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Diosdado Peralta is new Supreme Court chief justice

Oct 23, 2019 - 3:13 PM

Peralta serves until March 27, 2022

NEW CHIEF JUSTICE. Diosdado Peralta is the new chief justice. Photo by SC PIO

Will we have a new VP?

Oct 23, 2019 - 2:00 PM

Here's what you should know

Manila Hall of Justice to be completed by 2022 – Supreme Court

Oct 22, 2019 - 5:10 PM

The 'green courthouse,' to be built on a P2.8-billion budget, will have 120 courtrooms and 3 special courtrooms

Associate Justice Alexander Gesmundo hands over the Manila Hall of Justice Project to Acting Chief Justice Anotnio Carpio at Supreme Court, Manila on October 22, 2019. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

High Court wears PH colors for Carpio's last SC rites

Oct 21, 2019 - 10:14 AM

Carpio highlights a professional achievement: he leaves the Court with zero backlog

PHILIPPINE COLORS. Supreme Court employees wear the colors of the Philippine flag for the last flag ceremony of retiring Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio. Photo by Rappler

Supreme Court chief justice: Of leaks and faux pas

Oct 20, 2019 - 5:28 PM

Who does the President really want? Insiders whisper his preferred candidate is not among the 3 candidates, but someone more junior.

Retiring Justice Carpio on Duterte's tirades: It comes with the territory

Oct 19, 2019 - 8:00 AM

A vocal critic of President Rodrigo Duterte's West Philippine Sea policy, Justice Antonio Carpio says even strong reactions from the Chief Executive are to be expected

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Robredo on 15,000 more votes over Marcos: ‘This proves who was lying’

Oct 18, 2019 - 9:58 PM

(UPDATED) 'This proves who was telling the truth and who was lying,' tweets Vice President Leni Robredo

THE VEEP. Vice President Leni Robredo gets additional 15,000 votes over her poll fraud accuser Bongbong Marcos. File photo by Charlie Villegas/OVP

DOCUMENT: SC asks Robredo, Marcos to comment on recount of votes in VP protest

Oct 18, 2019 - 7:25 PM

The Supreme Court also asks both parties to submit a position paper on Ferdinand Marcos Jr's request to nullify election results in Lanao del Sur, Basilan, Maguindanao

SC raises 4 issues with Marcos' motion to probe Mindanao polls

Oct 18, 2019 - 7:11 PM

(UPDATED) For one, which has the jurisdiction to probe election materials, the Presidential Electoral Tribunal or the Commission on Elections?

ELECTORAL PROTEST. Supporters of Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos gather near the Supreme Court as they wait for the decision of PET on October 15, 2019. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

Robredo widens lead over Marcos in recount in 3 pilot provinces

Oct 18, 2019 - 7:03 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Results of the recount of votes in Negros Oriental, Iloilo, and Camarines Sur in the vice presidential electoral protest show Robredo with 15,093 additional votes

LEAD IN RECOUNT. Philippine Vice President Leni Robredo briefs the media after the Supreme Court has releases its preliminary findings of the PET on the electoral VP case. October 15, 2019 Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

'The best chief justice we never had'

Oct 18, 2019 - 7:00 PM

'If you consistently defend the Constitution, consistent in applying the law, then you earn the respect of everybody,' says the Justice who ends his 18-year-career with a losing vote

Carpio on West Philippine Sea: Every Filipino's duty to defend PH territory

Oct 18, 2019 - 5:04 PM

'If you want your advocacy to bear fruit, you have to press on and continue despite all odds,' says retiring Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio

END OF AN ERA. Retiring Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio sits down with Rappler's Marites Vitug to talk about independence in the judiciary and his West Philippine Sea advocacy. Rappler Screenshot

Carpio's advice to aspiring justices: Independence will earn you respect

Oct 18, 2019 - 12:37 PM

'If you play ball, then they know that you can be persuaded, you can be swayed,' says retiring Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio

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Rappler Talk: Justice Carpio on his 18 years in the Supreme Court

Oct 18, 2019 - 6:23 AM

On Friday, October 18, Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug talks to Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio about defending the West Philippine Sea and judicial independence, ahead of his retirement from the Supreme Court

When the High Court looks for compromises

Oct 16, 2019 - 11:16 PM

Are we in a better place?

