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LTFRB orders arrest of Angkas bikes still operating

Dec 12, 2018 - 11:18 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The LTFRB orders all law enforcers to immediately apprehend and even impound Angkas motorcycles operating as public utility vehicles

NOT SO FAST? LTFRB can apprehend Angkas drivers again, a Supreme Court order says. Angkas file photo

LIVE: JBC interviews candidates for Supreme Court justice | December 5, 2018

Dec 05, 2018 - 8:00 AM

(UPDATED) The Judicial and Bar Council is interviewing 6 applicants for the slot of retiring Associate Justice Noel Tijam

Ahead of JBC interviews, SC lists recommendation for next justice

Dec 04, 2018 - 3:30 PM

(UPDATED) CA Justices Manuel Barrios, Ramon Bato Jr, Ramon Garcia, and Court Administrator Midas Marquez get the en banc’s nod

VACANCIES. The Supreme Court is again on the search for who will be President Rodrigo Duterte's 8th appointee to the High Court. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Midas Marquez again named Supreme Court spokesperson

Dec 03, 2018 - 12:49 PM

(UPDATED) Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin says he continues to look for a permanent spokesperson. Marquez is applying for associate justice.

SPOKESPERSON AGAIN. Court Administrator Midas Marquez once again holds the post of Supreme Court spokesperson for the term of new Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin. Photo by Darren Langit/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

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

FAST FACTS: Who is new Supreme Court Associate Justice Rosmari Carandang?

Nov 28, 2018 - 5:59 PM

Rosmari Carandang is appointed to the Supreme Court after making it to the short list at least 5 times

Duterte appoints woman justice to the Supreme Court

Nov 28, 2018 - 1:20 PM

Longtime applicant Court of Appeals Associate Justice Rosmari Carandang is the new Supreme Court justice

NEW SC JUSTICE. Court of Appeals Justice Rosmari Carandang is the newest Supreme Court Justice. Photo from the Supreme Court

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

Alliance appeals SC ruling removing Filipino as required college subject

Nov 26, 2018 - 9:21 PM

Petitioners say that implementation of the CHED memorandum will also leave rights guaranteed by the Constitution 'vulnerable to being diminished'

FIGHT RULING. Students and Filipino language advocates march towards the Supreme Court in Manilaon November 26, 2018 as they hold a protest action condemning the recent CHED Memorandum Order 20 which aims to remove the Filipino subject in the college level. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Short list for chief justice is out, all 5 justices get in

Nov 23, 2018 - 5:34 PM

The short list will be transmitted to Malacañang before the end of Friday, November 23

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

SC orders Muntinlupa court: Allow media access to De Lima hearings

Nov 23, 2018 - 12:53 PM

While the en banc awaits the proposed guidelines of reporters' associations, it orders the Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court to let in as many reporters as can be accommodated in the hearings

HEAVILY GUARDED. Detained Senator Leila De Lima is always heavily guarded when she attends her hearings, with one branch of the Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court restricting media access. Photo from Senator De Lima's Office

Thanks to SC decision, mining firm SR Metals cleared in P76M tax case

Nov 22, 2018 - 2:14 PM

Caloocan City 2nd District Representative Edgar Erice, who is with the Liberal Party, is a shareholder of SR Metals Incorporated

MINING TAX. SR Metals wins all its legal battles on what could have been a P76 million worth tax case. Image from Shutterstock


SC reminder: Weak drug cases will lead to acquittals

Nov 22, 2018 - 10:55 AM

Because the police failed to bring required witnesses during the inventory of seized drugs, a man previously sentenced to life in prison can now walk free

DRUG CASES. The Supreme Court reminds police and prosecutors to strictly follow procedures in drugs cases. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

CA justices shortlisted to be next Supreme Court justice

Nov 16, 2018 - 4:48 PM

The names on the shortlist are all familiar

Supreme Court of teh Philippines in Padre Faura, Manila

The unpredictability of Supreme Court Justice Bernabe

Nov 02, 2018 - 11:01 AM

Bernabe often votes with a nuance. She is respected in the High Court because of her collegial virtues.

CJ SEARCH. Supreme Court Associate Justice Estela Perlas-Bernabe applies for chief justice.

First among equals: How influential is a chief justice on the Court?

Nov 01, 2018 - 6:25 PM

A recently-released study shows there’s a probability that a justice who belongs to the same network as the chief justice will vote similarly as the top magistrate

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

Supreme Court warns officials: ‘Good faith’ not always a valid excuse

Oct 31, 2018 - 8:37 PM

The good faith doctrine is ‘inapplicable in a situation where there are circumstances that should have prompted the government officials to make further inquiries,’ says the High Court

GOOD FAITH DOCTRINE. The Supreme Court says good faith doctrine does not always apply in corruption cases. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Supreme Court improves whenever Carpio is acting Chief Justice – Leonen

Oct 25, 2018 - 7:12 PM

'It’s difficult to pluck someone from the most junior ranks and put them to the leadership position,’ says Associate Justice Marvic Leonen

#CJSEARCH. Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio applies for chief justice. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

‘Improper’ JBC questions led to striking out public interview of senior justices

Oct 25, 2018 - 5:55 PM

‘The court en banc was disappointed that there were questions which were not proper, they catered to something, to trivia,’ says Associate Justice Marvic Leonen

JBC. The Judicial and Bar Council interviews applicants for the chief justice position on August 16, 2018. Screengrab from SC PIO

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

SC clears the way for 500% hike in property valuation in Quezon City

Oct 25, 2018 - 7:30 AM

(UPDATED) City Administrator Aldrin Cuña says the QC Fair Market Values Ordinance can be implemented 15 working days after the Supreme Court decision

Rebus sic stantibus? SC aspirant says Duterte can unilaterally withdraw from ICC

Oct 18, 2018 - 3:29 PM

Associate Dean Rita Linda Jimeno stumbles on the doctrine at first, but eventually says that rebus sic stantibus may be used by Duterte to validly withdraw from the ICC without the concurrence of the Senate

ICC ISSUE. CEU Associate Dean Rita Linda Jimeno says President Rodrigo Duterte has basis to unilaterally withdraw from the International Criminal Court. Photo from JBC

Supreme Court applicant wants CCTV cameras in courtrooms

Oct 18, 2018 - 2:10 PM

Sandiganbayan Associate Justice Alex Quiroz, who is aspiring for a seat on the Supreme Court bench, says installing CCTV cameras would discourage misbehavior

PLANS. Sandiganbayan Justice Alex Quiroz says that if he is appointed to the Supreme Court (SC), he would push for the instalment of CCTV cameras in every courtroom in the country. Photo from JBC

Carpio vies for Supreme Court chief justice

Oct 12, 2018 - 5:15 PM

SC Associate Justice Mariano del Castillo declines the nomination to be the country's next top magistrate

VYING FOR TOP MAGISTRATE. Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio has accepted the nomination to be the next chief justice. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

CA Justice Hernando appointed Supreme Court justice

Oct 10, 2018 - 5:32 PM

The Court of Appeals Justice known for his speedy disposition of cases will fill the vacancy in the High Court left by Ombudsman Samuel Martires

JBC begins search for SC chief justice after De Castro

Sep 28, 2018 - 3:20 PM

Application opens September 29 and ends October 15

DE CASTRO COURT. Chief Justice Teresita Leonardo De Castro will retire on October 8. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Supreme Court orders fixed salaries for bus drivers, conductors

Sep 27, 2018 - 10:04 PM

The court upholds the DOLE order and LTFRB memorandum circular that seek to 'enhance the economic status of bus drivers and conductors, and to promote the general welfare of the riding public'

COMPENSATION. The Supreme Court greenlights having fixed salaries and additional pay for properly performing drivers and conductors. Buses image by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Sara Duterte accuses Midas Marquez of colluding with Duterte supporters

Sep 27, 2018 - 9:56 AM

(UPDATED) Court Administrator Midas Marquez is linked to lawyer Bruce Rivera and Gemma Sotto who is part of DDS Global

SUPREME COURT APPLICANT. Court Administrator Midas Marquez's application for a Supreme Court justice faces opposition. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Supreme Court allows drug charges vs Peter Lim to continue

Sep 26, 2018 - 5:21 PM

The Court’s Third Division denies Lim’s request to nullify the Department of Justice (DOJ) reinvestigation

JUNKED. Supreme Court junks Peter Lim's appeal to void the Department of Justice reinvestigation that ultimately found sufficient evidence to charge him for conspiracy to commit illegal drugs.

‘Habal-habal’ justice of Visayas tries luck at SC

Sep 26, 2018 - 5:07 PM

(UPDATED) Justice Delos Santos penned the lauded Writ of Kalikasan decision that shut down the controversial Inawayan Landfill in Cebu City

SUPREME COURT APPLICATION. Court of Appeals Justice Edgardo delos Santos applies for a Supreme Court post for the first time. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Sara Duterte opposes Midas Marquez's Supreme Court bid

Sep 26, 2018 - 11:38 AM

Supreme Court applicant Midas Marquez says, 'The allegation that I talked to complainants, the witnesses, that I maneuvered or manipulated, is not accurate'

OPPOSITION. Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte opposes Court Administrator Midas Marquez' application to the Supreme Court.

Who's who: Candidates vying to replace former SC justice Martires

Sep 26, 2018 - 8:22 AM

Many of the candidates are current associate justices at the Court of Appeals and had previously applied for a position at the High Court

Supreme Court of teh Philippines in Padre Faura, Manila

Midas Marquez tries again for Supreme Court in JBC interview

Sep 26, 2018 - 7:33 AM

Marquez is among the 6 nominees whom the en banc has recommended to the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC). He was previously interviewed in June 2017.

SUPREME COURT APPLICATION. For his 4th application for a justice position since 2017, Court Administrator Midas Marquez will face the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) on September 26, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

House panel junks impeachment complaints vs SC justices

Sep 25, 2018 - 10:22 AM

The House committee on justice votes unanimously to reject the impeachment complaints against Chief Justice Teresita de Castro and 6 Supreme Court justices

NOT IMPEACHED: (From L-R, top to bottom) Associate Justices Teresita Leonardo-de Castro, Diosdado Peralta, Lucas Bersamin, Francis Jardeleza, Noel Tijam, Andres Reyes Jr, and Alexander Gesmundo. File photos by SC PIO

LIVE: House hearing on impeachment complaints vs SC justices

Sep 25, 2018 - 9:45 AM

Watch the deliberations on the impeachment complaints live on Rappler

SC affirms Imelda’s acquittal in dollar-salting, hits ‘apathetic’ prosecution

Sep 21, 2018 - 1:30 PM

‘The prosecution could have done better in this case. Sadly it failed,’ says Associate Justice Marvic Leonen, who penned the decision

ACQUITTED. Supreme Court affirms the acquittal of former first lady Imelda Marcos on 32 counts of dollar salting connected to the Marcos Swiss Accounts. File photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Supreme Court rules BIR can't collect P3-B tax from Petron, Shell

Sep 19, 2018 - 3:07 PM

Dubbed as the tax refund scam of the 1990s, Petron and Shell win big in the Supreme Court

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

10-centavo levy vs oil, petroleum tankers constitutional – SC

Sep 12, 2018 - 7:41 PM

The Supreme Court reverses an earlier decision by a lower court, saying oil tankers pose a larger risk to the environment in the event of an oil spill

Arroyo’s presence a ‘go signal’ to junk impeachment vs SC justices – Lagman

Sep 11, 2018 - 3:15 PM

(UPDATED) Opposition lawmakers say it was obvious the House committee on justice already wanted to dismiss the impeachment complaints against the Supreme Court justices

'GO SIGNAL.' Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo sits beside House committee on justice chairperson Salvador Leachon, who presided over the impeachment hearing against the 7 SC justices. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

House panel junks impeachment complaints vs SC justices

Sep 11, 2018 - 12:05 PM

(2nd UPDATE) A total of 23 lawmakers find the impeachment complaints insufficient in substance. Siquijor Representative Ramon Rocamora is the only legislator who voted in favor of the complaints.

HOUSE PANEL. The House committee on justice deliberates on the impeachment complaints against Supreme Court justices on September 11, 2018. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Justice Peralta in charge of Trillanes Supreme Court petition

Sep 07, 2018 - 6:36 PM

Will a chief justice front-runner grant Trillanes a TRO?

CJ De Castro: No local law that put Rome Statute in effect

Sep 05, 2018 - 8:27 AM

'I think it is conceded that we do not have any implementing legislation yet,' says the Chief Justice

Newly installed Supreme Court Chief Justice Teresita Leonardo-De Castro with other justices starts the oral arguments on the withdrawal in the International Criminal Court in Manila on August 28, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

PH senators return to SC to fight for ICC membership

Sep 04, 2018 - 4:04 PM

During oral arguments, former Akbayan representative Barry Gutierrez will present on behalf of the senators. 13 years ago, former senator Pimentel asked the SC to compel the Palace to have the Senate ratify the Rome Statute.

Newly installed Supreme Court Chief Justice Teresita Leonardo-De Castro with other justices starts the oral arguments on the withdrawal in the International Criminal Court in Manila on August 28, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Impeachment complaints vs SC justices 'sufficient in form'

Sep 04, 2018 - 1:00 PM

The House committee on justice removes Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin among the complainants as he failed to sign the impeachment complaints

SUFFICIENT IN FORM. The House committee on justice holds the first impeachment hearing against SC Chief Justice Teresita de Castro and 6 associate justices on September 4, 2018. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

House panel takes up impeachment complaints vs SC justices

Sep 03, 2018 - 9:42 PM

On Tuesday, September 4, the House committee on justice will first determine if the impeachment complaints filed against Chief Justice Teresita Leonardo de Castro and 6 other Supreme Court justices are sufficient in form

IMPEACHMENT. The impeachment hearings against Supreme Court Chief Justice Teresita Leonardo de Castro and 6 associate justices begin on September 4, 2018.

Caguioa stays on: SC warns Marcos for his 'conspiracy theories'

Sep 03, 2018 - 5:59 PM

The Supreme Court unanimously rejects Bongbong Marcos' motion for inhibition against Associate Justice Benjamin Caguioa

Former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr files another motion with PET on August 6, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Spokesman Ted Te resigns from Supreme Court

Sep 03, 2018 - 7:44 AM

(UPDATED) 'I respectfully believe that I would be of greater value to the judiciary and the Court in the academic world at this time,' Te tells Chief Justice De Castro

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.

[OPINION | NEWSPOINT] From incapacity to absurdity

Sep 01, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Compulsively carrying on this way, he succeeded only in burying himself deeper in the hole of his regime’s own digging

Robredo hopes CJ De Castro to ‘unify’ Supreme Court again

Aug 29, 2018 - 2:15 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo does not react when asked if she has any fears over Chief Justice Teresita Leonardo de Castro possibly influencing the electoral protest filed against her

FOR THE SAKE OF SC. Vice President Leni Robredo is hoping for the a unified Supreme Court under Chief Justice Teresita Leonardo de Castro. File photo by OVP