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Roque: Bautista impeachment complaint will pass House panel scrutiny

Sep 19, 2017 - 5:52 PM

Kabayan Representative Harry Roque says even if the House committee on justice deems the impeachment complaint not sufficient in form, House rules allow this to be 'rectified at any time'

IMPEACHMENT COMPLAINT. Patricia Bautista joins Kabayan Representative Harry Roque ahead of the House committee on justice's deliberations on the complaint against Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista. Photo courtesy of the office of Harry Roque

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Sep 17, 2017 - 1:51 PM

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TEXT MESSAGE. Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II is caught sending a message to a VACC member, saying there is a need to 'expedite' the cases against Senator Risa Hontiveros. Sourced photo


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Sep 13, 2017 - 6:44 PM

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CJ Sereno asks lawmakers to choose democracy over partisan interest

Sep 13, 2017 - 1:32 PM

On the impeachment complaint filed against her the Sereno camp says The determinations of the House Committee appear to be inconsistent with its findings and actions in similar proceedings in the past

'IT DOES NOT AFFECT ME.' Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno addresses the impeachment threats against her during a media forum in Cebu City on August 24, 2017. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

1st impeach complaint vs Sereno 'sufficient in form, substance'

Sep 13, 2017 - 11:54 AM

2nd UPDATE The House committee on justice finds the second complaint against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno – filed by the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption and the Vanguard of the Philippine Constitution – insufficient in form

IMPEACHMENT COMPLAINT. The House committee on justice tackles the impeachment complaints against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. Photo by Bea Cupin/Rappler

LIVE: House hearing on impeachment complaints vs Chief Justice Sereno

Sep 13, 2017 - 9:43 AM

Bookmark this page to watch the hearing live on Rappler on Wednesday September 13

LOOK: Why petitioners want Sereno impeached

Sep 13, 2017 - 9:28 AM

There are two valid impeachment complaints against the Chief Justice before the House of Representatives

'IT DOES NOT AFFECT ME.' Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno addresses the impeachment threats against her during a media forum in Cebu City on August 24, 2017. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Ex-govt leaders rally support for Sereno in impeachment case

Sep 12, 2017 - 7:28 PM

The groups call Sereno s impeachment case an insidious attempt to immobilize and weaken the very institutions that our Constitution put in place to check on excesses in executive power

IMPEACHMENT CASE. Amid an impeachment complaint, Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno faces the media in her annual Meet the Press event held in Cebu City on August 24, 2017. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler


House panel to tackle impeachment cases vs Sereno, Bautista next week

Sep 07, 2017 - 2:53 PM

The committee is expected to take up the complaints as soon as the plenary debates on the proposed 2018 budget wrap up on September 12

IMPEACHMENT HEARING. The House justice committee tackles the impeachment complaint against President Rodrigo Duterte on May 15, 2017. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Evangelical churches back Sereno amid impeachment complaints

Sep 07, 2017 - 11:33 AM

The Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches PCEC calls on President Rodrigo Duterte to recognize Chief Justice Sereno as a valuable ally

PRAYING OVER. Christian leaders pray over Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno in a video uploaded by the Christ's Commission Fellowship (CCF) in May 2013. CCF is a member of the Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches (PCEC). Screen grab from CCF's YouTube page

Robredo: Don't use impeachment to scare critics

Sep 06, 2017 - 5:25 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says that while the Constitution allows the impeachment of officials it should be a last resort

'LAST RESORT.' Vice President Leni Robredo said impeachment complaints should not be used to go after political enemies. Photo by Rappler

Alvarez doesn't want repeat of 'unfair' Corona impeachment for Sereno

Sep 05, 2017 - 2:33 PM

‘Ayaw ko naman na mukha kaming tanga sa impeachment court ’ says the House Speaker explaining why he want the impeachment complaints against the Chief Justice to undergo scrutiny by the House committee on justice

LONG ROUTE. House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez says he'd rather the House committee on justice tackle the impeachment complaints first. Rappler photo

The misuse of impeachment

Sep 05, 2017 - 9:30 AM

Impeachment cannot be used as a tool to persecute or silence perceived political opponents or critics or to subject presidents or other officials to harassment for performing their duties This can never be the intent of the framers of the Constitution

16 lawmakers endorse VACC, Vanguards impeachment complaint vs Sereno

Sep 04, 2017 - 8:21 PM

This is the second verified impeachment complaint against the Chief Justice The first one filed less than a week ago had 25 endorsers

ONE MONTH LATER. The second valid impeachment complaint against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno is filed before the House of Representatives. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

SC: TRO on implants final and executory

Sep 01, 2017 - 12:03 PM

There s nothing left to be done but to comply says Supreme Court spokesman Theodore Te

Supreme Court of the Philippines on Padre Faura in Manila

25 lawmakers endorse impeachment complaint vs Sereno

Aug 30, 2017 - 6:50 PM

UPDATED Lawyer Larry Gadon cites the Chief Justice s alleged misdeclaration of assets and taxes and her unauthorized expenses

ENDORSED. Lawyer Larry Gadon says more congressmen are set to endorse the impeachment complaint he filed against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno on August 30, 2017. Photo by Bea Cupin/Rappler

Two impeachments? Alvarez says House ready

Aug 30, 2017 - 3:08 PM

A verified impeachment complaint against Comelec Chairman Bautista has been filed in the House; lawmakers also expect to endorse an impeachment complaint against Chief Justice Sereno

TWO AT ONCE? Another impeachment complaint against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno is expected to be filed before the House – one lawmakers will endorse. Rappler photo

Duterte says Sereno 'sitting on' decision on RH 'medicines'

Aug 30, 2017 - 11:48 AM

If the TRO issued by the Supreme Court is not lifted soon 90 of contraceptive brands will be unusable come 2018

Aguirre wants Parojinogs drugs cases transferred to QC

Aug 28, 2017 - 12:26 PM

The fact that they have been in power in Ozamiz City for so long is a clear indication that they have the capacity to influence says Justice Secretary Aguirre

CHARGED. The Parojinog siblings remain detained at the PNP Custodial Center in Camp Crame, Quezon City. Mugshots from PNP

'Do not be afraid to be minority': Chief Justice Sereno, 5 years on

Aug 27, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Five years after she was appointed the first female Chief Justice of the Philippines Maria Lourdes Sereno faces impeachment threats Is she a target of the Duterte administration?

'IT DOES NOT AFFECT ME.' Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno addresses the impeachment threats against her during a media forum in Cebu City on August 24, 2017. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

SC approves release of documents on Sereno's trips, accommodations

Aug 24, 2017 - 8:10 PM

Chief Justice Sereno communicated in writing to other members of the court that she had no objection to granting the request of Atty Gadon states a Supreme Court resolution

DOCUMENTS. Lawyer Larry Gadon sends his request letters to the Supreme Court on August 8, 2017 for documents that will bloster his impeachment case buildup against Chief Justice Sereno. Photo by Larry Gadon

Sereno unfazed by impeachment threats

Aug 24, 2017 - 7:15 PM

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno says she has a clean conscience and has always lived a life of modesty

CLEAN CONSCIENCE. Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno addresses questions on the impeachment threats against her during the 'CJ Meets the Press' event in Cebu on August 24, 2017. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Sereno: Special committee evaluating rules to address extrajudicial killings

Aug 24, 2017 - 5:18 PM

The reforms are stirred by empathy for marginalized Filipinos who feel the justice system is rigged against them says Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno

WHAT CAN WE DO? Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno says on August 24, 2017, that a special committee on human rights is evaluating what can be done so the judiciary can better address extrajudicial killings. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

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Aug 08, 2017 - 7:54 PM

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Sereno impeachment: Supreme Court OKs release of documents to aid VACC complaint

Aug 08, 2017 - 6:06 PM

For a second impeachment complaint lawyer Larry Gadon asks for more documents including the results of the Chief Justice s psychological examinations

REQUEST GRANTED. Supreme Court Spokesman Theodore Te announces on August 8, 2017 that the en banc has approved the release of documents to groups seeking the impeachment of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Is CJ Sereno entitled to a luxury vehicle?

Aug 07, 2017 - 10:57 PM

Budget Circular No 2010 2 exempts the Chief Justice from prohibition on purchase and use of a luxury vehicle

IMPEACHMENT THREAT. Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno faces an impeachment threat for ordering the purchase of a P5.1 million luxury vehicle.

Sereno impeachment case: Publicity first, documents later

Aug 04, 2017 - 4:59 PM

VACC and Vanguard of the Philippine Constitution send a letter request to the SC for copies of court orders and resolutions two days after filing a complaint before the House Secretary General

Uber, Parojinog autopsy, Duterte on Sereno | Evening wRap

Aug 03, 2017 - 7:21 PM

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Malacañang: Duterte won't meddle with Sereno impeachment

Aug 03, 2017 - 2:50 PM

The Palace says President Rodrigo Duterte will not influence the House of Representatives if the impeachment complaint against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno is pursued

Fariñas to Sereno impeachment lawyer: Get true copies of docs

Aug 03, 2017 - 1:33 PM

Lawyer Larry Gadon was supposed to file an impeachment complaint against SC Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno but instead settles for giving copies to legislators in hopes of getting an endorsement

CHECK YOUR COMPLAINT. House Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas, himself a lawyer, offers advice to a lawyer who wants the Supreme Court Chief Justice impeached. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

VACC seeks Chief Justice Sereno impeachment

Aug 02, 2017 - 2:43 PM

UPDATED The complaint is jointly submitted by the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption and the Vanguard of the Philippine Constitution but it has not yet been endorsed by a lawmaker

Photo by Bea Cupin/Rappler

Lawyer prepares impeachment case vs Sereno

Jul 29, 2017 - 7:03 PM

Lawyer Larry Gadon says the case revolves around Chief Justice Sereno s supposed undeclared earnings and a P5 1 million vehicle purchase

IMPEACHMENT THREAT. Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno faces an impeachment threat right after some of her actions were questioned by Associate Justice Teresita Leonardo De Castro in a memorandum sent to SC Justices.

Sereno clarifies: No TRO on RH law or pills, just 2 implants

Jul 27, 2017 - 11:48 AM

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno reiterates that the issue is now for the Food and Drug Administration to resolve

TRO ON IMPLANTS. Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno clarifies that the SC's temporary restraining order only applies to 2 brands of contraceptive implants. Photo by Rappler

Duterte appeals to SC to lift TRO on implants

Jul 24, 2017 - 8:14 PM

TRO is the bane of efficiency President Rodrigo Duterte says in his State of the Nation Address where Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno was a guest

Inside SC: Justice De Castro vs CJ Sereno?

Jul 20, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Justice De Castro s memorandum questions the actions of CJ Sereno including giving travel allowance to a court staff

3 SC justices inhibit from Ilocos Norte detention case

Jul 18, 2017 - 5:03 PM

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno and Associate Justice Andres Reyes Jr have urged the House to observe separation of powers between the judiciary and legislature

INHIBITED. Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno (center) and Associate Justices Diosdado Peralta (left) and Andres Reyes Jr (right) inhibit from the Ilocos Norte detention case

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Jul 07, 2017 - 10:03 AM

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SC retains right to review martial law proclamations

Jul 06, 2017 - 5:12 PM

That s the best part of the decision The Court made it clear that it had the power to review the President s decision says a legal expert of the SC ruling on the petitions against martial law in Mindanao

Supreme Court of the Philippines on Padre Faura Street in Manila. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Sereno, Carpio opinions: Watch Duterte's martial law closely

Jul 06, 2017 - 3:10 PM

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno says President Rodrigo Duterte must not be allowed to broaden the use of martial law to solve other social ills

RULING ON MARTIAL LAW. PETITIONS Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno (right) and Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio partially grant the petitions against the martial law declaration in Mindanao.

High noon in the SC: Is martial law legal?

Jun 26, 2017 - 8:00 PM

A lot of things depend on the clarity of the Supreme Court decision in saying not only what martial law is not but also what it includes

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Jun 22, 2017 - 1:41 PM

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CA showed ‘ignorance of law’ in Ilocos execs detention case – Alvarez

Jun 22, 2017 - 10:39 AM

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez advises Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno and CA Presiding Justice Andres Reyes to ‘discipline’ their justices

LEGISLATURE VS JUDICIARY? Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez believes the CA has no jurisdiction over Congress' authority to cite people in contempt. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Sereno, CA to House: Observe separation of powers

Jun 21, 2017 - 4:01 PM

Chief Justice Sereno and CA Presiding Justice Reyes express deep concern over the House order because of its implications on separation of power and judicial independence

RECONSIDER. Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno and CA Presiding Justice Andres Reyes ask the House Committee to reconsider its order and observe separation of powers.

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Jun 19, 2017 - 9:18 PM

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PH jail congestion rate soars to over 500% amid drug war

Jun 16, 2017 - 2:05 PM

Philippine jails have a total holding capacity of only 20 746 but now accommodate 126 946 inmates

OVERCROWDED. The maximum security compound of the NBP is overcrowded, housing over 16,000 inmates when it can accommodate only 6,000. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

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Jun 15, 2017 - 10:45 AM

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Maute mother charged in CDO court for rebellion

Jun 15, 2017 - 9:12 AM

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II also files another request with the Supreme Court to transfer the venue of detention and trial from Cagayan de Oro City to Taguig City


Calida tells SC: Don't worry, Duterte is not Marcos

Jun 14, 2017 - 9:39 PM

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno tells the Solicitor General that the declaration of martial law cannot be shrugged off as being a mere political question

REBELLION? Solicitor General Jose Calida takes the ISIS flag to the Supreme Court (SC) on June 14, 2017 as part of evidence to say that ISIS links to local terror groups is proof that the Marawi City siege is a case of rebellion. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Calida says martial law declaration meant to make terrorists 'listen'

Jun 14, 2017 - 6:20 PM

UPDATED Solicitor General Jose Calida admits to the High Court that martial law does not give the President additional powers but only delivers the punch of an exclamation point

TOP MARTIAL LAW DEFENDER. Solicitor General Jose Calida, the government's top defender of the martial law in Mindanao, prepares before Day 2 of the Supreme Court (SC) oral arguments on June 14, 2017. Photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler

SC's Carpio: No evidence of rebellion in other parts of Mindanao

Jun 14, 2017 - 5:44 PM

Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio asks Calida to submit intelligence reports pointing to actual rebellion elsewhere in Mindanao to justify the region wide martial law declaration

File photo of Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio (second from left). Photo by Mark Z. Saludes/Rappler.com