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

Why Marcos wants SC to investigate election materials in 3 Mindanao provinces

Oct 15, 2019 - 8:00 PM

To make his case that cheating and irregularities occurred in the 2016 polls, Ferdinand Marcos Jr cites the findings of a Comelec department in the protest of ex-Sulu vice governor Tan against former ARMM Governor Hataman

ELECTORAL PROTEST. Former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr continues to challenge Vice President Leni Robredo's victory in the 2016 elections. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Who won this round? Marcos calls latest PET action ‘good result’

Oct 15, 2019 - 6:31 PM

For the Marcos camp, it is a 'positive development' that the PET will now 'deal' with ARMM votes. The Robredo camp says the initial recount win is a clear victory.

Supporters of vice presidential candidate Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos gather in front of Ermita Church on October 8, 2019 as the Supreme Court defers it ruling on PET Marcos vs Robredo. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

Peralta, Bernabe get top votes in chief justice short list

Oct 15, 2019 - 5:33 PM

Justice Jose Reyes Jr, getting only one vote, is dropped from the list

#CJSEARCH2019. Associate Justices Estela Perlas-Bernabe and Diosdado Peralta get top votes for the chief justice shortlist. Photos from the Supreme Court

Funny that accusation of stealing would come from Bongbong Marcos – Robredo

Oct 15, 2019 - 5:32 PM

'Between the two us, lahat ng na-achieve ko, pinagpaguran ko. Wala akong fake diplomas. Wala akong fake anything,' says Vice President Leni Robredo

SHOTS FIRED. Vice President Leni Robredo slams her rival and ex-senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr on October 15, 2019. Photo by Charlie Villegas/OVP

Robredo to Marcos: How many times do I have to win for you to accept defeat?

Oct 15, 2019 - 4:22 PM

Defeated vice presidential bet Bongbong Marcos, while frustrated with the latest PET ruling, says, 'The case goes on and we will go from strength to strength'

THE VEEP. Vice President Leni Robredo faces the media on October 15, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Carpio, Caguioa vote to dismiss Marcos protest, overruled

Oct 15, 2019 - 3:12 PM

(UPDATED) The Presidential Electoral Tribunal votes 11-2, asking Vice President Robredo and former senator Marcos to comment on the latter's motion to nullify votes from 3 Muslim Mindanao provinces

Supreme Court to release initial recount results in VP protest

Oct 15, 2019 - 1:17 PM

(6th UPDATE) Some quarters interpret Tuesday's decision – asking parties to comment on Marcos' 3rd cause of action, which is the annulment of votes in Lanao Del Sur, Basilan, and Maguindanao – can be disadvantageous to Robredo

Photo of Robredo from OVP, photo of Marcos by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Robredo to P.E.T: Don't change the rules in VP protest

Oct 14, 2019 - 2:46 PM

Robredo's lawyers say the request to investigate 3 Mindanao provinces was a belated move by Bongbong Marcos and would violate PET rules

The legal team of Vice President Leni Robredo held a press conference in Malate, Manila, on Monday, October 14, 2019, after filing a manifestation before the Presidential Electoral Tribunal calling on the PET to uphold its rules in resolving the election protest filed by losing candidate Bongbong Marcos. Photo by Jay Ganzon/OVP

Bersamin bids Supreme Court goodbye: No regrets

Oct 14, 2019 - 1:16 PM

'Be steadfast in the fealty to the letter and spirit of the Constitution and to the rule of law,' says retiring chief justice Lucas Bersamin

Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin attend his last Flag ceremony before his retirement at Supreme Court on October 14, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/ Rappler

During tense political times, unity is Supreme Court's prime quest

Oct 12, 2019 - 8:45 PM

Even in the Robredo-Marcos case, which is perceptibly a divisive issue, justices are said to be having an 'emerging consensus'

Justices of the Supreme Court led by acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio starts the oral arguments on the same sex marriage on June 18, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

[OPINION | NEWSPOINT] Marcos vs Robredo

Oct 12, 2019 - 11:00 AM

To be sure, too many incredible things have happened in the Supreme Court, precisely in cases where Duterte had an interest

Saved at the last minute: SC allows Mary Jane Veloso to testify in local case

Oct 11, 2019 - 3:54 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The OFW's lawyers hope this can play a significant role in removing her from death row in Indonesia for drug trafficking charges

VELOSO CASE. Migrante with the mother of OFW Mary Jane Veloso, Celia, Celia Veloso, march towards the Court of Appeals in Manila on January 25 to encourage the court to allow Veloso to give her testimony while inside the Indonesian jail. Photo by Ben Nabong

Bersamin on Marcos vs Robredo case: 'Hindi ko niluluto'

Oct 10, 2019 - 2:07 PM

Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin says the public can expect a 'result' by next week and 'it may not be what you expect'

PET CASE. Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin says the public can expect a "result" in the vice presidential electoral protest by October 15, 2019. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

SC orders review of Meralco finances to come up with lower power rates

Oct 10, 2019 - 9:58 AM

The High Court directs the Energy Regulatory Commission to review Meralco's unbundled rates 'for determination of a reasonable and fair valuation of the regulatory asset base that will provide electricity to consumers in the least cost manner'

SC warns Robredo, Marcos camps: Stop talking about the case

Oct 09, 2019 - 1:31 PM

The Supreme Court spokesman reacts to a radio interview made by Vice President Leni Robredo's legal counsel on Wednesday morning

WARNING. Supreme Court Spokesperson Brian Keith Hosaka reminds the Robredo and Marcos parties of the sub judice rule as the electoral protest case heats up. Photo by: Lito Borras/Rappler

Supreme Court rules: Gov't nurses should be salary grade 15

Oct 09, 2019 - 11:44 AM

But the High Court says it cannot compel the government to implement the adjustment to the new salary grade because this needs another law for the budget

NURSES' PAY. A petition at the Supreme Court seeks to increase the salary of public nurses in the Philippines. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Supreme Court rules some lump-sum discretionary funds as legal

Oct 09, 2019 - 11:08 AM

Four kinds of 'lump-sum' discretionary funds from 2014 are declared as constitutional for constituting singular correspondence

Supreme Court of teh Philippines in Padre Faura, Manila

Napoles runs to Supreme Court to stop trial in Estrada plunder case

Oct 08, 2019 - 6:20 PM

In the petition, the alleged pork barrel scam mastermind relies on two decisions: the SC's aquittal of former president Gloria Arroyo, and the Sandiganbayan's acquittal of Senator Bong Revilla

U.S. Supreme Court to take on gay and transgender rights in the workplace

Oct 08, 2019 - 3:34 PM

Ria Tabacco Mar of the American Civil Liberties Union says it is up to the Supreme Court to stop the LGBTQ community from being 'relegated to second class status'

LGBTQ RIGHTS. Eddie Reynoso of San Diego, California, attaches an American flag his chair while waiting in line outside the U.S. Supreme Court building for the chance to attend Tuesday's arguments during the court's new term October 07, 2019 in Washington, DC. Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

Robredo asks SC: Release initial vote recount results in VP protest

Oct 07, 2019 - 12:04 PM

(UPDATED) Vice President Leni Robredo's lawyers argue doing so would 'put to rest any apprehensions' of both camps regarding 'speculations' about the possible results of the ballot revision process

VOTE RECOUNT TRANSPARENCY. Vice President Leni Robredo's lawyer Romulo Macalintal, together with legal consultant Emil Marañon, files their motion with the Supreme Court on October 7, 2019. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Robredo remains VP whatever PET decides on initial recount – Macalintal

Oct 06, 2019 - 11:42 AM

Rule 65 of the 2010 Presidential Electoral Tribunal Rules says after examination of the pilot provinces, the tribunal will decide whether to dismiss the protest at that level and affirm Robredo's win, or decide to proceed to further recount

PET RULING. The Presidential Electoral Tribunal is expected to soon rule on the initial recount of 3 pilot provinces in the electoral protest filed against Vice President Leni Robredo. File photo by Chari Villegas/OVP

Retiring Carpio gives West PH Sea lecture to SC workers

Oct 06, 2019 - 10:44 AM

In the JBC, chief justice applicants are asked whether Carpio's media interviews about China are 'improper'

LECTURE. Senior Associate Justice Antonio T. Carpio receives a plaque of appreciation from Supreme Court Employees Association (SCEA) president Erwin Ocson after giving a lecture on Defending Philippine Sovereign Rights in the West Philippine Sea on October 4, 2019. Photo courtesy of the SC Public Information Office

Supreme Court suspended Larry Gadon in June

Oct 05, 2019 - 4:31 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The lawyer started to represent Peter Joemel Advincula alias Bikoy in the sedition case in July

BIKOY LAWYER. Larry Gadon (right) with Peter Joemel Advincula aka 'Bikoy' after a sedition complaint was filed against key opposition members and their supporters on  July 18, 2019.Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Mexico Supreme Court justice resigns over suspicious bank deposits

Oct 04, 2019 - 11:36 AM

In June, Mexican media report that Medina Mora was suspected of having made $5.2 million transfers to bank accounts in the US and Britain that were not reported in his financial declarations

The new Mexican ambassador to US Eduardo Medina Mora speaks during a press conference at the Mexican Chancellery in Mexico City, on January 10, 2013. AFP PHOTO/Pedro Pardo Pedro PARDO / AFP

Supreme Court orders DOJ to answer case vs GCTA IRR

Oct 03, 2019 - 4:21 PM

Bilibid inmates want to nullify DOJ's new Implementing Rules and Regulations for violating equal protection

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

How they voted: Meet the chief justice aspirants for 2019

Oct 03, 2019 - 1:38 PM

(UPDATED) The 4 applicants for chief justice include SC Associate Justices Diosdado Peralta, Estela Perlas Bernabe, Andres Reyes Jr, and Jose Reyes Jr

#CJSEARCH2019. (L-R) Supreme Court Associate Justices Diosdado Peralta, Estela Perlas-Bernabe, Andres Reyes Jr and Jose Reyes Jr apply for chief justice.

Bersamin: No definite voting yet on Robredo-Marcos poll protest

Oct 03, 2019 - 12:35 PM

New round of deliberations are scheduled for October 8

PET CASE. Supreme Court Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin says the en banc has not made definite voting yet on the Marcos-Robredo electoral protest. File photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Andy Reyes makes last pitch for chief justice: 'I served with honesty'

Oct 02, 2019 - 10:28 PM

If he's not appointed in this round, the justice will say goodbye to his chances of being top magistrate

LAST CHANCE. Supreme Court Justice Andres Reyes Jr applies to be chief justice for the last time. Photo from JBC

Bernabe: Chief justice should be loyal to Constitution, people

Oct 02, 2019 - 5:40 PM

'The chief justice is not a position of superiority but an opportunity to lead the judiciary,' Supreme Court Associate Justice Estela Perlas-Bernabe tells the Judicial and Bar Council during her interview for the top magistrate position

CHIEF JUSTICE SEARCH. Associate Justice Estela Perlas-Bernabe applies for the position of chief justice. Photo from JBC

Premarital sex 'immoral,' says Justice Reyes

Oct 02, 2019 - 3:20 PM

(UPDATED) Associate Justice Estela Perlas Bernabe, for her part, says banning premarital sex would violate the Constitution

#CJSEARCH2019. Junior Supreme Court Justice Jose Reyes Jr applies for chief justice. Photo from JBC

Amid 'alarming' acquittals of drug suspects, Peralta clarifies SC ruling

Oct 02, 2019 - 3:16 PM

The chief justice applicant says judges should not acquit suspects, but dismiss cases only without prejudice to refiling

DRUG CASES. Supreme Court Associate Justice Diosdado Peralta defends his ponencia on weak drug cases during his JBC interview for the position of chief justice. Photo by SC PIO

Justice Peralta tears up: 'I deserve to be chief justice'

Oct 02, 2019 - 12:17 PM

'I’m not a topnotcher, I'm not an honor student, but I think I was able to compensate with the work that I had done,' Justice Diosdado Peralta tells the Judicial and Bar Council

EMOTIONAL. Supreme Court Associate Justice Diosdado Peralta turns emotional during the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) public interview for the position of chief justice. Photo from JBC

WATCH: JBC interviews of Supreme Court chief justice applicants

Oct 02, 2019 - 9:12 AM

Watch the public interview of the applicants for the Philippines' next chief justice

2 more Duterte appointees to fill Supreme Court vacancies

Oct 02, 2019 - 8:00 AM

Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) short-lists 13 for the Jardeleza vacancy

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

Senators joke Peralta is next chief justice

Sep 30, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Justice Diosdado Peralta, the most senior of the applicants, represents the judiciary in budget hearings of both chambers of Congress

THE NEXT CJ? Senators tease Associate Justice Diosdado Peralta that he is the next chief justice. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler