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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

Carpio: Duterte cannot withdraw from ICC by himself

Aug 28, 2018 - 10:00 PM

(3RD UPDATE) The senior justice again clashes with Duterte on a crucial policy. This will factor in on the talks of whether or not Carpio can be appointed Chief Justice after De Castro retires.

Justice Antonio Carpio. KASARINLAN A Philippine Foreign Policy Forum. July 9, 2018 at The Bayleaf Intramuros, Manila. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

ICC pullout: Are there limits to Duterte’s presidential discretion?

Aug 28, 2018 - 8:24 PM

‘The issue you are presenting to this Court forces this Court to make a decision between checks and balances and the powers of the President,’ says Justice Jardeleza during oral arguments

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

Opposition senators a no-show in ICC oral arguments

Aug 28, 2018 - 3:36 PM

The Supreme Court denies the motion for reconsideration as well as the appeal to let Senator Leila de Lima argue through video conference

NO SHOW. Opposition senators are a no show at the Supreme Court oral arguments on the withdrawal from the International Criminal Court (ICC) on August 28, 2018. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Supreme Court holds oral arguments on ICC withdrawal

Aug 28, 2018 - 2:47 PM

(UPDATED) During the SC oral arguments, watch out for references to the war on drugs, whether coming from Malacañang's side or the justices

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

Playing the cards right? Politics of ICC oral arguments

Aug 14, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Is it a good idea to bring the issue to the Court? And what added value will Leila de Lima’s personal participation bring?

ORAL ARGUMENTS. Detained Senator Leila De Lima wants to personally participate in the Supreme Court oral arguments on the withdrawal from the ICC. Photo of De Lima by Alecs Ongcal/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

Antonio Carpio, Sereno accuses Marquez, U.S. leaves UNHRC | Midday wRap

Jun 20, 2018 - 1:57 PM

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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

SC's De Castro: Same-sex marriage will complicate gender specific laws

Jun 19, 2018 - 11:56 PM

'There is a law that would guide judges and justices, and that is the Constitution,' says petitioner Jesus Falcis III

SERENO IMPEACHMENT. Justice Teresita De Castro testifies before the House Committee on Justice during Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Serenoo during the Impeachment proceedings on Wednesday. File by Darren Langit/Rappler

‘Mistakes’ of young lawyer overshadow historic marriage equality hearing

Jun 19, 2018 - 11:13 PM

Jesus Falcis III makes an impassioned plea at the end and tells the Court, ‘I made mistakes, but LGBT couples will be harmed if their rights are not recognized’

Nick Falcis with the rest of the petitioners at the Supreme Court for the oral arguments on same sex marriage on June 19, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Is timing right for same-sex marriage petition? Leonen warns of risks

Jun 19, 2018 - 6:47 PM

‘We may commit a mistake and such a mistake might be permanent,’ says Associate Justice Marvic Leonen

Nick Falcis prior to the start of the Supreme Court oral arguments on same sex marriage on June 19, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

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

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

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

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

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

Calls to drop Sereno quo warranto intensify as supporters fast at SC

May 02, 2018 - 6:40 PM

The looming May 11 voting schedule of the Supreme Court pushes former government officials to publish a manifesto on a newspaper and send it to the Senate, as several individuals fast in front of the Court

CALLS. Members of the Coalition for Justice fast for 10 days in front of the Supreme Court to call for the junking of a quo warranto petition against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. Photo by Hernan Paynaga

As quo warranto decision nears, Sereno hits SC for 'unfairness'

Apr 25, 2018 - 6:32 PM

This is another messaging shift from the Chief Justice – from being evasive on the topic of personal relationships to joking about exorcising evil

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno speaks on separation of Powers Under the Rule of Law at the fellowship of Philippine Bar Association in Manila Golf and Country Club in Forbes Park, Makati City on April 11, 2018. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

SC in focus: Sereno says quo warranto gravest wound inflicted on Constitution

Apr 20, 2018 - 7:41 PM

Sereno's challenge is to let the impeachment trial take its course, and spare the SC the pains of handing down a polarizing decision

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno speaks on separation of Powers Under the Rule of Law at the fellowship of Philippine Bar Association in Manila Golf and Country Club in Forbes Park, Makati City on April 11, 2018. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Sereno quo warranto will be decided end of May – SC's Carpio

Apr 19, 2018 - 12:43 PM

The Supreme Court en banc will hold a special session on May 17, a Thursday

Upholding the Law of the Sea Convention and the Post-Arbitration Philippine Challenge forum at Malcolm Theater, UP College of Law on July 15, 2016

Gadon submits expert comment on Sereno quo warranto. SC expunges it.

Apr 18, 2018 - 4:00 PM

(UPDATED) The Supreme Court did not recognize the amicus curiae because there was no invitation extended to lawyer Larry Gadon to begin with, say court insiders

Sereno now has 11 U.P. SALNs on file

Apr 12, 2018 - 7:10 PM

'SALNs are only relevant to the question of integrity if the issue is ill-gotten wealth,' says Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno's spokesperson Jojo Lacanilao

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno speaks on separation of Powers Under the Rule of Law at the fellowship of Philippine Bar Association in Manila Golf and Country Club in Forbes Park, Makati City on April 11, 2018. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Sereno comes out swinging in SC orals: Did it help her?

Apr 11, 2018 - 5:19 PM

If Sereno was sending a message of strength to her supporters with her performance in the oral arguments, then the justices were trying to send a message too, either to the public, or the Senate

WALANG ATRASAN. Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno tells her supporters "walang atrasan! (no giving up)" as she greeted them outside the Supreme Court in Baguio City after the oral arguments on the quo warranto petition against her on April 10, 2018. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Quo warranto vs Sereno impairs integrity of SC – Justice Caguioa

Apr 11, 2018 - 2:32 PM

Caguioa says ousting Sereno via a quo warranto will pave the way for future solicitors general to remove sitting justices on the basis of any 'integrity issue' they could find

'Popcorn, please': Sereno-De Castro word war stuns netizens

Apr 10, 2018 - 7:55 PM

Netizens are willing spectators as the claws come out between the two women of the judiciary

Sereno: SALN not a requirement of integrity

Apr 10, 2018 - 7:10 PM

Associate Justice Noel Tijam tells Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno: 'Integrity is not founded in jurisprudence. It is founded in honesty, truthfulness.'

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno addresses the court workers during the national convention of legal researchers in Bacolod City on Wednesday, April 4. Photo by Marchel Espina/Rappler

Leonen: Integrity can't be measured by piece of paper alone

Apr 10, 2018 - 5:58 PM

Associate Justice Marvic Leonen says, 'What is more important is to catch someone with unexplained wealth'

INTEGRITY. In this file photo, SC Justice Marvic Leonen speaks during the Democracy Forum at the Ateneo Law School in Makati on February 12, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

'You're oppressive!': Sereno, De Castro face off in SC orals

Apr 10, 2018 - 5:25 PM

'You are making a lot of excuses,' an agitated Associate Justice Teresita Leonardo De Castro tells Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno

ORAL ARGUMENTS. Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno faces off in a two-hour long heated interpellation with Associate Justice Teresita Leonardo De Castro. Screengrab from SC

Sereno faces probing colleagues in a historic first

Apr 10, 2018 - 2:03 PM

Sereno would have to convince her most bitter rivals that she deserves – or is legally entitled to – the post that she has held for 5 years

Photo by Angie de Silva

SC martial law ruling 'enables rise of an emboldened authoritarian' – Leonen

Feb 10, 2018 - 6:10 PM

'The majority’s decision in this case aligns us towards the same dangerous path. It erodes this Court’s role as our society’s legal conscience,' says Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen

MARCOS REINCARNATION. Associate Justice Marvic Leonen said the Supreme Court's majority ruling on the martial law re-extension is a reincarnation of the past rulings which were 'complicit in the suffering of our people' during the Marcos era.

NPA conflict may be used as ground for 'perpetual martial law'

Feb 10, 2018 - 3:46 PM

'This precedent dangerously suggests a perpetual violation of people's constitutional rights,' says Supreme Court Associate Justice Benjamin Caguioa in his dissenting opinion on the re-extension of martial law in Mindanao

DISSENTING OPINION. Associate Justice Benjamin Caguioa says his colleagues' decision set a dangerous precedent towarda a perpetual martial law.

Submitting drug war documents will endanger cops' lives – Dela Rosa

Jan 22, 2018 - 4:37 PM

'Alam mo na ang pag-disclose ng mga pangalan, hindi lang ma-e-endanger ang buhay mo, kundi pati pamilya mo,' PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa says of cops who joined drug war operations

NO SHARING. PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa was called to the Supreme Court to defend the regularity of their anti-drug operations. File photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

SC orders DND, AFP, PNP chiefs to attend martial law oral arguments

Jan 16, 2018 - 3:50 PM

Military chief General Rey Leonardo Guerrero attends the first day of the oral arguments on petitions against the extension of martial law in Mindanao

Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Calida insists government not providing tokhang documents to SC

Jan 16, 2018 - 3:49 PM

The Supreme Court en banc orders the petitioners to respond to Calida's motion for reconsideration

MOTION. Solicitor General Jose Calida files a motion for reconsideration seeking the recall of the Supreme Court's order to provide full documentation of the war on drugs. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Philippines’ 12 biggest cases of 2017

Dec 16, 2017 - 3:18 PM

From jailing a sitting senator to debating the constitutionality of the Duterte administration's war on drugs, look back at the high-stakes judgments, decisions, and preliminary investigations of 2017

BIGGEST CASES. Characters of the pork barrel scam are back on the spotlight while their 'jailer' Leila de Lima ends up in prison for 3 counts of drug trade.

Calida on drug smuggling in PH: ‘We cannot police an archipelago’

Dec 06, 2017 - 11:41 AM

Solicitor General Jose Calida also says Philippine police can't arrest big time drug lords who are in China

GRILLED. Solicitor General Jose Calida is grilled on the operational loopholes of Oplan TokHang and the government's anti-drug war campaign during the 3rd and final day of the Supreme Court oral arguments. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler