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Carpio rebuffs Duterte: China doesn't possess South China Sea

Nov 16, 2018 - 2:17 PM

Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio makes these remarks after President Rodrigo Duterte said China 'is already in possession' of the South China Sea

DEFENDER. Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio, a West Philippine Sea advocate, attends 'Kasarinlan: A Philippine Foreign Policy Forum' on July 9, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Schools to fight SC ruling removing Filipino as required college subject

Nov 16, 2018 - 9:22 AM

University professors say the teaching of Filipino and Panitikan in college deepens knowledge that shapes Filipino culture and identity

PETITION. Education and language groups planned to petition the Supreme Court's decision to life a Temporary Restraining Order on a higher education order. Photo of students from Shutterstock

SC denies Ayala Land petition to claim insurance for 2007 Glorietta 2 blast

Nov 15, 2018 - 9:11 AM

The Supreme Court denies a petition of Ayala Land to claim from Standard Insurance for the damage caused by the blast, which killed 11 people and injured around 130

RUINS. Investigators sift throught the ruins of the ground zero of the infamous Glorietta blast of 2017. Photo from Newsbreak

[OPINYON] Hindi ko magawang magbiro dahil sa mga balita ngayon

Nov 14, 2018 - 7:00 PM

Bakit ganito ako kaseryoso ngayon? Dahil sa ruling ng Supreme Court na mag-aalis ng Filipino at Panitikan bilang core subjects sa kolehiyo. Hindi masusukat ang pinsalang magagawa nito sa mga darating na henerasyon.

#CJSearch: How chief justice applicants voted on P7-B Delfin Lee scam

Nov 14, 2018 - 5:31 PM

Bersamin and Bernabe voted to grant bail to the Globe Asiatique owner; Carpio and Reyes dissented; Peralta inhibited

DELFIN LEE CASE. The chief justice applicants were split in deciding the 7-5-2 ruling that downgraded the estafa charges against property developer Delfin Lee.

Supreme Court lifts TRO: Filipino not required subject in college

Nov 10, 2018 - 6:03 PM

The Supreme Court defends the exclusion as making sure there is no duplication of subjects, since Filipino is already taught in elementary and high school

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

Supreme Court declares K-12 constitutional

Nov 10, 2018 - 5:11 PM

The law is an exercise of the state’s police power, the High Court says

Members of the Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) Partylist gather signatures from parents and passers by as they rally at the Batasan National High School in Quezon City against the K to 12 program during the opening of classes on Monday. June 1, 2015. Photo by Ben Nabong

SC to act on Calida attempt to stop Senate probe

Nov 08, 2018 - 4:45 PM

Solicitor General Jose Calida refuses to participate in a Senate investigation into his family firm's government contracts, saying it is illegal and serves no legislative purpose

SECURITY FIRM. Solicitor General Jose Calida has a pending petition before the Supreme Court questioning the legality of a Senate investigation that seeks to look into the propriety of his security firm bagging government contracts worth at least P358 million. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Aspiring lawyers take the 2018 Bar exams

Nov 04, 2018 - 11:49 AM

'This is the highest number of Bar candidates in recent years,' says the Supreme Court, as 8,701 candidates registered to take the exams

Over 8,000 candidates take the 2018 Bar Exams

Nov 04, 2018 - 8:02 AM

(UPDATED) The number of Bar candidates registered for 2018 is the highest in recent years

BAR EXAMS. Aspiring lawyers troop to the University of Santo Tomas in Manila on November 4, 2018, for the first day of the Bar exams. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Spain prosecutors seek up to 25 years jail for Catalan separatists

Nov 02, 2018 - 9:27 PM

Spanish prosecutors ask the Madrid court to sentence Catalan separatists leaders for up to 25 years on rebellion charges

CARLES PUIGDEMONT. This handout picture released by the Generalitat de Catalunya on September 19, 2017 shows Catalan regional president Carles Puigdemont (C), Catalan regional vice-President and chief of Economy and Finance, Oriol Junqueras (L) and leader of Junts Pel Si (Together for Yes), Jordi Turull (R) leave after a regional government meeting in Barcelona on September 19, 2017. Photo by Ruben Moreno Garcia/Generalitat de Catalunya/AFP

The unpredictability of Supreme Court Justice Bernabe

Nov 02, 2018 - 11:01 AM

Bernabe often votes with a nuance. She is respected in the High Court because of her collegial virtues.

CJ SEARCH. Supreme Court Associate Justice Estela Perlas-Bernabe applies for chief justice.

First among equals: How influential is a chief justice on the Court?

Nov 01, 2018 - 6:25 PM

A recently-released study shows there’s a probability that a justice who belongs to the same network as the chief justice will vote similarly as the top magistrate

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

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

Pakistan overturns Christian woman's blasphemy death sentence

Oct 31, 2018 - 12:52 PM

'The appeal is allowed. She has been acquitted. The judgement of high court as well as trial court is reversed. Her conviction is set aside,' says Pakistan's Chief Justice Saqib Nisar

MILF ready to contest petition vs Bangsamoro law

Oct 31, 2018 - 11:24 AM

The Moro Islamic Liberation Front challenges the motivation of Sulu Governor Abdusakur Tan II in questioning the Bangsamoro Organic Law before the Supreme Court

SC affirms corruption trial of Grace Padaca at Sandiganbayan

Oct 30, 2018 - 6:02 PM

It means there is no legal impediment to the Sandiganbayan proceedings, which is halfway reaching a judgment

GRAFT CASE. Former Isabela governor Grace Padaca is on trial for graft and malversation charges over an allegedly irregular loan facility deal. Rappler file photo

Governor Tan of Sulu runs to Supreme Court to block Bangsamoro law

Oct 30, 2018 - 2:43 PM

This is the first petition filed to challenge the constitutionality of the landmark Bangsamoro Organic Law. Legislators behind the law have been expecting it.

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.

CA can't review Ombudsman decisions in criminal cases – Supreme Court

Oct 29, 2018 - 8:03 PM

The High Court strengthens Ombudsman findings in criminal cases

Office of the Ombudsman Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Office of chief justice regained respect under De Castro – Leonen

Oct 28, 2018 - 6:36 PM

'What has been restored is that the chief justice is one vote in terms of the items on the agenda,' says Associate Justice Marvic Leonen

SUPREME COURT. Retired Chief Justice Teresita Leonardo De Castro and other associate justices and Supreme Court employees pose for photographers after the flag ceremony on Monday, September 3, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

SC asked to stop Globe, Smart's use of 700 MHz frequency

Oct 28, 2018 - 6:10 PM

The petitioners ask the Supreme Court to make the frequency available for other telecommunications companies

INTERVENTION ASKED. The Supreme Court is asked to free up broadcast and telecommunications frequencies through a mandamus. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Supreme Court improves whenever Carpio is acting Chief Justice – Leonen

Oct 25, 2018 - 7:12 PM

'It’s difficult to pluck someone from the most junior ranks and put them to the leadership position,’ says Associate Justice Marvic Leonen

#CJSEARCH. Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio applies for chief justice. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

‘Improper’ JBC questions led to striking out public interview of senior justices

Oct 25, 2018 - 5:55 PM

‘The court en banc was disappointed that there were questions which were not proper, they catered to something, to trivia,’ says Associate Justice Marvic Leonen

JBC. The Judicial and Bar Council interviews applicants for the chief justice position on August 16, 2018. Screengrab from SC PIO

Rappler Talk: Inside the Supreme Court with Justice Marvic Leonen

Oct 25, 2018 - 11:09 AM

Former Supreme Court spokesman Ted Te also joins the discussion on Thursday, October 25

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

Cagayan governor seeks reversal of SC bail grant to Enrile

Oct 24, 2018 - 6:42 PM

'Seeking a seat in the Senate necessarily entails a nationwide campaign that even a healthy person will find strenuous,' Cagayan Governor Manuel Mamba says in a letter to Ombudsman Samuel Martires

A LOAD TO CARRY. Senator Juan Ponce Enrile says he feels bad for the next president, who he believes will inherit problems left by the Aquino Administration. File photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Rappler Talk: Lawyer Cristina Bonoan on the Supreme Court under Duterte

Oct 23, 2018 - 2:46 PM

On Tuesday, October 23, Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug speaks with Cristina Bonoan of the Angeles State University about qualities needed in a chief justice and the challenges he or she will face

No more public interview for senior magistrates applying for chief justice

Oct 22, 2018 - 3:00 PM

'The majority of the JBC members took the view that sitting members of the Supreme Court had already been publicly interviewed when they originally applied for their SC positions,' says Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra

Gov't institutions' satisfaction ratings up in September 2018 – SWS

Oct 20, 2018 - 1:40 PM

The Senate, House of Representatives, Supreme Court, and Cabinet all get 'good' net satisfaction ratings in the latest Social Weather Stations survey

Rebus sic stantibus? SC aspirant says Duterte can unilaterally withdraw from ICC

Oct 18, 2018 - 3:29 PM

Associate Dean Rita Linda Jimeno stumbles on the doctrine at first, but eventually says that rebus sic stantibus may be used by Duterte to validly withdraw from the ICC without the concurrence of the Senate

ICC ISSUE. CEU Associate Dean Rita Linda Jimeno says President Rodrigo Duterte has basis to unilaterally withdraw from the International Criminal Court. Photo from JBC

Supreme Court applicant wants CCTV cameras in courtrooms

Oct 18, 2018 - 2:10 PM

Sandiganbayan Associate Justice Alex Quiroz, who is aspiring for a seat on the Supreme Court bench, says installing CCTV cameras would discourage misbehavior

PLANS. Sandiganbayan Justice Alex Quiroz says that if he is appointed to the Supreme Court (SC), he would push for the instalment of CCTV cameras in every courtroom in the country. Photo from JBC

Justice Bernabe applies for chief justice

Oct 15, 2018 - 7:18 PM

Associate Justice Andres Reyes Jr also tries again for the Supreme Court's top spot

CJ SEARCH. Supreme Court Associate Justice Estela Perlas-Bernabe applies for chief justice.

Rappler Talk: Understanding the Supreme Court with Ted Te

Oct 15, 2018 - 2:19 PM

There is a lot of interest in the High Court, especially that the search is on again for the next chief justice. Watch the interview live on Monday, October 15.

Carpio’s chief justice nomination, Tindig Pilipinas, Comelec updates | Evening wRap

Oct 12, 2018 - 10:39 PM

Watch the evening wRap with Mara Cepeda

Carpio vies for Supreme Court chief justice

Oct 12, 2018 - 5:15 PM

SC Associate Justice Mariano del Castillo declines the nomination to be the country's next top magistrate

VYING FOR TOP MAGISTRATE. Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio has accepted the nomination to be the next chief justice. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Why usual dissenter Leonen leans toward Duterte in ICC pullout case

Oct 11, 2018 - 8:45 AM

(UPDATED) It seems Leonen wants to practice judicial restraint, a long-standing debate on the Supreme Court that goes as far back to President Diosdado Macapagal

JUDICIAL DICTATORSHIP. Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen warns against judicial dictatorship if the High Court nullifies right away President Rodrigo Duterte's withdrawal from the International Criminal Court. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

CA Justice Hernando appointed Supreme Court justice

Oct 10, 2018 - 5:32 PM

The Court of Appeals Justice known for his speedy disposition of cases will fill the vacancy in the High Court left by Ombudsman Samuel Martires

Trump says America owes Kavanaugh apology after Supreme Court battle

Oct 09, 2018 - 7:48 PM

"On behalf of our nation, I want to apologize to Brett and the entire Kavanaugh family for the terrible pain and suffering you have been forced to endure," Trump says at the White House swearing-in ceremony

US Judge Brett Kavanaugh looks on as the US President announces him as his nominee to the Supreme Court in the East Room of the White House on July 9, 2018 in Washington, DC. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB

Justice Carpio: Leaving the ICC will weaken Philippine stance vs China

Oct 09, 2018 - 5:54 PM

The senior justice, who says he has no more reason to decline a chief justice nomination, again challenges the policy of the appointing power, President Duterte

ICC WITHDRAWAL. Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio said on October 9 that President Rodrigo Duterte's unilateral withdrawal from the International Criminal Court would take away from the Philippines a "strong legal deterrent" against China. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

De Castro ends chief justice stint, leaves gifts to court workers

Oct 08, 2018 - 11:01 AM

Promotions, salary raises, and bonuses mark Teresita Leonardo de Castro's chief justiceship that lasted only a little more than a month

SC Justice Teresita de Castro in her final flagraising ceremony at the Supreme Court on October 8, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

AMLC report can be used vs Jinggoy Estrada – SC

Oct 07, 2018 - 5:12 PM

The Anti-Money Laundering Council report alleges that ex-senator Jinggoy Estrada received at least P157.6 million in kickbacks through the pork barrel scam

ADMISSIBLE. Former Senator Jinggoy Estrada arrives at the Sandiganbayan on September 25, 2017, to attend hearing on his plunder case. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Kavanaugh sworn into Supreme Court after divisive fight

Oct 07, 2018 - 9:51 AM

Across the United States, protestors rally against the nominee who has been plagued by allegations of sexual misconduct. The confirmation ushers in Republican control of the top court, a major win for Trump

OPPOSED. Demonstrators take the steps of the US Supreme Court to protest against the appointment of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in Washington DC, on October 6, 2018. Photo by Jose Luis Magana/AFP

U.S. Senate poised to confirm Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh

Oct 06, 2018 - 6:10 PM

If Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed, Trump will have succeeded in having his two picks seated on the court – a major coup for the Republican leader less than halfway through his term

PROTEST. Activists protest against the nomination of Supreme Court Judge Brett Kavanaugh in front of the U.S. Supreme Court October 5, 2018 in Washington, DC. Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. Senate braces for key vote on embattled Supreme Court nominee

Oct 05, 2018 - 11:16 PM

Three key Republican lawmakers still officially undecided on Brett Kavanaugh, who has faced accusations of sexual misconduct

(FILES) In this file photo taken on September 19, 2018, Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh leaves his home in Chevy Chase, Maryland.  US President Donald Trump challenged the accuser of Kavanaugh for the first time on September 21, 2018, demanding she provide evidence that he sexually assaulted her when they were both teenagers. "I have no doubt that, if the attack on Dr. Ford was as bad as she says, charges would have been immediately filed with local Law Enforcement Authorities by either her or her loving parents. I ask that she bring those filings forward so that we can learn date, time, and place!" / AFP PHOTO / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / WIN MCNAMEE

Supreme Court nominee in unusual plea as U.S. Senate nears vote

Oct 05, 2018 - 9:44 AM

Furor over Kavanaugh's nomination has overshadowed next month's midterm elections in which control of Congress by Donald Trump's Republican Party could be at stake

VOTE. US Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh is sworn in before testifying at the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on September 27, 2018. File photo by Tom Williams/AFP

Peru annuls ex-president Fujimori's pardon, orders arrest

Oct 04, 2018 - 2:12 PM

The Supreme Court has 'issued the arrest and detention orders against former president Fujimori so that he may be re-integrated into the prison establishment'

Supreme Court: PCSO free to bid out online lottery

Oct 03, 2018 - 3:07 PM

The High Court junks the claim of of a private gaming company that it has exclusive contractual rights over the government project

ONLINE LOTTERY. The Supreme Court grants the PCSO's petition to bid out its nationwide online lottery system.

Former classmate says Trump court nominee lied about his drinking

Oct 02, 2018 - 2:43 PM

Chad Ludington, a North Carolina State University professor, says Brett Kavanaugh was 'belligerent and aggressive' when he drank

DEFENSE. Supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on September 27, 2018. File photo by Andrew Harnik/AFP

SC slams reckless drug buy-busts, wants weak cases junked

Oct 02, 2018 - 2:11 PM

In his separate concurring opinion, Associate Justice Marvic Leonen says that playing it fast and loose with procedure 'makes conducive the planting of evidence'

WEAK CASES. The Supreme Court stresses mandatory policy in drug investigation and case buildups. Photo by Rappler

Supreme Court acquits drug suspect over weak case buildup

Oct 02, 2018 - 1:02 PM

The High Court intends to 'weed out poorly built up drug-related cases'

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