 2:19 PM

There is a lot of interest in the High Court, especially that the search is on again for the next chief justice. Watch the interview live on Monday, October 15.

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

[ANALYSIS] Philippine courts dribble, stall on Trillanes amnesty issue

Sep 28, 2018 - 7:50 PM

The persistent efforts to send Trillanes back to jail ends this September with the anticlimactic order of deferment by Makati RTC Judge Andres Soriano

Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

EXPLAINER: Why Judge Alameda disregarded affidavits in Trillanes case

Sep 25, 2018 - 8:59 PM

A military officer swears under oath that she received, accepted, and processed Trillanes’ amnesty application, but Judge Alameda says it’s a substitute document that has no probative value

AMNESTY CASE. Judge Elmo Alameda, Rey Robles and Senator Antonio Trillanes IV (right-left) meet inside the courtroom of Branch 150 as the senator pays bail on September 25, 2018. Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Why don't we know enough about Supreme Court justices’ wealth?

Aug 21, 2018 - 9:04 PM

A group wants to nullify strict guidelines on releasing SALNs of justices, saying that they are not above the law

WEALTH. The Supreme Court has strict guidelines on releasing the summaries of assets and net worth of the justices.

#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

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

Rappler Talk: Morales on victories, restoring credibility to the Office of the Ombudsman

Jun 27, 2018 - 1:30 PM

Watch Rappler's interview with Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales

Rappler Talk Investigative: Bob Herrera-Lim on the rule of law and risks to business

May 17, 2018 - 2:11 PM

Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug speaks to risk consultant Roberto 'Bob' Herrera-Lim on how the situation in the Philippines specifically affects the business sector and perceptions of investors

What Sereno's quo warranto ouster means for President, VP

May 14, 2018 - 1:19 PM

The President and the Vice President have very minimal requirements for eligibility. As such, there are very limited grounds to use a quo warranto petition against them.

Supporters of CJ Sereno gather early morning on May 11, 2018 at the Supreme Court deciding on the quo warranto case against the Chief Justice. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

The Supreme Court post-Sereno: Better off or not?

May 13, 2018 - 6:25 PM

'Perhaps, an old torch will be finally rekindled: one which will light the way for a more vigilant citizenry that is sober, analytical, and organized enough to demand decency and a true passion for justice from all of government,' says Associate Justice Marvic Leonen

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

FULL TEXT: Supreme Court decision on Sereno ouster

May 13, 2018 - 10:30 AM

Read the full text of the Supreme Court decision, penned by Associate Justice Noel Tijam, that ousted Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno

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

[OPINION] Sereno ouster: Implications on accountability

May 13, 2018 - 10:00 AM

The recent perversion of accountability pushes the momentum of the monopolization of executive power, which undermines checks and balances, potentially paving the way for a dictatorship

EXPLAINER: How SC majority tried to close all doors for ousted Sereno

May 12, 2018 - 12:27 PM

The 153-page ponencia of Associate Justice Noel Tijam effectively assures Sereno's ouster – even if Congress tries to intervene

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

Supreme Court ousts Chief Justice Sereno

May 11, 2018 - 10:59 AM

(5th UPDATE) If the Senate decides to question the ouster, it will result in a constitutional crisis, says constitutional law expert Dan Gatmaytan

CJ Sereno returns to SC Photo by Maria Tan

'Pro hac vice': Can SC oust Sereno without setting bad precedent?

May 10, 2018 - 6:28 PM

It's a doctrine that literally means 'for this moment' and will quell fears that the quo warranto can be abused in the future

QUO WARRANTO. Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno makes a comeback to the Supreme Court on May 9, 2018, ending her indefinite leave two days before the SC votes on the quo warranto petition seeking to remove her. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Rappler Talk: IBP national president Abdiel Fajardo on the rule of law

Feb 15, 2018 - 2:17 PM

On Thursday, February 15, Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug speaks to Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) national president Abdiel Dan Fajardo on the role of lawyers as the rule of law is challenged in the country

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Rule of law in a compromised democracy

Feb 05, 2018 - 9:00 AM

A compromised democracy results from arbitrary laws that define what is right and just according to standards of the ruling thugs

EXPLAINER: Can SC reverse ruling on deputy ombudsman?

Jan 30, 2018 - 4:31 PM

(UPDATED) Overall Deputy Ombudsman Melchor Arthur Carandang can now challenge the suspension order before the Supreme Court

SUSPENDED. Overall Deputy Ombudsman Melchor Arthur Carandang is suspended by Malacañang form 90 days. Can he challenge it?