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Supreme Court allows 'Morong 43' trial to continue

Apr 25, 2019 - 6:25 PM

The military and police officers charged over the detention of the 'Morong 43' workers earlier get the clearance of the Sandiganbayan to seek an outright dismissal of their cases without presenting evidence

TRIAL. The Supreme Court of the Philippines gives the go signal to Sandiganbayan trial of Morong 43 army generals and police officers. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

NUPL asks Supreme Court for protection order after ’Oust Duterte matrix' tag

Apr 25, 2019 - 12:57 PM

‘The continuous attacks...show the government’s disregard of the court processes and their resolve to threaten, harass, intimidate and further endanger the life, liberty and security of the petitioners,’ the human rights lawyers tell the SC

SC to judges: Don't let candidates use search warrants vs rivals

Apr 17, 2019 - 1:40 PM

The Supreme Court reminds judges that they should 'remain impartial' during the campaign period, amid reports that 'unscrupulous politicians' are using the courts to target their opponents

SEARCH WARRANTS. The Office of the Court Administrator receives reports of politicians trying to obtain search warrants from lower courts against their rivals during the election period. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

FALSE: 'PET recount done,' Bongbong Marcos defeated

Apr 17, 2019 - 11:44 AM

The Supreme Court, sitting as the Presidential Election Tribunal, has not yet declared the official results of the Marcos-Robredo electoral protest case

SC to Calida: 'Ridiculous' to say tokhang documents involve national security

Apr 17, 2019 - 10:24 AM

'The undeniable fact that thousands of ordinary citizens have been killed, and continue to be killed, during police drug operations certainly is a matter of grave public concern,’ says the High Court

TOKHANG DOCS. After a 16-month tug-of-war with the Supreme Court, Solicitor General Jose Calida loses his appeals and is directed to release tens of thousands of documents related to the killings in the war on drugs. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Palawan fishermen sue Duterte gov’t for West PH Sea neglect

Apr 16, 2019 - 2:22 PM

Members of the Kalayaan Palawan Farmers and Fisherfolk Association, along with fishermen from Zambales, file a petition against the DENR, DA, BFAR, Navy, PCG, PNP, and DOJ

SC acquits another drug suspect: Presumption of regularity in operations not enough

Apr 16, 2019 - 11:43 AM

‘The presumption of regularity in the performance of official duty stands only when no reason exists in the records by which to doubt the regularity of the performance of official duty,’ says Associate Justice Marvic Leonen

Supreme Court of teh Philippines in Padre Faura, Manila

Human rights lawyers seek Supreme Court protection from army ‘harassment’

Apr 15, 2019 - 3:40 PM

The National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers says that since the start of Duterte's presidency, a total of 55 lawyers have been attacked or threatened, 36 of whom were killed

PROTECTIVE WRITS. The National Union of Peoples' Lawyers (NUPL) run to the Supreme Court to ask for a Writ of Amparo and a Writ of Habeas Data citing threats from the military. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

FALSE: Photo of jailed senator asking Supreme Court to allow visits of her ex-lover

Apr 13, 2019 - 5:14 PM

A photo of Senator Leila de Lima is doctored to falsely show her filing a petition with the Supreme Court to allow visits from her ex-lover

PODCAST | Covering the courts: Supreme Court Baguio Session

Apr 12, 2019 - 9:30 PM

This podcast series called 'Covering the Courts' aims to bring you closer to the judicial system and to important decisions both of lower courts and the High Court

STATEMENT: With Rappler ban, Duterte also violates public right to know

Apr 11, 2019 - 4:28 PM

This case is not just about Rappler. It is about every journalist’s mandate to cover the Office of the President and scrutinize the tremendous power it holds without prior restraint or threat of punishment.

Rappler asks Supreme Court to end Duterte coverage ban

Apr 11, 2019 - 4:26 PM

(UPDATED) A significant press freedom test case under the Duterte administration, the Rappler petition argues that the coverage ban violates constitutional guarantees of a free press, free speech, equal protection and due process

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

Local governments to get new and bigger IRA only in 2022 – SC

Apr 10, 2019 - 5:23 PM

‘I believe there’s a 3-year period for which the government will have to compute and probably collect all these national taxes,’ says Court spokesman Brian Keith Hosaka

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."

Supreme Court stops SM Baguio from cutting more trees

Apr 10, 2019 - 3:36 PM

(UPDATED) The mall giant cannot proceed with the earth-balling of trees in Baguio City until it secures a new Environmental Compliance Certificate

EXPANSION. SM Baguio is stopped by the Supreme Court from cutting more trees to give way to its expansion. File photo from December 2017 by Lian Buan/Rappler

SC orders gov't to answer petition vs P3.69-B China loan deal

Apr 10, 2019 - 12:48 PM

(UPDATED) This also means that effectively there is no TRO, for now, against the loan agreement

PETITION. Senatorial candidate Neri Colminares and Bayan Muna repesentatives file a petition against Chico River Irrigation Pump project loan agreement with China at the Supreme Court on April 4, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

SC flip-flops, revives charges vs Sulpicio exec over sunken ferry

Apr 08, 2019 - 5:10 PM

The Supreme Court rules this time that it shouldn't interfere with the finding of probable cause by the Department of Justice

CAPSIZED SHIP. M/V Princess of the Stars sank on June 21, 2008. Of 851 passengers, only 28 are known survivors, 400 remain missing, and some 130 exhumed bodies were not identified. File photo from Wikipedia

Makabayan bloc goes to Supreme Court to stop P3.69-B loan deal with China

Apr 04, 2019 - 4:25 PM

Opposition lawmakers say several provisions of the loan agreement with China for the Chico River irrigation project violate the 1987 Constitution

Senatorial candidate Neri Colminares and Bayan Muna repesentatives file a petition against Chico River Irrigation Pump project loan agreement with China at the Supreme Court on April 4, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Government, SC engage in tug-of-war over tokhang documents

Apr 03, 2019 - 7:03 PM

Justice Antonio Carpio, however, gets unanimous votes on 2 resolutions that compel the government to release tens of thousands of documents related to the drug war killings

SUPREME COURT. The en banc unanimously agrees to compel the Duterte government to submit and release documents related to the more than 20,000 killings in the campaign against drugs. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

CHR: Release of drug war documents important for accountability

Apr 03, 2019 - 2:50 PM

'It is only through greater transparency that we can ascertain the truth behind the circumstances leading to these killings,' says the Commission on Human Rights

SC ruling on drug war documents 'big first step' toward accountability

Apr 03, 2019 - 1:05 PM

Otso Diretso candidate Chel Diokno, a human rights lawyer, says the documents will help confirm the pattern they observed in killings in the Duterte administration's campaign against illegal drugs

WAR ON DRUGS. Police watch over the bodies of two dead women outside Paco Park with their hands ties and eyes and mouth taped on July 21, 2016. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Malacañang to obey SC ruling on release of drug war documents

Apr 02, 2019 - 10:25 PM

The Duterte administration will comply with the High Court's decision 'unless it reverses itself upon a motion for reconsideration by the Solicitor General,' says Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo

DRUG WAR DOCUMENTS. Drug war documents at Camp Crame from May 21, 2018. File photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Supreme Court stops Comelec from changing polling places in Sulu

Apr 02, 2019 - 5:35 PM

The Supreme Court's status quo ante order involves polling places in at least 5 barangays in Sulu for the May 13 elections

ELECTION PREPS. Sample vote-counting machine used in Philippine elections. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Supreme Court works with PDEA to probe judges' alleged drug links

Apr 02, 2019 - 3:30 PM

This is a slight departure from the response of former chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, who said the drug list makes judges 'vulnerable and veritable targets'

NARCO LIST VS JUDGES. The Supreme Court said on April 2, 2019, that it will investigate the alleged involvement of judges in the drug trade. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Supreme Court rules to release drug war documents

Apr 02, 2019 - 2:14 PM

(UPDATED) Informed sources say the en banc voted unanimously to deny Solicitor General Jose Calida’s motion for reconsideration to keep the documents only between the government and the Court

DOCUMENTS. Boxes of police and investigation reports related to the 20,322 killings by both vigilantes and policemen in the war on drugs have been submitted to the Supreme Court. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Carpio warns against similar waivers to China in Kaliwa dam project

Mar 29, 2019 - 11:52 AM

‘Our assets are also collateralized in Kaliwa dam, patrimonial assets also,’ says Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio

KALIWA DAM. Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio says the China-funded Kaliwa Dam has similar waivers in the loan agreement that could end up collateralizing gas from the Reed Bank. Photo by LeAnne/Rappler

Warning to case filers: SC junks Yolanda victims’ case vs airport contracts

Mar 28, 2019 - 3:30 PM

The case is among the many examples of cases being filed before the High Court by individuals not directly affected by a government policy, but use the doctrine of transcendental importance

PROCEDURAL RULES. The Supreme Court junks a petition filed by Yolanda victims against what they alleged to be an unconstitutional approach to bidding out a P116 billion project due to violation of procedural rules. Photo by Rappler

Reed Bank not collateral to China loan? Carpio rebuts Duterte gov't

Mar 27, 2019 - 10:20 AM

Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio counters the claims of government officials who sought to downplay his warning against the repercussions of a government loan from China

LEGAL VIEWS. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo (left) and Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio have clashing views on a provision in the Chico River project loan agreement. Carpio photo from Senate PRIB

Bongbong Marcos presses Supreme Court to start probe into Mindanao votes

Mar 26, 2019 - 1:02 PM

(UPDATED) Vice President Leni Robredo calls this a circumvention of the tribunal rules as the current process is contained so far to 3 pilot provinces – Camarines Sur, Iloilo, and Negros Oriental

VP POLL PROTEST. George Garcia, lawyer of former senator Bongbong Marcos, files a petition before Supreme Court sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal on March 26, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Carpio raises alarm over Chico River deal: China 'can take' gas-rich Reed Bank

Mar 22, 2019 - 7:17 PM

If the Philippines can't pay off its loans to China, Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio says 'for sure, we will lose in all arbitrations'

NO CHANCE OF WINNING. Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio says the Philippines will have no chance of winning in case of arbitrations over Chinese loan deals. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Supreme Court denies requests for justices’ full SALNs

Mar 21, 2019 - 2:57 PM

The en banc is keeping its policy of releasing only summaries of the justices’ wealth. The justices also deny requests for their Personal Data Sheets.

NO FULL SALNS. The Supreme Court is sticking to a policy of releasing only summaries of justices' Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN), as they deny all requests for full copies of SALNs. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

No rebellion charges filed in 2018 martial law, yet SC allows 3rd extension

Mar 21, 2019 - 2:08 PM

In his dissent, Associate Justice Francis Jardeleza calls this accommodation of President Rodrigo Duterte ‘the Court’s seeming abdication of its duty’

DISSENTERS. Four justices dissent to the Supreme Court decision upholding the constitutionality of President Rodrigo Duterte's 3rd extension of martial law in Mindanao.

NUPL appeals SC ruling on Boracay closure

Mar 19, 2019 - 1:49 PM

In its appeal, the National Union of Peoples' Lawyers tells the Supreme Court that its grounds for ruling against Leila de Lima’s 2011 travel ban against Gloria Arroyo should also apply to Duterte's Boracay closure order

Supreme Court of the Philippines in Padre Faura. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Supreme Court brings back graft charges vs Parojinog daughter

Mar 18, 2019 - 4:15 PM

The decision comes as a warning to government officials looking to use the inordinate delay defense, which has worked for other defendants in the past

GRAFT CHARGES BACK. Former Ozamiz City Vice Mayor Nova Princess Parojinog-Eschavez is shown here being escorted by CIDG as they are transferred to Manila for an inquest on drugs, firearms and explosive charges. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Can the budget be adjusted post-bicam? What Supreme Court says

Mar 12, 2019 - 3:18 PM

The post-bicam itemization of the lower chamber must satisfy the requirement of the Supreme Court when it comes to line-item budgeting

PH out of ICC soon: Eyes on the Supreme Court to intervene

Mar 11, 2019 - 2:50 PM

‘What are at stake here are available remedies for citizens where domestic judicial and law enforcement authorities, by sheer inaction, become unable or unwilling to prosecute impunity,’ says Romel Bagares of PH Coalition for the ICC

WILL THEY DO SOMETHING? The Supreme Court of the Philippines has still not decided on petitions seeking to reverse Duterte's withdrawal from the International Criminal Court days before the withdrawal becomes effective on March 17, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Going off script, Bersamin tells Gordon: Be more noisy vs Smartmatic

Mar 09, 2019 - 4:09 PM

The Chief Justice is more unguarded in his speech before lawyers, jokes about quo warranto and ribs Justice Leonen to ‘join the majority more’

File photo of Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

SC: MWSS doesn’t have to pay P237-M real property taxes in Quezon City

Mar 08, 2019 - 12:11 PM

The High Court reverses a 2010 Court of Appeals ruling and stops the Quezon City government from auctioning off MWSS properties

MWSS. The Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System building. Photo from the MWSS Facebook page

Duterte appoints CA justice Javier to Supreme Court

Mar 06, 2019 - 6:10 PM

Court of Appeals Justice Amy Lazaro Javier, a longtime applicant to the Supreme Court, has said she ‘does not see Duterte as an enemy of women’

NEW SC JUSTICE. Court of Appeals Justice Amy Lazaro Javier is the newest justice of the Supreme Court. Photo from the JBC

SC tackles: Should national law school entrance test PhilSAT be removed?

Mar 05, 2019 - 7:25 PM

Justice Leonen raises the concern that the nationwide test under the control of the State may infringe on academic freedom

PHILSAT. Petitioners want to remove PhilSAT which has been imposed as the additional requirement for aspiring law students on top of the schools' own entrance examinations. Photo by Rappler

Rappler case can prompt Supreme Court revisit of cyber libel – Ted Te

Mar 01, 2019 - 12:18 PM

(UPDATED) ‘Many of those issues [raised against the Cybercrime Act] are coming back...but this time the difference is there are now persons that are charged,’ says former Supreme Court spokesperson and Rappler counsel Ted Te

CYBERLIBEL. Rappler CEO and Executive Editor Maria Ressa attends a hearing on the cyberlibel case filed against her by businessman William Keng at the Manila Regional Trial Court on March 1, 2019, with her lawyer, former Supreme Court spokesperson Ted Te. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Dissenters slam SC on Duterte’s Boracay win: ‘Realization of a tyrant’

Feb 27, 2019 - 5:51 PM

Justices Leonen and Caguioa write strong dissenting opinions that allude to Duterte as a tyrant and dictator

DISSENTERS. Supreme Court Associate Justices Marvic Leonen and Benjamin Caguioa (R-L) are the only two dissenters in the 11-2 win that upheld the legality of closing down Boracay island for 6 months. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Calida blocks petition seeking to increase nurses' salary

Feb 27, 2019 - 12:08 AM

Solicitor General Jose Calida argues that implementing an increase in salary grade for government nurses would result in a 'wage distortion' among state workers

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 favors teacher who was fired after getting pregnant out of wedlock

Feb 22, 2019 - 7:42 PM

‘Jurisprudence has already set the standard of morality with which an act should be gauged – it is public and secular, not religious,’ the Supreme Court reiterates

ILLEGAL DISMISSAL. The Supreme Court rules in favor of a teacher who was fired after getting pregnant out of wedlock. Photo by Rappler

Calida blocks release of drug war docs, Supreme Court must rule

Feb 21, 2019 - 5:01 PM

‘The constitutionally enshrined right to information on matters of public concern should be upheld,’ says petitioner Center for International Law (CenterLaw)

TOKHANG DOCUMENTS. Solicitor General Jose Calida asks the Supreme Court not to release war on drugs documents. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Violence reports justifying martial law need not be correct – Bersamin

Feb 21, 2019 - 1:35 PM

‘Accuracy is not the question here,’ says Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin, one of the 9 justices who outvoted original member in charge Justice Caguioa

MARTIAL LAW. Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin says the en banc found that there is sufficient factual basis for the 3rd extension of martial law despite inconsistent military reports. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Supreme Court gives Duterte more power with Boracay case win

Feb 20, 2019 - 4:46 PM

'This space for the democratic rights of the people is getting smaller and smaller every time the Court sides with the government in power,' says human rights lawyer Edre Olalia

ANOTHER WIN. The Supreme Court hands another win to President Rodrigo Duterte by upholding the legality of the Boracay closure. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Supreme Court upholds 3rd extension of Mindanao martial law

Feb 19, 2019 - 2:20 PM

The en banc votes 9-4 to dismiss 4 petitions that questioned the third extension of martial law in Mindanao

3RD EXTENSION. The Supreme Court upholds the constitutionality of  the 3rd extension of martial law over Mindanao in a majority vote on February 19, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Supreme Court junks quo warranto suit vs Duterte

Feb 13, 2019 - 9:48 AM

By ruling this way, the Supreme Court narrows the opportunity to file a quo warranto petition against Duterte

SPARED. The Supreme Court junks Elly Pamatong's quo warranto petition to oust President Rodrigo Duterte. Malacañang Photo

SC upholds hold departure orders vs Gwen Garcia

Feb 05, 2019 - 10:50 PM

The High Court says the Sandiganbayan did not commit grave abuse of discretion when it barred the Cebu congresswoman from leaving the country

HDOs UPHELD. The SC affirms the hold departure orders issued against Cebu 3rd District Representative Gwendolyn Garcia. Photo from Garcia's office

Supreme Court sets oral arguments on bid to increase nurses’ salary

Feb 01, 2019 - 4:37 PM

The petition from 2015 seeks to give nurses a salary grade where they could earn as much as P31,000 per month

NURSES' SALARY. A petition seeks to increase the salary of public nurses in the Philippines. File photo by AFP