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Justice Bernabe to new lawyers: 'Integrity is non-negotiable'

Jun 13, 2019 - 5:24 PM

‘When making a choice, go with your heart even if it terrifies you,’ says Supreme Court Associate Justice Estela Perlas-Bernabe

Around 1,800 bar exam passers take an oath during their oath-taking ceremony held at PICC in Pasay on 13 June 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Robredo claims recount win, Marcos calls it ‘self-serving assumption’

Jun 13, 2019 - 12:41 PM

Robredo claims that the recount in 3 pilot provinces selected by Marcos has given her 15,000 more votes, based on unofficial numbers from the electoral tribunal

ELECTORAL PROTEST. Vice President Leni Robredo claims victory at the Presidential Electoral Tribunal but Bongbong Marcos calls the claim "self-serving assumptions."

Tanggol Wika protests 'patently unjust' SC ruling vs Filipino, Panitikan

Jun 11, 2019 - 9:55 AM

By filing the letter of protest before the High Court, Tanggol Wika says it hopes to stop 'imminent cultural genocide, the impending murder of our national language and local literature'

'PATENTLY UNJUST.' Tanggol Wika, a group of Filipino language advocates, protests the Supreme Court decision to remove Filipino and Panitikan from required college subjects.

SC allows Bohol governor-elect Arthur Yap to travel abroad

Jun 07, 2019 - 8:00 PM

Bohol governor-elect Arthur Yap, who faces a graft complaint, is allowed to travel to Belgium and the Netherlands and to go on a cruise from Japan to South Korea in June 2019

TRAVEL ALLOWED. Bohol governor-elect Arthur Yap is allowed to travel despite facing graft complaints at the Sandiganbayan. File photo by Ryan Macasero/Rappler

Spanish court suspends exhumation of Franco remains

Jun 04, 2019 - 8:39 PM

The court says in a statement it has decided unanimously to suspend the exhumation to avoid 'harm' that could be caused if it was ultimately found that his remains should not have been moved

FALSE: PET ad hoc committee 'confirms cheating' during 2016 elections

Jun 04, 2019 - 8:35 PM

The Presidential Electoral Tribunal has not made any confirmation or pronouncement on supposed cheating in the 2016 polls

Supreme Court to hold oral arguments on 'neglect' of West PH Sea

Jun 04, 2019 - 2:59 PM

(UPDATED) The oral arguments have been moved to July 2

ORAL ARGUMENTS. The Supreme Court will hold on June 25 oral arguments on the issue of alleged government neglect in the West Philippine Sea. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Villarin: Money, power won vs sectoral advocacies in 2019 party-list race

Jun 01, 2019 - 5:23 PM

Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin says the results of the 2019 party-list elections show that 'the party-list terrain has dramatically changed'

WINNING GROUPS. The Commission on Elections proclaims the winners of the party-list race on May 22, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Supreme Court issues writ of amparo in favor of rights groups

May 30, 2019 - 3:47 PM

(UPDATED) The Supreme Court directs the Court of Appeals to hear the petition of Gabriela, Karapatan, and the Rural Missionaries of the Philippines on June 18

TRIAL. The Supreme Court of the Philippines gives the go signal to Sandiganbayan trial of Morong 43 army generals and police officers. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

FAST FACTS: Who is SC Associate Justice Henri Inting?

May 28, 2019 - 3:15 PM

The new Supreme Court associate justice hails from President Rodrigo Duterte’s hometown of Davao City.

Screengrab from the JBC public panel interview of Henri Inting, February 13, 2019.

Netizens slam SC ruling to make Filipino, Panitikan optional in college

May 28, 2019 - 1:31 PM

'Ito ang mga kaluluwa ng ating pagkakakilanlan,' says a netizen who joined others on social media in slamming the High Court’s decision to make Filipino and Panitikan optional in college

Youth groups decry final SC ruling making Filipino, Panitikan optional in college

May 27, 2019 - 10:04 PM

While the government makes Filipino and Philippine Literature courses optional in college, it has railroaded the bill for mandatory ROTC. This is 'false nationalism,' a group says.

Duterte appoints CA justice Henri Inting to Supreme Court

May 27, 2019 - 6:40 PM

Henri Jean Paul Inting, who hails from Davao City, is the younger brother of Comelec commissioner Socorro Inting

NEW JUSTICE. Henri Jean Paul Inting is the latest Duterte appointee into the Supreme Court. Photo from Supreme Court of the Philippines/YouTube

Lawyer asks Supreme Court to investigate IBP over 'Bikoy' issue

May 27, 2019 - 5:58 PM

Lawyer Ferdinand Topacio says in a 3-page letter filed with the office of Supreme Court Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin it was 'highly improper' for the IBP to allow political use of their premises

BIKOY. Peter Joemel Advincula surfaces at the Integrated Bar of the Philippines in Pasig City on May 6, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

SC reiterates Filipino, Panitikan not required in college

May 26, 2019 - 1:30 PM

The Supreme Court will no longer accept further pleadings and motions on the case

FIGHT RULING. Students and Filipino language advocates march towards the Supreme Court in Manila on November 26, 2018 as they hold a protest action condemning the recent CHED Memorandum Order 20 which aims to remove the Filipino subject in the college level. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Bersamin to lawyers: Face sanctions for frivolous cases

May 22, 2019 - 4:33 PM

‘The time for imposing sanctions on such litigants and lawyers may soon be around the corner,’ says the Chief Justice

Chief Justice Bersamin, Associate Justices Lead Flag Ceremony on 2nd Week of SC Summer Session, et al. Courtesy SC PIO

Bersamin is 9th highest paid PH government official in 2018

May 22, 2019 - 11:28 AM

The Chief Justice receives P3.27 million in benefits in 2018, which is more than his basic salary of P2.46 million in the same year

9TH HIGHEST PAID. Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin is the 9th highest paid Philippine government official for 2018. Courtesy SC PIO

Maria Ressa arraigned for cyber libel; SC may be next option

May 14, 2019 - 10:12 AM

(UPDATED) 'We're talking about it, we'll take a look at it,' says Ressa's lawyer Ted Te on elevating case to the Supreme Court

CYBERLIBEL. Rappler CEO and Executive Editor Maria Ressa arrives at the Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 46 for her scheduled arraignment over one count of cyberlibel on May 14, 2019. Photo by Lian Buan

Brazil court orders Bolsonaro to explain gun decree

May 11, 2019 - 10:42 PM

An opposition political party Sustainability Network challenges the constitutionality of Bolsonaro's decision that granted millions of Brazilians the right to carry loaded weapons in public

PRESIDENT. In this file photo taken on April 9, 2019, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro gestures during the appointment ceremony of his new Education Minister Abraham Weintraub at Planalto Palace in Brasilia. Photo by Evaristo Sa/AFP

After Chico river, Makabayan goes after Kaliwa dam at Supreme Court

May 09, 2019 - 10:00 PM

The Makabayan bloc, led by senatorial bet Neri Colmenares, wants the $211 million Kaliwa dam loan agreement from China to be declared illegal and void

KALIWA DAM. Indigenous and environmental groups join Makabayan lawmakers in filing a petition for prohibition against the China-funded Kaliwa Dam on May 9, 2019. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Comelec's Guia: Supreme Court declared Edu Manzano a Filipino

May 07, 2019 - 11:05 AM

Commission on Elections Commissioner Luie Tito Guia cites the Supreme Court as he dissents from a decision against San Juan City congressional bet Edu Manzano

CITIZENSHIP WOES. San Juan congressional bet Edu Manzano (2nd from left) faces a huge challenge after the Commission on Elections canceled his certificate of candidacy because of his citizenship. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Other groups follow NUPL lead, ask SC for protection vs red-tagging

May 06, 2019 - 4:55 PM

One of the petitioners is the Rural Missionaries of the Philippines, which is being investigated by the European Union for communist financial links upon the request of the Philippine government

PROTECTIVE WRIT. Karapatan and other human rights groups run to the Supreme Court to ask for a protective writ from government red-tagging. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Supreme Court orders bidding of power company deals signed after June 2015

May 06, 2019 - 1:45 PM

(UPDATED) Distribution utilities like Meralco are now compelled to enter into a competitive selection process instead of their prior self-negotiated deals which advocates say could burden consumers for 20 years

POWER DEALS. The Supreme Court orders all power deals signed after June 30, 2015, to undergo a competitive selectiion process. Photo by Rappler

SC to gov't: Explain red-tagging, West PH Sea neglect

May 05, 2019 - 3:20 PM

In the case of the writ of amparo for human rights lawyers, it's President Rodrigo Duterte himself who must submit a response to the Supreme Court

RETURN OF WRITS. President Rodrigo Duterte and his government must submit a return of the writs of amparo and kalikasan issued to human rights lawyers who have sued them for army harrassment and West Philippine Sea neglect.

SC: Release P747-M retirement perks of ex-DBP employees

May 05, 2019 - 1:59 PM

The Supreme Court grants a petition questioning the Commission on Audit's notice of disallowance on the Development Bank of the Philippines' retirement program

Image from Wikicommons

Lawyers score SC victories vs army harassment, West PH Sea neglect

May 03, 2019 - 6:33 PM

Writs of amparo and kalikasan are issued on the same day in favor of human rights groups which sued the Duterte administration in two separate petitions

Supreme Court of teh Philippines in Padre Faura, Manila

Bar exams 2018 results out on May 3

May 01, 2019 - 12:16 PM

The number of Bar candidates who registered for 2018 is the highest in recent years

BAR 2018. The results of the 2018 Bar Examinations will be released on May 3. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Makabayan bloc asks Supreme Court to void Meralco bill deposits

Apr 30, 2019 - 5:00 PM

The leftist groups argue that the EPIRA law does not sanction the charging of bill deposits

BILL DEPOSITS. Makabayan senatorial bet Neri Colmenares files on April 30, 2019, a petition for certiorari before the Supreme Court seeking to void Meralco's bill deposits. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

TV, newspaper journalists join Rappler petition vs Duterte coverage ban

Apr 30, 2019 - 11:51 AM

(UPDATED) At least 41 journalists from different media organizations intervene in a Supreme Court petition to end President Rodrigo Duterte's coverage ban against Rappler

PETITION FOR INTERVENTION. Lawyer Ted Te talks to the media after a group of journalists filed a petition for intervention before the Supreme Court on April 30, 2019. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

SC upholds conviction of man behind 2011 car bomb blast

Apr 30, 2019 - 11:10 AM

The High Court sentences Datu Karim Masdal to reclusion perpetua without eligibility for parole

CAR BOMBING CONVICTION. Background photo by Charlie Saceda/Rappler

AKO Bicol asks Supreme Court to stop EDSA provincial bus ban

Apr 29, 2019 - 7:15 PM

AKO Bicol party says the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority's order against provincial buses is unconstitutional

An MMDA traffic enforcers stoped suspected colorum buses plying along EDSA in Pasay City on August 7, 2014, for questioning. The MMDA has questioned the LTFRB's move to stop traffic enforcers' operations against colorum passenger buses. Photo by: Joel Liporada

Supreme Court allows 'Morong 43' trial to continue

Apr 25, 2019 - 6:25 PM

The military and police officers charged over the detention of the 'Morong 43' workers earlier get the clearance of the Sandiganbayan to seek an outright dismissal of their cases without presenting evidence

TRIAL. The Supreme Court of the Philippines gives the go signal to Sandiganbayan trial of Morong 43 army generals and police officers. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

NUPL asks Supreme Court for protection order after ’Oust Duterte matrix' tag

Apr 25, 2019 - 12:57 PM

‘The continuous attacks...show the government’s disregard of the court processes and their resolve to threaten, harass, intimidate and further endanger the life, liberty and security of the petitioners,’ the human rights lawyers tell the SC

Top Myanmar court rejects appeal by Reuters reporters – lawyer

Apr 23, 2019 - 1:15 PM

Supporters believe the pair are being punished for investigating a massacre of 10 Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar's western Rakhine state in September 2017

WA LONE. Myanmar journalist Wa Lone (C) is escorted by police to a courtroom in Yangon on September 3, 2018. Photo by Ye Aung Thu/AFP

India's top judge faces sexual harassment storm

Apr 20, 2019 - 6:40 PM

A former court assistant alleges that India's chief justice Ranjan Gogoi twice made sexual advances in the office of his official residence in October 2018

CHIEF JUSTICE. In this file photo, Chief Justice of India Justice Ranjan Gogoi (C) signs the oath in presence of India's President Ram Nath Kovind (not seen) during the swearing-in ceremony inside the Durbar Hall at the presidential palace in New Delhi on October 3, 2018. Photo by Chandan Khanna/AFP

SC to judges: Don't let candidates use search warrants vs rivals

Apr 17, 2019 - 1:40 PM

The Supreme Court reminds judges that they should 'remain impartial' during the campaign period, amid reports that 'unscrupulous politicians' are using the courts to target their opponents

SEARCH WARRANTS. The Office of the Court Administrator receives reports of politicians trying to obtain search warrants from lower courts against their rivals during the election period. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

FALSE: 'PET recount done,' Bongbong Marcos defeated

Apr 17, 2019 - 11:44 AM

The Supreme Court, sitting as the Presidential Election Tribunal, has not yet declared the official results of the Marcos-Robredo electoral protest case

SC to Calida: 'Ridiculous' to say tokhang documents involve national security

Apr 17, 2019 - 10:24 AM

'The undeniable fact that thousands of ordinary citizens have been killed, and continue to be killed, during police drug operations certainly is a matter of grave public concern,’ says the High Court

TOKHANG DOCS. After a 16-month tug-of-war with the Supreme Court, Solicitor General Jose Calida loses his appeals and is directed to release tens of thousands of documents related to the killings in the war on drugs. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Palawan fishermen sue Duterte gov’t for West PH Sea neglect

Apr 16, 2019 - 2:22 PM

Members of the Kalayaan Palawan Farmers and Fisherfolk Association, along with fishermen from Zambales, file a petition against the DENR, DA, BFAR, Navy, PCG, PNP, and DOJ

SC acquits another drug suspect: Presumption of regularity in operations not enough

Apr 16, 2019 - 11:43 AM

‘The presumption of regularity in the performance of official duty stands only when no reason exists in the records by which to doubt the regularity of the performance of official duty,’ says Associate Justice Marvic Leonen

Supreme Court of teh Philippines in Padre Faura, Manila

Human rights lawyers seek Supreme Court protection from army ‘harassment’

Apr 15, 2019 - 3:40 PM

The National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers says that since the start of Duterte's presidency, a total of 55 lawyers have been attacked or threatened, 36 of whom were killed

PROTECTIVE WRITS. The National Union of Peoples' Lawyers (NUPL) run to the Supreme Court to ask for a Writ of Amparo and a Writ of Habeas Data citing threats from the military. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

FALSE: Photo of jailed senator asking Supreme Court to allow visits of her ex-lover

Apr 13, 2019 - 5:14 PM

A photo of Senator Leila de Lima is doctored to falsely show her filing a petition with the Supreme Court to allow visits from her ex-lover

Covering the courts: Supreme Court Baguio Session

Apr 12, 2019 - 9:30 PM

This series called 'Covering the Courts' aims to bring you closer to the judicial system and to important decisions both of lower courts and the High Court

STATEMENT: With Rappler ban, Duterte also violates public right to know

Apr 11, 2019 - 4:28 PM

This case is not just about Rappler. It is about every journalist’s mandate to cover the Office of the President and scrutinize the tremendous power it holds without prior restraint or threat of punishment.

Rappler asks Supreme Court to end Duterte coverage ban

Apr 11, 2019 - 4:26 PM

(UPDATED) A significant press freedom test case under the Duterte administration, the Rappler petition argues that the coverage ban violates constitutional guarantees of a free press, free speech, equal protection and due process

COURT OF LAST RESORT. The Supreme Court in Padre Faure, Manila. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Local governments to get new and bigger IRA only in 2022 – SC

Apr 10, 2019 - 5:23 PM

‘I believe there’s a 3-year period for which the government will have to compute and probably collect all these national taxes,’ says Court spokesman Brian Keith Hosaka

LOCAL GOVERNMENT SHARES. The Supreme Court ruled that the "just share" of the local government units or LGUs shall be sourced from "all national taxes" and not just "national internal revenue taxes."

Supreme Court stops SM Baguio from cutting more trees

Apr 10, 2019 - 3:36 PM

(UPDATED) The mall giant cannot proceed with the earth-balling of trees in Baguio City until it secures a new Environmental Compliance Certificate

EXPANSION. SM Baguio is stopped by the Supreme Court from cutting more trees to give way to its expansion. File photo from December 2017 by Lian Buan/Rappler

SC orders gov't to answer petition vs P3.69-B China loan deal

Apr 10, 2019 - 12:48 PM

(UPDATED) This also means that effectively there is no TRO, for now, against the loan agreement

PETITION. Senatorial candidate Neri Colminares and Bayan Muna repesentatives file a petition against Chico River Irrigation Pump project loan agreement with China at the Supreme Court on April 4, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

SC flip-flops, revives charges vs Sulpicio exec over sunken ferry

Apr 08, 2019 - 5:10 PM

The Supreme Court rules this time that it shouldn't interfere with the finding of probable cause by the Department of Justice

CAPSIZED SHIP. M/V Princess of the Stars sank on June 21, 2008. Of 851 passengers, only 28 are known survivors, 400 remain missing, and some 130 exhumed bodies were not identified. File photo from Wikipedia

Makabayan bloc goes to Supreme Court to stop P3.69-B loan deal with China

Apr 04, 2019 - 4:25 PM

Opposition lawmakers say several provisions of the loan agreement with China for the Chico River irrigation project violate the 1987 Constitution

Senatorial candidate Neri Colminares and Bayan Muna repesentatives file a petition against Chico River Irrigation Pump project loan agreement with China at the Supreme Court on April 4, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler