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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.

Myanmar's Suu Kyi rejects genocide claims in U.N. court

Dec 11, 2019 - 4:51 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Myanmar's civilian leader rejects the 'misleading and incomplete' allegations by The Gambia that Myanmar's 2017 military operation amounted to an attempt to exterminate the Rohingya

SUU KYI. A handout photo released on December 10, 2019 by the International Court of Justice shows Myanmar's State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi attending the start of a 3-day hearing on the Rohingya genocide case before the UN International Court of Justice at the Peace Palace of The Hague. Photo by Frank Van Beek/UN Photo/ICJ/AFP

Myanmar's Suu Kyi told to 'stop the genocide' in U.N. court showdown

Dec 10, 2019 - 5:28 PM

(3rd UPDATE) 'Another genocide is unfolding right before our eyes yet we do nothing to stop it,' says Gambian Justice Minister Abubacarr Tambadou

DEFENSE. Myanmar's State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi stands before UN's International Court of Justice on December 10, 2019, in the Peace Palace of The Hague, at the start of a three-day hearing on Rohingya genocide case. Photo by Koen Van Weel/ANP/AFP

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

Panelo downplays critics' 'fervent wish' of Duterte 'arrest' in ICC case

Dec 08, 2019 - 5:31 PM

Meanwhile, detained Senator Leila de Lima welcomes the International Criminal Court's report on the status of the complaint against Duterte over his administration's war on drugs

ICC CASE VS DUTERTE. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo maintains that the International Criminal Court has no jurisdiction over the complaint filed vs President Rodrigo Duterte. Malacañang file photo

Suu Kyi set to make history in Hague genocide case

Dec 08, 2019 - 11:18 AM

Political analysts say Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi's appearance before The Hague is 'unprecedented and also very unwise'

APOLOGIST? Critics argue Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi Suu Kyi is acting as an apologist for the same military that kept her under house arrest for many years.   Roslan RAHMAN / AFP

Thousands in Myanmar rally behind Suu Kyi ahead of Hague court date

Dec 07, 2019 - 8:21 PM

Aung San Suu Kyi is set to face the International Court of Justice next week to defend Myanmar against charges it committed genocide against the Muslim minority risks further damaging her already tattered overseas reputation

Malacañang: Morales, Del Rosario tapped 'ineffective process' for propaganda value

Dec 07, 2019 - 7:44 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says the ICC Prosecutor's conclusion that it has no jurisdiction over alleged crimes committed in the West Philippine Sea by China is in line with the Duterte government's stand

Former Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario arrives in NAIA Terminal 3, Pasay City after he was denied to enter Hongkong on June 21, 2019. PHOTO BY INOUE JAENA/RAPPLER

Del Rosario, Morales still pursuing ICC complaint vs China

Dec 06, 2019 - 8:27 AM

Former Philippine foreign secretary Albert del Rosario and former ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales vow to submit new 'facts and evidence' for their case accusing China of crimes against humanity in the South China Sea

NOT OVER. Former Philippine foreign secretary Albert del Rosario and former ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales vow to pursue their complaint vs China at the International Criminal Court. Photo by Angie de Silva

Int'l Criminal Court's next step in Duterte drug war to come in 2020

Dec 05, 2019 - 9:35 PM

ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda is coming closer to determining whether she will seek authority to open an investigation, a phase where the Court can issue arrest orders

Int'l Criminal Court junks PH case vs China for lack of jurisdiction

Dec 05, 2019 - 9:13 PM

ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda says China's alleged crimes against humanity in the West Philippine Sea 'do not fall within the territorial or otherwise personal jurisdiction of the Court'

PHILIPPINE SUIT. Former ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales and former foreign secretary Albert Del Rosario file the Philippine suit against China before the International Criminal Court. Photo by Jae Maryanol/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

[OPINION] The lawless Duterte presidency

Dec 04, 2019 - 10:00 AM

The Philippines has been transformed into a wilderness soaked in blood

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

CA upholds ruling vs GMA: Talents are regular employees

Nov 28, 2019 - 11:21 AM

The Court of Appeals junks the appeal of GMA and its CEO Felipe L. Gozon to reverse the ruling that declared 101 media workers as regular employees

VICTORY FOR NOW. The Talents Association of GMA-7 (TAG) welcomes the Court of Appeals' latest decision affirming they are regular employees. File photo by Faye Sales

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

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg hospitalized for chills, fever

Nov 24, 2019 - 11:04 AM

Ruth Bader Ginsburg's recent repeated health scares have sparked speculation about potential retirement, which would allow conservative US President Donald Trump to nominate a replacement

RECOVERY. US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is admitted to a hospital on Saturday, November 23. File photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

Cabanatuan judge cancels subpoena, hearing of Baguio traffic enforcers

Nov 20, 2019 - 6:50 PM

Citing 'the end of justice having sufficiently set,' Judge Nelson Largo revokes subpoena he ordered

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

Amid crackdown, activists lose another bid for extraordinary legal remedy

Nov 19, 2019 - 2:44 PM

The Court of Appeals denies the petition for writ of habeas corpus filed by the family of youth activist Alexandrea Pacalda. Law professor Ted Te says a Marcos-time SC ruling has rendered 'habeas corpus inutile.'

LOST BID. Quezon youth activist Alexandrea Pacalda loses her bid for the Writ of Habeas Corpus at the Court of Appeals. Photo courtesy of Karapatan

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

Trump asks Supreme Court to protect his tax returns

Nov 15, 2019 - 9:39 AM

The US president's attorneys argue that Trump enjoys immunity both from prosecution and from any acts of investigation

CHRISTMAS EVE. US President Donald Trump speaks on the telephone as he answers calls from people calling into the NORAD Santa tracker phone line in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, DC, on December 24, 2018. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

ICC authorizes probe into alleged Myanmar Rohingya abuse

Nov 14, 2019 - 10:46 PM

The probe will look at allegations of 'systematic acts of violence,' deportation as a crime against humanity, and persecution on the grounds of ethnicity or religion against the Rohingyas

ROHINGYA. In this file photo, Rohingya refugees attend a ceremony organized to remember the 2nd anniversary of a military crackdown that prompted a massive exodus of people from Myanmar to Bangladesh, at the Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhia on August 25, 2019. File photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

Singapore court hears new challenges to gay sex ban

Nov 14, 2019 - 10:48 AM

Three people – a retired doctor, a DJ and an LGBT rights advocate – lodge fresh challenges in the Singapore Supreme Court, aiming to prove the British colonial era law is unconstitutional

People enter the Supreme Court building in Singapore on November 13, 2019. A Singaporean court on November 13 began hearing new challenges against a law banning sex between men, the latest bid to overturn the statute and score another victory for rights in Asia. Roslan RAHMAN / AFP

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

Rappler, Ressa seek outright dismissal of tax cases at CTA

Nov 13, 2019 - 2:00 PM

Rappler argues that BIR's own witnesses admit this is the first time that a holding company that issued PDRs is being categorized as a 'securities dealer'

BAIL. Maria Ressa pays P204,000 worth of bail before the Court of Tax Appeals on December 11, 2018, over 4 cases of alleged violation of the Tax Code. Photo by Rappler

Indian Supreme Court clears way for Hindu temple at disputed site

Nov 09, 2019 - 4:19 PM

'My appeal to the people of India is that our priority is to ensure the verdict strengthens the values of peace, equality and goodwill of our country,' says Prime Minister Narendra Modi

VERDICT. A man walks past a police road block fence with barbed wire on top in Ayodhya on November 9, 2019, ahead of a Supreme Court verdict on the religious site, contested for centuries by Hindus and Muslims, which in 1992 sparked some of the deadliest sectarian violence since independence. Photo by Sanjay Kanojja/AFP

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

Congolese 'Terminator' warlord gets harshest ever ICC sentence

Nov 07, 2019 - 8:40 PM

While the judges gave Bosco Ntaganda the maximum sentence allowed by the ICC in terms of the number of years, they say that 'despite their gravity' his crimes do not warrant a full-life prison term

GUILTY. Former Congolese warlord Bosco Ntaganda arrives for his trial at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, The Netherlands, on July 8, 2019. File photo by Eva Plevier/various sources/AFP

In Duterte's wars vs criminality, are protective legal remedies weaker?

Nov 07, 2019 - 8:33 PM

The Court of Appeals refuses to act on the petition of Leyte 3rd District Representative Vicente Veloso to have his name stricken off President Duterte's narco list

NARCOLIST. Administration ally Representative Vicente Veloso is facing an administrative complaint before the Office of the Ombudsman after being included in President Rodrigo Duterte's narcolist. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Ilocos Sur judge killed in ambush in La Union

Nov 05, 2019 - 9:27 PM

(3rd UPDATE) In September, Judge Mario Anacleto Bañez acquitted a Cordillera health worker, whom the army accused of being a communist rebel

India's top court orders halt to stubble burning as Delhi chokes

Nov 05, 2019 - 4:53 PM

India's Supreme Court says the capital's residents are 'losing precious years' of their lives, adding 'people are dying, this just cannot happen in a civilized country'

AIR POLLUTION. A volunteer from civil defense displays a placard after the local government ordered half of the city's private cars to be taken off the road based on an odd-even registration plate system to help reduce air pollution, in New Delhi on November 4, 2019. Photo by Money Sharma/AFP

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

Crackdown? Same QC judge issues warrants vs 58 activists in Manila, Bacolod

Nov 02, 2019 - 11:03 AM

Bayan Muna calls on the Supreme Court to review if the actions of Quezon City Executive Judge Cecilyn Burgos-Villavert followed proper procedures

PROTEST. Members of Gabriela and Kadamay picket in front of the headquarters of the Manila Police District. Photo by Inoue Jaena

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

Nigeria Supreme Court upholds Buhari's election victory

Oct 31, 2019 - 10:09 AM

The judgement brings an end to an eight-month bitter legal battle since the presidential election in February when Muhammadu Buhari, 76, won a second term with 56% of the vote

(FILES) In this file photo taken on October 1, 2018 Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari attends a military parade marking the country's 58th anniversary of independence, on Eagle Square in Abuja. - President Muhammadu Buhari has suspended Nigeria's top judge pending the outcome of his disputed trial on corruption charges, the government said on January 25, 2019. "President Buhari suspends the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Walter Samuel Nkanu Onnoghen and appoints Mr Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad as acting CJN," presidential aide Bashir Ahmad tweeted. The announcement came ahead of presidential and parliamentary elections on February 16 -- a contest in which Onnoghen would rule if any dispute emerged about the outcome, analysts say. (Photo by Sodiq ADELAKUN / AFP)

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

BIR loses P1.3-B tax evasion case vs businessman due to technicality

Oct 27, 2019 - 9:18 PM

The Supreme Court upholds the Court of Tax Appeals en banc decision junking the tax assessment issued to businessman Macario Lim Gaw Jr in 2007

'All eyes are on him': Robredo expects Peralta to protect integrity of Supreme Court

Oct 27, 2019 - 5:36 PM

'Inaasahan natin na ang ipaglalaban niya, hindi naman iyong personal niyang mga preferences, pero...iyong integrity ng institution,' says Vice President Leni Robredo

NEW CHIEF JUSTICE. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte administers the oath to newly appointed Supreme Court Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta during a ceremony at the Malacañang Palace on October 24, 2019. Presidential photo

[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