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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

LIVE: SC oral arguments on war on drugs

Dec 05, 2017 - 2:20 PM

Listen to the arguments heard by the Supreme Court on consolidated petitions to declare the government circulars that ‘operationalize’ the war on drugs unconstitutional.

Destabilization or ripe for suspension? Day 2 of SC drug war oral arguments

Nov 29, 2017 - 9:23 AM

Here are highlights of the second day of Supreme Court oral arguments on the constitutionality of Oplan Tokhang in the government's war on drugs

Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

There's basis to issue TRO vs Tokhang – SC Justice Jardeleza

Nov 28, 2017 - 11:40 PM

(UPDATED) During oral arguments on the war on drugs, Associate Justice Francis Jardeleza says police knocking on doors of the houses of drug suspects may violate their right to be safe in their homes against unreasonable searches and seizures

TOKHANG ONLY. Associate Justice Francis Jardeleza at the Supreme Court in Manila. Rappler photo

No kill order to cops, Dela Rosa tells Supreme Court

Nov 28, 2017 - 7:36 PM

Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen gets Dela Rosa to say he has 'never' issued a kill order to policemen on the ground

Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Dela Rosa on his first Supreme Court appearance: 'Hindi emotional'

Nov 28, 2017 - 7:15 PM

'Hindi emotional, wala masyadong emotions dito,' says the PNP chief after the Supreme Court oral arguments on the war on drugs

CONFIDENT. PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa was called to the Supreme Court to defend the regularity of their anti-drug opeations. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

PNP says 125 cops punished for drug war-related offenses

Nov 28, 2017 - 5:05 PM

The punishments range from salary forfeitures to permanent dismissal from the police service, PNP Internal Affairs Service chief Inspector General Alfegar Triambulo tells the Supreme Court

FORMATION. Cops line up at Camp Crame, the PNP's national headquarters. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Calida: Drug war petitions part of 'destabilization' moves

Nov 28, 2017 - 4:53 PM

(UPDATED) The Solicitor General says the police circular – while it may be abused – should be looked at by the Supreme Court for its purpose and not its effects

Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Rappler Talk: Why are petitioners fighting the drug war at the Supreme Court?

Nov 24, 2017 - 6:59 PM

'Because I believe it's right and somebody has to do it,' says FLAG's Diokno on why they filed a petition against the drug war before the High Court

CJ Sereno to constitutional bodies: Step up in advancing human rights

Nov 23, 2017 - 1:00 PM

'A justice sector does not function if the investigative and the prosecutorial services are not doing their jobs,' says Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno

CALL TO ACTION. Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno calls to action the constitional bodies in probing alleged human rights violations in the govennment's war on drugs. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

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Nov 23, 2017 - 11:42 AM

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BJMP Acting Chief Deogracias Tapayan (left), QCPD Chief PCSupt Guillermo Eleazar (right) along with PDEA officials led the destruction of confiscated contrabands from a series of Greyhound Operations as part of the Oplan Linis Piitan in line with the president war on drugs campaign. The event was held at the BJMP NHQ in Mindanao Avenue in Quezon City on on October 24, 2017. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

HIGHLIGHTS: What was discussed in SC oral arguments on drug war?

Nov 22, 2017 - 12:17 PM

Here's a summary of the most important points raised during the petitioners' round in the Supreme Court oral arguments on the war on drugs

Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno leads other justices in deliberating the constitutionality of Duterte's drug war during the start of the oral argument at the Supreme Court in Manila on November 21, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

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Nov 21, 2017 - 9:06 PM

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SC's Leonen: Drug list violates fundamental rights

Nov 21, 2017 - 9:00 PM

'If it is done by your government, when there is an official process that does that, then would you say that there is a fundamental right that is violated?' says Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen

Probe into 'nanlaban' cases just a fishing expedition – SolGen

Nov 18, 2017 - 9:07 AM

Government lawyers also believe that families of drug war victims are not entitled to state protection

SHOT. John Paul Martinez, 21 years old, is dies from several gunshot wounds after an encounter with Manila police.

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

Martial law also aims to crush NPA, drug syndicates

Jul 03, 2017 - 8:11 PM

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana is confident the Supreme Court will uphold martial law when it rules on petitions to nullify the declaration on Tuesday July 4

COMMUNIST INSURGENCY. File photo of NPA guerillas inside their camp Marihatag, Surigao del Sur. Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

SUMMARY: SC oral arguments on martial law in Mindanao

Jun 17, 2017 - 6:30 PM

Rappler compiles the main issues tackled during the oral arguments of the Supreme Court SC on martial law in Mindanao

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Jun 16, 2017 - 9:00 AM

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Lorenzana, Año show 'secret documents' in private session with SC justices

Jun 15, 2017 - 1:11 PM

3rd UPDATE Among the petitioners only Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman is allowed to join the closed door meeting

SC MEETING. Supreme Court (SC) Spokesman Theodore Te updates the media on June 15, 2017 on the request to hold an executive session with martial law officers Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and General Eduardo Año. Photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler

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Jun 15, 2017 - 10:45 AM

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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

SC orders Lorenzana, Año to attend oral arguments on martial law

Jun 14, 2017 - 2:39 PM

Solicitor General Jose Calida asks that the briefing of the administrator and the implementer of martial law in Mindanao be done privately for reasons of security

CALLED TO THE COURT. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, a retired general who once commanded the Army Special Command and designated martial law administrator, is called to the Supreme Court. Rappler photo

CJ Sereno: Martial law clarification will protect soldiers too

Jun 14, 2017 - 2:02 PM

While we will and we may uphold the power of the President it is also our duty that that power is discharged fully in accordance with the framework that governs our country says Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno

ORAL ARGUMENTS. Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno reiterates the need to clarify the martial law guidelines during the 2nd day of the Supreme Court oral arguments on the Mindanao martial law on June 14, 2017. Photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler

Calida on debunked incidents in martial law report: 'It's just semantics'

Jun 14, 2017 - 11:50 AM

Former representative Neri Colmenares accuses Soiicitor General Jose Calida of inventing facts for including communist rebels in the annex of his consolidated comment submitted to the High Court

WHO'S THE LIAR? Solicitor General Jose Calida is agitated by the accusation of former representative Neri Colmenares that he is inventing "facts along the way to justify martial law in Mindanao." Calida tries to challenge Colmenares to an on the spot debate and calls him a liar. Photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler

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Jun 14, 2017 - 8:50 AM

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HIGHLIGHTS: Day 1 of SC oral arguments on Mindanao martial law

Jun 14, 2017 - 6:57 AM

Read the highlights from the first day of the Supreme Court oral arguments on the declaration of martial law in Mindanao

ORAL ARGUMENTS. The Supreme Court begins its 3-day oral arguments on the declaration of martial law in Mindanao. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

SC's Leonen: We need to clarify martial law guidelines

Jun 13, 2017 - 11:56 PM

Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio also points out that mere imminent threat of rebellion is not enough to declare martial law

SC's Bersamin says trust Duterte on martial law

Jun 13, 2017 - 8:59 PM

I am willing to presume good faith on the part of government says Associate Justice Lucas Bersamin

ORAL ARGUMENTS. Supreme Court (SC) starts on June 13, 2017 the oral arguments on the petitions seeking to nullify the martial law in Mindanao. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

SC's Del Castillo: Isn't Marawi siege act of rebellion?

Jun 13, 2017 - 1:36 PM

UPDATED Petitioner Lagman says the raising of an ISIS flag in Marawi City is nothing but cheap propaganda

ORAL ARGUMENTS. Justices of the Supreme Court led by Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno start the first oral arguments on the petition to lift the martial law in Mindanao on June 13, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler


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Nullify martial law? Your guide to the SC oral arguments

Jun 12, 2017 - 10:20 PM

The High Court hears arguments June 13 15 on consolidated petitions to nullify martial law in Mindanao Here are the main arguments and counter arguments