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Better screening of cases can address Supreme Court backlog

Aug 17, 2018 - 3:27 PM

Former SC associate justice Vicente Mendoza says a committee that can screen 'unmeritorious' cases from the lower courts can help ease the SC's burden

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.

Breaking up Supreme Court into 4 high courts weakens judiciary

Aug 16, 2018 - 3:29 PM

Former SC associate justice Vicente Mendoza says it's more important to preserve the role of the High Court in the justice system

UN Rapporteur: Judicial independence in PH under attack

Jun 01, 2018 - 6:59 PM

Philippine experts believe the statements are a nudge to the ICC prosecutor to claim jurisdiction to investigate the war on drugs

UN Special Rapporteur Diego Garcia-Sayan on a media briefing in Makati City on MAy 31, 2018.PHOTO BY INOUE JAENA/Rappler

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

Sereno urges students to fight for 'independent judiciary'

Mar 13, 2018 - 6:50 PM

'Fight for freedom – want it, demand it, claim it,' Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno tells students in a forum in Bacolod City

'INDEPENDENT JUDICIARY.' Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno addresses over a thousand students at the University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos in a forum dubbed as 'The Road to Judicial Reform: Achieving Justice Through the Rule of Law' on March 13, 2018. Photo by Marchel Espina/Rappler

[OPINION | Newspoint] Impeachment overkill

Dec 08, 2017 - 5:17 PM

By voting against Duterte’s pet cases in the Supreme Court, Sereno did not endear herself to him and, chief justice for 14 more years, unless stopped by abnormal means, like impeachment, she could hound him beyond his term

High noon in the SC: Is martial law legal?

Jun 26, 2017 - 8:00 PM

A lot of things depend on the clarity of the Supreme Court decision in saying not only what martial law is not but also what it includes

A deranged mind: The insanity plea in PH cases

Mar 26, 2017 - 8:10 PM

UPDATED Has the insanity plea ever worked in a Philippine court?

EXPLAINER: How the Judicial and Bar Council works

Nov 17, 2016 - 8:00 AM

(UPDATED) The creation of the Judicial and Bar Council, according to the late Chief Justice Roberto Concepcion, was necessary 'in attaining and preserving the independency of the judiciary'

Too many lawyers, not enough jurists!

Sep 11, 2016 - 11:00 AM

We need more jurists in the Philippines – which is to say that we need more thoughtful people for whom law is the object of serious study and its recondite problems for which the lawyer may have very little time or interest

CJ: We need to have 'very good' relations with executive

Aug 25, 2016 - 4:31 PM

Sereno also says concern was what prompted her to send a letter to President Rodrigo Duterte about his drug list

HEALTHY TIES. Sereno underscores the need to have good relations with the executive branch.

Roxas: SC justices of next president can change character of judiciary

Mar 31, 2016 - 10:45 AM

The wrong choice might mean that black becomes white and white becomes black And that s why we need to be very very careful the Liberal Party candidate says

CAREFUL CHOICE. Liberal Party bet Mar Roxas (right) stresses the importance of choosing the successor of President Benigno Aquino III (left), because the next leader will have the power to appoint 10 justices of the Supreme Court. Rappler file photo

#AnimatED: ‘Special’ treatment for Juan Ponce Enrile

Aug 24, 2015 - 9:00 AM

In granting bail to a senator accused of plunder 8 Supreme Court justices rule in favor of the powerful

Chief Justice Sereno: Setting limits to power

Jul 19, 2015 - 3:30 PM

In an exclusive interview with Rappler Philippine Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno talks about her personal paradigm for power and her plans to lead the reform of the judiciary

Sereno: Justice must be real-time, high-tech

Jul 17, 2015 - 11:06 AM

The Chief Justice has 15 more years left in her term to transform Philippine courts from being repositories of paper to modern structures where accessing justice can be as easy as a click

TECH-SAVVY JUDICIARY. Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno obliges to a selfie with students after her first meet-the-press session in August 2013. File photo

Sereno: Independence is my best achievement

Jul 16, 2015 - 11:45 AM

In an exclusive interview with Rappler Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno talks about her accomplishments leadership style and struggles in her first 3 years in office

'APPRECIATE INSTITUTIONS.' Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno says Filipinos must appreciate institutions, and plan long-term to build a modern nation.

Supreme Court justice a party to unpaid P20-million loan

Jul 08, 2015 - 10:30 AM

EXCLUSIVE: Will now Supreme Court Justice Presbitero Velasco be asked to pay for a multi million peso loan he endorsed 18 years ago?

#AnimatED: Misplaced rooting for lawyers

Mar 30, 2015 - 9:00 AM

We have a bias for the legal profession because many of its members become part of our ruling elite

Sandiganbayan slams Ombudsman for case delays

Dec 01, 2014 - 8:15 PM

In a resolution Sandiganbayan Presiding Justice Amparo Cabotaje Tang asks the Ombudsman to address the problem

CASE DELAYS. This file photo shows the facade of the anti-graft court  Sandiganbayan which is hearing the cases in connection with the pork barrel scam. AFP photo

Courts won't adopt 4-day work week in Metro Manila

Oct 27, 2014 - 3:58 PM

The Supreme Court en banc nixes a Civil Service Commission memo to government agencies to voluntarily adopt shorter work week to help ease traffic in the national capital region

NIGHTMARE. We all know Metro Manila's transport system is a nightmare but are we willing to do something about it? File photo by Romeo Gacad/Agence France-Presse

Sereno: SC rulings outlast presidents

Aug 29, 2014 - 6:52 PM

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno refuses to engage in a word war with the President saying she does not want to add to the confusion

#AnimatED: A dreadful scenario

Aug 25, 2014 - 7:00 AM

If a government that initially helped cleanse the Supreme Court has apparently lost faith in it and seems prepared to do mortal combat with it where are we headed?

Matters of consideration

Aug 01, 2014 - 9:48 AM

The Supreme Court seems to be a cloaked society wary of the prying eyes of media and the public

SC sacks judge tagged in 'Ma'am Arlene' court bribery

Jul 31, 2014 - 7:50 PM

2 other judges are suspended while another one is removed from a Manila court

The good king

Jul 28, 2014 - 1:00 PM

In the world imagined by Benigno Aquino III checks and balances are unnecessary for as long as a good man stands at the helm

Rappler reporter Paticia Evangelista at the Tacloban City Astrodome in November 2013 after the onslaught of typhoon Haiyan. Photo by Carlo Gabuco

UP, Ateneo Law student gov'ts hit Aquino on DAP

Jul 27, 2014 - 4:10 PM

Both student governments say the President did not respect the independence of the Supreme Court in his recent defense of the disbursement acceleration program

Aquino and the Sereno Court

Jul 23, 2014 - 1:02 PM

This is becoming an unwieldy court as far as you re concerned Cut it some slack Mr President

SolGen asks SC to stop Aquino from picking next justice

Jul 21, 2014 - 1:52 AM

UPDATED In an unprecedented move Solicitor General Francis Jardeleza asks the High Court to first have his name included in the list of nominees before allowing President Aquino to make a choice

STRIKE 3. File photo of Solicitor General Francis Jardeleza. File photo by Rappler

Jinggoy to Aquino: Respect SC, as I respect Ombudsman

Jul 15, 2014 - 2:05 PM

It s detained Senator Jinggoy Estrada s turn to tell President Aquino to respect the rule of law

'BE ACCOUNTABLE.' Senator Jinggoy Estrada says budget officials must be held accountable for the SC ruling partially striking down DAP. File photo by Sandiganbayan pool

‘Aquino SC impeachment threat worrisome’

Jul 15, 2014 - 12:31 PM

Opposition Senator JV Ejercito believes the President clearly threatened Supreme Court justices in his July 14 speech

Prosecutors in plunder cases at 'tremendous disadvantage' – Diokno

Jul 05, 2014 - 6:44 PM

The dean of the De La Salle University College of Law recommends the involvement of private prosecutors in the plunder cases

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Jun 30, 2014 - 9:38 PM

Court enters not guilty plea for Estrada Will SC dismiss anti graft court justice Gregory Ong? Terrorist group ISIS declares a caliphate in Syria and Iraq

Will SC dismiss anti-graft court justice?

Jun 30, 2014 - 9:52 AM

On Tuesday July 1 Supreme Court justices are scheduled to decide on a recommendation to dismiss Sandiganbayan Justice Gregory Ong for his links to suspected pork barrel scam architect Janet Lim Napoles


Pork barrel scam conviction: Last hope for the Philippines

Jun 28, 2014 - 10:36 PM

The country is at a crux If the judiciary will grow some balls this time around and convict – it will shatter doubts and silence the naysayers and cynics

Malacañang bares 30 new judges in lower courts

Jun 24, 2014 - 5:47 PM

President Benigno Aquino III has appointed new judges to lower courts in Aurora Bataan Bulacan Nueva Ecija Pampanga Tarlac and Zambales provinces

Youngest SC aspirant vows quick case disposal

May 30, 2014 - 7:07 PM

If appointed the young Hernando will serve in the SC for the next 23 years But he maintains he is not really that young

COA chief on SC nomination: PNoy can't control me

May 30, 2014 - 3:43 PM

Grace Pulido Tan says she wants to become SC justice even as she concedes she s familiar with the Court s set up only to the extent that the public knows it

Suspect in judge killing arrested

Mar 10, 2014 - 12:56 PM

The suspect identified as Mohamad Alkhalidz Paradji Amisali was arrested by local police along Sunrise Drive in Zamboanga city Sunday

Sandiganbayan shouldn’t handle minor cases – Drilon

Feb 12, 2014 - 4:17 PM

The Senate President Drilon wants the regional trial courts to try among other cases those that involve P1 million or less

WAITING FOR THE BOSS. Who will be the new presiding justice of the Sandiganbayan? File Photo/AFP

Closed-door policy for SC probe into Ma'am Arlene

Nov 07, 2013 - 5:23 PM

The Supreme Court Public Information Office releases a briefer for the media

Budget hearing? Drilon grills SC justices on ‘pork’ TRO

Sep 11, 2013 - 2:05 PM

The Senate President turns the tables on SC justices Marvic Leonen and Diosdado Peralta presses them on a speedy decision before the year ends

Dark clouds in the Supreme Court

Jul 15, 2013 - 9:20 AM

A decision that benefits the son of a sitting justice raises questions anew about the integrity of the highest court of the land

Olongapo lawyer shot dead

May 19, 2013 - 8:37 PM

Lawyer Ian Vela Cruz had just come from Saturday mass at an Iglesia ni Cristo chapel when he was shot by a lone gunman

Court 'war' over Garcia plea bargain deal

Apr 22, 2013 - 10:34 AM

A Sandiganbayan justice believes his colleagues broke rules when they formed a special division to rule on the Garcia plea bargain deal

Maj Gen Carlos Garcia. File photo/Newsbreak

God and the Supreme Court

Mar 26, 2013 - 7:08 AM

The highest court in the land which is not supposed to show bias for any faith is quite Catholic in its practices

CA junks murder raps vs ex-Palawan gov

Mar 20, 2013 - 4:08 PM

2nd UPDATE The court criticizes Justice Secretary de Lima for not following her own rules


CJ Sereno resign? Smacks of sexism

Jan 23, 2013 - 9:49 AM

In the end I will not judge Chief Justice Sereno alone but the entire Court under her leadership

‘Lawyer or liar?’

Jan 18, 2013 - 10:55 AM

It’s up to the members of the bar to make the choice—and improve public confidence in the legal profession

Incoming SC spokesman on the Court’s dignified silence

Dec 19, 2012 - 6:34 PM

UP Prof and human rights lawyer Theodore Te confirms that he is the Supreme Court s incoming spokesperson and head of its Public Information Office He writes his final Thought Leaders entry for Rappler

Supreme Court needs to decentralize

Dec 16, 2012 - 1:51 PM

But CJ Sereno can’t push this through unilateral decisions. Leadership is about building constituency for change