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Acting Chief Justice Carpio to attend Duterte's SONA 2018

Jul 21, 2018 - 1:48 PM

The House Secretary General corrects his earlier statement that Carpio declined the invitation

Photo by Angie de Silva

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Jul 17, 2018 - 9:50 PM

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Leonen urges more scrunity of corruption in judiciary

Jul 17, 2018 - 8:06 PM

‘Corruption weakens judicial independence far more than political interference,’ says Associate Justice Marvic Leonen

CORRUPTION IN JUDICIARY. Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen urges the public, especially lawyers, to be more probing and proactive against corruption in the judiciary. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Leonen: I did not ask Duterte for chief justice post

Jul 17, 2018 - 4:54 PM

'That's pure false,' says Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen of RJ Nieto's Facebook post

CHIEF JUSTICE POST. Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen refutes social media rumors that he asked President Rodrigo Duterte for the vacant chief justice post. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Supreme Court reprimands Sereno over quo warranto statements

Jul 17, 2018 - 1:55 PM

The reprimand is a lighter sanction against ousted chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno because the Supreme Court earlier indicated the possibility of disbarment

CJ Sereno at UP Diliman. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Supreme Court recommends Martires as Ombudsman

Jul 17, 2018 - 1:50 PM

The recommendation will be sent to the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC), which will then vote on its official short list on Friday, July 20

OMBUDSMAN APPLICATION. Associate Justice Samuel Martires gets unanimous votes from the Supreme Court for a recommendation to be Ombudsman. Screengrab from JBC

SC finds same-sex marriage lawyer guilty of contempt for improper attire

Jul 16, 2018 - 5:35 PM

The Supreme Court reprimands young lawyer Jesus Falcis III for not wearing a suit and tie to a preliminary conference attended by justices

Attorney Jesus Falcis III prior to the start of the Supreme Court oral arguments on same sex marriage on June 19, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Robredo camp to SC: Ignore Calida's opinion on ballot shading threshold

Jul 16, 2018 - 11:00 AM

(UPDATED) Vice President Leni Robredo's lawyer Romulo Macalintal says Solicitor General Jose Calida's 'erroneous' support of the 50% shading threshold would 'erode the very foundation of our democracy' by disenfranchising voters

DISREGARD THE OSG. VP Leni Robredo's election lawyer Romulo Macalintal says Solicitor General Jose Calida has no personal knowledge over the ballot shading threshold issue. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

SC to power firms: Heed requirements before disconnecting users

Jul 15, 2018 - 5:01 PM

'The serious consequences on a consumer, whose electric supply has been cut off, behoove a distribution utility to strictly comply with the legal requisites before disconnection may be done,' says the Supreme Court

NO CHARGE. The Supreme Court rules electric companies must strictly comply with legal requirements before charging or disconnecting customers. Supreme Court photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler, Electric meter photo from Shutterstock, Billing photo from Meralco

SC gives Comelec 10 days to comment on ballot shading threshold

Jul 13, 2018 - 3:32 PM

The Supreme Court, acting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal, says it has taken 'note without action' Vice President Leni Robredo's motion to give the Commission on Elections just 5 days to comment

SC ORDER. The Commission on Elections must now comment on the ballot shading threshold in the vice presidential election case.

SC junks Marcos motion to probe revisors’ outing

Jul 13, 2018 - 2:31 PM

(UPDATED) The Supreme Court says the investigation into the Laguna outing of its staff with Vice President Leni Robredo's revisors was already finished even before ex-senator Bongbong Marcos filed his motion

CONSPIRACY? Ex-senator Bongbong Marcos says the ballot recount is now compromised after a revisor of VP Leni Robredo went on an outing with PET staff.

SC ruling on IRA can lead to 'unmanageable' fiscal deficit – Diokno

Jul 12, 2018 - 3:00 PM

Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno says the Supreme Court ruling that local governments should have shares in all tax collections 'will restrain the [national] budget'

ACCOMPLISHMENTS. Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno speaks at the pre-SONA forum on July 11, 2018. Photo from the Department of Budget and Management

Lanao del Norte's Dimaporo ready to question an unconstitutional BBL

Jul 11, 2018 - 1:55 PM

'We're all adults here. If I don't get what I want and I feel that this is unconstitutional, I'll challenge it in the Supreme Court, period,' says Lanao del Norte 1st District Representative Khalid Dimaporo

Photo by Camille Elemia

Robredo to SC: CCTV can prove Marcos knew about revisors' outing

Jul 11, 2018 - 11:20 AM

The lawyers of Vice President Leni Robredo say one of Bongbong Marcos' revisors, Roderick Miranda, sent food for the people who joined the outing

REVISORS' OUTING ISSUE. Lawyer Emil Marañon III, legal consultant to VP Leni Robredo, files their counter-manifestation with the Supreme Court on July 11, 2018. Photo from Robredo's legal team

Battle begins over Trump's Supreme Court pick

Jul 11, 2018 - 10:49 AM

Opposition figures waste no time in assailing Brett Kavanaugh, warning his confirmation would usher in the erosion of civil liberties and long-held rights, while conservatives are quick to drum up support for the nominee

NOMINEE. Judge Brett Kavanaugh leaves the room following a meeting and press availability with Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley (R-IA) at the U.S. Capitol July 10, 2018 in Washington, DC. Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

SC clears House panel over Ilocos 6 detention

Jul 10, 2018 - 6:24 PM

(UPDATED) The Supreme Court also rules that the House panel did not commit grave abuse of discretion in investigating the alleged misuse of Ilocos Norte’s tobacco funds

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.

Supreme Court OKs charges vs fake Legacy Bank insurance claimants

Jul 10, 2018 - 5:53 PM

The High Court’s 3rd division reverses a Court of Appeals decision that previously cleared spouses Manu and Champa Gidwani, who got more than the insured amount through 86 dummy claimants

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

Trump names Kavanaugh to Supreme Court, Senate battle looms

Jul 10, 2018 - 8:56 AM

(UPDATED) Trump's decision stands to be among the most consequential of his presidency, as he seeks to shape the high court to his conservative leanings for decades to come

TRUMP PICK. US Judge Brett Kavanaugh looks on as US President Donald Trump announces him as his nominee to the Supreme Court in the East Room of the White House on July 9, 2018 in Washington, DC. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Indian court upholds death sentences over 2012 gang-rape

Jul 09, 2018 - 5:55 PM

Four men are convicted in September 2013 for murder, gang rape, theft, conspiracy and 'unnatural acts' after a 7-month trial in a fast-track court. Only 3 of them are involved in the appeal rejected on Monday.

Marcos seeks probe into Laguna outing of Robredo revisor, PET staff

Jul 09, 2018 - 5:32 PM

Ex-senator Bongbong Marcos says the swimming party indicates a 'conspiracy' between the Presidential Electoral Tribunal staff and the revisor of Vice President Leni Robredo

CONSPIRACY? Ex-senator Bongbong Marcos says the ballot recount is now compromised after a revisor of VP Leni Robredo went on an outing with PET staff.

PET wants CamSur officials to explain irregularities in ballots

Jul 05, 2018 - 5:42 PM

The electoral tribunal asks local officials about wet ballot seals, missing election returns, and questionable signatures

BALLOTS. Men transfer ballot boxes from a truck to the Legislative Building in Pili, Camarines Sur where representatives from the Supreme Court are waiting for them. File photo from the Office of the Vice President

Hacienda Luisita done distributing sale shares to farmers – SC

Jul 04, 2018 - 8:02 PM

Hacienda Luisita has fully complied with the 2011 order of the Supreme Court

LUISITA. Hacienda Luisita farmers in a dialogue with Department of Agrarian Reform Secretary Ka Paeng Mariano, at the DAR Central Office in Quezon City on July 8, 2016. Photo from Lusita Watch Facebook

Supreme Court rules: Gov’t workers allowances shall be taxed

Jul 04, 2018 - 5:51 PM

The High Court, in effect, says all income – even allowances, bonuses and incentives – are subject to tax

Supreme Court of teh Philippines in Padre Faura, Manila

Supreme Court: LGU shares shall be sourced from all national taxes

Jul 04, 2018 - 1:40 PM

The SC ruling effectively increases the portion of local government units from the national wealth, but law professor Lyssa Grace Pagano says the 20-80 sharing under Federalism is better

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."

Midas Marquez faces graft complaint over World Bank issue

Jul 02, 2018 - 12:10 PM

The complaint is filed by a private citizen named Rjhay Laurea, the same person who filed the opposition against Marquez’ candidacy for Supreme Court justice

COMPLAINT. Private citizen named Rjhay Laurea files a graft complaint against Court Administrator Midas Marquez at the Office of the Ombudsman on July 2, 2018. Photo by Rappler

Supreme Court ghosts haunt Sereno in her next chapter

Jul 02, 2018 - 8:57 AM

Insiders say Sereno must first address problems she left at the Supreme Court before taking on other roles, but she remains defiant, saying there will be vindication in the end

CJ Sereno at UP Diliman. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Robredo to file motion for reconsideration over sub judice fine

Jun 29, 2018 - 5:15 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says her camp has simply defended themselves against the lies of her rival Bongbong Marcos, forcing them to break the Supreme Court's gag order in the ongoing electoral protest

DEFENSE VS. MARCOS' LIES. VP Leni Robredo explains why she wants to file a motion for reconsideration against the P50,000-file imposed upon her legal team in the ongoing electoral protest filed against her. File photo by OVP

Trump gets historic chance to shift Supreme Court to right

Jun 28, 2018 - 10:12 AM

Justice Anthony Kennedy's departure at the end of July will give US President Donald Trump the opportunity to appoint his second justice to the 9-seat bench, which exerts a deep and far-reaching influence on American life.

SUPREME COURT. A view of the US Supreme Court during their last public session before the summer break June 26, 2017 in Washington, DC. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Supreme Court will clarify guidelines on delay doctrine – Morales

Jun 27, 2018 - 3:00 PM

‘That has been the source of so much frustration on our part,’ says the retiring Ombudsman

GUIDELINES. Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales says the Supreme Court will clarify guidelines on what constitutes an inordinate delay. Photo by Rappler

Robredo camp on sub judice fine: We defended ourselves vs Marcos' lies

Jun 27, 2018 - 11:50 AM

(UPDATED) The Marcos camp, meanwhile, says it will 'respect the decision of the Tribunal and will be more mindful of the sub judice rule in the future'

ON THE DEFENSE. VP Leni Robredo's lawyer Romulo Macalintal reacts to the SC decision to fine their camp and as well as that of ex-senator Bongbong Marcos for breaking the sub judice rule.

ICC pullout: Roque’s ex-allies take on Malacañang at Supreme Court

Jun 27, 2018 - 11:50 AM

The Supreme Court consolidates the petitions of the Philippine Coalition for the ICC and minority senators. Senator Leila de Lima also appeals to be allowed to join oral arguments.

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

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, June 27, 2018

Jun 27, 2018 - 11:30 AM

Hello! Here's a roundup of news you need to know this Wednesday.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte administers the oath of office of around 1,900 newly-elected barangay chairpersons in the Zamboanga Peninsula. The ceremony was held at the Municipal Gymnasium in Molave, Zamboanga del Sur on June 26, 2018. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Trump claims victory on travel ban, but border crackdown on hold

Jun 27, 2018 - 10:18 AM

The US Supreme Court ruling validates the 3rd and most recent version of the ban, which applies to travelers from 5 mainly Muslim nations – Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen – and from North Korea, about 150 million people in total

SUPREME COURT. This file photo taken on March 31, 2012 shows the US Supreme Court building on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Karen Bleier/AFP

Leonen grills Calida: Can you prove Constitution bans same-sex marriage?

Jun 26, 2018 - 10:47 PM

'We choose only portions of the past that we like and call it tradition that we must preserve,' says Associate Justice Marvic Leonen

CONSTITUTION. Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen and Solicitor General Jose Calida argued on June 26, 2018, on whether the Constitution contemplated same-sex marriage.

Justice Carpio: Same-sex civil union is constitutional

Jun 26, 2018 - 7:25 PM

Petitioner Jesus Falcis III says civil union can be a middleground, 'but it doesn’t mean we will stop fighting for marriage equality'

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

SC fines Robredo, Marcos camps P50k for sub judice

Jun 26, 2018 - 7:03 PM

(3rd UPDATED) The Supreme Court sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal votes unanimously

FINED. The Presidential Electoral Tribunal fines both the camps of Vice President Leni Robredo and ex-senator Bongbong Marcos for violating sub judice. Photo of Robredo from OVP, photo of Marcos by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Supreme Court tackles: Are same-sex couples family too?

Jun 26, 2018 - 5:24 PM

‘Is there a statistical study that shows that heterosexual couples make better families?’ Associate Justice Marvic Leonen asks Solicitor General Jose Calida

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

WATCH: Supreme Court oral arguments on same-sex marriage

Jun 26, 2018 - 2:43 PM

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#ThewRap: Things you need to know, June 26, 2018

Jun 26, 2018 - 12:11 PM

Hello! Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Tuesday

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

Same-sex marriage: Flawed petition or unready Court?

Jun 26, 2018 - 10:49 AM

‘The Supreme Court was trying to find a reason not to decide the case,’ says constitutional law professor Dan Gatmaytan

The search is on for the next chief justice

Jun 25, 2018 - 8:30 PM

The 5 most senior justices are automatically nominated

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

CA justices, Marquez and former dean shortlisted for Supreme Court

Jun 25, 2018 - 12:54 PM

The post is for the replacement of Associate Justice Presbitero Velasco Jr

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

Baguio businesswomen implicate Justice Martires in stalls mess

Jun 24, 2018 - 3:46 PM

Supreme Court Associate Justice Samuel Martires says he has amicably settled the issue with the building management, and he is being dragged into it to make the story 'juicy'

DRAGGED? Supreme Court Associate Justice Samuel Martires denies involvement in a dispute over a stall at Maharlika Complex in Baguio City. Screenshot from JBC

Brazil's top court cancels ruling on Lula release

Jun 23, 2018 - 11:39 PM

The lower court that sentenced Lula argues that the Supreme Court should only handle cases related to possible constitutional violations, a standard which Lula's request did not meet

FORMER PRESIDENT. Brazilian former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva speaks during a press conference in Sao Paulo, Brazil on September 15, 2016. File photo by Nelson Almeida/AFP

[OPINION] Ideas that divide the nation

Jun 23, 2018 - 9:00 PM

We should be wary of new concepts imported from foreign shores and alien to our history as a people, which could divide the nation and even lead to the dismemberment of the Philippine state

[OPINION] The radicalization of Maria Lourdes Sereno

Jun 23, 2018 - 5:30 PM

Tyranny, oppression, and the struggle for justice, freedom and democracy have a strange way of turning people into fighters

Robredo won’t be 'messiah' for opposition after Sereno ouster

Jun 21, 2018 - 5:05 PM

Where should the initiative to oppose the ouster of former chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno come from instead? Vice President Leni Robredo says it should emanate from 'all of us.'

NOT FULL-ON OPPOSITION. VP Leni Robredo is against the removal of ex-SC chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno through a quo warranto petitoin. File photo by OVP

Complainant opposes Midas Marquez' SC application, cites 'misused' World Bank funds

Jun 21, 2018 - 1:48 PM

Private citizen Rjhay Laurea files the opposition with the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC), which is screening Marquez and other applicants for Supreme Court Justice

Court Administrator Jose Midas Marquez during the Impeachment proceedings on Wednesday. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

Rappler Talk: Sereno on disbarment, Midas Marquez, Justice Leonen and not having regrets

Jun 20, 2018 - 2:14 PM

'As long as you have a good conscience, you did your best, that should be enough,' says Maria Lourdes Sereno

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Jun 20, 2018 - 1:57 PM

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