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SC affirms ruling vs P8.5-B back pay for Napocor employees

Oct 18, 2017 - 12:06 PM

The Supreme Court says the National Power Corporation employees failed to raise new issues that could convince it to reverse its ruling

NEXT SC JUSTICE. The JBC holds interviews to screen applicants for the post of Supreme Court associate justice. Photo by Mark Z. Saludes/Rappler

Sereno: 'Every injustice' to a breadwinner destroys 5 more lives

Oct 17, 2017 - 10:30 AM

'There are a few things in life that are very important. And one of them is justice,' the Chief Justice says.

MEMORIES OF KAMUNING. Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno speaks during a media forum at the Kamuning Bakery in Quezon City. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

SC affirms CA ruling on Smokey Mountain project

Oct 15, 2017 - 7:25 PM

The case involves the 1993 agreement between private firm R-II Builders and government housing agencies to develop the Smokey Mountain landfill in Tondo, Manila

SMOKEY MOUNTAIN. Supreme Court affirms the decision of the Court of Appeals that favored developer R-II Builders on the legal battle over the botched Smokey Mountain Development and Reclamation Project. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Was the PNP’s war on drugs illegal? Here’s why lawyers think so

Oct 15, 2017 - 10:30 AM

The Free Legal Assistance Group asks the SC the opportunity to present oral arguments for the public to hear

ILLEGAL? The Free Legal Assistance Group asks the Supreme Court to void the PNP circular that operationalized the war on drugs.

Law groups denounce Duterte's 'brazen assaults' vs democratic institutions

Oct 14, 2017 - 6:18 PM

According to the Alternative Law Groups, 'These acts deliberately undermine the independence of the institutions whose duties primarily consist in upholding public trust...and maintaining checks and balances so that tyranny would not arise from any branch of the government again'

[Newspoint] Abnormal evolution of justice

Oct 14, 2017 - 11:30 AM

Ideology is a system of political and economic thought that chooses a particular character in a particular environment in whom to incubate, and conviction is well-informed steadfastness. Simpleminded, impulsive, and stubborn, Rodrigo Duterte is just all wrong for both.

Justice Peralta cites Congress debates on drug law vs De Lima

Oct 14, 2017 - 9:57 AM

Justice Diosdado Peralta says that even if drug violations were committed by government officials, the RTC, not the Sandiganbayan, has jurisdiction over them

Sereno’s approval, trust ratings dip – Pulse Asia survey

Oct 13, 2017 - 12:35 PM

A Pulse Asia survey shows a big drop in the approval and trust ratings of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno as she faces an impeachment complaint

EMBATTLED CHIEF JUSTICE. SC Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno sees big drops in her approval and trust ratings in September according to a Pulse Asia survey. File photo by Rappler

Bautista impeachment, SWS, PDEA | Evening wRap

Oct 11, 2017 - 8:35 PM

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Lawyers file petition to declare drug war circulars unconstitutional

Oct 11, 2017 - 2:02 PM

The petitions of the human rights lawyers are the most comprehensive in terms of coverage when it comes to challenging the war on drugs

PETITON. Lawyers Felix Mariñas (foreground) and Jose Manuel "Chel" Diokno of the Free Legal Assistance Group (FLAG) lead the filing of petitions on October 11, 2017 to invalidate circulars which 'operationalize' the war on drugs. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

De Lima camp says SC ruling 'a travesty of justice'

Oct 10, 2017 - 10:05 PM

'It disregards basic constitutional safeguards against the arbitrary issuance of arrest warrants,' says Senator Leila de Lima's chief of staff Fhillip Sawali

DE LIMA CAMP. Detained Senator Leila de Lima's chief of staff, Fhillip Sawali, says their camp rejects the Supreme Court ruling that effectively keeps De Lima in jail. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Ubial, De Lima, Trangia | Evening wRap

Oct 10, 2017 - 8:01 PM

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SC decision vs De Lima 'unfortunate,' say minority senators

Oct 10, 2017 - 2:41 PM

The Supreme Court decision junking Senator Leila de Lima's petition 'highlighted Duterte's total control and manipulation of the three branches of government for his evil political ends,' says opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV

Photo from De Lima's office

Supreme Court's 9-6 ruling keeps De Lima in jail

Oct 10, 2017 - 12:11 PM

(5th UPDATE) The High Court rules the Sandiganbayan has no jurisdiction over De Lima. This means her case will not be handled by the Office of the Ombudsman, but by DOJ prosecutors who will defend their case against her before the Muntinlupa RTC.

Sandiganbayan acquits another in PCSO scam; only 1 plunder case remains

Oct 10, 2017 - 11:29 AM

Former COA intelligence fund unit head Nilda Plaras is off the hook

Duterte nominates another frat brother to the JBC

Oct 09, 2017 - 6:04 PM

Retired Supreme Court Justice Jose Mendoza will replace fellow retired Justice Angelina Sandoval-Gutierrez

 BROD. Retired Supreme Court Justice Jose Mendoza is also a member of Lex Talionis, the fraternity to which President Duterte belongs. Photo from the Supreme Court website

#PugadBaboy: Threat to democracy

Oct 09, 2017 - 11:00 AM

Robredo hits Marcos 'fake news' he'll soon become VP

Oct 08, 2017 - 2:15 PM

Former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr says the results of his electoral protest against Vice President Leni Robredo will be known within the year

FAKE NEWS. Vice President Leni Robredo says the claims of her defeated vice presidential rival Bongbong Marcos were fake news. Photo from the Office of the Vice President

Duterte can't participate in Sereno impeachment – lawyer

Oct 07, 2017 - 7:30 PM

The camp of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno says President Rodrigo Duterte cannot serve as a special prosecutor in the impeachment proceedings as it 'violates the constitutional role of the House of Representatives to act as sole prosecutors in impeachment cases’

IMPEACHMENT COMPLAINT. Lawyer Josalee Deila, spokesperson of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, attends the hearing of the House justice committee regarding the impeachment complaint filed against Sereno. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

[Newspoint] One very insecure president

Oct 07, 2017 - 2:30 PM

Duterte’s sense of insecurity would seem more typically manifest in his attacks on Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno and Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales, a former Supreme Court justice herself. He has threatened them both with impeachment.

Panelo to challenge Duterte probe before Supreme Court

Oct 06, 2017 - 4:17 PM

(UPDATED) Chief Presidential Counsel Salvador Panelo stresses 'the doctrine of immunity of a sitting president,' as the Ombudsman investigates the Duterte family's wealth

OMBUDSMAN PROBE. President Rodrigo Duterte pushes for the impeachment of Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales as he faces an Ombudsman probe into his family's wealth. Malacañang file photo

Duterte's PACC can't probe Ombudsman, judiciary – Drilon

Oct 06, 2017 - 2:27 PM

'What we want to prevent here is a situation wherein constitutional offices would be, in effect, under the mercy of the executive that they are mandated to investigate,' says Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon

NO POWER. Senate Minority Franklin Drilon says President Rodrigo Duterte's newly formed body to probe presidential appointees has no power to investigate the Office of the Ombudsman and the judiciary. File photo

After House proceeds with impeachment, Gadon dares Sereno to sign bank waiver

Oct 05, 2017 - 4:45 PM

Gadon says the general provision in SALN forms is not a sufficient waiver to look into Sereno's bank accounts

BANK WAIVER. Complainant Larry Gadon accuses Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno of non-disclosure of assets in her SALN.

De Lima wants SC Justice Velasco to inhibit from her case due to conflict of interest

Oct 05, 2017 - 3:50 PM

(UPDATED) Detained Senator Leila de Lima links Associate Justice Presbitero Velasco Jr to inmate German Agojo who testified against her, but Velasco denies knowing Agojo

MOTION FOR INHIBITION. Detained Senator Leila de Lima asks SC Associate Justice Presbitero Velasco Jr to inhibit from her petitions citing conflict of interest.

LIVE: House hearing on the impeachment complaints vs Comelec chief Bautista, CJ Sereno

Oct 05, 2017 - 8:00 AM

Watch the hearing live on Rappler at 9:30 am on Thursday, October 5

Sereno team: 'Dangerous precedent' to bar cross-examination

Oct 04, 2017 - 4:40 PM

The House committee on justice is set to tackle the impeachment complaint against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno on Thursday, October 5

JUSTICE COMMITTEE. The committee is set to meet again, this time to discuss if there is sufficient grounds to pursue the impeachment complaint. File photo by Bea Cupin/Rappler

Did Carandang commit breaches, and can the President remove him?

Oct 04, 2017 - 8:44 AM

The provision granting the President the power to remove a Deputy Ombudsman was declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in 2014

 CONFIDENTIAL. Overall Deputy Ombudsman Arthur Carandang maintains he observed confidentiality in the ongoing investigation into the wealth of President Rodrigo Duterte and his family. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Lawyers revive disbarment complaint vs Larry Gadon at SC

Oct 03, 2017 - 4:46 PM

Gadon dismisses the complaint as a nuisance case

DISBARMENT COMPLAINT. Lawyers seek the disbarment of Larry Gadon for alleged hateful remarks towards Muslims. Photo by Bea Cupin/Rappler

Gadon blames Sereno for delay in benefits as judge's widow dies

Oct 03, 2017 - 2:10 PM

But Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno's spokesperson says survivorship benefits are acted on by the Supreme Court en banc, not just Sereno

SURVIVORSHIP BENEFITS. Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno is blamed for the delay of issuance of survivorship benefits to the spouses of deceased judges.

SC voids Ayala Land's ownership of prime lot in Las Piñas

Oct 02, 2017 - 11:55 PM

The property developer says it has filed a motion for reconsideration following the Supreme Court ruling that it is not the rightful owner of a 6.8-hectare lot in Ayala Southvale

[OPINION] It’s downhill from here for Duterte

Oct 02, 2017 - 8:58 PM

Worried by the growing opposition, Duterte may, in fact, miscalculate and declare martial law, which may temporarily slow his regime’s descent into crisis but actually accelerate it in the medium-term

Sereno camp: Gadon himself says allegations not impeachable

Oct 02, 2017 - 8:10 PM

Lawyer Larry Gadon dismisses the reply of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno's legal team as 'lame excuses in the face of voluminous evidence'

IMPEACHMENT PROCESS. Laywer Justine Mendoza (center) one of the Lawyers of Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno filed a reply at the Committee on Justice in Congress on September 25, 2017, on the impeachment complaint filed against Sereno by Atty. Larry Gadon. File photo by Darren Langit

Gadon challenges Sereno to sign waiver for bank accounts

Oct 02, 2017 - 6:35 PM

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, who faces an impeachment complaint before the House, is the recipient of another 'challenge'

SIGN THE WAIVER. Larry Gadon (center) challenges the embattled Chief Justice to sign an 'unequivocal' bank waiver. File photo by Bea Cupin/Rappler

Sereno camp rejects Duterte resignation 'challenge'

Oct 02, 2017 - 5:35 PM

A spokesperson for Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno says there is no reason for her to step down

NOT RESIGNING. Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno (right) attends the CHR's unveiling of the Jose Diokno Monument. With her in the photo is former president Benigno Aquino III. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Are there grounds for a president's resignation under the Constitution?

Oct 02, 2017 - 3:30 PM

The Constitution doesn't spell out acceptable grounds for a president's resignation, and in recent history, one president's resignation has also raised legal questions

CHALLENGE. President Rodrigo Duterte challenges the Ombudsman and the Chief Justice to resign and submit themselves to an investigation. File photo from Malacanang

COA seeks Ombudsman probe into misuse of DAR funds

Oct 01, 2017 - 10:30 PM

The case involves the Agrarian Reform Fund (ARF) which was used for P61.5 million worth of incentives and other cash benefits from 2007 to 2009

NOTICE OF DISALLOWANCE. The Commission on Audit (COA) affirms the notice of disallowance it issued against the use of the agrarian reform fund to pay cash incentives to DAR officials from 2007-2009.

Duterte to Morales, Sereno: Let's resign, let AFP probe us

Oct 01, 2017 - 5:10 PM

'If we cannot agree with each other, then let us decide to submit it to the Armed Forces kasi magkagulo tayo,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

NO HIDDEN WEALTH. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech before te Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) Davao City Chapter in Davao City on September 30, 2017, gestures as he reiterates that he is willing to step down if proven that he has gained anything out of corruption. Photo by Albert Alcain/Presidential Photo

Trump policies at stake in U.S. Supreme Court session

Oct 01, 2017 - 9:47 AM

From Trump's perspective, the most significant case would result in a validation of his decrees limiting immigration, which have faced repeated setbacks in lower courts

SUPREME COURT. A view of the US Supreme Court during their last public session before the summer break June 26, 2017 in Washington, DC. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Does Sereno have SC’s support? Spokesman downplays narrative

Oct 01, 2017 - 8:30 AM

'The thing we would avoid the most is give any impression in the minds of our countrymen that she will be engaging in a brawl, in a street gutter fight, no,' says Sereno's spokesperson Carlo Cruz

OPPOSITORS IN SC? Chief Justice Sereno's spokesperson lawyer Carlo Cruz downplays the narrative of the chief justice facing dissents inside the Supreme Court. Photo by Rappler

[OPINION] Railroading an impeachment process

Sep 29, 2017 - 10:31 AM

Denying the reasonable requests of Sereno’s lawyers would violate the due process rights of Chief Justice Sereno. It would be tantamount to railroading her impeachment.

Rappler Talk: Chief Justice Sereno's impeachment case, and her oppositors in SC

Sep 28, 2017 - 7:29 PM

Sereno's spokesperson Carlo Cruz says oppositions inside the Supreme Court just mean that the collegial body is doing its job

CJ Sereno camp wants to cross-examine impeachment witnesses

Sep 28, 2017 - 10:32 AM

(UPDATED) 'There are alarming indications that she will be denied the right to cross-examine,' says Sereno's camp

CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT. Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno's legal team want to cross-examine Larry Gadon's witnesses in the impeachment complaint against the chief justice. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Duterte, Supreme Court, Illegal Drugs | Midday wRap

Sep 27, 2017 - 12:20 PM

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SC sacks for immorality judge in Duterte's narcolist

Sep 27, 2017 - 8:44 AM

To pave the way for its investigation, the SC rejects an attempt by Judge Exequil Dagala to resign in 2016

SACKED. The Supreme Court (SC) sacks a trial court judge over immorality and gross misconduct charges. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

CJ Sereno's band of lawyers in her impeachment case

Sep 26, 2017 - 4:08 PM

The lawyer-spokespersons are all volunteers, according to lawyer Carlo Cruz

BAND OF LAWYERS. Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno's lawyers face the media on September 25, 2017 after they filed a verified answer before the House of Representatives hearing her impeachment case. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Lacson, Sereno, Paras | Evening wRap

Sep 25, 2017 - 9:15 PM

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How Sereno answered her impeachment complaint

Sep 25, 2017 - 9:02 PM

None of Larry Gadon’s documents, though authentic, support his allegations, according to Sereno’s chief lawyer Alex Poblador

VERIFIED ANSWER. Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno files an 85-page verified answer before the House of Representatives explaining point-by-point why the impeachment complaint against her must be dismissed.

Supreme Court asked to order probe into all EJK cases

Sep 23, 2017 - 12:36 AM

According to the petitioners – all human rights lawyers – current efforts to investigate a few of the thousands of deaths have not provided justice to the families

JUSTICE FOR ALL. Mourners of the death of Kian Loyd delos Santos demand accountability in drug war killings. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Through 'Ka Pepe,' Sereno reflects on human rights in PH

Sep 21, 2017 - 11:30 PM

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno raises the challenges confronting human rights today, as a monument of the late Jose 'Ka Pepe' Diokno is unveiled on the 45th anniversary of Martial Law

REMEMBERING KA PEPE. Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, Vice President Leni Robredo, CHR Chairman Chito Gascon, and former president Benigno Aquino III lead the unveiling of the Jose Diokno monument inside the CHR compound. Photo courtesy of the Office of the Vice President

SC orders release of detainees still not charged after required period

Sep 20, 2017 - 5:35 PM

The Supreme Court ruling covers jailed persons whose cases have lapsed preliminary investigations, or whose cases are under automatic review by the Department of Justice

Supreme Court of the Philippines on Padre Faura in Manila