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Robredo to PET: 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

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

DOJ 'confident' that Supreme Court will affirm revised GCTA IRR

Sep 30, 2019 - 6:44 PM

The new IRR has different treatments for heinous crime convicts before 2013 and those after 2013. Is that a violation of equal protection?

NEW IRR. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra stands by their new IRR which excluded heinous crime convicts from the coverage of Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA). Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

SC: To avoid recycling, police can destroy seized drugs with no court cases

Sep 30, 2019 - 4:44 PM

Supreme Court Justice Diosdado Peralta proposes amendments to Republic Act 9165 of the Dangerous Drugs Act

SEIZED DRUGS. Court administrator Midas Marquez tells the Senate that seized drugs with no court cases can be destroyed by the police on their own discretion. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Supreme Court tackles psychological incapacity as ground for annulment

Sep 30, 2019 - 11:43 AM

(UPDATED) The High Court continues its streak of tackling what could be described as progressive issues such as same-sex marriage and inheritance rights of illegitimate children

Bilibid inmates file 1st Supreme Court case vs new GCTA IRR

Sep 30, 2019 - 10:13 AM

(UPDATED) The petitioners argue the DOJ's new internal rules amount to executive legislation and violate equal protection

PETITION VS GCTA IRR. Inmates of the New Bilibid Prison file a petition for certiorari and prohibition against the DOJ's new Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of RA 10592 or the Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA) Law. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

SC asked to rule as clock ticks on Mary Jane Veloso local trial

Sep 26, 2019 - 7:12 PM

If the SC does not hand down a ruling before October 28, the prosecution would be forced to wrap up its case against Veloso's recruiters without presenting her as witness

#LETMARYJANESPEAK. Mary Jane Veloso's family is counting on the Supreme Court to allow the OFW to testify in a local human trafficking trial. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte admin: SEC ruling vs Rappler basis of coverage ban

Sep 26, 2019 - 6:38 PM

Before the official comment to the Supreme Court, Malacañang and President Duterte had provided varying reasons for banning Rappler from presidential events

PETITION. Rappler reporters Pia Ranada, Mara Cepeda, Camille Elemia, Ralf Rivas and correspondents Bobby Lagsa and Raymon Dullana file a Petition Certiorari and Prohibition against President Rodrigo Duterte's coverage ban against Rappler. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Power play for Iloilo electricity reaches Supreme Court

Sep 25, 2019 - 4:51 PM

The Enrique Razon-owned MORE is granted a franchise by President Duterte, but the bypassed Panay Electric Company (PECO) is fighting for its assets

Supreme Court OKs Elenita Binay's trial over hospital beds case

Sep 24, 2019 - 8:20 PM

The camp of former Makati City mayor Elenita Binay says they will appeal

GRAFT TRIAL. A Supreme Court ruling allows the Sandiganbayan to continue its trial of former Makati City mayor Elenita Binay for graft and malversation over the alleged anomalous purchase of hospital beds.

Drug war documents submitted to Supreme Court 'rubbish'

Sep 23, 2019 - 6:30 PM

Law group Center for International Law or CenterLaw wants to cite in contempt the Office the Solicitor General and the Philippine National Police

DOCUMENTS. The Supreme Court has compelled the Duterte government to submit thousands of documents related to 20,322 drug-related deaths from July 2016 to November 2017.

Habeas corpus filed at SC for release of youth activist held by army

Sep 23, 2019 - 3:45 PM

The military wants Alexandrea Pacalda to register herself as a communist rebel returnee

HABEAS CORPUS. A petition for habeas corpus is filed with the Supreme Court on September 23, 2019, to demand the release of youth activist Alexandrea Pacalda who is in the custody of the military. Photo from Karapatan

Vitriolo claims reinstatement 'final' with Supreme Court ruling

Sep 18, 2019 - 1:16 PM

(UPDATED) Julito Vitriolo is a career official at the Commission on Higher Education who is still claiming his post as executive director

POWER STRUGGLE. Power struggle continues in the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) as the Supreme Court affirms the reinstatement of former executive director  Julito Vitriolo. Photo by Toto Lozano/Presidential Photo

'Maggie, blaze the trail for illegitimate children such as you'

Sep 17, 2019 - 8:32 PM

A hearing at the Supreme Court turns emotional as petitioner Maggie Ho Aquino claims her right to inherit from her grandfather, and is urged by a justice to see the case through

INHERITANCE RIGHTS. The Supreme Court tackles the constitutionality of Article 992 of the Civil Code which says illegitimate children cannot inherit from the legitimate relatives of her parents or vice versa. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Supreme Court 'sets precedent' in allowing governor to serve '4th term'

Sep 16, 2019 - 3:39 PM

The Supreme Court is narrowly split, 8-6, in ruling that Camarines Norte Governor Edgardo Tallado can serve his '4th term' because his dismissal from service is an involuntary interruption exempt from the constitutional 3-term limit

'4TH TERM?' The Supreme Court allows Camarines Norte Governor Edgardo Tallado to serve his 4th consecutive term after it ruled that suspensions and dismissals from the Ombudsman were involuntary interruption to his terms. Photo from the Facebook Page of Camarines Norte Governor Edgardo Tallado

4 Supreme Court aspirants say Interpol cannot arrest Joma

Sep 11, 2019 - 3:29 PM

Four Court of Appeals associate justices say international legal conventions on political refugees protect the Communist Party of the Philippines founder from arrest over a murder case filed in 2007

LOOK: Justices take essay-writing exam for Supreme Court application

Sep 04, 2019 - 5:54 PM

The magistrates, considered experts in their respective legal fields and some of them professors of law, take the seat of students as they apply for a spot on the Supreme Court bench

ESSAY WRITING. Applicants of the Supreme Court take an essay writing examination with the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC). Photo courtesy of the JBC

PET to issue report soon on Marcos poll protest vs Robredo – Bersamin

Sep 04, 2019 - 3:59 PM

'We should be careful of what we do here because the credibility of our processes as well as the political system here is at stake,' says Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin

POLL PROTEST. Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin says the Presidential Electoral Tribunal will issue a report "soon" on the ongoing initial recount of 3 pilot provinces in the electoral protest filed against Vice President Leni Robredo. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Fight for same-sex marriage in PH still alive despite Supreme Court ruling

Sep 04, 2019 - 2:18 PM

'(The ruling) did not resolve anything about same sex marriage, the opinions expressed there will not be controlling,' says Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin

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

Experts to SC: Strike down law that discriminates vs illegitimate children

Sep 03, 2019 - 8:44 PM

PSA data says that in 2017, there were more illegitimate children than legitimate children in the Philippines

Supreme Court spares IBP, Diokno in West PH Sea case mess

Sep 03, 2019 - 4:17 PM

The SC says, 'Counsels for petitioners were sternly warned that the commission of the same or similar infractions in the future would be dealt with more severely'

WRIT OF KALIKASAN. IBP lawyer Andre Palacios and collaborating counsel Chel Diokno during the first oral arguments at the Supreme Court on their Writ of Kalikasan petition. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

With new SC ruling, Noynoy Aquino now cleared of all Mamasapano charges

Sep 03, 2019 - 3:52 PM

SC denies a Calida-backed petition to charge the former president of reckles imprudence resulting in homicide

MAMASAPANO CASE. Former president Noynoy Aquino III is cleared of all Mamasapano charges, without prejudice to the filing of new ones. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Supreme Court junks same-sex marriage case on technicalities

Sep 03, 2019 - 2:37 PM

The dismissal is based on the lack of legal standing by petitioner Jesus Falcis. Falcis and his co-counsels are held liable for indirect contempt.

SAME-SEX MARRIAGE. LGBTQ members light candles as they gather outside the Supreme Court in Manila on June 19, 2018 for the oral arguments regarding the petition for same sex marriage. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

SC rules against Manila gov't in expropriation case

Sep 02, 2019 - 10:14 PM

The SC says that while housing is 'one of the most serious social problems” that the Manila city government needs to address, LGUs don’t have 'unbridled authority' to exercise its power to solve this problem

COURT OF LAST RESORT. The Supreme Court in Padre Faure, Manila. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

IN CHARTS: 2 years on, PH courts have 30% compliance with continuous trial

Aug 28, 2019 - 9:57 PM

Before continuous trial, only 2% of criminal cases on average finish trial in 180 days. The 30% compliance is an impressive improvement.

PH COURTS. A woman looks at the bulletin board of one of the busiest court houses in Metro Manila, the Manila Regional Trial Court. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Bersamin says DOJ free to revise GCTA rules, anyone free to contest it before SC

Aug 27, 2019 - 7:33 PM

On the issue of heinous crimes, the chief justice says: 'It's up to the secretary of justice to tell us.... But if anyone is not satisfied, then they can come to us'

Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin tries the newly launched Judicial and Bar Council Website at Supreme Court in Manila on August 27, 2019. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

SC affirms ex-Marines chief dismissal over P36-M fraud

Aug 27, 2019 - 3:38 PM

Retired general Renato Miranda was found guilty of grave misconduct and serious dishonesty over a clothing allowance anomaly

Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

OFWs run to Supreme Court to contest mandatory SSS contributions

Aug 27, 2019 - 1:48 PM

Unlike Philippine-based workers whose employers shoulder part of their SSS contributions, overseas workers have to pay the entire amount even before they go abroad

SSS CONTRIBUTIONS. Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) contest new law provisions making SSS contributions mandatory for land-based overseas workers. File photo from Agence France-Presse

Chief Justice applications extended to September 2

Aug 22, 2019 - 5:11 PM

'To invite more applicants,' says Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra, explaining the extension

#CJSEARCH2019. The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) is screening applicants for chief justice replacing Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin who will retire on October 18. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Sentiments split on SC ruling freeing convicts like 'beast' Sanchez

Aug 21, 2019 - 4:24 PM

It sparks debate on a law that applies to all, even to a convict whom the Supreme Court called an "unthinking beast." It also reignites opposition to death penalty

FREEING 'GOOD CONDUCT' CONVICTS. The government is set to release a thousand convicts based on a recent Supreme Corut ruling that retroactively applied the law on good conduct time allowance. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler