Rappler's latest stories on SC Chief Justice
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
Lucas Bersamin is appointed as top magistrate on his 9th year in the Supreme Court. He is retiring in 10 months.
The short list will be transmitted to Malacañang before the end of Friday, November 23
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
SC Associate Justice Mariano del Castillo declines the nomination to be the country's next top magistrate
Application opens September 29 and ends October 15
Compulsively carrying on this way, he succeeded only in burying himself deeper in the hole of his regime’s own digging
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
The new Chief Justice believes she is the first woman top magistrate and not Maria Lourdes Sereno, who was ousted via a quo warranto petition
President Rodrigo Duterte stresses that he based Chief Justice Teresita de Castro's appointment on seniority and merit
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque says President Rodrigo Duterte 'upheld judicial professionalism by appointing [the] most senior of aspirants'
(2nd UPDATE) Opposition lawmakers say the appointment is beneficial to the Marcos family, citing the electoral protest of former senator Bongbong Marcos
'The new Chief Justice will have to credibly address uncomplimentary views about her independence and impartiality,' says the National Union of Peoples' Lawyers
She penned the decision that convicted Joseph Estrada of plunder, and was part of the division that forfeited in favor of the government $8 million worth of Marcos Swiss bank accounts
How do you feel about her rise to the judiciary's top seat?
De Castro gets 6 votes, Peralta also 6, while Bersamin gets 5. President Duterte will choose the next chief justice from this list.
The opposition says the impeachment complaints filed at the Lower House should be a valid ground for disqualification but that may not be a hard and fast rule
(UPDATED) Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra, ex-officio member of the JBC, says the impeachment complaints will not affect the chief justice applications
The council defers voting and moves it to Friday, August 24
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Supreme Court Justices Diosdado Peralta and Lucas Bersamin want to smoke out corruption in the judiciary, while Justice Teresita Leonardo de Castro vows to continue her digitization reforms
‘Nandito na 'ko, sayang naman po ‘yung effort ko,’ says the judge from Tagum City, Davao
(UPDATED) 'I have a background in managing in the Court of Appeals, being its presiding justice for the last 7 or 8 years,' says Justice Andres Reyes Jr
Peralta denies telling people he is the next chief justice
Court insiders see an opportunity for Antonio Carpio to accept the nomination when De Castro retires in October
Justice Bersamin says he and his wife would be willing to sign a waiver if necessary
Who will become Maria Lourdes Sereno's successor? Watch the interviews on Thursday, August 16.
The other 4 senior Supreme Court justices have yet to respond to their automatic nominations
Petitioner Jesus Falcis III says civil union can be a middleground, 'but it doesn’t mean we will stop fighting for marriage equality'
House justice committee chairman Reynaldo Umali allows the hearing of the impeachment complaint against Sereno to drag on for hours circling on the same issues
Her camp, however, says figures divulged by the BIR were 'not income but tax'
They say Maria Lourdes Sereno was included in the shortlist for Chief Justice even if she failed to submit her SALNs, documents that are required of all government officials
Justice committee chairperson Reynaldo Umali says testimonies 'point to the Chief Justice as the source of all these illegalities' related to the hiring of IT consultant Helen Macasaet
Sereno promises justices of 'protection' in the showdown of power between the Court of Appeals and the House of Representatives
(UPDATED) Lawyer Jocelyn Fabian is questioned on her competence, and at times mocked for her Christian faith, during the continuation of the impeachment hearing vs Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno
Lawmakers raise possible violations of the anti-graft law
Sereno’s spokesperson claims the Chief Justice never specified the brand vehicle, and that she is not the first to have a vehicle preference
The story is related to an accusation against Sereno for being supposedly lavish in her official travels
The Sereno camp says the testimony is irrelevant to the complaint against the Chief Justice
'Sila na lang ang hindi nakakaalam na malapit na ma-impeach si CJ Sereno,' says complainant Larry Gadon
The Sereno team is confident they will recover in the Senate, which they expect to be a fair venue for the impeachment trial
Two factors are crucial to both impeachment bids: timing and the inside connections of those seeking to oust Maria Lourdes Sereno and Conchita Carpio Morales
Lawyer Eligio Mallari wants the House justice committee to include his land dispute case in the impeachment proceedings against Sereno
18 court officials, including 8 justices and 4 judges are asked to appear in the Sereno impeachment proceedings at the House of Representatives
Justice Carpio is the leading Filipino scholar on the issue of the West Philippine Sea, a point of contention in Jardeleza's SC nomination in 2014
'The chief must honestly look at her way of managing, whether she has to change her tone and practices. They need to go into the process of rebuilding trust,' says analyst Tony La Viña
Neither complainant Larry Gadon nor committee chairman Reynaldo Umali are prepared for the influx of information during the House justice committee hearing
Quezon City 6th District Representative Jose Christopher Belmonte moves to subpoena the psychological exam reports of all sitting Supreme Court justices to make a point about irrelevance of the issue
'In my view what was done to me was inhuman,' says Associate Justice Francis Jardeleza