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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

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

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

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.

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

DOCUMENTS: SC decision, dissent in upholding Estrada plunder

Aug 24, 2018 - 8:23 PM

Justices Velasco, Bersamin, Peralta, and Reyes are the dissenters

Former Senator Jinggoy Estrada attends heraing on his plunder case at the Sandiganbayan on Monday. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

Banco Filipino loses Supreme Court bid for P25-B financial aid

Aug 15, 2018 - 2:40 PM

Problems continue for the embattled bank as it loses its petition for a P25-billion government loan

A private security guard stands in front of a Philippine thrift bank, Banco Filipino building in the financial district of Manila on March 16, 2011, after the bank closed March 15 due to heavy withdrawals. The Philippine central bank in a statement on March 16, have asked the management of Banco Filipino to explain the "bank's status to its clients". AFP PHOTO/TED ALJIBE / AFP PHOTO / TED ALJIBE

SC approves rule that bars subjects of complaints from leaving PH

Aug 07, 2018 - 8:18 PM

The Supreme Court approves a Precautionary Hold Departure Order (PHDO) for crimes where the minimum penalty is at least 6 years and one day

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

SC denies De Lima request to join ICC oral arguments

Aug 07, 2018 - 12:17 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Supreme Court Justices Carpio and Jardeleza vote to allow De Lima's participation but are outvoted

Senator Leila de Lima on Thursday, August 2, 2018 arrives at the Quezon City RTC to attend hearing on her disobedience to summons case filed against her by former justice committee chair Rep. Reynaldo Umali . Photo by DARREN LANGIT

SC sends Carlos Celdran to jail for offending 'religious feelings'

Aug 06, 2018 - 7:39 PM

The activist faces imprisonment of 2 months and 21 days at minimum, and 1 year, 1 month, and 11 days at maximum for his 2010 'Damaso stunt'

CARLOS CELDRAN. Carlos Celdran faces up to 13 months and 11 days in prison. Screenshot from Carlos Celdran's Instagram.

EXPLAINER: SC ruling on inordinate delay and why it matters

Aug 01, 2018 - 5:09 PM

It's now up to new Ombudsman Samuel Martires to use the ruling to their advantage

Office of the Ombudsman Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

SC rules what constitutes inordinate delay in resolving cases

Jul 31, 2018 - 5:24 PM

From now on, when defendants try to have their cases dismissed based on delay, the fact-finding phase cannot be counted as part of the investigation period

VICTORY? The Office of the Ombudsman gets its desired result as the Supreme Court voted to exclude from the count on inordinate delay the fact-finding period.

Duterte won't appeal SC ruling on IRA yet after talk with Mandanas

Jul 26, 2018 - 4:05 PM

(UPDATED) Batangas Governor Hermilando Mandanas tells President Rodrigo Duterte that the ruling wouldn't cause an unmanageable increase in the government's budget

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 27th Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on July 9, 2018. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

DBM to appeal Supreme Court ruling on tax share of local gov't units

Jul 25, 2018 - 2:35 PM

Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno says applying the Supreme Court ruling on 'rightful' tax share of local government units next year 'would compromise projects'

KAPIHAN. Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno talks to the media about the recent Supreme Court ruling on local governments' share of taxes. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

SC junks Revilla petition to unfreeze assets

Jul 24, 2018 - 3:35 PM

Former senator Bong Revilla's latest petition to stop the trial at the anti-graft Sandiganbayan is still pending

PLUNDER CASE. Former senator Ramon 'Bong' Revilla Jr is under tria; before the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan for plunder in connection with the pork barrel scam. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

SC clears House panel over Ilocos 6 detention

Jul 10, 2018 - 6:24 PM

(UPDATED) The Supreme Court also rules that the House panel did not commit grave abuse of discretion in investigating the alleged misuse of Ilocos Norte’s tobacco funds

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.

Supreme Court OKs charges vs fake Legacy Bank insurance claimants

Jul 10, 2018 - 5:53 PM

The High Court’s 3rd division reverses a Court of Appeals decision that previously cleared spouses Manu and Champa Gidwani, who got more than the insured amount through 86 dummy claimants

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

Voting 8-6, Supreme Court affirms Sereno ouster

Jun 19, 2018 - 11:22 AM

(3rd UPDATE) 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

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] 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

[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

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

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

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

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

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

PAL-FASAP case: 'SC is blind to plight of poor workers'

Mar 27, 2018 - 2:21 PM

FASAP says a senior flight attendant with a spotless record was retrenched due to a post-pregnancy leave from work

LABOR RIGHTS. The Flight Attendants and Stewards Association of the Philippines (FASAP) slams the recent Supreme Court ruling that overturned previous 2 labor victories in a controversial case of flip-flop for the court.

What the Supreme Court says about love

Feb 14, 2018 - 8:33 AM

'The heart has reasons of its own which reason does not know,' says one ruling

ON LOVE. Supreme Court decisions teach lessons on love and justice.

SC ruling: 'Martial law ad infinitum' and a 'tragic repeat of 1972'

Feb 06, 2018 - 6:15 PM

The SC majority says safeguards remain, and cites legal remedies for human rights like writs of amparo and habeas data

AD INFINITUM? Petitioner-lawyer Edre Olalia says the Supreme Court empowers President Rodrigo Duterte to declare a martial law 'ad infinitum' making his judgment 'absolute.'

SC upholds constitutionality of martial law re-extension to 2018

Feb 06, 2018 - 1:38 PM

(5th UPDATE) The Supreme Court votes 10-5 after oral arguments in January, where petitioners tried to argue that the 1987 Constitution does not provide any legal basis for a re-extension

Supreme Court justices led by SC chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno starts the oral arguments on the 1-year extension of the Martial Law in Mindanao by the Supreme Court in Manila on January 16, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

TRO on Implanon contraceptive implants deemed lifted

Nov 13, 2017 - 3:25 PM

The Food and Drug Administration rules Implanon and Implanon NXT are non-abortifacients

NON-ABORTIFACIENTS. The FDA says contraceptive implant brands Implanon and Implanon NXT are non-abortifacients. Illustration by Shellete Gipa/Rappler

'Do not be afraid to be minority': Chief Justice Sereno, 5 years on

Aug 27, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Five years after she was appointed the first female Chief Justice of the Philippines Maria Lourdes Sereno faces impeachment threats Is she a target of the Duterte administration?

'IT DOES NOT AFFECT ME.' Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno addresses the impeachment threats against her during a media forum in Cebu City on August 24, 2017. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

SC’s laudable deference to executive decision

Jul 04, 2017 - 8:11 PM

There is such a virtue as judicial reticence a becoming degree of self restraint that must be accorded a co equal coordinate branch of government

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is welcomed by Armed Forces of the Philippines officials upon his arrival at the Iligan City National School of Fisheries on June 20, 2017 where 229 displaced families from Marawi City have taken shelter. REY BANIQUET/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Missed chance? Why SC allowed Torre de Manila to resume construction

May 30, 2017 - 3:43 PM

Associate Justice Francis Jardeleza believes the High Court prematurely declared the regularity of Torre de Manila s building permits and missed an opportunity to value heritage conservation

NATIONAL PHOTOBOMBER. Manila officials commemorate national hero Jose Rizal's  birth anniversary at Luneta Part, with the Torre de Manila looming behind the Rizal monument. Photo by Joel Leporada/Rappler

Making sense of the SC, Marcos burial, and the democratic process

Dec 04, 2016 - 8:00 AM

The correctness of the burial of President Marcos is now a matter to be decided through the democratic process

TIMELINE: The Marcos burial controversy

Nov 18, 2016 - 1:53 PM

3rd UPDATE Ferdinand Marcos is interred at the Libingan ng mga Bayani on November 18 after the Supreme Court on November 8 gives the go signal

CBCP: Marcos burial 'to build culture of impunity'

Nov 09, 2016 - 7:28 PM

Marcos is no hero He should not be presented as one the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines says

LATE DICTATOR. This file photo taken on July 2, 2014, shows former Philippine first lady Imelda Marcos kissing the glass case bearing her late husband and former president Ferdinand Marcos during a visit to the mausoleum on her 85th birthday in Batac, Ilocos Norte. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

How the young Marcoses welcomed SC decision on Marcos burial

Nov 09, 2016 - 12:58 AM

Third generation Marcoses take to social media to celebrate the Supreme Court ruling to give the late President Ferdinand Marcos a hero s burial

#MarcosBurial: Emotions flow as loyalists celebrate SC ruling

Nov 08, 2016 - 11:24 PM

Time to move on the Marcoses and their loyalists say But the fight continues the petitioners say

Cardinal Sin's protegé on Marcos burial: 'An insult'

Nov 08, 2016 - 7:03 PM

It mocks our fight to restore democracy Archbishop Socrates Villegas says after the Supreme Court allowed a hero s burial for dictator Ferdinand Marcos

'IN GREAT GRIEF.' Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas says the Supreme Court ruling allowing a hero's burial for dictator Ferdinand Marcos 'is an insult to the EDSA spirit.' File photo courtesy of CBCP News

The resurrection of Ferdinand Marcos

Nov 08, 2016 - 7:00 PM

The once relentless call for justice has started to fade out The criminal is now the hero

SC verdict on Marcos burial: 'Not a surprise'

Nov 08, 2016 - 4:25 PM

Rappler editor at large Marites Vitug points out that 3 of the justices who voted against the Marcos burial have consistently dissented in some SC cases restoring old political figures

ORALS. The Supreme Court holds oral arguments on the burial of former president Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani on August 31, 2016. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Palace on Marcos burial ruling: Time to move forward

Nov 08, 2016 - 3:16 PM

It s about time the nation moves on and confronts the more pressing concerns of the country rather than linger on an emotional issue that is unproductive as it is divisive says Chief Presidential Counsel Salvador Panelo

MOVE ON. Malacañang hopes the Supreme Court ruling on a state interment for the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos would help Filipinos 'move forward.' Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Supreme Court allows hero's burial for Marcos

Nov 08, 2016 - 12:45 PM

UPDATED By a vote of 9 5 the Supreme Court gives the go signal for former president Ferdinand Marcos burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani Justices are expected to submit their opinions by Thursday November 10

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.