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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

Watch the evening newscast with Chay Hofileña

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

Bayan Muna asks SC to compel telcos to refund P18-B 'excess' text fee

Sep 19, 2017 - 9:49 PM

The petition covers Globe Telecom, Smart Communications Incorporated, and Digitel Philippines Incorporated, which is the operating company of Sun Cellular

INTERVENTION. Bayan Muna wants the Supreme Court to intervene and green light the refund order against telecommunication companies.

Gordon to summon judge for failing to order destruction of 890 kilos of shabu

Sep 19, 2017 - 2:45 PM

'Mandatory 'yun eh. He's violating the law. In fact, the Supreme Court should file charges against him,' says Senator Richard Gordon on San Juan City Regional Trial Court Judge Jovencio Gascon

Ombudsman chief prosecutor downplays politics in Jinggoy’s bail grant

Sep 19, 2017 - 1:29 PM

Chief Special Prosecutor Edilberto Sandoval is a former Sandiganbayan justice who once voted to approve the grant of bail to plunder defendant Carlos Garcia

NO POLITICS? Chief Special Prosecutor Edilberto Sandoval says he trusts that his former fellow justices of the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan cannot be controlled by politics. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

#ThewRap: Videos you need to watch this week, September 11-17, 2017

Sep 17, 2017 - 1:51 PM

Must-watch videos from this week

TEXT MESSAGE. Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II is caught sending a message to a VACC member, saying there is a need to 'expedite' the cases against Senator Risa Hontiveros. Sourced photo


Marcos drops witnesses for poll fraud claims in 36,465 clustered precincts

Sep 14, 2017 - 7:25 PM

UPDATED Ferdinand Marcos Jr s lawyer George Garcia says this does not mean they are abandoning their accusations of electoral fraud against Vice President Leni Robredo which he said can be proven through a ballot recount

FOCUS ON THE BALLOT RECOUNT. Former senator Bongbong Marcos is surrounded by his supporters who are calling for the recount of votes for the position of Vice President on July 11. File photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

CJ Sereno asks lawmakers to choose democracy over partisan interest

Sep 13, 2017 - 1:32 PM

On the impeachment complaint filed against her the Sereno camp says The determinations of the House Committee appear to be inconsistent with its findings and actions in similar proceedings in the past

'IT DOES NOT AFFECT ME.' Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno addresses the impeachment threats against her during a media forum in Cebu City on August 24, 2017. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Ex-govt leaders rally support for Sereno in impeachment case

Sep 12, 2017 - 7:28 PM

The groups call Sereno s impeachment case an insidious attempt to immobilize and weaken the very institutions that our Constitution put in place to check on excesses in executive power

IMPEACHMENT CASE. Amid an impeachment complaint, Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno faces the media in her annual Meet the Press event held in Cebu City on August 24, 2017. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler


DepEd on student drug testing: SC says it’s constitutional

Sep 12, 2017 - 5:43 PM

This matter has already been decided by the Supreme Court Education Assistant Secretary Nepomuceno Malaluan says in response to criticism against random drug testing on students

APPROVED BY SC. DepEd says the random drug testing of high school students is pursuant to the law.

U.S. Supreme Court keeps tight refugee ban in place

Sep 12, 2017 - 8:14 AM

Justices accept the administration s emergency petition to stay a ruling by the San Francisco Appeals Cour that would have allowed thousands of refugees already in the pipeline to come to the United States despite the ban

Travelers arrive at the international terminal at John F. Kennedy International Airport, March 6, 2017 in New York City. Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

#WalangPasok: Gov't offices, courts in Metro Manila, Calabarzon, Central Luzon

Sep 12, 2017 - 7:05 AM

4th UPDATE Malacañang and the Supreme Court both announce work suspensions for Tuesday September 12 as Tropical Depression Maring brings heavy rain

SC upholds appellate court rulings in Cagayan de Oro mayor's cases

Sep 11, 2017 - 7:57 PM

Three Court of Appeals associate justices in Mindanao have stopped the implementation of the Ombudsman s suspension order against Mayor Oscar Moreno

Estelito Mendoza defends Marcos martial law, says SC backed it

Sep 09, 2017 - 8:08 PM

The solicitor general of Ferdinand Marcos fails to mention the extent of the dictator s influence over the judiciary

MARCOS DEFENDER. Lawyer Estelito Mendoza gives his lecture during the "Marcos 100 Forum." Photo by Marcos Presidential Center

Supreme Court allows plea bargaining in drug cases

Sep 08, 2017 - 8:10 PM

Among the positive effects of this ruling is the declogging of court dockets and the cooperation of smalltime users or couriers to pin down drug lords

DRUG OFFENDERS. 3 suspected drugs personalities are apprehended by cops in Maypajo, Caloocan City on September 30, 2016. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Evangelical churches back Sereno amid impeachment complaints

Sep 07, 2017 - 11:33 AM

The Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches PCEC calls on President Rodrigo Duterte to recognize Chief Justice Sereno as a valuable ally

PRAYING OVER. Christian leaders pray over Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno in a video uploaded by the Christ's Commission Fellowship (CCF) in May 2013. CCF is a member of the Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches (PCEC). Screen grab from CCF's YouTube page

Dela Rosa, Supreme Court, Bangsamoro Basic Law | Evening wRap

Sep 05, 2017 - 9:00 PM

Watch Rappler’s evening newscast with Mara Cepeda

VP electoral protest 'exactly where we wanted it to be' – Marcos camp

Sep 05, 2017 - 5:52 PM

UPDATED Lawyer Victor Rodriguez says the latest SC decision on the electoral protest of former senator Bongbong Marcos against Vice President Leni Robredo will not stop them from exposing the many sins of Smartmatic

UNFAZED. Former senator Bongbong Marcos believes the latest ruling of the PET on his electoral protest against the Vice President was in his favor. File photo by Jasmin Dulay/Rappler

Leila de Lima: Bloody but unbowed

Sep 05, 2017 - 4:30 PM

An interview with Senator Leila de Lima who has been kept in detention for over 6 months now

BIRTHDAY WISH. Detained Senator Leila de Lima attends her hearing at the Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court on August 18, 2017 and says her birthday wish is 'vindication soon.' File photo from Office of Sen Leila de Lima

Robredo wants Marcos to pay P2B for protection of 2016 poll materials

Sep 05, 2017 - 2:25 PM

The Vice President s lawyer Romulo Macalintal says their motion is consistent with an earlier ruling of the Senate Electoral Tribunal on the Tolentino De Lima case

POLL PROTECTION FEE. Lawyers Romeo Macalintal and Maria Bernadette Sardillo discuss Vice President Leni Robredo's latest petition against ex-senator Bongbong Marcos. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

SC junks Marcos' motion questioning integrity of 2016 polls

Sep 05, 2017 - 12:32 PM

UPDATED It only shows that indeed the protest of Mr Marcos has no basis It is only based on some speculations and conclusions says Romulo Macalintal counsel of Vice President Leni Robredo

REVISION STAGE.The electoral protest filed by ex-senator Bongbong Marcos against Vice President Leni Robredo continues to move forward.

Ubial expects TRO on implants to be lifted by September

Sep 04, 2017 - 4:55 PM

The Commission on Population also clarifies that the temporary restraining order on contraceptive implants has not become permanent

SC: TRO on implants final and executory

Sep 01, 2017 - 12:03 PM

There s nothing left to be done but to comply says Supreme Court spokesman Theodore Te

Supreme Court of the Philippines on Padre Faura in Manila

After Duterte speech, Revilla to ask for bail in plunder case

Aug 31, 2017 - 1:58 PM

Nagpapasalamat tayo kay Pangulong Duterte at least na oobserbahan din pala niya says Revilla

BAIL FOR PLUNDER. File photo of former senator Bong Revilla attending a hearing on his plunder trial at anti-graft court Sandiganbayan. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Supreme Court upholds Alan Purisima's 2014 suspension

Aug 30, 2017 - 3:49 PM

Purisima was serving the said suspension when he participated in the botched Mamasapano police operations in January 2015

WERFAST DEAL. Dismissed PNP chief Alan Purisima's anomalous deal with courier firm Werfast is the basis of his suspension, eventual dismissal, and pending graft charges before anti-graft court Sandiganbayan. Photo by Mark Cristino

Duterte says Sereno 'sitting on' decision on RH 'medicines'

Aug 30, 2017 - 11:48 AM

If the TRO issued by the Supreme Court is not lifted soon 90 of contraceptive brands will be unusable come 2018

Aguirre wants Parojinogs drugs cases transferred to QC

Aug 28, 2017 - 12:26 PM

The fact that they have been in power in Ozamiz City for so long is a clear indication that they have the capacity to influence says Justice Secretary Aguirre

CHARGED. The Parojinog siblings remain detained at the PNP Custodial Center in Camp Crame, Quezon City. Mugshots from PNP

'Do not be afraid to be minority': Chief Justice Sereno, 5 years on

Aug 27, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Five years after she was appointed the first female Chief Justice of the Philippines Maria Lourdes Sereno faces impeachment threats Is she a target of the Duterte administration?

'IT DOES NOT AFFECT ME.' Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno addresses the impeachment threats against her during a media forum in Cebu City on August 24, 2017. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

SC approves release of documents on Sereno's trips, accommodations

Aug 24, 2017 - 8:10 PM

Chief Justice Sereno communicated in writing to other members of the court that she had no objection to granting the request of Atty Gadon states a Supreme Court resolution

DOCUMENTS. Lawyer Larry Gadon sends his request letters to the Supreme Court on August 8, 2017 for documents that will bloster his impeachment case buildup against Chief Justice Sereno. Photo by Larry Gadon

Sereno unfazed by impeachment threats

Aug 24, 2017 - 7:15 PM

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno says she has a clean conscience and has always lived a life of modesty

CLEAN CONSCIENCE. Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno addresses questions on the impeachment threats against her during the 'CJ Meets the Press' event in Cebu on August 24, 2017. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Sereno: Special committee evaluating rules to address extrajudicial killings

Aug 24, 2017 - 5:18 PM

The reforms are stirred by empathy for marginalized Filipinos who feel the justice system is rigged against them says Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno

WHAT CAN WE DO? Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno says on August 24, 2017, that a special committee on human rights is evaluating what can be done so the judiciary can better address extrajudicial killings. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

India's top court says privacy is a fundamental right

Aug 24, 2017 - 3:50 PM

This landmark verdict could have a major impact on the government s biometric program which has recorded the fingerprints and iris scans of more than one billion Indians

(FILES) This file photo taken on January 18, 2017 shows an Indian visitor giving a thumb impression to withdraw money from his bank account with his Aadhaar or Unique Identification (UID) card during a Digi Dhan Mela, held to promote digital payment, in Hyderabad. India's Supreme Court ruled August 24 that citizens have a constitutional right to privacy, a landmark verdict that could have wide-reaching implications for the government's biometric programme which holds data on over one billion people.  / AFP PHOTO / Noah SEELAM

Faeldon vs Lacson, Marcos-Robredo recount, Hillary memoir | Midday wRap

Aug 24, 2017 - 3:29 PM

Watch Rappler’s midday newscast with Natashya Gutierrez

SC forms teams for revision of ballots in Marcos-Robredo election case

Aug 23, 2017 - 9:58 PM

Lawyer Victor Rodriguez says the Marcos camp is hoping the revision stage guidelines will expedite the process and finally settle their electoral protest against Vice President Leni Robredo

REVISION STAGE.The electoral protest filed by ex-senator Bongbong Marcos against Vice President Leni Robredo continues to move forward.

Robredo supporters urge SC: Accept P7-M payment for VP protest fee

Aug 23, 2017 - 3:10 PM

This is a matter of transcendental importance as it tackles right of suffrage of whom we elected the Piso Para sa Laban ni Leni group says as it files a motion for reconsideration before the High Court

AID FOR ROBREDO. Supporters of Vice President Leni Robredo outside the Supreme Court. Photo by Piso Para sa Laban ni Leni

De Lima seeks SC permission to attend Senate hearing on Kian

Aug 22, 2017 - 1:10 PM

Detained Senator Leila de Lima files an urgent petition before the Supreme Court saying she must fulfill her duties as a senator

JUSTICE FOR KIAN. Simultaneous rallies are held on August 21, 2017 in Cebu, Caloocan and the People Power Monument in Quezon City to condemn the killing of Kian Delos Santos, killed in a police raid against drugs. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Cayetano conceals facts about China ships near Sandy Cay

Aug 22, 2017 - 12:55 PM

While keeping the facts secret Secretary Cayetano hits Justice Carpio for using the wrong facts about Sandy Cay near Pag asa Island in the disputed West Philippine Sea

CONCEALING FACTS. Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano refuses to disclose the facts about the Chinese ships reportedly guarding Sandy Cay near Pag-asa Island in the West Philippine Sea. Screen grab from Rappler video

Carpio to Duterte, Cayetano: Protest China 'invasion'

Aug 19, 2017 - 4:00 PM

By any yardstick this is a seizure of Philippine territory Justice Carpio says as Chinese ships guard a sandbar near Pag asa Island

SC defers payment of Robredo’s P7-M balance in protest fee

Aug 18, 2017 - 5:50 PM

The grant of our motion to defer payment of balance of cash deposit only affirmed what we had been saying all along that contrary to former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr’s claim the validity of his protest has not yet been resolved by the PET says lawyer Romulo Macalintal

SUPPORTERS. The Piso Para sa Laban ni Leni movement at the Supreme Court on August 23, 2017 seeking a petition asking the court to allow the group to extend financial help to the Vice President. Photo from Piso Para sa Laban ni Leni

De Lima: Duterte 'deranged' to say it's good to kill 32 people

Aug 18, 2017 - 1:14 PM

De Lima who will be celebrating her 58th birthday on August 27 says her wish is for her vindication to come soon

BIRTHDAY WISH. Detained Senator Leila de Lima attends her hearing at the Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court on August 18, 2017 and says her birthday wish is "vindication soon." Photo from Office of Sen Leila de Lima

Uber suspension, Andy Bautista, new SC justice | Evening wRap

Aug 14, 2017 - 8:48 PM

Watch Rappler’s evening newscast with Acor Arceo

Duterte appoints Justice Gesmundo to Supreme Court

Aug 14, 2017 - 1:03 PM

UPDATED Gesmundo replaces retired Justice Jose Mendoza

NEW SC JUSTICE. Associate Justice Alexander Gesmundo is appointed to the Supreme Court by President Rodrigo Duterte. Photo from SC PIO

SC earmarks budget for salary raise, hiring, pension

Aug 13, 2017 - 10:00 AM

A total of P6 5 billion is also allotted for the filling of vacancies in the SC and the lower courts

Honasan, Customs, Robredo | Evening wRap

Aug 10, 2017 - 9:06 PM

Watch the evening newscast with Marguerite de Leon

SC bars Robredo supporters from helping pay P7-M protest fee

Aug 10, 2017 - 1:28 PM

UPDATED The Piso Para sa Laban ni Leni plans to file a motion for reconsideration before the Supreme Court sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal

[Dash of SAS] Harmful side effects of SC TRO on contraceptives

Aug 09, 2017 - 2:03 PM

The TRO gave anti RH officials the perfect excuse to restrict the implementation of the RH Law in accordance with personal beliefs