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Voting 8-6, Supreme Court affirms Sereno ouster

Jun 19, 2018 - 11:22 AM

(UPDATED) The Supreme Court junks 'with finality' ousted chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno's motion for reconsideration

Former Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno deliver her speech brfore members of Tindig Pilipina solidarity gathering at the UP Bahay ng Alumni in Diliman, Quezon City on Tuesday, during celebration of the Philippines 120th Independence Day. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

SC junks P51-B PCGG claim vs Marcoses, cronies

Jun 19, 2018 - 8:47 AM

The Supreme Court's First Division upholds a 2010 Sandiganbayan ruling which dismissed a PCGG complaint that sought damages from the estate of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos and his cronies

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

How tough were the questions for Supreme Court justice applicants?

Jun 15, 2018 - 1:41 PM

The members of the Judicial and Bar Council ask nominees about freedom of expression, judicial independence, and religious freedom. However, some issues like the bloody drug war are not discussed.

[OPINION] The shading threshold in Marcos v. Robredo

Jun 15, 2018 - 10:30 AM

The ruling of the Court imposing the 50% shading threshold in reviewing election results that were determined on a 25% threshold might therefore be a portent of things to come. It forecasts how the Court intends to exercise discretion in Marcos v. Robredo.

SC applicants agree with U.S ruling favoring baker in gay wedding cake case

Jun 14, 2018 - 6:15 PM

‘The right to religious belief in the hierarchy of values should prevail,’ says Court of Appeals Associate Justice Ramon Garcia

GAY WEDDING CAKE CASE. (L-R) Court of Appeals Associate Justices Oscar Badelles, Amy Lazaro-Javier and Ramon Garcia agree with the U.S Supreme Court ruling that upheld the religious right of a baker to refuse to make a wedding cake for a gay couple. Screenshots from JBC

SC justice applicant: Duterte not an enemy of women

Jun 14, 2018 - 4:21 PM

‘I am confident that the President will pass upon my qualifications on the merits and not because I am a woman and not a man,' says Court of Appeals Associate Justice Amy Lazaro-Javier

WOMAN. Court of Appeals Associate Justice Amy Lazaro Javier says in his interview for a justice post at the Supreme Court that she does not believe President Rodrigo Duterte to be an enemy of women. Screenshot from JBC

LIVE: JBC interviews candidates for Supreme Court justice | June 14, 2018

Jun 14, 2018 - 3:58 PM

There are 12 candidates vying for the slot of retiring Supreme Court Associate Justice Presbitero Velasco Jr, with 3 of them to be interviewed on Thursday, June 14

SC justice applicants stumble on freedom of expression question

Jun 14, 2018 - 1:45 PM

(UPDATED) The concept of freedom of expression is usually tackled during the first year of law school

Midas Marquez, CA justices, Davao judge up for SC justice post

Jun 13, 2018 - 2:08 PM

Six applicants will undergo public interviews on June 14

Supreme Court affirms De Lima's arrest on drug charges

Jun 06, 2018 - 6:36 PM

Dissenting Justice Benjamin Caguioa hits the double standard applied to the cases of De Lima and Lim-Espinosa, saying the senator's constitutional right 'continues to be violated'

DRUG CHARGES. Detained Senator Leila De Lima loses her appeal at the Supreme Court as the en banc denies with finality her motion for reconsideration questioning the validity of the drug charges against her. Photo courtesy of the office of Senator De Lima

[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

[OPINION] Should we keep our mouths shut? Supreme Court should clarify sub judice

May 19, 2018 - 4:00 PM

The Supreme Court issues a show cause order against ousted Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno for discussing the merits of the case before the media

Duterte lifts Kuwait deployment ban, Senators on Sereno ouster, Trump on North Korea | Midday wRap

May 17, 2018 - 1:01 PM

Watch Rappler's midday newscast with Marguerite de Leon

Lawyers counting on 'swing votes' to reverse Sereno ouster

May 15, 2018 - 1:09 PM

Edre Olalia of the National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers (NUPL) says it is up to Justices Andres Reyes Jr and Alexander Gesmundo to ‘change their minds’. There is also the curious case of Justice Francis Jardeleza.

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

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

[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

De Castro says Sereno ousted over tendency to 'lie, mislead'

May 13, 2018 - 7:00 PM

Associate Justice Teresita de Castro says ousted Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno's 'pattern of lies' began even before she was appointed to head the Supreme Court

TESTIMONY. Associate Justice Teresita Leonardo-de Castro testifies before the House committee on justice as it tackled an impeachment case against then-chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. File poto by Darren Langit/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

Pagkatalsik sa SC, ano'ng maaaring gawin ni Sereno?

May 12, 2018 - 9:47 PM

Maaari bang balewalain ni Sereno ang desisyon at igiit ang kaniyang sarili bilang Punong Mahistrado?

SERENO. Limang sitwasyon ang maaaring pagpilian ni Maria Lourdes Sereno matapos paboran ng Korte Suprema ang quo warranto petition. Kuha ni Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Carpio dissents in Sereno ouster, but says she violated SALN law

May 12, 2018 - 6:51 PM

Associate Justice Estela Perlas-Bernabe’s dissent also notes that facts and the own statements of ousted Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno 'cast shadows of doubt on her claim that she indeed faithfully filed all her SALNs'

CONFLICT? Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio rebuffs the claim of f Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno that he did not submit all of his SALNs. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

DOCUMENT: SC Justice Caguioa's dissenting opinion on quo warranto petition

May 12, 2018 - 4:00 PM

'This case marks the time when the Court commits seppuku – without honor,' says Associate Justice Alfredo Caguioa

DISSENTING OPINION. Associate Justice Alfredo Caguioa registers his dissent to the quo warranto petition against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.

Human Rights Watch: Sereno ouster 'frontal assault' on democracy

May 12, 2018 - 2:46 PM

'The Philippine Supreme Court’s unprecedented and nefarious removal of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno constitutes a frontal assault on human rights protections and democratic rule,' says Caloy Conde, HRW Researcher, Asia Division

Sereno Press Con at AG New World Manila Bay Hotel. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

DOCUMENT: SC Justice Leonen's dissenting opinion on Sereno ouster

May 12, 2018 - 2:05 PM

"Even if the Chief Justice has failed our expectations, quo warranto, as a process to oust an impeachable officer and a sitting member of the Supreme Court, is a legal abomination,” says Associate Justice Marvic Leonen

VULNERABLE HIGH COURT. Associate Justice Marvic Leonen says the Supreme Court decision granting the quo warranto petition against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno leaves the High Court vulnerable. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

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

Sereno: Junking quo warranto could have been SC’s redemption

May 11, 2018 - 9:20 PM

Sereno maintains 6 justices should have inhibited. 'Eh di resounding victory,' says ousted chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno

Sereno Press Con at AG New World Manila Bay Hotel. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Sereno says there were offers to meet Duterte: He could have ended it

May 11, 2018 - 8:38 PM

‘Can I redeem myself in the eyes of the public if there will always be rumors about me compromising?’ says ousted chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno

Sereno Press Con at AG New World Manila Bay Hotel. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Sereno out of Supreme Court even as associate justice

May 11, 2018 - 8:29 PM

(UPDATED) Because Sereno's previous post as associate justice was already filled up by another appointee, she cannot go back to it anymore

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

Leonen, Te tweet 'dissent' from SC’s quo warranto vote

May 11, 2018 - 8:13 PM

The Supreme Court justice says on social media the petition should have been dismissed outright, while the spokesperson posts a straightforward, self-explanatory graphic

Duterte’s satisfaction rating, SC ousts Sereno, Mayweather in Davao City | Evening wRap

May 11, 2018 - 7:47 PM

Watch Rappler's evening newscast with Marguerite de Leon

IBP to appeal Sereno ouster; lawyers called to rise up

May 11, 2018 - 4:35 PM

However, constitutional law experts say it is only Congress which is in a position to challenge the quo warranto

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

Calida: Sereno’s ouster preserves integrity of judiciary

May 11, 2018 - 3:30 PM

'This decision is the epitome of its exercise of judicial independence,' says Calida who is responsible for the ouster of the chief justice

VICTORY. Solicitor General Jose Calida scores another victory as he successfully ousts a chief justice in a process that is not impeachment. File photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Malacañang: 'Let’s respect SC decision'

May 11, 2018 - 1:56 PM

'The Supreme Court is the final arbiter of the law. The High Court has spoken,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque

PALACE SPOKESMAN. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque says the Supreme Court has spoken on the quo warranto  petition against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, so the people should respect the decision. Malacanang file photo

After ouster as CJ, Sereno says ‘the fight has just started’

May 11, 2018 - 1:55 PM

'Inilagay tayo dito para sa mga ganitong panahon, ang araw na ito ay araw ng paglaban,' says Maria Lourdes Sereno moments after she was ousted as Chief Justice

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

SC ousts Sereno, Duterte on Lagarde, Trump to meet Kim in Singapore | Midday wRap

May 11, 2018 - 1:00 PM

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SC: Sereno can be disbarred for sub judice

May 11, 2018 - 12:52 PM

(UPDATED) Nine justices also vote to declare the Chief Justice as having violated the Constitution for failing to file her SALNs

OUSTED. Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno speaks before a crowd supporting her on May 11, 2018. Photo by Maria Tan/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

After SC ousts her, what can Sereno do now?

May 11, 2018 - 11:25 AM

Can she ignore the decision and assert herself as the chief justice?

CJ Sereno At UP. Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno speaks during 'Speak Truth to Power' forum in UP Diliman, Quezon City on May 05, 2018. PHOTO BY INOUE JAENA

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

Sereno to face SC justices in ouster vote

May 11, 2018 - 8:51 AM

Sereno arrives at the tightly guarded Supreme Court just before 8 am on Friday, May 11

PRESENT. Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno intends to face her colleagues at the Supreme Court before they vote on the quo warranto petition against her. Photo courtesy of Office of the Chief Justice

Rappler Talk: Constitutional law professor Dan Gatmaytan on Sereno scenarios

May 10, 2018 - 6:38 PM

On Thursday, May 10, Rappler talks to constitutional law professor Dan Gatmaytan to discuss possible scenarios after the Supreme Court votes on the quo warranto petition against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno

'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

Sereno on SC, Duterte on Forbes list, Vietnam on China | Evening wRap

May 09, 2018 - 7:26 PM

Watch Rappler's evening newscast with Marguerite de Leon

Sereno will attend, but inhibit in quo warranto voting

May 09, 2018 - 12:15 PM

It is a defiant message from the Chief Justice: if the justices want to oust her, they are going to have to do it to her face

Tulfo brothers to return P60M, Robredo backs Sereno, Mayweather to visit Manila | Evening wRap

May 07, 2018 - 10:17 PM

Watch Rappler's evening newscast with Acor Arceo

Robredo backs Sereno: I will do everything to right this wrong

May 07, 2018 - 1:14 PM

'The quo warranto case against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno...can be the final blow to the ideal of justice we all depend on…. [It] is not just her fight, it is our fight,' the Vice President says at the Free the Courts forum

Photo by Angie de Silva

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

‘A different crisis’ looms if Senate clashes with SC on Sereno quo warranto

May 07, 2018 - 11:49 AM

‘Panibagong kaguluhan na naman ‘yun,’ says IBP national president Abdiel Dan Fajardo

CRISIS. IBP president Abdiel Dan Elijah Fajardo says a different crisis looms if the Senate clashes with the Supreme Court on the potential ouster of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Sereno: Quo warranto case could 'destroy' judicial independence

May 05, 2018 - 8:00 PM

'Wala pong safe sa atin kasi saan tayo pupunta kung ang mga matatapang na huwes, lahat sila pwede lang ipatanggal?' Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno says

SERENO AT UP. Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno speaks at the 'Speak Truth to Power' forum in UP Diliman, Quezon City on May 5. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler