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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

LIVE: House hearing on impeachment complaints vs SC justices

Sep 11, 2018 - 9:42 AM

Watch the deliberations on the impeachment complaints live on 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?

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

Impeachment complaint vs SC justices referred to House panel

Aug 28, 2018 - 8:00 PM

If at least one-third of the House affirms the impeachment complaints, they will be forwarded to the Senate for an impeachment trial

Bersamin, Velasco wanted to acquit Jinggoy Estrada in plunder case

Aug 24, 2018 - 7:18 PM

Justices Peralta and Reyes point to a deficiency in the plunder charge, but say it is already moot. It is a narrow 6-4-4 decision that upholds the charge.

PLUNDER CASE. Associate Justices Presbitero Velasco Jr and Lucas Bersamin voted to acquit Jinggoy Estrada of plunder, while Associate Justices Diosdado Peralta and Andres Reyes Jr pointed to the deficiency of the plunder charge.

After Sereno ouster, 7 SC justices slapped with impeachment

Aug 23, 2018 - 9:23 AM

(5th UPDATE) Four of the Supreme Court justices facing impeachment are also vying to become the new chief justice to replace Maria Lourdes Sereno

FACING IMPEACHMENT: (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

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.

The PAL flip-flops of Supreme Court Justices Peralta, Bersamin

Aug 20, 2018 - 6:58 PM

Two chief justice applicants change their votes to hand Philippine Airlines a victory. A dissenter says it besmirches the legitimacy of the Supreme Court.

Witnesses Supreme Court Associate Justice Diosdado Peralta (right), and Lucas Bersamin (left) attends the house hearing on Determination of probable cause in relation to the verified complaint for impeachment against Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno on January 15, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

SC rejects Caguioa's request to re-raffle VP poll protest

Aug 20, 2018 - 11:23 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Associate Justice Benjamin Caguioa, the member-in-charge, writes the en banc to take the case from him and re-raffle. It is rejected unanimously.

POLL PROTEST. Supreme Court Associate Justice Benjamin Caguioa requests the en banc to re-raffle the vice presidential electoral protest, but his request is rejected unanimously. Photo from Caguioa & Gatmaytan law office

Marcos wants Justice Caguioa out of his poll protest case

Aug 06, 2018 - 2:33 PM

(UPDATED) Ferdinand Marcos Jr cites the posts made by Supreme Court Justice Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa's wife in a Viber group that showed bias for Vice President Leni Robredo

INHIBITION. Former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr on August 6, 2018, files a motion with the Presidential Electoral Tribunal for the inhibition of Justice Caguioa from his case against Vice President Leni Robredo. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

SC: It takes courage for women to testify against men who abuse them

Aug 03, 2018 - 1:25 PM

High Court says that 'lustful acts of men are often veiled in either the power of coercive threat or the inconvenience inherent in patriarchy as a culture’

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

Bersamin gets most votes as SC nominee for chief justice

Jul 31, 2018 - 2:45 PM

By tradition, the vote of the chief justice as the ex-officio chairman of the JBC has followed the vote of the Supreme Court en banc

Witnesses Supreme Court Associate Justice Diosdado Peralta (right), and Lucas Bersamin (left) attends the house hearing on Determination of probable cause in relation to the verified complaint for impeachment against Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno on January 15, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

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

Junior SC Justice Andy Reyes applies for chief justice

Jul 25, 2018 - 4:59 PM

Two senior justices also accept their automatic nominations: Associate Justices Diosdado Peralta and Lucas Bersamin

CHIEF JUSTICE APPLICATION. Supreme Court Associate Justice Andres Reyes Jr accepts the nomination to become the next chief justice. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Leonen urges more scrunity of corruption in judiciary

Jul 17, 2018 - 8:06 PM

‘Corruption weakens judicial independence far more than political interference,’ says Associate Justice Marvic Leonen

CORRUPTION IN JUDICIARY. Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen urges the public, especially lawyers, to be more probing and proactive against corruption in the judiciary. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Leonen: I did not ask Duterte for chief justice post

Jul 17, 2018 - 4:54 PM

'That's pure false,' says Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen of RJ Nieto's Facebook post

CHIEF JUSTICE POST. Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen refutes social media rumors that he asked President Rodrigo Duterte for the vacant chief justice post. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Leonen grills Calida: Can you prove Constitution bans same-sex marriage?

Jun 26, 2018 - 10:47 PM

'We choose only portions of the past that we like and call it tradition that we must preserve,' says Associate Justice Marvic Leonen

CONSTITUTION. Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen and Solicitor General Jose Calida argued on June 26, 2018, on whether the Constitution contemplated same-sex marriage.

Supreme Court tackles: Are same-sex couples family too?

Jun 26, 2018 - 5:24 PM

‘Is there a statistical study that shows that heterosexual couples make better families?’ Associate Justice Marvic Leonen asks Solicitor General Jose Calida

Justices of the Supreme Court led by acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio starts the oral arguments on the same sex marriage on June 18, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

CA justices, Marquez and former dean shortlisted for Supreme Court

Jun 25, 2018 - 12:54 PM

The post is for the replacement of Associate Justice Presbitero Velasco Jr

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

Rappler Talk: Sereno on disbarment, Midas Marquez, Justice Leonen and not having regrets

Jun 20, 2018 - 2:14 PM

'As long as you have a good conscience, you did your best, that should be enough,' says Maria Lourdes Sereno

Jardeleza: Why not take same-sex marriage battle elsewhere?

Jun 20, 2018 - 7:09 AM

Supreme Court Associate Justice Francis Jardeleza advises young lawyer Jesus Falcis to instead look at Congress and the Constitutional Consultative Committee

PROPER VENUE? Associate Justice Francis Jardeleza quizzes newbie lawyer Jesus Falcis. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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