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How Imee Marcos got away from paying $4M in damages for Trajano death

Sep 21, 2018 - 6:20 PM

Because the Supreme Court said the lower court sheriff was not diligent enough in serving the summons personally on Imee, the Honolulu court's ruling on the 'wrongful death' of student Archimedes Trajano was unenforceable here

SPARED BY TECHNICALITY. The Supreme Court in 2006 voided a lower court proceedings that sought to compel Imee Marcos pay $4 million in damages for the "wrongful death" of student Archimedes Trajano. Photo of Imee Marcos by Darren Langit, and Supreme Court facade by LeAnne Jazul

SC affirms Imelda’s acquittal in dollar-salting, hits ‘apathetic’ prosecution

Sep 21, 2018 - 1:30 PM

‘The prosecution could have done better in this case. Sadly it failed,’ says Associate Justice Marvic Leonen, who penned the decision

ACQUITTED. Supreme Court affirms the acquittal of former first lady Imelda Marcos on 32 counts of dollar salting connected to the Marcos Swiss Accounts. File photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Supreme Court rules BIR can't collect P3-B tax from Petron, Shell

Sep 19, 2018 - 3:07 PM

Dubbed as the tax refund scam of the 1990s, Petron and Shell win big in the Supreme Court

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

10-centavo levy vs oil, petroleum tankers constitutional – SC

Sep 12, 2018 - 7:41 PM

The Supreme Court reverses an earlier decision by a lower court, saying oil tankers pose a larger risk to the environment in the event of an oil spill

Fariñas bloc takes Suarez minority leadership row to SC

Sep 12, 2018 - 10:48 AM

The bloc of ex-majority leader Rodolfo Fariñas argues that the current House leadership has committed 'grave abuse of discretion' by retaining Danilo Suarez as minority leader

MINORITY LEADER. Quezon 3rd District Representative Danilo Suarez faces another Supreme Court case questioning his minority leadership. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

SC denial of TRO still a 'victory' for Trillanes, says Magdalo

Sep 12, 2018 - 10:11 AM

Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano says the Supreme Court has 'shown independence' by giving Senator Antonio Trillanes IV the chance to explain his side in court

BETTER FOR TRILLANES. Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano welcomes the Supreme Court's denial of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV's request for TRO. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

[WRAP | DAY 8] SC denies Trillanes TRO request, insists no warrantless arrest

Sep 12, 2018 - 8:00 AM

Trillanes says he's 'grateful' the high court recognized his rights despite failing to get immediate relief

OPPOSITION. Senator Trillanes reacts to the one-on-one interview of Chief legal counsel Salvador Panelo with President Rodrigo Duterte. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

EXPLAINER: What the Supreme Court TRO denial means for Trillanes

Sep 11, 2018 - 4:20 PM

The immediate implication is that the ball is now in the court of the Makati Regional Trial Courts

Amid TRO hiccup, Trillanes 'grateful' to SC for recognizing his rights

Sep 11, 2018 - 4:07 PM

(UPDATED) 'They gave him [Duterte] a face-saving way out... but at the same time protecting my rights and the rights of similarly situated people in the future,' says Trillanes

Sen. Trillanes’ reaction on the Supreme Court’s denial of the TRO he filed. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Robredo camp asks SC to probe poll fraud accuser Glenn Chong

Sep 11, 2018 - 3:53 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo's lawyers find it 'disturbing' that former lawmaker Glenn Chong has access to audit logs from Ragay, Camarines Sur

POLL FRAUD ACCUSER. Former Biliran representative Glenn Chong gestures during a Senate hearing on July 31, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Arroyo’s presence a ‘go signal’ to junk impeachment vs SC justices – Lagman

Sep 11, 2018 - 3:15 PM

(UPDATED) Opposition lawmakers say it was obvious the House committee on justice already wanted to dismiss the impeachment complaints against the Supreme Court justices

'GO SIGNAL.' Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo sits beside House committee on justice chairperson Salvador Leachon, who presided over the impeachment hearing against the 7 SC justices. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Supreme Court denies Trillanes request for TRO

Sep 11, 2018 - 1:08 PM

(5th UPDATE) Attention shifts to the two Makati courts which will hear the motion to issue a warrant of arrest

Sen. Trillanes’ press con outside his office on September 10, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

House panel junks impeachment complaints vs SC justices

Sep 11, 2018 - 12:05 PM

(2nd UPDATE) A total of 23 lawmakers find the impeachment complaints insufficient in substance. Siquijor Representative Ramon Rocamora is the only legislator who voted in favor of the complaints.

HOUSE PANEL. The House committee on justice deliberates on the impeachment complaints against Supreme Court justices on September 11, 2018. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

LIVE: House hearing on impeachment complaints vs SC justices

Sep 11, 2018 - 9:42 AM

Watch the deliberations on the impeachment complaints live on Rappler

P12-trillion reward? Supreme Court says no to 'Marcos wealth informant'

Sep 09, 2018 - 8:40 PM

The Supreme Court also tells petitioner Danilo Lihaylihay that 'frivolous litigation...hampers the resolution of more meritorious cases'

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

LIST: Cases, complaints filed vs Trillanes under Duterte administration

Sep 08, 2018 - 11:33 PM

In a nutshell, all cases and complaints are filed by Duterte-allied lawyers and the President's family members

LIST. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV has a list of cases filed against him under the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

[WRAP | Day 4] Trillanes stays in Senate, Duterte changes tune on warrantless arrest

Sep 08, 2018 - 7:00 AM

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV remains holed up in the Senate as President Rodrigo Duterte himself backtracks on the warrantless arrest of his fierce critic

NO ARREST. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV remains at the Senate as rumors of a warrantless did not materialize on Friday, September 7. Photo by Alecs Ongcal / Rappler

Justice Peralta in charge of Trillanes Supreme Court petition

Sep 07, 2018 - 6:36 PM

Will a chief justice front-runner grant Trillanes a TRO?

Military defers action on Trillanes, waits for SC

Sep 07, 2018 - 2:10 PM

'The DND respects the judicial process and will defer to the decision of the court on the matter,' says the Department of National Defense

NOW UP TO SC. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV at the Senate building in Pasay City. Photo by Alecs Ongcal / Rappler

Trillanes: Supreme Court TRO will give military a 'way out'

Sep 07, 2018 - 12:55 PM

Trillanes says it is the only way that the military can get out of the order to arrest him without necessarily defying their commander-in-chief

Photo by Alecs Ongcal / Rappler

[WRAP | Day 3] Looming Trillanes arrest jolts PH from sleep

Sep 07, 2018 - 9:20 AM

(UPDATED) Senator Antonio Trillanes IV runs to the Supreme Court, but hours later rumors spread that he is set to be arrested while the nation is in slumber

LOOMING ARREST. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV joins his supporters for a Mass at the Senate, where he is seeking sanctuary, on September 6, 2018. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Rush for TRO: Trillanes speeds up Supreme Court proceedings

Sep 07, 2018 - 8:04 AM

(UPDATED) With the motion for a special raffle, the justice in charge can make a recommendation as early as Friday. But it will depend on Chief Justice De Castro to act on it.

PROOF. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV in a press conference on September 6, 2018 shows a new set of documents to prove that the amnesty given to him is valid. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

EXPLAINER: Why Trillanes chose to go to the Supreme Court

Sep 06, 2018 - 7:15 PM

'If we cannot rely on the Supreme Court, wala na tayong puwedeng pagkatiwalaan. Kaya kami nandito ngayon,' says Trillanes' lawyer

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV's lawyer Rey Robles and fellow mutineer former Magdalo Representative Ashley Acedillo file a petition for certiorari at the Supreme Court on September 6, 2018. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Trillanes asks SC to stop Duterte order revoking amnesty

Sep 06, 2018 - 1:20 PM

(UPDATED) President Rodrigo Duterte's Proclamation 572 'should alarm the justices of the Supreme Court,' says opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV

DUTERTE CRITIC. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV asks the Supreme Court to stop President Rodrigo Duterte's revocation of his amnesty. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

CJ De Castro: No local law that put Rome Statute in effect

Sep 05, 2018 - 8:27 AM

'I think it is conceded that we do not have any implementing legislation yet,' says the Chief Justice

Newly installed Supreme Court Chief Justice Teresita Leonardo-De Castro with other justices starts the oral arguments on the withdrawal in the International Criminal Court in Manila on August 28, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Trillanes may be forced to go to the Supreme Court

Sep 04, 2018 - 9:04 PM

(UPDATED) ‘Of course there is always danger in going straight to the Supreme Court given the current composition and disposition of the SC,’ says criminal law expert Alexander Padilla

Sen. Trillanes giving his privilege speech at the senate on Tuesday, September 4, and showed some visual evidence on his application for amnesty. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

PH senators return to SC to fight for ICC membership

Sep 04, 2018 - 4:04 PM

During oral arguments, former Akbayan representative Barry Gutierrez will present on behalf of the senators. 13 years ago, former senator Pimentel asked the SC to compel the Palace to have the Senate ratify the Rome Statute.

Newly installed Supreme Court Chief Justice Teresita Leonardo-De Castro with other justices starts the oral arguments on the withdrawal in the International Criminal Court in Manila on August 28, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Impeachment complaints vs SC justices 'sufficient in form'

Sep 04, 2018 - 1:00 PM

The House committee on justice removes Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin among the complainants as he failed to sign the impeachment complaints

SUFFICIENT IN FORM. The House committee on justice holds the first impeachment hearing against SC Chief Justice Teresita de Castro and 6 associate justices on September 4, 2018. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

House panel takes up impeachment complaints vs SC justices

Sep 03, 2018 - 9:42 PM

On Tuesday, September 4, the House committee on justice will first determine if the impeachment complaints filed against Chief Justice Teresita Leonardo de Castro and 6 other Supreme Court justices are sufficient in form

IMPEACHMENT. The impeachment hearings against Supreme Court Chief Justice Teresita Leonardo de Castro and 6 associate justices begin on September 4, 2018.

Caguioa stays on: SC warns Marcos for his 'conspiracy theories'

Sep 03, 2018 - 5:59 PM

The Supreme Court unanimously rejects Bongbong Marcos' motion for inhibition against Associate Justice Benjamin Caguioa

Former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr files another motion with PET on August 6, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Mary Jane Veloso runs to Supreme Court: Let me testify vs my recruiters

Sep 03, 2018 - 2:21 PM

'Nagtaka ako nung bibitayin siya, hindi siya umiyak, pero noong isang araw, umiiyak si Mary Jane. Ang sabi, 'Nanay tulungan niyo ako, inip na inip na ako,’ says Celia Veloso

APPEAL. Cesar and Celia Veloso (2nd and 3rd from left) file a petition before the Supreme Court appealing that their daughter Mary Jane be allowed to testify in the trafficking case they filed against Mary Jane alleged recruiters. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Spokesman Ted Te resigns from Supreme Court

Sep 03, 2018 - 7:44 AM

(UPDATED) 'I respectfully believe that I would be of greater value to the judiciary and the Court in the academic world at this time,' Te tells Chief Justice De Castro

The Supreme Court on November 8 rules 9-5 in favor of the burial of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

[OPINION | NEWSPOINT] From incapacity to absurdity

Sep 01, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Compulsively carrying on this way, he succeeded only in burying himself deeper in the hole of his regime’s own digging

What the ICC pullout case means for Duterte and the Supreme Court

Aug 29, 2018 - 4:26 PM

Associate Justice Marvic Leonen warns against the possibility of the High Court turning into a judicial dictator

ICC WITHDRAWAL. How high are the stakes in the petitions seeking to invalidate President Rodrigo Duterte's unilateral withdrawal from the International Criminal Court?

Robredo hopes CJ De Castro to ‘unify’ Supreme Court again

Aug 29, 2018 - 2:15 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo does not react when asked if she has any fears over Chief Justice Teresita Leonardo de Castro possibly influencing the electoral protest filed against her

FOR THE SAKE OF SC. Vice President Leni Robredo is hoping for the a unified Supreme Court under Chief Justice Teresita Leonardo de Castro. File photo by OVP

Carpio: Duterte cannot withdraw from ICC by himself

Aug 28, 2018 - 10:00 PM

(3RD UPDATE) The senior justice again clashes with Duterte on a crucial policy. This will factor in on the talks of whether or not Carpio can be appointed Chief Justice after De Castro retires.

Justice Antonio Carpio. KASARINLAN A Philippine Foreign Policy Forum. July 9, 2018 at The Bayleaf Intramuros, Manila. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

ICC pullout: Are there limits to Duterte’s presidential discretion?

Aug 28, 2018 - 8:24 PM

‘The issue you are presenting to this Court forces this Court to make a decision between checks and balances and the powers of the President,’ says Justice Jardeleza during oral arguments

Newly installed Supreme Court Chief Justice Teresita Leonardo-De Castro with other justices starts the oral arguments on the withdrawal in the International Criminal Court in Manila on August 28, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Impeachment complaint vs SC justices referred to House panel

Aug 28, 2018 - 8:00 PM

If at least one-third of the House affirms the impeachment complaints, they will be forwarded to the Senate for an impeachment trial

De Castro impeachment ‘moot and academic’ when she retires

Aug 28, 2018 - 4:55 PM

But House committee on justice chairperson Salvador Leachon says this will not bar the complainants from filing criminal charges against the Chief Justice after

IMPEACHMENT TALKS. House committee on justice chairperson Doy Leachon is set to preside over the impeachment proceedings against 7 Supreme Court justices.

Opposition senators a no-show in ICC oral arguments

Aug 28, 2018 - 3:36 PM

The Supreme Court denies the motion for reconsideration as well as the appeal to let Senator Leila de Lima argue through video conference

NO SHOW. Opposition senators are a no show at the Supreme Court oral arguments on the withdrawal from the International Criminal Court (ICC) on August 28, 2018. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Supreme Court holds oral arguments on ICC withdrawal

Aug 28, 2018 - 2:47 PM

(UPDATED) During the SC oral arguments, watch out for references to the war on drugs, whether coming from Malacañang's side or the justices

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

CJ De Castro: Collegiality is back at the Supreme Court

Aug 28, 2018 - 2:19 PM

The new Chief Justice believes she is the first woman top magistrate and not Maria Lourdes Sereno, who was ousted via a quo warranto petition

Newly appointed Supreme Court Chief Justice Teresita Leonardo-De Castro is greeted by supporters during the weekly flag raising ceremony in Manila on August 28, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong

Drilon urges Carpio to apply as next chief justice

Aug 28, 2018 - 1:58 PM

'The President’s statement that seniority is his major and principal consideration in appointing individuals to the government boosts Carpio’s chance of becoming the next chief justice,' says Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon

SC JUSTICES. Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio (6th from right) and other Supreme Court justices at the oath-taking of the country's new lawyers on June 1, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

IN CHARTS: Drug cases take over PH courts, have low disposition rates

Aug 28, 2018 - 10:00 AM

Only 12% of the 289,295 drugs cases at the lower courts are disposed of in 2017. A big problem is that courts just can't keep up.

DRUG WAR CASES. Images by Noel Celis/AFP and Rambo Talabong/Rappler

House panel to take up impeach complaints vs SC justices Sept 4

Aug 27, 2018 - 3:15 PM

Chairman Salvador Leachon says the House justice committee will coordinate with the complainants – opposition congressmen – if they want the complaints 'tackled simultaneously and jointly'

Duterte doubts Carpio will accept chief justice nomination after De Castro

Aug 27, 2018 - 11:09 AM

For President Rodrigo Duterte, Justice Antonio Carpio's declaration that he will decline a nomination for chief justice after Maria Loudes' Sereno's ouster still stands

Duterte denies De Castro appointment her 'reward' for Sereno ouster

Aug 27, 2018 - 10:08 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte stresses that he based Chief Justice Teresita de Castro's appointment on seniority and merit

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the launch of the Go Negosyo’s ‘Pilipinas Angat Lahat’ program at the Rizal Hall in Malacañan Palace on August 14, 2018, conveys graft and corruption continues to plague the government. But he also promised to get rid of the problem during his term. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Malacañang denies De Castro named Chief Justice as 'reward'

Aug 26, 2018 - 11:45 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque says President Rodrigo Duterte 'upheld judicial professionalism by appointing [the] most senior of aspirants'

Supreme Court Associate Justice Teresita de Castro and Court Administrator Jose Midas Marquez testifies before the House Committee on Justice's impeachment proceeding against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno on Wednesday, after the Supreme Court en banc on Tuesday voted to allow justices and employees invited by the committee to testify in its hearings. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Lawmakers on De Castro appointment: Why choose 'endo CJ'?

Aug 25, 2018 - 9:02 PM

(2nd UPDATE) Opposition lawmakers say the appointment is beneficial to the Marcos family, citing the electoral protest of former senator Bongbong Marcos

SHORT TERM. Lawmakers question Chief Justice Teresita de Castro's appointment given her two-month term. Lagman, Alejano Rappler file photo, Pangilinan file photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

New Chief Justice De Castro must prove 'independence, impartiality'

Aug 25, 2018 - 7:22 PM

'The new Chief Justice will have to credibly address uncomplimentary views about her independence and impartiality,' says the National Union of Peoples' Lawyers

'UNPRECEDENTED.' In this file photo, Supreme Court Associate Justice Teresita de Castro serves as resource person in a House of Representatives committee hearing on the impeachment complaint against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno on November 29, 2017, a first in history. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler