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SC, DOJ, DILG urged: Issue joint order not to arrest light offenders

Apr 02, 2020 - 2:51 PM

'Otherwise we will have a situation where the more we lock people up, we're creating newer problems that we don't really need actually,' says former SC spokesperson Ted Te

VIOLATION. QCPD Police Personnel apprehend violators of the curfew along Timog Avenue, Quezon City. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler


Supreme Court allows e-filing of charges, e-posting of bail

Mar 31, 2020 - 4:05 PM

This is the latest precautionary measure of the judiciary as a prosecutor tests positive for the coronavirus disease

Supreme Court of the Philippines in Padre Faura, Manila


[PODCAST] Law of Duterte Land: War on the Law Part 1

Mar 21, 2020 - 11:59 AM

Is there an ongoing war on the law?

Chief Justice Peralta tests negative for coronavirus

Mar 20, 2020 - 6:40 PM

The Chief Justice traveled to the Netherlands in early March and experienced 'persistent coughing' after he returned to Manila, says the Supreme Court

NEGATIVE. Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta tests negative for coronavirus. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Courts will close nationwide, judges to come to work only for urgent matters

Mar 20, 2020 - 6:31 PM

'If urgent, only then will the justice or judge on-duty, together with the skeleton-staff, go to court to receive and act on the said urgent matter,' says the Supreme Court

PHYSICALLY CLOSED. Supreme Court of the Philippines iand all courts nationwide are pyshically losed for the Luzon locdown period to contain coronavirus. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Supreme Court grants bail to ex-NPA chief Rodolfo Salas

Mar 16, 2020 - 5:39 PM

(UPDATED) Rodolfo Salas is released Wednesday, March 18, after posting a P200,000 bail

RETIRED. Retired CPP and NPA leader Rodolfo Salas, 72, is arrested in his Angeles City home on February 18, 2020. PNP photo

Philippine courts reduce operations, night courts closed

Mar 16, 2020 - 3:45 PM

As the Philippines struggles to contain the coronavirus, only select courts will be open from 9am to 3pm to process bail petitions and any relief related to the lockdown

CORONAVIRUS MEASURES. Supreme Court drastically reduces operations of Philippine courts, completely closing night courts, amid the containment measures of coronavirus.

Ex-NPA chair Salas Supreme Court case tests political offense doctrine

Mar 12, 2020 - 4:14 PM

Once colleagues in the Free Legal Assistance Group, human rights lawyer Arno Sanidad and Justice Marvic Leonen face off on the case of ex-NPA chairman Rodolfo Salas

HABEAS CORPUS. Ex-CPP and NPA chairman Rodolfo Salas is brought to the Supreme Court on March 12, 2020. Photo by Rappler

Can ex-NPA chair Salas follow Enrile doctrine of bail on humanitarian grounds?

Mar 12, 2020 - 1:17 PM

'How about the 15 who were massacred? How about their relatives? They have waited for justice for so long,' says Solicitor General Jose Calida

HABEAS CORPUS. Ex CPP and NPA chairman Rodolfo Salas is brought to the Supreme Court on March 12, 2020, as the High Court hears a petition for writ of habeas corpus to free him. Photo by Rappler

At last, Senate asks Supreme Court to define limits of Duterte's power

Mar 09, 2020 - 4:02 PM

'I'm sure my colleagues will agree na dapat talaga there cannot be absolutism in our government,' says Senator Richard Gordon

VFA PETITION. Senate President Vicente Sotto III with fellow senators Panfilo Lacson, Franklin Drilon and Richard Gordon file on March 9, 2020, a Petition for Declaratory Relief and Mandamus at the Supreme Court questioning the country's abrogation of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with the United States. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

PECO not standing down despite Razon's takeover of facilities for IloIlo electric

Mar 07, 2020 - 3:59 PM

Panay Electric is now without a franchise or permit, but it is keeping its standoff with the Enrique Razon-owned MORE for Iloilo's electricity – anchoring all its hopes on the Supreme Court

U.S. Supreme Court hears case that could set future of abortion

Mar 05, 2020 - 6:03 PM

What may be the most significant case on the subject in decades centers on a law in the state of Louisiana that requires doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital

DECISION. File photo of the facade of the US Supreme Court building in Washington DC. Shutterstock.com

Supreme Court to hold oral arguments on ex-NPA chief Salas' bid for freedom

Mar 05, 2020 - 5:00 PM

The jail warden is ordered to bring Rodolfo Salas to the Supreme Court on March 12

RETIRED. Rodolfo Salas, 73, arrested in his Angeles City home on February 18, 2020. PNP photo

Filipinos most satisfied with Senate, least happy with Duterte Cabinet

Mar 03, 2020 - 1:28 PM

The Senate got a 'very good' +62 net satisfaction rating in the last quarter of 2019, placing it at the top of a Social Weather Stations poll on key government institutions

PHILIPPINE SENATE. The facade of the Senate building. Photo from the Senate of the Philippines Facebook page

Senate adopts resolution questioning Duterte power to solely end treaties

Mar 02, 2020 - 6:53 PM

The Senate leadership intends to ask the Supreme Court this week to rule on whether President Rodrigo Duterte can end treaties such as the PH-US Visiting Forces Agreement without Senate concurrence

CONCURRENCE. Senate President Vicente Sotto III is the sponsor of the resolution asking the Supreme Court to rule on the need for Senate concurrence in treaty termination. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Supreme Court bans surveillance of family of alleged communist rebel

Feb 27, 2020 - 12:56 PM

'The surreptitious surveillance of petitioner and her family is an abuse of the PNP's authority,' rules the High Court which, unlike in its past Amparo grants, also issues privileges of the writ and gives a permanent protection order to the family

AMPARO. The Supreme Court grants the privileges of writ of amparo for the family of an alleged NPA rebel. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

ABS-CBN asks Supreme Court: Don't let Calida gag us

Feb 24, 2020 - 6:13 PM

The TV network says a gag order would be prior restraint, which has been declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in previous cases

FIGHT FOR FRANCHISE. Employees, artists and supporters gather at the ABS-CBN briadcast center on February 21, 2020, to protest for the renewal of the media giant's franchise. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Peralta wants strict monitoring of TROs, other orders of judges, justices

Feb 21, 2020 - 12:33 PM

The Chief Justice requires trial court judges and Court of Appeals, Sandiganbayan, and Court of Tax Appeals justices to submit to his office copies of their TROs, status quo ante orders, writs of preliminary injunction, and orders of voluntary inhibition

CHIEF JUSTICE. Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta answers questions at a press conference on November 8, 2019. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

No TRO for now vs ABS-CBN's movie channel KBO

Feb 11, 2020 - 1:12 PM

The Supreme Court settles with a procedural act to require ABS-CBN to submit its comment within 10 days

ABS-CBN CASE. Members of the media stage a rally at the Boy Scout Circle in Quezon City on February 10, 2020, to condemn the move of Solicitor General Jose Calida to ask the Supreme Court for a revocation of ABS CBN's broadcasting franchise. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

GMA to Supreme Court: Talents not regular but independent contractors

Jan 29, 2020 - 1:40 PM

Taking its case to the High Court, broadcast giant GMA Network also argues that the broadcast industry is peculiar and not covered by basic labor rules

HIGH COURT. GMA Network takes its battle against 101 workers it calls 'talents' to the Supreme Court. Rappler file photo

Supreme Court approves domestic adoption process for foreign couple

Jan 28, 2020 - 6:58 PM

Reversing a lower court's ruling, the High Court orders to expedite proceedings for the foreign couple and their Filipino child, saying 'the welfare of the child is of paramount interest

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Supreme Court to keep tight watch of Manila Bay rehab – Peralta

Jan 25, 2020 - 4:38 PM

'Concededly, this could take years, but this duty is ours in the present, and we will not relent,' says Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta

MANILA BAY REHAB. Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta tells the Manila Bay Task Force Principals' Meeting that he has reconstituted the Supreme Court Manila Bay Advisory Committee to monitor the government progress of rehabilitating Manila Bay. Photo courtesy of SC PIO

SC decision allows 'coward' Duterte to hide behind OP – De Lima

Jan 23, 2020 - 5:15 PM

'I’ve always believed that the presidential immunity from suit is meant for the Office, not the man who abuses its powers and destroys its dignity,' says Senator Leila de Lima

ATTACK. President Rodrigo Duterte has chastised Senator Leila de Lima in several speeches in the past.

SC upholds seafarer's right to post-employment medical checkup

Jan 22, 2020 - 6:42 PM

The High Court grants the $62,000-disability claim of seaman Apolinario Zonio Jr – who developed diabetes mellitus at work – against his employers

Duterte wins De Lima habeas data case at Supreme Court

Jan 22, 2020 - 3:41 PM

The Supreme Court unanimously rules that the President is immune from suit

FHM fails to get SC to remove Manila's anti-obscenity measure

Jan 22, 2020 - 1:02 PM

Majority of the justices choose to take a hands-off approach. Four dissenters say the Court should strike down the ordinance for being too broad which might restrain free speech.

Rappler urges Supreme Court: Rule that Duterte does not have power over media

Jan 21, 2020 - 10:07 AM

As it argues that self-regulation is one of the fundamentals of a free press, Rappler asks: Can the President pick who's legitimate media and who is not? Can the President restrict access to public events?

COVERAGE BAN. Reporters Pia Ranada, Mara Cepeda, Camille Elemia and correspondents Bobby Lagsa and Raymon Dullana file a petition before the Supreme Courton April 11, 2019, asking the High Court to end Duterte's coverage ban on Rappler. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

U.S. chief justice cites 'OK boomer' in age discrimination case

Jan 16, 2020 - 11:00 AM

Justice Stephen Breyer also made an age joke during the court session while talking about someone being considered for promotion

US President Donald Trump takes the oath of office from Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts at the US Capitol in Washington, DC on January 2017 (Photo by Jose Raedle/Getty Images North America/AFP)

Supreme Court awards P52M to builders of EDSA-Shangri-La

Jan 14, 2020 - 6:04 PM

The High Court upholds a 2007 decision of the Construction Industry Arbitration Commission in favor of BF Corporation

PH soon to have single online portal for prisoner, criminal data

Jan 10, 2020 - 6:21 PM

But agencies are yet to digitize their data that will be uploaded to the newly-launched National Justice Information System (NJIS)

PRISONERS. Convicted prisoners at the Maximum Security Compound of the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa on October 29, 2019. Photos by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Duterte appoints CA justice Gaerlan to Supreme Court

Jan 08, 2020 - 5:48 PM

Samuel Gaerlan, a San Beda law graduate, fills in the associate justice post left vacant following the appointment of Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta

NEW SC JUSTICE. Court of Appeals Associate Justice Samuel Gaerlan President Rodrigo Duterte's latest appointment to the Supreme Court.

Robredo asks PET to 'immediately' junk Marcos protest

Jan 08, 2020 - 11:16 AM

The Vice President argues that her wider lead over Bongbong Marcos in the initial vote recount was enough basis to dismiss his election case against her

VP PROTEST. Vice President Leni Robredo asks the Presidential Electoral Tribunal to junk the election case filed against her by ex-senator Bongbong Marcos. File photo by OVP

Marcos asks PET to review ‘erroneous’ initial recount results in VP protest

Jan 07, 2020 - 3:24 PM

Former senator Bongbong Marcos once again asks the High Court to proceed with his motion to nullify votes in 3 Mindanao provinces where he alleges widespread cheating happened

VP PROTEST. Ex-senator Bongbong Marcos attends a candle light vigil organized by his supporters to mark the 1000th Day of his election protest on March 25, 2019, at the Supreme Court, Manila. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Supreme Court junks same-sex marriage case 'with finality'

Jan 06, 2020 - 5:57 PM

The Supreme Court denies the motion for reconsideration as the lawyers presented 'no substantial arguments'

DENIED. In this photo, LGBTQ members light candles as they gather outside the Supreme Court in Manila on June 19, 2018 for the on-going oral arguments regarding the petition for same sex marriage. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

SC junks Antonio Sanchez’s petition vs Guevarra over new GCTA rules

Jan 04, 2020 - 10:03 AM

The High Court cites procedural flaws in dismissing the petition of convicted killer-rapist Antonio Sanchez and other heinous crime convicts

SANCHEZ. Convicted former mayor of Calauan, Laguna Antonio Sanchez is seen inside the Maximum Security Compound of the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City on August 22, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Petition vs EDSA provincial bus ban hits a bump

Jan 03, 2020 - 5:33 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Even with a Supreme Court dismissal, there is still an injunction on the bus ban issued by a Quezon City court in July 2019 that favors provincial operators

CHOKEPOINT. Bumper-to-bumper traffic is seen along EDSA. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

SC won't intervene yet in Forbes property dispute with Fabian Ver's partner

Dec 23, 2019 - 3:42 PM

The Supreme Court says the petition for certiorari filed by Daniel Vasquez against Marcos general Fabian Ver's partner Edna Camcam is a 'violation of the doctrine of hierarchy of court'

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

It's final: Film Dev't Council can't collect amusement tax from LGUs

Dec 15, 2019 - 9:45 PM

The Supreme Court maintains that certain provisions of Republic Act No. 9167, the law that created the Film Development Council of the Philippines, are unconstitutional

Sr. Patricia Fox defends fellow missionary charged with perjury

Dec 14, 2019 - 7:19 PM

The Australian nun insists Sister Elenita Belardo is innocent, and has done nothing but advocate Lumad children's right to receive an education, and better lives for peasants

DEPORTED MISSIONARY. After helping Filipino peasants for 27 years, Australian nun Patricia Fox was deported by the Philippine government in November 2018 for supposedly engaging in political activities. File photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

U.S. Supreme Court to hear Trump tax return cases in 2020

Dec 14, 2019 - 9:05 AM

A Supreme Court ruling in the case would come less than 6 months before Americans go to the polls in November 2020

TRUMP. US President Donald Trump at the White House on December 9, 2019 in Washington, DC. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

In fractured justice system, a simple solution: Let's talk

Dec 11, 2019 - 6:23 PM

Setting up more organized and stronger coordinating systems in the justice sector is a global trend. The Philippines tries to keep up.

Supreme Court allows live coverage of Ampatuan massacre judgment

Dec 10, 2019 - 12:04 PM

(UPDATED) The judgment is expected on December 19

AMPATUAN MASSACRE. Groups stage a protest on November 23, 2019, the 10th year anniversary of the 2009 Ampatuan Massacre where 58 people were killed, 32 of them journalists. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Supreme Court revives fertilizer fund scam case vs Lito Lapid

Dec 05, 2019 - 5:05 PM

The Sandiganbayan is directed to hear the case again and resolve it 'with reasonable dispatch'

REVIVED CASE. Senator Lito Lapid faces his criminal case again over a 2004 fertilizer fund scam purchase. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

[OPINION] The lawless Duterte presidency

Dec 04, 2019 - 10:00 AM

The Philippines has been transformed into a wilderness soaked in blood

SC strikes off PhilSAT as required nat'l law school entrance test

Dec 03, 2019 - 3:05 PM

Some powers of the Legal Education Board (LEB) are also declared as unconstitutional

PHILSAT. Petitioners successfully remove PhilSAT which has been imposed as the additional requirement for aspiring law students on top of the schools' own entrance examinations. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Duterte fills up 2 more SC vacancies with Bedan, USC justices

Dec 03, 2019 - 12:38 PM

Justice Edgardo delos Santos – the 'habal-habal' justice of Visayas – and Bedan Justice Mario Lopez, both of the Court of Appeals, make it to the High Court

New Supreme Court Justices Edgardo Delos Santos and Mario Lopez at their oath taking in Malacañang on December 3, 2019. Sourced photo

Guevarra declines SC nomination: 'Still in love with DOJ'

Nov 25, 2019 - 11:59 AM

'I very much want to join the judiciary in some future time, but I just want to make sure that I'm able to do something more for the DOJ,' says Guevarra

NOT YET. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra declines a nomination for the Supreme Court, says he is "still in love with the DOJ." File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg hospitalized for chills, fever

Nov 24, 2019 - 11:04 AM

Ruth Bader Ginsburg's recent repeated health scares have sparked speculation about potential retirement, which would allow conservative US President Donald Trump to nominate a replacement

RECOVERY. US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is admitted to a hospital on Saturday, November 23. File photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

Will he accept? Guevarra nominated to Supreme Court

Nov 20, 2019 - 3:31 PM

'I don’t think any lawyer will close the possibility to be appointed to such a lofty position,' says Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra

SPARED. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra during the November 20, 2019 hearing of the Senate on the 2020 budget of the Department of Justice, which was spared by the usual grilling of opposition Senator Franklin Drilon. Photo by Angie De Silva/Rappler

Judiciary gets additional P2-B budget, more judges to be hired

Nov 20, 2019 - 1:11 PM

The Presidential Electoral Tribunal gets a P13.05 million share from the additional budget

Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta during the Judiciary budget hearing at the Senate on November 20, 2019. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler