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Cabanatuan judge who got illegal parking ticket in Baguio summons enforcers

Nov 13, 2019 - 9:48 PM

Baguio police chief Allen Rae Co says judges and fiscals of the city often get cited for traffic violations too, so Cabanatuan City Judge Nelson Largo should not expect special treatment

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

Police arrests 3 in raid of Bayan office in Tondo

Nov 05, 2019 - 1:56 PM

Police secure search warrants in the raids in Bacolod City, and Paco and Tondo in Manila from QC RTC Branch 89 Executive Judge Cecilyn Burgos-Villavert

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

Thai judge shoots himself in court after railing at justice system

Oct 05, 2019 - 8:57 PM

Kanakorn Pianchana shoots himself after acquitting 5 suspects of a murder case

Duterte signs law creating positions for judges-at-large

Sep 25, 2019 - 5:06 PM

The judges-at-large are entitled to the salaries and benefits of a regional trial court judge

JUDGES AT LARGE. President Rodrigo Duterte signs into law RA 11459 that creates the positions of judges-at-large.

De Lima seeks Senate probe into killings of lawyers, judges under Duterte gov't

Jul 27, 2019 - 5:56 PM

Opposition Senator Leila de Lima says the 'targeted and systematic attacks' against members of the Bar are detrimental not only to the profession, but also to those who turn to them for justice

PROBE KILLINGS. Senator Leila de Lima seeks an investigation into the high number of lawyers, judges, and prosecutors killed under the Duterte administration.

FALSE: Miriam Defensor Santiago’s election as ICC judge is void

Mar 27, 2019 - 6:43 PM

‘The Rome Statute only refers to a requirement of State Party nationality at the time of election but not afterwards,’ says the International Criminal Court

Presidential candidate Miriam Defensor Santiago along with her Vice Presidential candidate Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. at Bulacan State University on Monday, April 18, 2016. Photo by Jasmin Dulay/Rappler

‘Miriam would have pulverized’ Panelo, says late senator’s sister

Mar 26, 2019 - 3:51 PM

Linn Defensor Evangelista, the sister of Miriam Defensor Santiago, slams Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo for saying that the late senator's election as an ICC judge was not valid

U.S. federal judge blocks Trump asylum claim restrictions

Nov 20, 2018 - 4:40 PM

(UPDATED) US District Judge Jon Tigar in San Francisco issues a temporary restraining order against the Trump proclamation, thus granting a request from human rights groups that have sued shortly after the order was announced

US President Donald Trump waves upon arrival at Helsinki-Vantaa Airport in Helsinki, on July 15, 2018 on the eve of a summit in Helsinki between the US President and his Russian counterpart. / AFP PHOTO / Lehtikuva / Heikki Saukkomaa / Finland OUT

U.S. judge orders White House to restore CNN reporter's access

Nov 17, 2018 - 12:45 AM

A federal judge issues a temporary restraining order that requires the White House to restore CNN reporter Jim Acosta's access based on 'due process'

US President Donald Trump (R) gets into a heated exchange with CNN chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta (C) as NBC correspondent Peter Alexander (L) looks on during a post-election press conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC on November 7, 2018. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP)

FACT CHECK: Duterte wrongly claims ICC judges are all 'white'

Nov 16, 2018 - 9:55 PM

But there are African and Asian judges, including a Filipino, in the International Criminal Court

LIST: Judges, prosecutors, lawyers killed under Duterte gov't

Nov 08, 2018 - 6:45 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Members of the judiciary are not spared from the culture of impunity

Trillanes says he has no special request if jailed

Sep 26, 2018 - 10:38 PM

The mutineer-turned-senator says he will surrender to authorities when the time comes: 'We are prepared for the worst. Yayakapin ko 'yang eventuality na 'yan.'

PREPARED. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV says he is prepared for the worst to come. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Palparan's guilty verdict: Who is Malolos Judge Alexander Tamayo?

Sep 17, 2018 - 4:20 PM

During his first year presiding over Branch 15, Tamayo found Armando Padilla guilty of raping his 11-year-old daughter, sentencing him to death. The case was appealed and the sentence was reduced to life imprisonment.

Posters of kidnapped UP students Karen Empeno and Sherlyn Cadapan. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

On the Trillanes case: Who is Judge Elmo Alameda?

Sep 07, 2018 - 8:26 PM

(UPDATED) Judge Elmo Alameda has also handled the serious illegal detention case against Janet Napoles and the homicide case against ex-Batangas governor Jose Leviste

'HIGH-PROFILE' CASES. Judge Elmo Alameda of Makati City RTC Branch 150 is no stranger to high-profile cases. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Trillanes case: Who is Judge Soriano of Makati?

Sep 05, 2018 - 4:57 PM

Soriano convicted two Magdalo mutineers of coup charges, but his decision was later reversed by the Court of Appeals

Makati RTC Branch 148 Presiding Judge Andres Soriano issued an order setting for hearing the motion to issue a warrant of arrest and hold departure order for Senator Trillanes, August 5, 2018. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Batangas court dismisses case vs former UP film student

Aug 11, 2018 - 10:28 PM

The Batangas Regional Trial Court Branch 87 dismisses the cases against against former UP film student Maricon Montajes, Anakbayan member Ronilo Baes, and farmer Rommiel Cañete

FREE. Former film student Maricon Montajes poses with former UP College of Mass Communication Dean Rolando Tolentino. File photo courtesy of Rolando Tolentino

Judge denies request for Stormy Daniels gag order

Jun 16, 2018 - 10:05 AM

Michael Cohen files a bid for a restraining order against Michael Avenatti, lawyer representing Stormy Daniels, but is denied by a US court

DANIELS AND TRUMP. This combination of pictures created on March 25, 2018 shows file photos of adult film actress Stormy Daniels and US President Donald Trump. Photos by Ethan Miller, Olivier Douliery/AFP

PNP arrests suspect in Camarines Sur judge Begino's slay

Jun 13, 2018 - 11:36 AM

(3RD UPDATE) Police identify Wilfredo Armea as the suspected killer of Judge Ricky Begino

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Supreme Court employees, judges group hail decision to oust Sereno

May 21, 2018 - 10:50 AM

'The interpretation and application of the Constitution, laws and rules exclusively belong to the Supreme Court,' say the employees in a statement read in the presence of justices

Former SC chief justice speaks at a forum at the Integrated Bar of the Philippines in Pasig City on May 17, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Law groups to U.N. expert: Probe Duterte threats vs judiciary

Apr 18, 2018 - 4:10 PM

Malacañang, however, says President Rodrigo Duterte's remarks against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno only show his 'dislike' of her, and not of the judiciary

Lawyers Arpee Santiago of the Ateneo Human Rights Center, Neri Colmenares of National Union of People's Lawyers and Integrated Bar of the Philippines' Abe Fajardo, Ryan Jay Roset and Dean Tony La Viña on Wednesday, April 18, 2018, show a copy of the submitted report to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers Diego Garcia Sayan narrating the recent statements by President Rodrigo Duterte against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Closeup concert drug dealers sentenced to life imprisonment

Apr 06, 2018 - 4:55 PM

Their 3 co-accused face at least 20 years in prison

SENTENCED. The 5 people who sold illegal drugs during the Closeup Forever Summer concert on May 21, 2016 were caught by the NBI a month later. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Manila judge inhibits from Atio Castillo hazing case

Mar 26, 2018 - 12:07 PM

Judge Alfredo Ampuan grants the motion for inhibition despite disagreeing with the grounds cited by the fraternity members

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Mar 23, 2018 - 8:22 PM

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10 Aegis Juris fratmen now in NBI custody

Mar 23, 2018 - 1:42 PM

NBI Deputy Director Ferdinand Lavin says all 10 were 'picked up' by an agent in one location, and arrived at the headquarters in Manila around 11 am on Friday, March 23

IN CUSTODY. Aegis Juris fratmen are now with the NBI. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Fratmen in Atio Castillo case want Manila judge to inhibit

Mar 23, 2018 - 10:18 AM

The fratmen allege that Judge Alfredo Ampuan is the brother-in-law of Dante Jimenez, head of the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption, who assisted the Castillos during the preliminary investigation

Life on the line for young fratmen, but Atio Castillo’s mom feels numb

Mar 16, 2018 - 9:16 PM

'They committed a crime they thought they can get away with; now they have all the time to think about what they did,' says Castillo's mother Carmina

COURT BATTLE. Ralph Trangia, who fled for the United States when the news first broke out, is back in the Philippines and attends his first court hearing on March 16, 2018, at the Manila RTC over the hazing death of Horacio "Atio" Castillo III. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

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Mar 16, 2018 - 11:00 AM

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Int'l Criminal Court: Judge Pangalangan stays on despite PH withdrawal

Mar 16, 2018 - 7:51 AM

Philippine Judge Raul Pangalangan is currently assigned to the pre-trial division of the International Criminal Court

JUDGE. Raul Pangalangan from the Philippines is sworn in as new Judge of the International Criminal Court on July 13, 2015. Photo courtesy of the ICC

Call on Sereno to resign 'far worse than impeachment' – Davide

Mar 12, 2018 - 4:50 PM

'The call is condemning without evidence, judging before hearing, applying additional political pressure on the Chief Magistrate, rather than according her the rights to a fair trial, to substantive procedural due process, and even to the rule of law,' says the former chief justice

SC employees, judges group call on Sereno to resign

Mar 12, 2018 - 8:56 AM

(3rd UPDATE) 'We are calling on you, also for the benefit of the entire nation, to step down as Chief Justice,' they tell Chief Justice Sereno

Judiciary members choose sides as Sereno fights for support

Mar 11, 2018 - 8:52 PM

Judges and justices sympathetic to Sereno assert their position on judicial independence, as some of their colleagues reportedly join the call for her resignation

Philippine's Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno (seated) poses for a selfie with municipal judges, during the annual convention of the country's judges, in Manila on March 8, 2018.  The Philippine Supreme Court chief justice vowed to fight "bullying" and save judicial independence as President Rodrigo Duterte's congressional allies launched an impeachment process March 8 to remove her from office. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Muntinlupa court grants De Lima 1-day medical furlough

Mar 10, 2018 - 3:57 PM

Senator Leila de Lima's personal physician has recommended a CT scan after he found an 'impression of a liver mass' during a routine checkup of the detained lawmaker in Camp Crame

CONCERN FOR HUMAN RIGHTS. Detained Senator Leila de Lima says "concern for human rights" is never irrelevant as she addresses current issues in one of her public appearances on July 21, 2017 after her hearing at the Quezon City Metropolitan Trial Court. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

De Castro calls out Sereno as they share one stage

Mar 08, 2018 - 11:12 AM

Associate Justice Teresita Leonardo De Castro openly disapproves of Sereno when she says, 'I am very sorry that the Chief Justice has taken this opportunity to discuss a matter which is sub judice'

Philippine's Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno (R) stands next to Supreme court Associate Justice Teresita de Castro during the annual convention of the country's judges, in Manila on March 8, 2018. The Philippine Supreme Court chief justice vowed to fight "bullying" and save judicial independence as President Rodrigo Duterte's congressional allies launched an impeachment process March 8 to remove her from office. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Judge who ordered De Lima’s arrest: Sereno did not call me

Feb 27, 2018 - 3:06 PM

'It may be unusual but in this particular case, I don’t think she meddled in our decisions,' Judge Guerrero says of the calls made by an SC official

NO CALLS. Judge Juanita Guerrero (right) appears before the Senate justice committee hearing the impeachment complaint against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Much ado about calls: Judges hit for ‘late’ warrants vs De Lima

Feb 19, 2018 - 9:02 PM

House justice committee chairman Reynaldo Umali allows the hearing of the impeachment complaint against Sereno to drag on for hours circling on the same issues

Resource persons, Amelia Fabros-Corpuz, Presiding Judge of Muntinlupa (left), Patia Manalastas-De Leon, Presiding Judge of RTC Muntinlupa (center) and Jenny Lind Aldecoa-Delorino, Deputy Court Administrator of Supreme Court, testifies before the House Committee on Justice on February 19, 2018, during the continuation of the hearing on the determination of probable cause in the impeachment complaint filed against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Judges handling De Lima cases deny getting a call from Sereno

Feb 19, 2018 - 1:02 PM

(UPDATED) 'That is a brazen lie!' Muntinlupa Judge Amelia Fabros Corpuz tells former Court of Appeals justice and now Leyte Representative Veloso when he says she creates the impression somebody told her not to issue an arrest warrant against De Lima

JUDGES. Muntinlupa RTC judges Amelia Fabros-Corpuz (left) and Patria Manalastas-De Leon (right) testify before the House Committee on Justice on February 19, 2018 during the House impeachment hearing against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

De Lima's 1st year in jail: 3 judges inhibit, one retires early

Feb 14, 2018 - 2:55 PM

Judge Antonietta Medina of Branch 276 inhibits twice in the cases against Senator Leila de Lima, her classmate and kumare

#EveryWoman for Leila de Lima launch at the Senate on February 14, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Davao judge who ordered Matobato’s arrest short-listed for CA justice

Jan 26, 2018 - 3:50 PM

The short-list of 7 for the post of a Court of Appeals justice are all women

SHORTLIST. The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) releases an all-women shortlist for a spot of a Court of Appeals justice. File photo from the Court of Appeals website


Judge who ordered De Lima’s arrest inhibits from case

Jan 15, 2018 - 1:57 PM

Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court Judge Juanita Guerrero also orders that the court shall proceed with De Lima's case

Umali: De Lima's disobedience case meant to restore respect to House

Jan 05, 2018 - 5:12 PM

Umali takes offense at the criticisms hurled against the House justice committee for their handling of the De Lima probe in 2016

OFFENDED. House justice committee chairman Reynaldo Umali says he was personally offended by Senator Leila de Lima's advice to Ronnie Dayan to snub a House hearing in 2016. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Judge who ordered Mile Long eviction is new Sandiganbayan justice

Dec 11, 2017 - 5:23 PM

Three more vacancies are left in the anti-graft court

Sandiganbayan Photo by: DARREN LANGIT

De Lima camp says SC ruling 'a travesty of justice'

Oct 10, 2017 - 10:05 PM

'It disregards basic constitutional safeguards against the arbitrary issuance of arrest warrants,' says Senator Leila de Lima's chief of staff Fhillip Sawali

DE LIMA CAMP. Detained Senator Leila de Lima's chief of staff, Fhillip Sawali, says their camp rejects the Supreme Court ruling that effectively keeps De Lima in jail. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Supreme Court's 9-6 ruling keeps De Lima in jail

Oct 10, 2017 - 12:11 PM

(5th UPDATE) The High Court rules the Sandiganbayan has no jurisdiction over De Lima. This means her case will not be handled by the Office of the Ombudsman, but by DOJ prosecutors who will defend their case against her before the Muntinlupa RTC.

SC sacks for immorality judge in Duterte's narcolist

Sep 27, 2017 - 8:44 AM

To pave the way for its investigation, the SC rejects an attempt by Judge Exequil Dagala to resign in 2016

SACKED. The Supreme Court (SC) sacks a trial court judge over immorality and gross misconduct charges. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Ozamiz court won't allow Nova Parojinog, brother to attend parents' burial

Aug 11, 2017 - 9:27 PM

Presiding Judge Edmundo Pintac says the Parojinog siblings who are facing charges of illegal possession of firearms and drugs are high risk suspects

VIGIL. Relatives of the Parojinog family on Thursday, August 10, 2017, pay their last respects at the wake of Ozamiz City Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog Sr, his wife Susan, siblings Octavio Jr and Mona, and 11 others, who were killed in a pre-dawn raid on July 30. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

PH military recruits more lawyers

Aug 06, 2017 - 3:38 PM

The military commits to beef up the number of military lawyers who will take care of resolving all legal issues on real state personnel retirement appointment separation demotion promotion and procurement within the military

The newly-appointed Probationary Military Lawyers made a courtesy call to Rear Admiral Narciso Vingson Jr, Deputy Chief of Staff AFP and Col. Serme Legaspi Ayuyao, the Judge Advocate General, Thursday, 03 August 2017 at the GHQ Conference Room in Camp Aguinaldo.

SC justices express outrage over killing of Butuan judge

Aug 06, 2017 - 11:17 AM

UPDATED Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III calls the attack an insult to the Philippine National Police and calls for the immediate arrest of the killers

OUTRAGE. Supreme Court justices issue a statement expressing outrage over the killing of a Butuan City regional trial court judge