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Carpio: Once a law, anti-terror bill can be questioned in court right away

Jun 04, 2020 - 12:36 PM

(UPDATED) The old law allows warrantless arrest only as a result of surveillance. The new bill does not provide such limitation.

Groups from different sectors belonging to the militant Bayan, stage a protest caravan and noise barrage outside the gates of Congress on June 3, 2020, demanding the scrapping of the Anti Terrorism Bill that has been recently approved in Congress. President Duterte certified the bill as urgent. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Are PH courts truly ready for digital transformation post-lockdown?

Jun 03, 2020 - 7:02 PM

Courts grapple with internet problems and lack of public transport for personnel. Questions also abound on how strict judicial rules can accommodate digital processes.

Back on Full Operation. The Supreme Court is back on full operation starting today, the first day of the General Community Quarantine in the National Capital Region (NCR). SC employees who form part of the skeleton staff return to the Supreme Court Compound in Padre Faura, Manila to report for work today as the SC begins full operation since March 16, 2020. The SC continues to conduct rapid testing among its employees. As of May 29, 2020, a total of 1,698 personnel have undergone rapid testing. Conducted by the medical personnel of the Court who were provided with personal protective equipment (PPE), the rapid testing will take place daily until such time that all the more than 2,700 employees have undergone rapid antibody testing. (Courtesy of the SC Public Information Office)

Courts outside Metro Manila ask SC for rapid testing too

Jun 03, 2020 - 1:18 PM

In Metro Manila, Associate Justice Marvic Leonen says some Metro Manila judges refused rapid testing which to him is 'a very grave disappointment'

RAPID TESTING. Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta inspects the rapid testing done at the Supreme Court compound on May 26, 2020. Photo courtesy of SC Public Information Office


SC junks Gadon case vs ABS-CBN, but hardly a win for still shut network

Jun 02, 2020 - 5:05 PM

Larry Gadon's thrown-out petition hardly does anything for the embattled network as its bid to go back on air is still in the pleadings process

SCOLDED. Supreme Court scolds Larry Gadon over a petition he filed against ABS-CBN. Photo by Rappler


Makabayan rep wants to cite Topacio in contempt in Supreme Court writs case

May 30, 2020 - 8:55 PM

Lawyer Ferdinand Topacio says the contempt request is 'egregious,' as the government crackdown on the Left reaches the High Court

YOUNGEST REP. Kabataan Partylist Sarah Elago says age shouldn't be a hindrance when it comes to public service. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

SC applicants doubt ABS-CBN can get remedy from High Court

May 28, 2020 - 8:45 PM

In several questions throughout the Judicial and Bar Council interview, the applicants agree that ABS-CBN's fate is mostly up to Congress

ONLINE INTERVIEW. CA Justice Edwin Sorongon is interviewed via Zoom by the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) in a first ever online interview for the search of a new Supreme Court justice. Screenshot from JBC

Milestone or proof case not urgent? Explaining SC's show cause order vs leftists

May 28, 2020 - 1:14 PM

The show cause order is considered a preliminary citation, when in other cases for habeas corpus and amparo, parties immediately got the writs

EXTRAORDINARY REMEDIES. Petitions for the extraordinary writs of amparo and habeas corpus are brought to the Supreme Court. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler


Internet cafe for lawyers? How PH justice system will cope with new normal

May 27, 2020 - 4:26 PM

It will be a digital transformation, says the Supreme Court, but how will it make sure that every litigant has equal access to technology?

JBC makes Supreme Court stints minimum of 2.5 years

May 24, 2020 - 6:10 PM

The Judicial and Bar Council sets new rules, but faces questions on constitutionality

Supreme Court calls out judge over birthday party in chambers

May 19, 2020 - 6:09 PM

The Office of the Court Administrator is tasked to determine if there are quarantine violations

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


Still no TRO vs ABS-CBN cease and desist order

May 19, 2020 - 11:27 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The Supreme Court gives the National Telecommunications Commission 10 days to comment on the ABS-CBN petition against the NTC order

FRANCHISE. ABS CBN talents and artists hold a protest on February 28, 2020, to call for the renewal of the network's franchise. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

ABS-CBN pleads SC: Provisional franchise takes time, let us air now

May 18, 2020 - 2:21 PM

'ABS-CBN, its employees, various stakeholders, and the general public will continue to suffer grave and irreparable injury as a result of the Cease and Desist Order issued by the NTC'

CEASE AND DESIST. The National Telecommunications Commission(NTC) issues a cease and desist order to the giant network ABS-CBN effective immediately on May 5, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Courts in GCQ areas to physically reopen starting May 18

May 16, 2020 - 4:37 PM

Only a skeleton staff shall report to work even in GCQ, says the Supreme Court

EASING INTO GCQ. Food establishments along Session Road in Baguio City gradually open, but all for takeout and delivery services only, as the city works through under the general community quarantine from may 16 to 31 as per city govt guidelines. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Pilot courts nationwide can now do virtual hearings for all matters

May 14, 2020 - 3:51 PM

All courts in Metro Manila are authorized to do hearings via video conferencing

VIRTUAL HEARING. One of the pilot courts conduct a virtual hearing as Philippines remains on variying forms of lockdown to contain the coronavirus pandemic. Photo courtesy of the Supreme Court


Videoconference hearings lead to release of 4,683 prisoners in a week

May 10, 2020 - 7:50 PM

'We expect a lot more courts to conduct hearings through videoconferencing this coming week that may result [in] more releases of [persons deprived of liberty],' says Court Administrator Midas Marquez

'The digital court is not so far away'

May 10, 2020 - 8:55 AM

The pandemic leaves the Supreme Court no other choice

ONLINE EN BANC. The Supreme Court en banc holds an online session on May 8, 2020, for the retirement ceremony of Associate Justice Andres Reyes Jr. Photo courtesy of SC Public Information Office

Supreme Court junks petition to disclose Duterte health

May 08, 2020 - 3:02 PM

(UPDATED) The voting was 13-2, with Associate Justices Marvic Leonen and Benjamin Caguioa dissenting, sources said

EN BANC. The Supreme Court usually meets en banc Tuesdays of every week. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler


ABS-CBN to Supreme Court: NTC shutdown violates press freedom

May 07, 2020 - 6:08 PM

'Strong public interest and equity demand that ABS-CBN be allowed to continue its operations,' ABS-CBN's lawyers tell the Supreme Court

CEASE AND DESIST. The National Telecommunications Commission(NTC) has issued a cease and desist order to the giant network ABS-CBN effective immediately. May 5, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler


ABS-CBN runs to Supreme Court to stop NTC shutdown

May 07, 2020 - 4:16 PM

(UPDATED) The main petition wants to void the NTC shutdown order entirely

CEASE AND DESIST. The National Telecommunications Commission(NTC) has issued a cease and desist order to the giant network ABS-CBN effective immediately. May 5, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler


In pandemic scramble, Duterte has one more job: Pick new SC justice

May 06, 2020 - 4:33 PM

In another historic adjustment, the Judicial and Bar Council will screen applicants through online interviews

EN BANC. The Justices of the Supreme Court in the session hall where oral arguments are held. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Justice Leonen: Laws ban poor man's gambling, but POGOs allowed?

May 02, 2020 - 3:27 PM

'We have to continue calling attention to these kinds of discrepancies,' Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen

ONLINE GAMBLING. The Philippine government wants to better collect taxes from POGOs. Photo by Jeff Digma/Rappler


Supreme Court allows reduced bail for poor prisoners

Apr 30, 2020 - 4:30 PM

Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta signs and releases Administrative Circular No. 38 as one of the Supreme Court's responses to the coronavirus pandemic

JAILS. Officers from the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) conducts an awareness seminar regarding COVID-19 to detainees in Manila City Jail on March 12, 2020. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Supreme Court lowered Bar passing grade for more techy lawyers in 'new normal'

Apr 29, 2020 - 7:49 PM

After the grade was lowered to 74, more than 300 made the cut

BAR EXAMS. Examinees with their relatives, schoolmates and friends gather at the Supreme Court on April 26, 2018, as it announces the results of the 2017 Bar Exams. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

2020 Bar exams postponed to 2021

Apr 29, 2020 - 3:32 PM

The 2020 Bar examinations will also be regionalized – they will be held in Manila and Cebu City

2020 BAR. Associate Justice Marvic Leonen is the Bar Chair for the 2020 Bar Examinations. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler


Supreme Court told: Non-release of vulnerable prisoners can cause riots

Apr 27, 2020 - 5:23 PM

'Death, violence and riots can also break out if the pandemic is left unchecked in prisons,' petitioners warn, even as the public health system is overwhelmed

PRISONS. In this photo taken on March 27, 2020, prison inmates lie to sleep at the crowded courtyard of the Quezon City jail in Manila. - UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet has urged countries to protect people held in overcrowded prisons and other enclosed facilities by releasing vulnerable detainees, saying COVID-19 "risks rampaging through such institutions". (Photo by Maria TAN / AFP)

New lawyers of coronavirus era: 2019 Bar results out online April 29

Apr 23, 2020 - 6:50 PM

The list will not be displayed at the Supreme Court premises. Bar takers should wait for the online release at home.

BAR 2019. Aspiring lawyers are greeted by supporters as they take the last day of the 2019 Bar Exams at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila on Sunday, November 24. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler


SC orders urgent release of inmates with lapsed jail time, shelved cases

Apr 20, 2020 - 8:02 PM

It's a reiteration of a 2014 decongestion guideline. Human rights lawyers welcome the move, but hope for a broader decision to release those not covered by the guidelines.

CROWD. Little space is seen among prisoners inside the Quezon City Jail on March 27, 2020. Photo by Maria Tan/AFP

Justices tackle disclosure of Duterte health in historic virtual en banc

Apr 17, 2020 - 7:54 PM

By the end of the two-hour Zoom meeting, the magistrates do not agree on an action

VIRTUAL. All 15 Justices of the Supreme Court are in attendance for the first ever virtual en banc session of the High Court held on April 17, 2020. Screenshot courtesy of SC Public Information Office

Supreme Court gives gov't 5 days to answer petition for prisoner release

Apr 17, 2020 - 1:42 PM

(UPDATED) 'We would have wanted a speedier and accelerated process especially so that the contagion is starting already in some jails,' says the petitioners' lawyer, Edre Olalia, referrring to the just-confirmed coronavirus cases at the Quezon City jail

CORONAVIRUS. The BJMP implements a "no mask no entry" policy for visitors of inmates at the Manila City Jail on March 10, 2020, as part of their initiative to curb the spread of the Coronavirus disease. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Supreme Court to hold first-ever virtual session on prisoner release, Duterte health

Apr 15, 2020 - 1:40 PM

Like others in government, the justices of the High Court are adapting to the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic

EN BANC. The Justices of the Supreme Court usually hold en banc sessions on Tuesdays. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Malacañang says SC petition on Duterte's health merits 'outright dismissal'

Apr 13, 2020 - 9:27 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo tosses aside the petition, saying it is 'based purely on speculations'

STATE OF HEALTH. President Rodrigo Duterte updates the nation on the government's efforts to address the coronavirus disease on April 6, 2020. Malacañang photo

Supreme Court asked: Compel Duterte to disclose state of health

Apr 13, 2020 - 8:03 PM

'Do we still have a physically and mentally healthy President? Is he still the one making decisions to manage and put an end to the current crisis?' asks a lawyer in his petition before the High Tribunal

PRESIDENT'S ADDRESS. President Rodrigo Duterte addresses the nation on the coronavirus pandemic in a late night press conference on April 3, 2020. Malacañang photo

Supreme Court rules on e-filing extended to April 30

Apr 07, 2020 - 3:10 PM

The Supreme Court's summer en banc sessions in Baguio City are canceled as well

Supreme Court of teh Philippines in Padre Faura, Manila

SC, DOJ, DILG urged: Issue joint order not to arrest light offenders

Apr 02, 2020 - 2:51 PM

'Otherwise we will have a situation where the more we lock people up, we're creating newer problems that we don't really need actually,' says former SC spokesperson Ted Te

VIOLATION. QCPD Police Personnel apprehend violators of the curfew along Timog Avenue, Quezon City. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler


Supreme Court allows e-filing of charges, e-posting of bail

Mar 31, 2020 - 4:05 PM

This is the latest precautionary measure of the judiciary as a prosecutor tests positive for the coronavirus disease

Supreme Court of the Philippines in Padre Faura, Manila


Chief Justice Peralta tests negative for coronavirus

Mar 20, 2020 - 6:40 PM

The Chief Justice traveled to the Netherlands in early March and experienced 'persistent coughing' after he returned to Manila, says the Supreme Court

NEGATIVE. Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta tests negative for coronavirus. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Courts will close nationwide, judges to come to work only for urgent matters

Mar 20, 2020 - 6:31 PM

'If urgent, only then will the justice or judge on-duty, together with the skeleton-staff, go to court to receive and act on the said urgent matter,' says the Supreme Court

PHYSICALLY CLOSED. Supreme Court of the Philippines iand all courts nationwide are pyshically losed for the Luzon locdown period to contain coronavirus. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Supreme Court grants bail to ex-NPA chief Rodolfo Salas

Mar 16, 2020 - 5:39 PM

(UPDATED) Rodolfo Salas is released Wednesday, March 18, after posting a P200,000 bail

RETIRED. Retired CPP and NPA leader Rodolfo Salas, 72, is arrested in his Angeles City home on February 18, 2020. PNP photo

Philippine courts reduce operations, night courts closed

Mar 16, 2020 - 3:45 PM

As the Philippines struggles to contain the coronavirus, only select courts will be open from 9am to 3pm to process bail petitions and any relief related to the lockdown

CORONAVIRUS MEASURES. Supreme Court drastically reduces operations of Philippine courts, completely closing night courts, amid the containment measures of coronavirus.

Ex-NPA chair Salas Supreme Court case tests political offense doctrine

Mar 12, 2020 - 4:14 PM

Once colleagues in the Free Legal Assistance Group, human rights lawyer Arno Sanidad and Justice Marvic Leonen face off on the case of ex-NPA chairman Rodolfo Salas

HABEAS CORPUS. Ex-CPP and NPA chairman Rodolfo Salas is brought to the Supreme Court on March 12, 2020. Photo by Rappler

Philippine courts remain open amid rising coronavirus cases

Mar 12, 2020 - 3:44 PM

(3rd UPDATE) In a later announcement, Supreme Court says hearings are suspended from March 13-18. But court work continues.

COURTS OPEN. Supreme Court announces on March 12, 2020, that there will be no suspension of courts amid rising cases of coronavirus. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Can ex-NPA chair Salas follow Enrile doctrine of bail on humanitarian grounds?

Mar 12, 2020 - 1:17 PM

'How about the 15 who were massacred? How about their relatives? They have waited for justice for so long,' says Solicitor General Jose Calida

HABEAS CORPUS. Ex CPP and NPA chairman Rodolfo Salas is brought to the Supreme Court on March 12, 2020, as the High Court hears a petition for writ of habeas corpus to free him. Photo by Rappler

At last, Senate asks Supreme Court to define limits of Duterte's power

Mar 09, 2020 - 4:02 PM

'I'm sure my colleagues will agree na dapat talaga there cannot be absolutism in our government,' says Senator Richard Gordon

VFA PETITION. Senate President Vicente Sotto III with fellow senators Panfilo Lacson, Franklin Drilon and Richard Gordon file on March 9, 2020, a Petition for Declaratory Relief and Mandamus at the Supreme Court questioning the country's abrogation of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with the United States. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

Supreme Court to hold oral arguments on ex-NPA chief Salas' bid for freedom

Mar 05, 2020 - 5:00 PM

The jail warden is ordered to bring Rodolfo Salas to the Supreme Court on March 12

RETIRED. Rodolfo Salas, 73, arrested in his Angeles City home on February 18, 2020. PNP photo

Filipinos most satisfied with Senate, least happy with Duterte Cabinet

Mar 03, 2020 - 1:28 PM

The Senate got a 'very good' +62 net satisfaction rating in the last quarter of 2019, placing it at the top of a Social Weather Stations poll on key government institutions

PHILIPPINE SENATE. The facade of the Senate building. Photo from the Senate of the Philippines Facebook page

Senate adopts resolution questioning Duterte power to solely end treaties

Mar 02, 2020 - 6:53 PM

The Senate leadership intends to ask the Supreme Court this week to rule on whether President Rodrigo Duterte can end treaties such as the PH-US Visiting Forces Agreement without Senate concurrence

CONCURRENCE. Senate President Vicente Sotto III is the sponsor of the resolution asking the Supreme Court to rule on the need for Senate concurrence in treaty termination. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Supreme Court bans surveillance of family of alleged communist rebel

Feb 27, 2020 - 12:56 PM

'The surreptitious surveillance of petitioner and her family is an abuse of the PNP's authority,' rules the High Court which, unlike in its past Amparo grants, also issues privileges of the writ and gives a permanent protection order to the family

AMPARO. The Supreme Court grants the privileges of writ of amparo for the family of an alleged NPA rebel. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

ABS-CBN asks Supreme Court: Don't let Calida gag us

Feb 24, 2020 - 6:13 PM

The TV network says a gag order would be prior restraint, which has been declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in previous cases

FIGHT FOR FRANCHISE. Employees, artists and supporters gather at the ABS-CBN briadcast center on February 21, 2020, to protest for the renewal of the media giant's franchise. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Peralta wants strict monitoring of TROs, other orders of judges, justices

Feb 21, 2020 - 12:33 PM

The Chief Justice requires trial court judges and Court of Appeals, Sandiganbayan, and Court of Tax Appeals justices to submit to his office copies of their TROs, status quo ante orders, writs of preliminary injunction, and orders of voluntary inhibition

CHIEF JUSTICE. Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta answers questions at a press conference on November 8, 2019. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

No TRO for now vs ABS-CBN's movie channel KBO

Feb 11, 2020 - 1:12 PM

The Supreme Court settles with a procedural act to require ABS-CBN to submit its comment within 10 days

ABS-CBN CASE. Members of the media stage a rally at the Boy Scout Circle in Quezon City on February 10, 2020, to condemn the move of Solicitor General Jose Calida to ask the Supreme Court for a revocation of ABS CBN's broadcasting franchise. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler