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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

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

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

Cabanatuan judge who summoned Baguio enforcers 'arrogant, unprofessional' – Magalong

Nov 15, 2019 - 7:08 PM

The mayor of Baguio City sends a letter to Supreme Court Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta about the 'bully' judge Nelson V. Largo

Supreme Court nullifies prime ancestral land titles of Piraso, Abanag heirs in Baguio

Nov 15, 2019 - 6:37 PM

The claims have included the Casa Vallejo property along Upper Session Road, the Pacdal Circle, Wright Park, and the city government’s titled property in Barangay Lualhati

OLD Casa Vallejo from the collection of Jack Cariño; Supreme Court photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Retired Supreme Court chief justice Bersamin gets threats

Nov 13, 2019 - 3:38 PM

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra offers the help of the NBI

THREATS. Retired Supreme Court chief justice Lucas Bersamin reports to getting threats to his security. File photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Not subjudice: UST-UP ribbing reaches Supreme Court

Nov 08, 2019 - 3:08 PM

UP alum Justice Marvic Leonen comes to the defense of the Fighting Maroons as Thomasian Chief Justice Peralta says, 'Walang laban ang UP'

Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta (left) and Associate Justice Marvic Leonen (right)

CJ Peralta defends QC judge who issued search warrants vs activists

Nov 08, 2019 - 1:13 PM

'From what we have gathered she followed all the rules,' Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta says of Quezon City Judge Cecilyn Burgos Villavert

CJ MEETS THE PRESS. Chief Justice Diosdado holds an hour-long press conference on November 8, 2019, for the traditional CJ Meets the Press event of the Supreme Court. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Supreme Court extends Ampatuan massacre judgment to December

Nov 08, 2019 - 12:51 PM

'We have waited for ten years, the 30 days is a short time to wait,' private prosecutor Nena Santos says of the 30-day extension to promulgate the decision

JUSTICE NOW. Signs calling for justice and conviction of the Ampatuans posted at the Bantayog Ng Mga Bayani. Photo by Jaira Krishelle Balboa/Rappler

Supreme Court on arrests of 62 activists: File case if you want

Nov 03, 2019 - 5:20 PM

'The proper remedy is to file a motion to quash either before the court that issued [search warrants], or before the court where the cases are eventually filed,' says the Supreme Court

SEARCH WARRANTS. Supreme Court reminds judges to be 'deliberate, circumspect and prudent' in the issuance of search warrants. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Supreme Court: Same-sex marriage an issue better resolved by Congress

Oct 31, 2019 - 1:16 PM

The 113-page ponencia lists a barrage of gender-specific laws that may be disturbed by ruling same-sex marriage as legal, and says these may be matters of policy better left to legislation

MARRIAGE EQUALITY. LGBTQ+ members light candles as they gather outside the Supreme Court in Manila on June 19, 2018 for the oral arguments regarding the petition seeking to legalize same sex marriage. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

SC: Lucio Tan's PNB should not deposit $4.6M until Marcos case resolved

Oct 30, 2019 - 6:49 PM

The First Division makes it clear, however, that the government has not lost the money yet, as it is an issue still pending in a Marcos civil forfeiture case

The Philippine National Bank is owned by the Lucio Tan group

[OPINION] Carpio should stay on as the 'shaming force' in the Supreme Court

Oct 30, 2019 - 4:00 PM

I want Justice Carpio the way he is – the precise way that has made him the man of the times

Starting all over

Oct 30, 2019 - 2:30 PM

Not easy but always doable

Justice Caguioa no longer in charge of Marcos-Robredo PET case

Oct 30, 2019 - 12:57 PM

Caguioa loses the member-in-charge position, but his dissent is strong: 'What is stopping the majority from applying Rule 65? Why is this Protest being treated as sui generis?'

PET CASE. Supreme Court Associate Justice Benjamin Caguioa is no longer member-in-charge of the vice presidential electoral protest. Photo from SC PIO screen

Brillantes: PET decision to seek Robredo, Marcos comment on VP protest 'abnormal'

Oct 29, 2019 - 8:19 PM

The former chairman of the Commission on Elections says due process was already observed when the tribunal allowed both comps to participate in the recount of votes through their revisors

CJ Peralta backs automatic probes of corruption in judiciary

Oct 28, 2019 - 11:33 AM

The new chief justice wants to apply the principle of 'res ipsa loquitur,' where decisions that appear irregular on its face shall be investigated without the need for a complaint

CHIEF JUSTICE. Chief Justice Diosdado addresses the employees of the Supreme Court with his 10-point agenda for the judiciary on October 28, 2019. Photo by Charles Salazar/Rappler

[PODCAST] Ano ang latest sa protesta ni Marcos laban kay Robredo?

Oct 26, 2019 - 2:40 PM

Ano ang implikasyon ng electoral protest sa papalapit na 2022 elections? Pakinggan ang talakayan nila researcher-writer Jodesz Gavilan, justice reporter Lian Buan, election reporter Sofia Tomacruz, at House reporter Mara Cepeda

'True sentinel of law and democracy': De Lima pays tribute to retired Justice Carpio

Oct 26, 2019 - 2:31 PM

'You served our country exceptionally well with courage, dignity, and brilliance that equally matched your compassion for the rule of law,' says Senator Leila de Lima

Members of the Philippines’ Delegation, including: Secretary of Justice Ms. Leila M. De Lima; Justice Antonio T. Carpio, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court; and Deputy Executive Secretary for Legal Affairs of the Philippines, Mr. Menardo I. Guevarra

Now moot, SC junks Calida's petition to stop Senate probe into firm contracts

Oct 25, 2019 - 2:39 PM

The High Court does not set concrete guidelines for Senate investigations. If a new senator decides to launch a new probe, this decision cannot stop the probe.

SECURITY FIRM. Solicitor General Jose Calida tries to stop the Senate investigation into his family-owned security firm that has bagged at least 16 government contracts since he became solicitor general in 2016. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Comelec hands off in answering issues raised in PET protest

Oct 24, 2019 - 11:36 PM

(UPDATED) Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez says the poll body's job is to hold elections and enforce the outcome of decisions from electoral tribunals

POLL BODY. The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) office at the Palacio Del Gobernador in Intramuros, Manila. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

FAST FACTS: Selection, duties, powers of a chief justice

Oct 24, 2019 - 11:23 PM

Diosdado Peralta has been appointed chief justice. What responsibilities and powers does the job wield?

OATH OF OFFICE. President Rodrigo Duterte administers the oath to newly appointed Supreme Court Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta during a ceremony at the Malacañang Palace on October 24, 2019. Photo by Alfred Frias/Presidential photo

Newsbreak Chats: Where the Marcos vs Robredo electoral protest is headed

Oct 24, 2019 - 4:55 PM

On Thursday, October 24, the Newsbreak team sits down to discuss the latest development in the electoral protest filed by Ferdinand 'Bongbong' Marcos Jr against Vice President Leni Robredo

FAST FACTS: Who is new Supreme Court Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta?

Oct 23, 2019 - 5:59 PM

In October 2019, then Supreme Court associate justice Diosdado Peralta tells the Judicial and Bar Council that he deserves to be chief justice

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

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