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Supreme Court to keep tight watch of Manila Bay rehab – Peralta

Jan 25, 2020 - 4:38 PM

'Concededly, this could take years, but this duty is ours in the present, and we will not relent,' says Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta

MANILA BAY REHAB. Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta tells the Manila Bay Task Force Principals' Meeting that he has reconstituted the Supreme Court Manila Bay Advisory Committee to monitor the government progress of rehabilitating Manila Bay. Photo courtesy of SC PIO

SC decision allows 'coward' Duterte to hide behind OP – De Lima

Jan 23, 2020 - 5:15 PM

'I’ve always believed that the presidential immunity from suit is meant for the Office, not the man who abuses its powers and destroys its dignity,' says Senator Leila de Lima

ATTACK. President Rodrigo Duterte has chastised Senator Leila de Lima in several speeches in the past.

Duterte wins De Lima habeas data case at Supreme Court

Jan 22, 2020 - 3:41 PM

The Supreme Court unanimously rules that the President is immune from suit

FHM fails to get SC to remove Manila's anti-obscenity measure

Jan 22, 2020 - 1:02 PM

Majority of the justices choose to take a hands-off approach. Four dissenters say the Court should strike down the ordinance for being too broad which might restrain free speech.

Rappler urges Supreme Court: Rule that Duterte does not have power over media

Jan 21, 2020 - 10:07 AM

As it argues that self-regulation is one of the fundamentals of a free press, Rappler asks: Can the President pick who's legitimate media and who is not? Can the President restrict access to public events?

COVERAGE BAN. Reporters Pia Ranada, Mara Cepeda, Camille Elemia and correspondents Bobby Lagsa and Raymon Dullana file a petition before the Supreme Courton April 11, 2019, asking the High Court to end Duterte's coverage ban on Rappler. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Supreme Court awards P52M to builders of EDSA-Shangri-La

Jan 14, 2020 - 6:04 PM

The High Court upholds a 2007 decision of the Construction Industry Arbitration Commission in favor of BF Corporation

PH soon to have single online portal for prisoner, criminal data

Jan 10, 2020 - 6:21 PM

But agencies are yet to digitize their data that will be uploaded to the newly-launched National Justice Information System (NJIS)

PRISONERS. Convicted prisoners at the Maximum Security Compound of the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa on October 29, 2019. Photos by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Duterte appoints CA justice Gaerlan to Supreme Court

Jan 08, 2020 - 5:48 PM

Samuel Gaerlan, a San Beda law graduate, fills in the associate justice post left vacant following the appointment of Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta

NEW SC JUSTICE. Court of Appeals Associate Justice Samuel Gaerlan President Rodrigo Duterte's latest appointment to the Supreme Court.

Robredo asks PET to 'immediately' junk Marcos protest

Jan 08, 2020 - 11:16 AM

The Vice President argues that her wider lead over Bongbong Marcos in the initial vote recount was enough basis to dismiss his election case against her

VP PROTEST. Vice President Leni Robredo asks the Presidential Electoral Tribunal to junk the election case filed against her by ex-senator Bongbong Marcos. File photo by OVP

Marcos asks PET to review ‘erroneous’ initial recount results in VP protest

Jan 07, 2020 - 3:24 PM

Former senator Bongbong Marcos once again asks the High Court to proceed with his motion to nullify votes in 3 Mindanao provinces where he alleges widespread cheating happened

VP PROTEST. Ex-senator Bongbong Marcos attends a candle light vigil organized by his supporters to mark the 1000th Day of his election protest on March 25, 2019, at the Supreme Court, Manila. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Supreme Court junks same-sex marriage case 'with finality'

Jan 06, 2020 - 5:57 PM

The Supreme Court denies the motion for reconsideration as the lawyers presented 'no substantial arguments'

DENIED. In this photo, LGBTQ members light candles as they gather outside the Supreme Court in Manila on June 19, 2018 for the on-going oral arguments regarding the petition for same sex marriage. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

SC junks Antonio Sanchez’s petition vs Guevarra over new GCTA rules

Jan 04, 2020 - 10:03 AM

The High Court cites procedural flaws in dismissing the petition of convicted killer-rapist Antonio Sanchez and other heinous crime convicts

SANCHEZ. Convicted former mayor of Calauan, Laguna Antonio Sanchez is seen inside the Maximum Security Compound of the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City on August 22, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Petition vs EDSA provincial bus ban hits a bump

Jan 03, 2020 - 5:33 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Even with a Supreme Court dismissal, there is still an injunction on the bus ban issued by a Quezon City court in July 2019 that favors provincial operators

CHOKEPOINT. Bumper-to-bumper traffic is seen along EDSA. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

SC won't intervene yet in Forbes property dispute with Fabian Ver's partner

Dec 23, 2019 - 3:42 PM

The Supreme Court says the petition for certiorari filed by Daniel Vasquez against Marcos general Fabian Ver's partner Edna Camcam is a 'violation of the doctrine of hierarchy of court'

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

It's final: Film Dev't Council can't collect amusement tax from LGUs

Dec 15, 2019 - 9:45 PM

The Supreme Court maintains that certain provisions of Republic Act No. 9167, the law that created the Film Development Council of the Philippines, are unconstitutional

Sr. Patricia Fox defends fellow missionary charged with perjury

Dec 14, 2019 - 7:19 PM

The Australian nun insists Sister Elenita Belardo is innocent, and has done nothing but advocate Lumad children's right to receive an education, and better lives for peasants

DEPORTED MISSIONARY. After helping Filipino peasants for 27 years, Australian nun Patricia Fox was deported by the Philippine government in November 2018 for supposedly engaging in political activities. File photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

In fractured justice system, a simple solution: Let's talk

Dec 11, 2019 - 6:23 PM

Setting up more organized and stronger coordinating systems in the justice sector is a global trend. The Philippines tries to keep up.

Supreme Court allows live coverage of Ampatuan massacre judgment

Dec 10, 2019 - 12:04 PM

(UPDATED) The judgment is expected on December 19

AMPATUAN MASSACRE. Groups stage a protest on November 23, 2019, the 10th year anniversary of the 2009 Ampatuan Massacre where 58 people were killed, 32 of them journalists. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

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.