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Lawyers counting on 'swing votes' to reverse Sereno ouster

May 15, 2018 - 1:09 PM

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.

A group of lawyers led by the National Union of Progressive Lawyers troop the Supreme Court on May 15, 2018 to protest the quo warranto decision against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

What Sereno's quo warranto ouster means for President, VP

May 14, 2018 - 1:19 PM

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.

Supporters of CJ Sereno gather early morning on May 11, 2018 at the Supreme Court deciding on the quo warranto case against the Chief Justice. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

De Castro says Sereno ousted over tendency to 'lie, mislead'

May 13, 2018 - 7:00 PM

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

TESTIMONY. Associate Justice Teresita Leonardo-de Castro testifies before the House committee on justice as it tackled an impeachment case against then-chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. File poto by Darren Langit/Rappler

The Supreme Court post-Sereno: Better off or not?

May 13, 2018 - 6:25 PM

'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

Ousted Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno speaks before a crowd supporting her on May 11, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

FULL TEXT: Supreme Court decision on Sereno ouster

May 13, 2018 - 10:30 AM

Read the full text of the Supreme Court decision, penned by Associate Justice Noel Tijam, that ousted Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno

Ousted Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno speaks before a crowd supporting her on May 11, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Pagkatalsik sa SC, ano'ng maaaring gawin ni Sereno?

May 12, 2018 - 9:47 PM

Maaari bang balewalain ni Sereno ang desisyon at igiit ang kaniyang sarili bilang Punong Mahistrado?

SERENO. Limang sitwasyon ang maaaring pagpilian ni Maria Lourdes Sereno matapos paboran ng Korte Suprema ang quo warranto petition. Kuha ni Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Carpio dissents in Sereno ouster, but says she violated SALN law

May 12, 2018 - 6:51 PM

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'

CONFLICT? Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio rebuffs the claim of f Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno that he did not submit all of his SALNs. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

EXPLAINER: How SC majority tried to close all doors for ousted Sereno

May 12, 2018 - 12:27 PM

The 153-page ponencia of Associate Justice Noel Tijam effectively assures Sereno's ouster – even if Congress tries to intervene

Ousted Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno speaks before a crowd supporting her on May 11, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Sereno: Junking quo warranto could have been SC’s redemption

May 11, 2018 - 9:20 PM

Sereno maintains 6 justices should have inhibited. 'Eh di resounding victory,' says ousted chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno

Sereno Press Con at AG New World Manila Bay Hotel. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Sereno says there were offers to meet Duterte: He could have ended it

May 11, 2018 - 8:38 PM

‘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

Sereno Press Con at AG New World Manila Bay Hotel. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

IBP to appeal Sereno ouster; lawyers called to rise up

May 11, 2018 - 4:35 PM

However, constitutional law experts say it is only Congress which is in a position to challenge the quo warranto

Ousted Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno speaks before a crowd supporting her on May 11, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Calida: Sereno’s ouster preserves integrity of judiciary

May 11, 2018 - 3:30 PM

'This decision is the epitome of its exercise of judicial independence,' says Calida who is responsible for the ouster of the chief justice

VICTORY. Solicitor General Jose Calida scores another victory as he successfully ousts a chief justice in a process that is not impeachment. File photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

After SC ousts her, what can Sereno do now?

May 11, 2018 - 11:25 AM

Can she ignore the decision and assert herself as the chief justice?

CJ Sereno At UP. Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno speaks during 'Speak Truth to Power' forum in UP Diliman, Quezon City on May 05, 2018. PHOTO BY INOUE JAENA

Rappler Talk: Constitutional law professor Dan Gatmaytan on Sereno scenarios

May 10, 2018 - 6:38 PM

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

'Pro hac vice': Can SC oust Sereno without setting bad precedent?

May 10, 2018 - 6:28 PM

It's a doctrine that literally means 'for this moment' and will quell fears that the quo warranto can be abused in the future

QUO WARRANTO. Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno makes a comeback to the Supreme Court on May 9, 2018, ending her indefinite leave two days before the SC votes on the quo warranto petition seeking to remove her. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Sereno will attend, but inhibit in quo warranto voting

May 09, 2018 - 12:15 PM

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

Robredo backs Sereno: I will do everything to right this wrong

May 07, 2018 - 1:14 PM

'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

Photo by Angie de Silva

Calls to drop Sereno quo warranto intensify as supporters fast at SC

May 02, 2018 - 6:40 PM

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

CALLS. Members of the Coalition for Justice fast for 10 days in front of the Supreme Court to call for the junking of a quo warranto petition against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. Photo by Hernan Paynaga

As quo warranto decision nears, Sereno hits SC for 'unfairness'

Apr 25, 2018 - 6:32 PM

This is another messaging shift from the Chief Justice – from being evasive on the topic of personal relationships to joking about exorcising evil

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno speaks on separation of Powers Under the Rule of Law at the fellowship of Philippine Bar Association in Manila Golf and Country Club in Forbes Park, Makati City on April 11, 2018. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

SC in focus: Sereno says quo warranto gravest wound inflicted on Constitution

Apr 20, 2018 - 7:41 PM

Sereno's challenge is to let the impeachment trial take its course, and spare the SC the pains of handing down a polarizing decision

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno speaks on separation of Powers Under the Rule of Law at the fellowship of Philippine Bar Association in Manila Golf and Country Club in Forbes Park, Makati City on April 11, 2018. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Sereno quo warranto will be decided end of May – SC's Carpio

Apr 19, 2018 - 12:43 PM

The Supreme Court en banc will hold a special session on May 17, a Thursday

Upholding the Law of the Sea Convention and the Post-Arbitration Philippine Challenge forum at Malcolm Theater, UP College of Law on July 15, 2016

Supreme Court tells gov't to prove drug war police reports exist

Apr 18, 2018 - 8:12 PM

The High Court wants answers: were anti-drug operations planned and conducted properly, and were the deaths really investigated?

Police investigate a dead man near Espana Boulevard in Manila on August 6, 2016.

Duterte nod needed before sharing Tokhang files with SC – PNP

Apr 18, 2018 - 5:12 PM

'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

COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF. Outgoing and incoming PNP chiefs Ronald dela Rosa and Oscar Albayalde want Duterte's approval before sharing drug campaign documents with the SC. File photo from PPD

Gadon submits expert comment on Sereno quo warranto. SC expunges it.

Apr 18, 2018 - 4:00 PM

(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

Sereno now has 11 U.P. SALNs on file

Apr 12, 2018 - 7:10 PM

'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

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno speaks on separation of Powers Under the Rule of Law at the fellowship of Philippine Bar Association in Manila Golf and Country Club in Forbes Park, Makati City on April 11, 2018. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Sereno comes out swinging in SC orals: Did it help her?

Apr 11, 2018 - 5:19 PM

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

WALANG ATRASAN. Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno tells her supporters "walang atrasan! (no giving up)" as she greeted them outside the Supreme Court in Baguio City after the oral arguments on the quo warranto petition against her on April 10, 2018. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Quo warranto vs Sereno impairs integrity of SC – Justice Caguioa

Apr 11, 2018 - 2:32 PM

Caguioa says ousting Sereno via a quo warranto will pave the way for future solicitors general to remove sitting justices on the basis of any 'integrity issue' they could find

'Popcorn, please': Sereno-De Castro word war stuns netizens

Apr 10, 2018 - 7:55 PM

Netizens are willing spectators as the claws come out between the two women of the judiciary

Sereno: SALN not a requirement of integrity

Apr 10, 2018 - 7:10 PM

Associate Justice Noel Tijam tells Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno: 'Integrity is not founded in jurisprudence. It is founded in honesty, truthfulness.'

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno addresses the court workers during the national convention of legal researchers in Bacolod City on Wednesday, April 4. Photo by Marchel Espina/Rappler

Leonen: Integrity can't be measured by piece of paper alone

Apr 10, 2018 - 5:58 PM

Associate Justice Marvic Leonen says, 'What is more important is to catch someone with unexplained wealth'

INTEGRITY. In this file photo, SC Justice Marvic Leonen speaks during the Democracy Forum at the Ateneo Law School in Makati on February 12, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

'You're oppressive!': Sereno, De Castro face off in SC orals

Apr 10, 2018 - 5:25 PM

'You are making a lot of excuses,' an agitated Associate Justice Teresita Leonardo De Castro tells Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno

ORAL ARGUMENTS. Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno faces off in a two-hour long heated interpellation with Associate Justice Teresita Leonardo De Castro. Screengrab from SC

Sereno faces probing colleagues in a historic first

Apr 10, 2018 - 2:03 PM

Sereno would have to convince her most bitter rivals that she deserves – or is legally entitled to – the post that she has held for 5 years

Photo by Angie de Silva

Supreme Court to hold oral arguments on same-sex marriage

Mar 06, 2018 - 6:10 PM

The oral arguments will give marriage equality advocates their most-awaited day in court

ORAL ARGUMENTS. Openly gay lawyer Jesus Falcis has a once in a lifetime opportunity to defend in oral arguments at the Supreme Court his stance for same-sex marriage. Photo by Rappler

SC martial law ruling 'enables rise of an emboldened authoritarian' – Leonen

Feb 10, 2018 - 6:10 PM

'The majority’s decision in this case aligns us towards the same dangerous path. It erodes this Court’s role as our society’s legal conscience,' says Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen

MARCOS REINCARNATION. Associate Justice Marvic Leonen said the Supreme Court's majority ruling on the martial law re-extension is a reincarnation of the past rulings which were 'complicit in the suffering of our people' during the Marcos era.

NPA conflict may be used as ground for 'perpetual martial law'

Feb 10, 2018 - 3:46 PM

'This precedent dangerously suggests a perpetual violation of people's constitutional rights,' says Supreme Court Associate Justice Benjamin Caguioa in his dissenting opinion on the re-extension of martial law in Mindanao

DISSENTING OPINION. Associate Justice Benjamin Caguioa says his colleagues' decision set a dangerous precedent towarda a perpetual martial law.

Submitting drug war documents will endanger cops' lives – Dela Rosa

Jan 22, 2018 - 4:37 PM

'Alam mo na ang pag-disclose ng mga pangalan, hindi lang ma-e-endanger ang buhay mo, kundi pati pamilya mo,' PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa says of cops who joined drug war operations

NO SHARING. PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa was called to the Supreme Court to defend the regularity of their anti-drug operations. File photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

SC sets new round of oral arguments on martial law

Jan 16, 2018 - 4:17 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The oral arguments will be held on January 16 and 17

Justices of the Supreme Court led by chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno starts the first oral argument on the petition to lift the martial law in Mindanao at the Supreme Court in Manila on June 13, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

SC orders DND, AFP, PNP chiefs to attend martial law oral arguments

Jan 16, 2018 - 3:50 PM

Military chief General Rey Leonardo Guerrero attends the first day of the oral arguments on petitions against the extension of martial law in Mindanao

Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Calida insists government not providing tokhang documents to SC

Jan 16, 2018 - 3:49 PM

The Supreme Court en banc orders the petitioners to respond to Calida's motion for reconsideration

MOTION. Solicitor General Jose Calida files a motion for reconsideration seeking the recall of the Supreme Court's order to provide full documentation of the war on drugs. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Duterte's word war with women

Dec 19, 2017 - 9:00 AM

How Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno and Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales have stood up to the President

WOMEN AND DUTERTE. President Rodrigo Duterte's tough-talking persona meets a match in equally tough-talking women such as the Chief Justice and the Ombudsman.

Philippines’ 12 biggest cases of 2017

Dec 16, 2017 - 3:18 PM

From jailing a sitting senator to debating the constitutionality of the Duterte administration's war on drugs, look back at the high-stakes judgments, decisions, and preliminary investigations of 2017

BIGGEST CASES. Characters of the pork barrel scam are back on the spotlight while their 'jailer' Leila de Lima ends up in prison for 3 counts of drug trade.

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Dec 12, 2017 - 6:58 PM

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HIGHLIGHTS: Justices grill Calida on operational loopholes of Oplan TokHang

Dec 06, 2017 - 5:08 PM

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno questions the regularity of police raids during ungodly hours

LOOPHOLES. Solicitor General Jose Calida is put on the spot to defend what some justices deem as loopholes in Oplan TokHang and the government's anti-drug campaign.

Calida on drug smuggling in PH: ‘We cannot police an archipelago’

Dec 06, 2017 - 11:41 AM

Solicitor General Jose Calida also says Philippine police can't arrest big time drug lords who are in China

GRILLED. Solicitor General Jose Calida is grilled on the operational loopholes of Oplan TokHang and the government's anti-drug war campaign during the 3rd and final day of the Supreme Court oral arguments. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Will you know if you’re on a drug list? Not that easy, Calida says

Dec 05, 2017 - 7:51 PM

'Paano kung ang pangalan ko ay nandoon, how can I be given due process if I believe that my name should not be there?' asks petitioner Dean Jose Manuel Diokno

Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

FACT CHECK: Calida says during Tokhang police don't barge into homes

Dec 05, 2017 - 7:05 PM

Solicitor General Jose Calida tells the Supreme Court that the police do not 'insist and just move on to the next house' if individuals do not want to let them in. Media coverage of at least 5 drug war deaths show otherwise.

SC's Martires: Why did the PNP send 8 police units for just one drug suspect?

Dec 05, 2017 - 4:56 PM

Ryan Almora, an alleged drug pusher, was killed by a team made up of operatives from 8 police units

TOO MANY FOR ONE? SC Justice Martires asks why the PNP had to send 8 units to capture just one suspect. File photo Rappler screengrab

SC’s Carpio compels gov't to submit ‘nanlaban’ documents

Dec 05, 2017 - 3:48 PM

(UPDATED) Justice Carpio's order puts to the test the government’s claim that 'every single one' of the deaths are being investigated

COMMON SENSE. Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio says the Philippines cannot have a Visiting Forces Agreement with China. Rappler photo

SC Justice Carpio: ‘Why is PNP ignoring big-time drug lords?’

Dec 05, 2017 - 3:03 PM

Solicitor General Jose Calida defends the PNP, saying that they were ordered to target all drug suspects, big or small

CRITICAL. Antonio Carpio questions the thrust of the PNP's war on drugs. Rappler file photo

Dela Rosa no-show in Supreme Court EJK hearing

Dec 05, 2017 - 2:37 PM

The PNP chief is in New York for an 'anti-terrorism conference', says Solicitor General Jose Calida

ABSENT. PNP chief Dela Rosa faces reporters outside the Supreme Court main building. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler