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The Bar at Peninsula Manila on Forbes' World’s Best Hotel Bars 2019 list

Oct 17, 2019 - 2:25 PM

The magazine praises The Bar's finger food and the Batangas Old Fashioned

Peralta, Bernabe get top votes in chief justice short list

Oct 15, 2019 - 5:33 PM

Justice Jose Reyes Jr, getting only one vote, is dropped from the list

#CJSEARCH2019. Associate Justices Estela Perlas-Bernabe and Diosdado Peralta get top votes for the chief justice shortlist. Photos from the Supreme Court

4 killed in U.S. bar shooting – police

Oct 07, 2019 - 10:41 AM

Of the 9 people shot, 4 are found dead inside the bar, while 5 others were found outside with injuries. Police say the injured are in stable condition.

BAR SHOOTING. A local news videographer looks at what appears to be a bullet hole in the door entering Tequila KC bar in Kansas City, Kansas.  Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images/AFP

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

IBP president: We have more democratic space now

Sep 23, 2019 - 9:07 PM

'With technology and the reality that we have more democratic space, the less afraid we should be,' says IBP national president Domingo Egon Cayosa

IBP PRESIDENT. Domingo "Egon" Cayosa is the national president of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines. Photo by Rappler

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

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

2 killed in Abra disco shootout

Aug 27, 2019 - 8:17 PM

The incident starts from an argument between a barangay captain, who wants to close the establishment, and the bar owner

Duterte's recycling reaches judiciary: Ex-MWSS chair off to JBC

Aug 01, 2019 - 4:31 PM

Retired judge Franklin Demonteverde is the ad-interim IBP representative to the Judicial and Bar Council

NEW JBC MEMBER. Retired judge Franklin Demonteverde takes his oath as ad interim member of the Judicial and Bar Council before Chief Justice Lucas P. Bersamin on August 7, 2019. Photo by Francisco S. Gutierrez/ SC PIO

Justice Leonen to pitch 'fail or pass only' for bar exams

Jul 31, 2019 - 5:38 PM

2019 Bar Chairman Associate Justice Estela Perlas-Bernabe says this year's bar syllabus is 'markedly different' from the past

BAR EXAMS. 2020 Bar Chairman Associate Justice Marvic Leonen at the gate of the University of Santo Tomas (UST) when the 2018 Bar Examinations opened on November 4, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Supreme Court: IBP must prove fishermen knew of West PH Sea petition

Jul 30, 2019 - 4:59 PM

Even after withdrawing the fishermen's petition, the Integrated Bar of the Philippines is not out of trouble yet

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

Bikoy links: IBP mulls disclosing press con details to authorities

Jul 23, 2019 - 7:24 PM

The Integrated Bar of the Philippines' current and former presidents are included in the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group's inciting to sedition complaint over the Bikoy videos

BIKOY PRESSCON. Newly-sworn IBP national president Domingo "Egon" Cayosa says they are studying the legality of whether authorities can look into the circumstances of the controversial Bikoy press conference inside IBP. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

IBP withdraws West PH Sea petition

Jul 19, 2019 - 6:33 PM

Solicitor General Jose Calida wins again

Supreme Court issues gag order in fishermen's West PH Sea petition

Jul 16, 2019 - 2:27 PM

(UPDATED) Solicitor General Jose Calida has traded barbs with Integrated Bar of the Philippines and human rights lawyer Chel Diokno

GAG ORDER. Human rights lawyer Chel Diokno, Solicitor General Jose Calida and Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) counsel Andre Palacios are issued gag orders by the Supreme Court over a Writ of Kalikasan petition. All photos by Rappler

Not dropping case yet: IBP's new leaders stand by West PH Sea petition

Jul 12, 2019 - 12:22 PM

The handling lawyers ask the Supreme Court for more time to talk to fishermen from Palawan and Zambales after 19 of them give affidavits to the Duterte government to disown the petition

PETITION. IBP's former national president Abdiel Dan Elijah Fajardo (3rd from right) and human rights lawyer Chel Diokno (utmost left) take a photo with some of the fishermen who were named in the petition against the Duterte government over 'neglect' of the West Philippine Sea. Photo courtesy of the IBP

JBC starts application process for Carpio’s Supreme Court replacement

Jun 27, 2019 - 3:03 PM

Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin will retire ahead of Carpio, which will start another selection process for a new top magistrate

IMPENDING RETIREMENT. Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio will retire on October 26, 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Supreme Court applicants: Duterte can allow China to fish in PH waters

Jun 26, 2019 - 6:07 PM

Two Court of Appeals justices use an argument mostly used by the Supreme Court itself in past decisions that upheld Duterte policies: presidential discretion

JBC Interviews. (L-R) Court of Appeals Associate Justices Eduardo Peralta Jr and Mario Lopez and Sandiganbayan Associate Justice Alex Quiroz are interviewed by the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) for a vacancy on the Supreme Court. Screenshots from JBC

SC applicant rejects same-sex marriage, says LGBTQIA ‘not minority’

Jun 21, 2019 - 2:55 PM

‘Why should the recognition and rights be given to them over and above what is given to other people?’ says law professor Jeremy Benigno Gatdula

JBC INTERVIEWS. Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) member former justice Jose Mendoza (left) interviews law professor Jeremy Benigno Gatdula for a position on the Supreme Court bench. Photo courtesy of the JBC

Ateneo de Manila has highest passing rate in 2018 Bar Exams

Jun 20, 2019 - 6:17 PM

University of the Philippines has the 2nd highest rate, and Cebu’s University of San Carlos has the 3rd highest rate

NEW LAWYERS. Around 1,800 bar exam passers take an oath during their oath-taking ceremony held at PICC in Pasay on June 13, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

There’s a crucial spot open at the Office of the Ombudsman

Jun 04, 2019 - 1:00 PM

Two lawyers allied with the Duterte administration are applying for Deputy Ombudsman for Luzon: former justice undersecretary Erickson Balmes and PACC executive director Eduardo Bringas

CRUCIAL VACANCY. The spot for Deputy Ombudsman for Luzon is open. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Lawyer asks Supreme Court to investigate IBP over 'Bikoy' issue

May 27, 2019 - 5:58 PM

Lawyer Ferdinand Topacio says in a 3-page letter filed with the office of Supreme Court Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin it was 'highly improper' for the IBP to allow political use of their premises

BIKOY. Peter Joemel Advincula surfaces at the Integrated Bar of the Philippines in Pasig City on May 6, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Two lawyers killed in separate incidents

May 18, 2019 - 2:52 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Adilberto Golla Jr was killed Rodriguez, Rizal, while Val Crisostomo was ambushed in Dagupan, Pangasinan

GUNNED DOWN. Lawyer Adilberto Golla Jr died on the spot morning of May 17, 2019. Photo from Golla's Facebook account

IBP to investigate 'Bikoy' press conference

May 13, 2019 - 11:46 AM

The Integrated Bar of the Philippines says it will determine who must be held accountable for Peter Joemel Advincula's press conference at the IBP headquarters

BIKOY. Peter Joemel Advincula surfaces at the Integrated Bar of the Philippines in Pasig City on May 6, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Three Philippine bars among Asia's 50 Best Bars

May 10, 2019 - 5:24 PM

The Curator, Oto, and The Back Room make the ranking

THE CURATOR. The bar in Makati is named the best in the Philippines in 2019. Photo from Facebook.com/thecuratorcoffeeandcocktails

IBP in hot water over Bikoy; heads face disbarment complaint

May 10, 2019 - 2:52 PM

Solicitor General Jose Calida also calls for the resignation of current national president Abdiel Dan Fajardo, whose term is expiring on June 30

DISBARMENT COMPLAINT. The Kabalikat Partylist filed on Friday, May 10, before the Supreme Court disbarment complaint against IBP national president Abdiel Dan Fajardo (R) and incoming president and Current vice-chairman Domingo Egon Cayosa. (L) Photos by Rappler

IBP declines Bikoy's request for legal aid

May 08, 2019 - 11:10 AM

'Mr Advincula may not be provided free legal assistance based on the standards provided for in the National Center for Legal Aid Manual of Operations in approving such requests,' says the IBP

DENIED. Peter Joemel Advincula alias Bikoy's request for legal aid is denied by the Integrated Bar of the Philippines. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Rappler Talk: Bar 2018 topnotcher Sean James Borja

May 06, 2019 - 7:46 PM

Tune in at 7:30 pm on Monday, May 6, as Rappler sits down with Sean James Borja to discuss the rule of law, legal education reforms, and the topic closest to his heart – LGBT rights

Couple shares success of passing Bar exam together

May 06, 2019 - 7:19 PM

Michael Calzado and Charmaine Lynn Tan share the same goal of passing all their subjects, being able to graduate from law school, and passing the Bar exams

Photo by Rob Flores

Che'Lu pulls plug on UST to keep playoff bid alive in D-League

May 06, 2019 - 6:43 PM

The Revellers deny the Tigers an early entry to the playoffs

STRUGGLING. Che'Lu hands UST its second loss in the last 3 games. Photo from PBA Images


Bikoy surfaces, asks help from IBP to sue Paolo Duterte, Bong Go

May 06, 2019 - 3:15 PM

(4th UPDATE) The man called Bikoy surfaces as Peter Joemel Advincula, seeking to sue Paolo Duterte, Bong Go, and Manases Carpio

BIKOY. Peter Joemel Advincula surfaces at the Integrated Bar of the Philippines in Pasig City on May 6, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

'Para sa pangarap': Doctor achieves dream of becoming a lawyer

May 05, 2019 - 5:40 PM

Doctor Jean Joan Polido, one of the passers of the 2018 Bar Exams, shares how she decided to pursue her childhood dream

FROM MD TO ATTY. Dr. Jean Joan Polido shares a photo of her after passing the 2018 bar exams. Photos from Jean Joan Polido

SC to gov't: Explain red-tagging, West PH Sea neglect

May 05, 2019 - 3:20 PM

In the case of the writ of amparo for human rights lawyers, it's President Rodrigo Duterte himself who must submit a response to the Supreme Court

RETURN OF WRITS. President Rodrigo Duterte and his government must submit a return of the writs of amparo and kalikasan issued to human rights lawyers who have sued them for army harrassment and West Philippine Sea neglect.

'A dream come true': 2018 Bar passers celebrate success

May 03, 2019 - 11:27 PM

Bar passers and their families share heartfelt moments after the results of the 2018 Bar Examinations are announced

GRATITUDE. The proud mother of Nadine Patriziah Agustin rejoices when she sees her daughter pass the 2018 Bar Examinations on May 3. Photo by Isabel Lupac/Rappler

Bar 2018: La Salle Manila gets first topnotcher as USC continues feat

May 03, 2019 - 7:55 PM

The Ateneo de Manila University School of Law returns to the top after 6 years, while the University of the Philippines College of Law returns to the top 10 after two years

Bar passers express their emotion as they flock to the Supreme Court in Manila on May 3, 2019, to see the results of Bar examination. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Lawyers score SC victories vs army harassment, West PH Sea neglect

May 03, 2019 - 6:33 PM

Writs of amparo and kalikasan are issued on the same day in favor of human rights groups which sued the Duterte administration in two separate petitions

Supreme Court of teh Philippines in Padre Faura, Manila

Cebu Bar topnotchers: PH needs lawyers ‘really fighting for the rule of law’

May 03, 2019 - 6:31 PM

Marcley Augustus Natu-el, Mark Lawrence Badayos, Jebb Lynus Cane, Alan Joel Pita of the University of San Carlos place 2nd, 3rd, 9th, and 10th in the 2018 Bar exams

Malacañang to 2018 Bar exam passers: Integrity highest virtue in law profession

May 03, 2019 - 5:53 PM

'We hope that many of our country’s new lawyers consider pursuing a career in the government,' says Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo, who also tells the incoming batch of lawyers not to be biased when faced with questions of law

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte witnesses the program proper during the 9th anniversary of the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) and the 25th anniversary of the Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) at the SMX Convention Center in Davao City on February 19, 2019. Joining the President is MinDA Chair Datu Abul Khayr Alonto and Chief Presidential Legal Counsel and Spokesperson Salvador Panelo. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

From Philippine team member to her clan's first lawyer

May 03, 2019 - 4:19 PM

'Yung effort ng anak ko, talagang it paid off,' says Emma Dublin, the proud mother of national team member now also a lawyer Maria Rodielita A. Dublin

SUCCESS. Athlete turned lawyer Maria Rodielita Dublin passes the 2018 Bar Examinations and becomes the first lawyer in her clan on Friday, May 3, 2019. Photo from Maria Rodielita Dublin

2018 Bar topnotcher wants to be 'voice for people who need a voice'

May 03, 2019 - 3:59 PM

2018 Bar topnotcher Sean James Borja says what drew him to the law profession is 'being able to provide a voice to those who don't necessarily have it'

BAR TOPNOTCHER. Sean James Borja gives his address at the graduation of Ateneo Law School Class of 2018, as class valedictorian, on July 15, 2018. Photo from the Ateneo de Manila University website

Bb Pilipinas hopeful Bea Patricia Magtanong among bar exam passers

May 03, 2019 - 3:35 PM

The beauty queen is among the 1,800 successful bar examinees

LAWYER. Bb Pilipinas candidate Bea Patricia Magtanong passes the 2018 bar examinations. Photo by Dion Besa/Rappler

De Lima’s son passes Bar Exams 2018

May 03, 2019 - 1:38 PM

(UPDATED) When Vincent Joshua Bohol graduated from San Beda College Alabang in June 2018, the court did not allow his senator mother to attend the ceremony

MOTHER'S PRIDE. Senator Leila de Lima’s son, Vincent Bohol (in red, to her right), passes the 2018 Bar exams. Sourced photo

FULL LIST: Bar Exams 2018 passers

May 03, 2019 - 12:57 PM

Here's the complete list of the 1,800 successful examinees

TEARS OF JOY. Bar passers express their emotion as they flock to the Supreme Court in Manila on May 3, 2019, to see the results of Bar examination. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Sean James Borja of Ateneo de Manila University tops 2018 Bar Exams

May 03, 2019 - 12:22 PM

(UPDATED) Sean James Borja tops the exams with a score of 89.306%. The other top 10 passers are from the University of San Carlos, Ateneo de Manila University, University of the Philippines, and De La Salle University-Manila.

BAR TOPNOTCHER. Sean James Borja of Ateneo de Manila University is the 2018 Bar Exams topnotcher. Photo from the Facebook page of Sean James Borja

Bar Exam results 2018: 22.07% passing rate

May 03, 2019 - 11:57 AM

The passing rate for Bar Examinations 2018 is lower than that of the previous year, when 25.55% passed

RESULTS ARE OUT. Supreme Court Associate Justice Mariano del Castillo announces the results of the 2018 Bar Exams in front of the SC building on May 3, 2019 Photo from SC PIO

Bar exams 2018 results out on May 3

May 01, 2019 - 12:16 PM

The number of Bar candidates who registered for 2018 is the highest in recent years

BAR 2018. The results of the 2018 Bar Examinations will be released on May 3. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler