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CA justices shortlisted to be next Supreme Court justice

Nov 16, 2018 - 4:48 PM

The names on the shortlist are all familiar

Supreme Court of teh Philippines in Padre Faura, Manila

Carpio rebuffs Duterte: China doesn't possess South China Sea

Nov 16, 2018 - 2:17 PM

Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio makes these remarks after President Rodrigo Duterte said China 'is already in possession' of the South China Sea

DEFENDER. Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio, a West Philippine Sea advocate, attends 'Kasarinlan: A Philippine Foreign Policy Forum' on July 9, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Schools to fight SC ruling removing Filipino as required college subject

Nov 16, 2018 - 9:22 AM

University professors say the teaching of Filipino and Panitikan in college deepens knowledge that shapes Filipino culture and identity

PETITION. Education and language groups planned to petition the Supreme Court's decision to life a Temporary Restraining Order on a higher education order. Photo of students from Shutterstock

SC denies Ayala Land petition to claim insurance for 2007 Glorietta 2 blast

Nov 15, 2018 - 9:11 AM

The Supreme Court denies a petition of Ayala Land to claim from Standard Insurance for the damage caused by the blast, which killed 11 people and injured around 130

RUINS. Investigators sift throught the ruins of the ground zero of the infamous Glorietta blast of 2017. Photo from Newsbreak

[OPINYON] Hindi ko magawang magbiro dahil sa mga balita ngayon

Nov 14, 2018 - 7:00 PM

Bakit ganito ako kaseryoso ngayon? Dahil sa ruling ng Supreme Court na mag-aalis ng Filipino at Panitikan bilang core subjects sa kolehiyo. Hindi masusukat ang pinsalang magagawa nito sa mga darating na henerasyon.

#CJSearch: How chief justice applicants voted on P7-B Delfin Lee scam

Nov 14, 2018 - 5:31 PM

Bersamin and Bernabe voted to grant bail to the Globe Asiatique owner; Carpio and Reyes dissented; Peralta inhibited

DELFIN LEE CASE. The chief justice applicants were split in deciding the 7-5-2 ruling that downgraded the estafa charges against property developer Delfin Lee.

SC to act on Calida attempt to stop Senate probe

Nov 08, 2018 - 4:45 PM

Solicitor General Jose Calida refuses to participate in a Senate investigation into his family firm's government contracts, saying it is illegal and serves no legislative purpose

SECURITY FIRM. Solicitor General Jose Calida has a pending petition before the Supreme Court questioning the legality of a Senate investigation that seeks to look into the propriety of his security firm bagging government contracts worth at least P358 million. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Aspiring lawyers take the 2018 Bar exams

Nov 04, 2018 - 11:49 AM

'This is the highest number of Bar candidates in recent years,' says the Supreme Court, as 8,701 candidates registered to take the exams

Over 8,000 candidates take the 2018 Bar Exams

Nov 04, 2018 - 8:02 AM

(UPDATED) The number of Bar candidates registered for 2018 is the highest in recent years

BAR EXAMS. Aspiring lawyers troop to the University of Santo Tomas in Manila on November 4, 2018, for the first day of the Bar exams. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

The unpredictability of Supreme Court Justice Bernabe

Nov 02, 2018 - 11:01 AM

Bernabe often votes with a nuance. She is respected in the High Court because of her collegial virtues.

CJ SEARCH. Supreme Court Associate Justice Estela Perlas-Bernabe applies for chief justice.

First among equals: How influential is a chief justice on the Court?

Nov 01, 2018 - 6:25 PM

A recently-released study shows there’s a probability that a justice who belongs to the same network as the chief justice will vote similarly as the top magistrate

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

Supreme Court warns officials: ‘Good faith’ not always a valid excuse

Oct 31, 2018 - 8:37 PM

The good faith doctrine is ‘inapplicable in a situation where there are circumstances that should have prompted the government officials to make further inquiries,’ says the High Court

GOOD FAITH DOCTRINE. The Supreme Court says good faith doctrine does not always apply in corruption cases. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

MILF ready to contest petition vs Bangsamoro law

Oct 31, 2018 - 11:24 AM

The Moro Islamic Liberation Front challenges the motivation of Sulu Governor Abdusakur Tan II in questioning the Bangsamoro Organic Law before the Supreme Court

SC affirms corruption trial of Grace Padaca at Sandiganbayan

Oct 30, 2018 - 6:02 PM

It means there is no legal impediment to the Sandiganbayan proceedings, which is halfway reaching a judgment

GRAFT CASE. Former Isabela governor Grace Padaca is on trial for graft and malversation charges over an allegedly irregular loan facility deal. Rappler file photo

Governor Tan of Sulu runs to Supreme Court to block Bangsamoro law

Oct 30, 2018 - 2:43 PM

This is the first petition filed to challenge the constitutionality of the landmark Bangsamoro Organic Law. Legislators behind the law have been expecting it.

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.

CA can't review Ombudsman decisions in criminal cases – Supreme Court

Oct 29, 2018 - 8:03 PM

The High Court strengthens Ombudsman findings in criminal cases

Office of the Ombudsman Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Office of chief justice regained respect under De Castro – Leonen

Oct 28, 2018 - 6:36 PM

'What has been restored is that the chief justice is one vote in terms of the items on the agenda,' says Associate Justice Marvic Leonen

SUPREME COURT. Retired Chief Justice Teresita Leonardo De Castro and other associate justices and Supreme Court employees pose for photographers after the flag ceremony on Monday, September 3, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

SC asked to stop Globe, Smart's use of 700 MHz frequency

Oct 28, 2018 - 6:10 PM

The petitioners ask the Supreme Court to make the frequency available for other telecommunications companies

INTERVENTION ASKED. The Supreme Court is asked to free up broadcast and telecommunications frequencies through a mandamus. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Supreme Court improves whenever Carpio is acting Chief Justice – Leonen

Oct 25, 2018 - 7:12 PM

'It’s difficult to pluck someone from the most junior ranks and put them to the leadership position,’ says Associate Justice Marvic Leonen

#CJSEARCH. Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio applies for chief justice. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

‘Improper’ JBC questions led to striking out public interview of senior justices

Oct 25, 2018 - 5:55 PM

‘The court en banc was disappointed that there were questions which were not proper, they catered to something, to trivia,’ says Associate Justice Marvic Leonen

JBC. The Judicial and Bar Council interviews applicants for the chief justice position on August 16, 2018. Screengrab from SC PIO

Rappler Talk: Inside the Supreme Court with Justice Marvic Leonen

Oct 25, 2018 - 11:09 AM

Former Supreme Court spokesman Ted Te also joins the discussion on Thursday, October 25

SC clears the way for 500% hike in property valuation in Quezon City

Oct 25, 2018 - 7:30 AM

(UPDATED) City Administrator Aldrin Cuña says the QC Fair Market Values Ordinance can be implemented 15 working days after the Supreme Court decision

Rappler Talk: Lawyer Cristina Bonoan on the Supreme Court under Duterte

Oct 23, 2018 - 2:46 PM

On Tuesday, October 23, Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug speaks with Cristina Bonoan of the Angeles State University about qualities needed in a chief justice and the challenges he or she will face

No more public interview for senior magistrates applying for chief justice

Oct 22, 2018 - 3:00 PM

'The majority of the JBC members took the view that sitting members of the Supreme Court had already been publicly interviewed when they originally applied for their SC positions,' says Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra

Gov't institutions' satisfaction ratings up in September 2018 – SWS

Oct 20, 2018 - 1:40 PM

The Senate, House of Representatives, Supreme Court, and Cabinet all get 'good' net satisfaction ratings in the latest Social Weather Stations survey

Rebus sic stantibus? SC aspirant says Duterte can unilaterally withdraw from ICC

Oct 18, 2018 - 3:29 PM

Associate Dean Rita Linda Jimeno stumbles on the doctrine at first, but eventually says that rebus sic stantibus may be used by Duterte to validly withdraw from the ICC without the concurrence of the Senate

ICC ISSUE. CEU Associate Dean Rita Linda Jimeno says President Rodrigo Duterte has basis to unilaterally withdraw from the International Criminal Court. Photo from JBC

Supreme Court applicant wants CCTV cameras in courtrooms

Oct 18, 2018 - 2:10 PM

Sandiganbayan Associate Justice Alex Quiroz, who is aspiring for a seat on the Supreme Court bench, says installing CCTV cameras would discourage misbehavior

PLANS. Sandiganbayan Justice Alex Quiroz says that if he is appointed to the Supreme Court (SC), he would push for the instalment of CCTV cameras in every courtroom in the country. Photo from JBC

Carpio’s chief justice nomination, Tindig Pilipinas, Comelec updates | Evening wRap

Oct 12, 2018 - 10:39 PM

Watch the evening wRap with Mara Cepeda

Carpio vies for Supreme Court chief justice

Oct 12, 2018 - 5:15 PM

SC Associate Justice Mariano del Castillo declines the nomination to be the country's next top magistrate

VYING FOR TOP MAGISTRATE. Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio has accepted the nomination to be the next chief justice. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Justice Carpio: Leaving the ICC will weaken Philippine stance vs China

Oct 09, 2018 - 5:54 PM

The senior justice, who says he has no more reason to decline a chief justice nomination, again challenges the policy of the appointing power, President Duterte

ICC WITHDRAWAL. Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio said on October 9 that President Rodrigo Duterte's unilateral withdrawal from the International Criminal Court would take away from the Philippines a "strong legal deterrent" against China. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

De Castro ends chief justice stint, leaves gifts to court workers

Oct 08, 2018 - 11:01 AM

Promotions, salary raises, and bonuses mark Teresita Leonardo de Castro's chief justiceship that lasted only a little more than a month

SC Justice Teresita de Castro in her final flagraising ceremony at the Supreme Court on October 8, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

AMLC report can be used vs Jinggoy Estrada – SC

Oct 07, 2018 - 5:12 PM

The Anti-Money Laundering Council report alleges that ex-senator Jinggoy Estrada received at least P157.6 million in kickbacks through the pork barrel scam

ADMISSIBLE. Former Senator Jinggoy Estrada arrives at the Sandiganbayan on September 25, 2017, to attend hearing on his plunder case. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

SC slams reckless drug buy-busts, wants weak cases junked

Oct 02, 2018 - 2:11 PM

In his separate concurring opinion, Associate Justice Marvic Leonen says that playing it fast and loose with procedure 'makes conducive the planting of evidence'

WEAK CASES. The Supreme Court stresses mandatory policy in drug investigation and case buildups. Photo by Rappler

[ANALYSIS] Philippine courts dribble, stall on Trillanes amnesty issue

Sep 28, 2018 - 7:50 PM

The persistent efforts to send Trillanes back to jail ends this September with the anticlimactic order of deferment by Makati RTC Judge Andres Soriano

Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

JBC begins search for SC chief justice after De Castro

Sep 28, 2018 - 3:20 PM

Application opens September 29 and ends October 15

DE CASTRO COURT. Chief Justice Teresita Leonardo De Castro will retire on October 8. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Supreme Court orders fixed salaries for bus drivers, conductors

Sep 27, 2018 - 10:04 PM

The court upholds the DOLE order and LTFRB memorandum circular that seek to 'enhance the economic status of bus drivers and conductors, and to promote the general welfare of the riding public'

COMPENSATION. The Supreme Court greenlights having fixed salaries and additional pay for properly performing drivers and conductors. Buses image by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Was revocation of amnesty legal? Trillanes camp might ask SC to decide

Sep 27, 2018 - 6:33 PM

Lawyer Rey Robles says they might also elevate the case to a higher court if they feel that Makati RTC Branch 148 exercised grave abuse of discretion

TEAM. Senator Antonio Trillanes, with his lawyer Rey Robles, arrives at the Senate after posting bail. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Sara Duterte accuses Midas Marquez of colluding with Duterte supporters

Sep 27, 2018 - 9:56 AM

(UPDATED) Court Administrator Midas Marquez is linked to lawyer Bruce Rivera and Gemma Sotto who is part of DDS Global

SUPREME COURT APPLICANT. Court Administrator Midas Marquez's application for a Supreme Court justice faces opposition. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Supreme Court allows drug charges vs Peter Lim to continue

Sep 26, 2018 - 5:21 PM

The Court’s Third Division denies Lim’s request to nullify the Department of Justice (DOJ) reinvestigation

JUNKED. Supreme Court junks Peter Lim's appeal to void the Department of Justice reinvestigation that ultimately found sufficient evidence to charge him for conspiracy to commit illegal drugs.

‘Habal-habal’ justice of Visayas tries luck at SC

Sep 26, 2018 - 5:07 PM

(UPDATED) Justice Delos Santos penned the lauded Writ of Kalikasan decision that shut down the controversial Inawayan Landfill in Cebu City

SUPREME COURT APPLICATION. Court of Appeals Justice Edgardo delos Santos applies for a Supreme Court post for the first time. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Sara Duterte opposes Midas Marquez's Supreme Court bid

Sep 26, 2018 - 11:38 AM

Supreme Court applicant Midas Marquez says, 'The allegation that I talked to complainants, the witnesses, that I maneuvered or manipulated, is not accurate'

OPPOSITION. Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte opposes Court Administrator Midas Marquez' application to the Supreme Court.

Who's who: Candidates vying to replace former SC justice Martires

Sep 26, 2018 - 8:22 AM

Many of the candidates are current associate justices at the Court of Appeals and had previously applied for a position at the High Court

Supreme Court of teh Philippines in Padre Faura, Manila

Midas Marquez tries again for Supreme Court in JBC interview

Sep 26, 2018 - 7:33 AM

Marquez is among the 6 nominees whom the en banc has recommended to the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC). He was previously interviewed in June 2017.

SUPREME COURT APPLICATION. For his 4th application for a justice position since 2017, Court Administrator Midas Marquez will face the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) on September 26, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

COA finds anomalies in Supreme Court’s purchase of P7.9-M computers

Sep 25, 2018 - 1:12 PM

Purchases are made without public bidding, bought from a supplier with a higher price, and done with incomplete documents

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

Carpio is more trusted than Arroyo – Pulse Asia

Sep 25, 2018 - 11:44 AM

But the survey also shows that a good number of Filipinos either do not know Carpio, or don’t know what to feel about the potential Chief Justice nominee

TRUST RATINGS. Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio gets 33% trust ratings, and 42% approval ratings from the latest Pulse Asia survey taken from September 1-7, 2018. Photo by Rappler

House panel junks impeachment complaints vs SC justices

Sep 25, 2018 - 10:22 AM

The House committee on justice votes unanimously to reject the impeachment complaints against Chief Justice Teresita de Castro and 6 Supreme Court justices

NOT IMPEACHED: (From L-R, top to bottom) Associate Justices Teresita Leonardo-de Castro, Diosdado Peralta, Lucas Bersamin, Francis Jardeleza, Noel Tijam, Andres Reyes Jr, and Alexander Gesmundo. File photos by SC PIO

LIVE: House hearing on impeachment complaints vs SC justices

Sep 25, 2018 - 9:45 AM

Watch the deliberations on the impeachment complaints live on Rappler

Calida tells Supreme Court to void Trillanes amnesty because Gazmin signed it

Sep 24, 2018 - 5:43 PM

It is an argument not cited in President Rodrigo Duterte’s Proclamation No. 572

GAZMIN ARGUMENT. Floated only after the publication of Proclamation No. 527, Solicitor General Jose Calida has now officially raised to the Supreme Court that the act of former defense secretary Voltaire Gazmin approving Senator Antonio Trillanes' amnesty papers is illegal and a valid ground to void the amnesty. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Cleared of corruption? Martires will no longer appeal to Supreme Court

Sep 24, 2018 - 3:51 PM

‘This is for the simple reason that it already violates the right of an accused against double jeopardy,' says the new Ombudsman

NO MORE APPEALS. Ombudsman Samuel Martires signs an order on September 24 putting a stop to the practice of appealing lost cases at the Supreme Court. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

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