Rappler's latest stories on oral argument
Justices Estela Perlas Bernabe, Francis Jardeleza, and Benjamin Caguioa seem inclined to dismiss the petition that accuses the Duterte government of neglect in the West Philippine Sea
Other Duterte appointees in the Supreme Court defend President Duterte in a petition that accuses the government of neglect in the West Philippine Sea
The Supreme Court hears oral arguments on a petition by fishermen, accusing the Duterte government of failure to enforce the fisheries code and other environmental issuances in Panatag Shoal, Ayungin Shoal, and Panganiban Reef
The petition from 2015 seeks to give nurses a salary grade where they could earn as much as P31,000 per month
(UPDATED) Solicitor General Jose Calida insists 23 factions of Moro rebel groups have pledged allegiance to ISIS
But with baselines and deadlines unclear, Associate Justice Marvic Leonen says it could mean that martial law can last until the end of Duterte’s term
(UPDATED) Some incidents ‘seem to be for motives other than rebellion,’ says Associate Justice Benjamin Caguioa, the member-in-charge
(3rd UPDATE) What petitioners can hope for are new views from the new justices
(UPDATED) The hearings are scheduled for January 22 and 23
(UPDATED) It seems Leonen wants to practice judicial restraint, a long-standing debate on the Supreme Court that goes as far back to President Diosdado Macapagal
'I think it is conceded that we do not have any implementing legislation yet,' says the Chief Justice
During oral arguments, former Akbayan representative Barry Gutierrez will present on behalf of the senators. 13 years ago, former senator Pimentel asked the SC to compel the Palace to have the Senate ratify the Rome Statute.
(3RD UPDATE) The senior justice again clashes with Duterte on a crucial policy. This will factor in on the talks of whether or not Carpio can be appointed Chief Justice after De Castro retires.
‘The issue you are presenting to this Court forces this Court to make a decision between checks and balances and the powers of the President,’ says Justice Jardeleza during oral arguments
The Supreme Court denies the motion for reconsideration as well as the appeal to let Senator Leila de Lima argue through video conference
(UPDATED) During the SC oral arguments, watch out for references to the war on drugs, whether coming from Malacañang's side or the justices
Is it a good idea to bring the issue to the Court? And what added value will Leila de Lima’s personal participation bring?
'As long as you have a good conscience, you did your best, that should be enough,' says Maria Lourdes Sereno
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Supreme Court Associate Justice Francis Jardeleza advises young lawyer Jesus Falcis to instead look at Congress and the Constitutional Consultative Committee
'There is a law that would guide judges and justices, and that is the Constitution,' says petitioner Jesus Falcis III
Jesus Falcis III makes an impassioned plea at the end and tells the Court, ‘I made mistakes, but LGBT couples will be harmed if their rights are not recognized’
‘We may commit a mistake and such a mistake might be permanent,’ says Associate Justice Marvic Leonen
The Falcis petition seeks to declare as unconstitutional the provisions in the Family Code that limit a marriage to a man and woman only, supposedly because they violate the constitutional right to equal protection of laws
Edre Olalia of the National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers (NUPL) says it is up to Justices Andres Reyes Jr and Alexander Gesmundo to ‘change their minds’. There is also the curious case of Justice Francis Jardeleza.
The President and the Vice President have very minimal requirements for eligibility. As such, there are very limited grounds to use a quo warranto petition against them.
Associate Justice Teresita de Castro says ousted Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno's 'pattern of lies' began even before she was appointed to head the Supreme Court
'Perhaps, an old torch will be finally rekindled: one which will light the way for a more vigilant citizenry that is sober, analytical, and organized enough to demand decency and a true passion for justice from all of government,' says Associate Justice Marvic Leonen
Read the full text of the Supreme Court decision, penned by Associate Justice Noel Tijam, that ousted Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno
Maaari bang balewalain ni Sereno ang desisyon at igiit ang kaniyang sarili bilang Punong Mahistrado?
Associate Justice Estela Perlas-Bernabe’s dissent also notes that facts and the own statements of ousted Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno 'cast shadows of doubt on her claim that she indeed faithfully filed all her SALNs'
The 153-page ponencia of Associate Justice Noel Tijam effectively assures Sereno's ouster – even if Congress tries to intervene
Sereno maintains 6 justices should have inhibited. 'Eh di resounding victory,' says ousted chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno
‘Can I redeem myself in the eyes of the public if there will always be rumors about me compromising?’ says ousted chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno
However, constitutional law experts say it is only Congress which is in a position to challenge the quo warranto
'This decision is the epitome of its exercise of judicial independence,' says Calida who is responsible for the ouster of the chief justice
Can she ignore the decision and assert herself as the chief justice?
On Thursday, May 10, Rappler talks to constitutional law professor Dan Gatmaytan to discuss possible scenarios after the Supreme Court votes on the quo warranto petition against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno
It's a doctrine that literally means 'for this moment' and will quell fears that the quo warranto can be abused in the future
It is a defiant message from the Chief Justice: if the justices want to oust her, they are going to have to do it to her face
'The quo warranto case against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno...can be the final blow to the ideal of justice we all depend on…. [It] is not just her fight, it is our fight,' the Vice President says at the Free the Courts forum
The looming May 11 voting schedule of the Supreme Court pushes former government officials to publish a manifesto on a newspaper and send it to the Senate, as several individuals fast in front of the Court
This is another messaging shift from the Chief Justice – from being evasive on the topic of personal relationships to joking about exorcising evil
Sereno's challenge is to let the impeachment trial take its course, and spare the SC the pains of handing down a polarizing decision
The Supreme Court en banc will hold a special session on May 17, a Thursday
The High Court wants answers: were anti-drug operations planned and conducted properly, and were the deaths really investigated?
'Kapag sinabi ni Presidente na huwag mo ibigay, kung ako pa ang chief PNP, hindi ko talaga ibibigay,' says outgoing Philippine National Police chief Ronald dela Rosa
(UPDATED) The Supreme Court did not recognize the amicus curiae because there was no invitation extended to lawyer Larry Gadon to begin with, say court insiders
'SALNs are only relevant to the question of integrity if the issue is ill-gotten wealth,' says Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno's spokesperson Jojo Lacanilao
If Sereno was sending a message of strength to her supporters with her performance in the oral arguments, then the justices were trying to send a message too, either to the public, or the Senate