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PH makes visa upon arrival 30 days only for Chinese tourists

Jan 12, 2020 - 12:28 PM

The amendment also prohibits conversion of the VUA to other types, such as work visas

[EDITORIAL] Ang anino ng backhoe sa Ampatuan massacre

Dec 23, 2019 - 10:31 AM

The sad truth is this: the trial of the decade does not reform, overhaul, or even change the injustice that's still prevalent in our society today

IBP on Ampatuan verdict: Delayed justice breeds despair, corruption

Dec 20, 2019 - 4:55 PM

While it welcomes the conviction of suspects in the Ampatuan massacre, the Integrated Bar of the Philippines laments the delay and pushes for reforms in the judicial process

[PODCAST] Ano ang solusyon sa mabagal na PH justice system?

Dec 20, 2019 - 12:06 PM

Paano makakatulong ang proyektong Governance in Justice sa mabagal na galaw ng hudikatura?

Unqualified GCTA returnees lose jobs, are detained for months

Dec 15, 2019 - 9:12 PM

Part 2: Even if many are not heinous crime convicts, former inmates turn themselves in to the Correctional Institution for Women out of fear of the President. Administrative lapses make them worry they won’t be home for Christmas.

2019: Year of rough seas for PH in the face of belligerent China

Dec 10, 2019 - 8:09 PM

Often undetected, Chinese vessels and warships cross deeper into the Philippines' territorial seas and closer to home

[OPINION] Carpio should stay on as the 'shaming force' in the Supreme Court

Oct 30, 2019 - 4:00 PM

I want Justice Carpio the way he is – the precise way that has made him the man of the times

[OPINION] The punitive turn: The bungled discourse of the GCTA law

Aug 31, 2019 - 3:11 PM

Fueled by the continuing emphasis on the Antonio Sanchez case, the discourse has decidedly turned punitive – the raw and basic instinct for blood had taken over the land

IN CHARTS: 2 years on, PH courts have 30% compliance with continuous trial

Aug 28, 2019 - 9:57 PM

Before continuous trial, only 2% of criminal cases on average finish trial in 180 days. The 30% compliance is an impressive improvement.

PH COURTS. A woman looks at the bulletin board of one of the busiest court houses in Metro Manila, the Manila Regional Trial Court. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Beyond Sanchez: How to improve the Good Conduct Time Allowance law

Aug 26, 2019 - 5:00 PM

The law should clarify unclear provisions on heinous crimes and spell out disqualifying acts to encourage sustained good behavior

Inside the National Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City on October 28, 2016.

Can heinous crimes be excluded from good conduct time allowance law?

Aug 23, 2019 - 3:30 PM

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra's interpretation differs with the view of the former justice undersecretary who published the law manual

Convicted former mayor of Calauan, Laguna Antonio Sanchez is seen inside the Maximum Security Compound of the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City on August 22, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

[OPINION] Media sensationalism, bureaucratic ineptitude, the common tao's quest for justice

Aug 23, 2019 - 9:46 AM

Jail and prison officials will be very afraid to exercise their professional discretion to release a reformed offender simply because of the horrendous backlash that they will face

Faster justice? Let judges actively investigate facts of case, says Roque

Nov 23, 2018 - 4:28 PM

The senatorial bet and former Duterte spokesman bares part of his eyed legislative agenda on the 9th anniversary of the Maguindanao massacre

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte meets with the kin of the Maguindanao Massacre victims at the Malacañan Palace on November 23, 2017. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Ombudsman's case survival rate drops in 2017

Mar 18, 2018 - 7:10 PM

This is the rate that cases reach trial and are not dismissed for lack of sufficient evidence

LAST YEAR. Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales is set to retire in July 2018. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

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

Aguirre urges Congress to convene on martial law

May 29, 2017 - 8:03 PM

The justice secretary believes that if Congress convenes to affirm the President s martial law declaration the Supreme Court won t have the last say on the issue

File photo of Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II by AFP / Ted Aljibe

LIVE: House votes on death penalty bill on 2nd reading

Mar 01, 2017 - 5:10 PM

The House justice panel approved the measure seeking to reinstate the death penalty for heinous crimes in the Philippines Will it pass both houses?

LIVE: House debate on the death penalty bill

Feb 28, 2017 - 5:44 PM

The House justice panel approved the measure seeking to reinstate the death penalty for heinous crimes in the Philippines Will it pass both houses?

Rodrigo Duterte, death penalty, Ateneo-La Salle | Evening wRap

Dec 07, 2016 - 9:59 PM

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House death penalty bill: How they voted

Dec 07, 2016 - 7:30 PM

UPDATED The House justice committee votes in favor of reimposing the death penalty for heinous crimes in the Philippines Who voted for and against the measure?

CAPITAL PUNISHMENT. How did the House justice panel vote on the death penalty bill?

House to extend death penalty debates to January 2017

Dec 07, 2016 - 7:30 PM

Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas says more supermajority congressmen would be amenable to reimposing the death penalty if only applied to drug related cases

MORE DEBATES. Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas says House sessions in January 2017 would include floor debates on the death penalty bill. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Death penalty bill hurdles House committee

Dec 07, 2016 - 12:42 PM

3rd UPDATE Leyte 3rd District Representative Vicente Veloso compares criminals who commit heinous crimes to Satan: Kung ang nasa harapan mo ay si Satanas na mismo oh my God Bigyan mo naman ang gobyerno ng option para patayin na yan

DEATH PENALTY. The House committee on justice meets on December 7, 2016. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Duterte to Sereno: I'm just doing my duty

Aug 09, 2016 - 1:10 PM

The President assures the Chief Justice that he has basis for naming the 7 judges with alleged links to the drug trade

'MY DUTY.' President Rodrigo Duterte speaks to reporters on August 8, 2016 in Hotel Elena, Davao City. Photo by Manman Dejeto

Ex-chief justice Renato Corona dies

Apr 29, 2016 - 7:08 AM

UPDATED Renato Corona succumbs to cardiac arrest Friday morning April 29 He was 67

LINGERING ILLNESS. A file photo of former chief justice Renato Corona.

Roxas: SC justices of next president can change character of judiciary

Mar 31, 2016 - 10:45 AM

The wrong choice might mean that black becomes white and white becomes black And that s why we need to be very very careful the Liberal Party candidate says

CAREFUL CHOICE. Liberal Party bet Mar Roxas (right) stresses the importance of choosing the successor of President Benigno Aquino III (left), because the next leader will have the power to appoint 10 justices of the Supreme Court. Rappler file photo

Roxas blasts Binay for defending Corona

Aug 05, 2015 - 1:28 PM

Vice President Jejomar Binay says he once advised President Aquino against pursuing the impeachment of former Chief Justice Renato Corona

Sereno: Justice must be real-time, high-tech

Jul 17, 2015 - 11:06 AM

The Chief Justice has 15 more years left in her term to transform Philippine courts from being repositories of paper to modern structures where accessing justice can be as easy as a click

TECH-SAVVY JUDICIARY. Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno obliges to a selfie with students after her first meet-the-press session in August 2013. File photo

'People's champ' Manny Pacquiao meets Mary Jane Veloso

Jul 10, 2015 - 11:44 AM

UPDATED The Filipina death convict breaks down in tears as she prayed with the boxing champ and wife Jinkee

'People's champ' Pacquiao to meet Mary Jane Veloso July 10

Jul 09, 2015 - 4:34 PM

The visit of Manny Pacquiao comes as the justice department approves the filing of charges against the recruiters of Mary Jane

Sharia court employee shot dead in Jolo

Mar 07, 2015 - 8:13 AM

The court interpreter is shot dead on his way home

Senate approves reforms for anti-graft court

Feb 25, 2015 - 7:52 PM

Among the changes is the assignment of cases involving less than P1 million to regional trial courts so the Sandiganbayan can focus on ‘the most significant cases’

FASTER CASES. The Sandiganbayan amendments aim to cut the average time of resolving cases, which now spans 9 to 10 years. File photo by Rappler

Political prisoners, families on hunger strike for papal visit

Jan 15, 2015 - 12:05 AM

Detainees from at least 50 jails around the Philippines hope that the Holy Father will join them in their call for their immediate release

FLOWERS FOR THE POPE. Families appeal to the pope for the release of their loved ones, as well as the resumption of peace talks between the Philippine government and the National Democratic Front. Photo by George Moya/Rappler

Palace: Gov't doing its best on Maguindanao massacre case

Nov 22, 2014 - 4:51 PM

Vice President Jejomar Binay meanwhile says concerned government agencies should not lose focus and that resolution of the case should always be a priority

FIVE YEARS. Relatives and supporters of victims of the infamous massacre visit the site where 58 people were killed in Ampatuan town, Maguindanao province, in Mindanao on November 21, 2014, ahead of the 5th anniversary of the worst political massacre of the country. Photo by Mark Navales/AFP

4 years on, no justice for slain botanist Leonard Co

Nov 15, 2014 - 8:45 AM

There have been no trials held 4 years after the death of the revered Filipino botanist allegedly at the hands of soldiers

PH to initiate deportation of Laude's German fiancé

Oct 24, 2014 - 3:45 PM

Implicit in the admission of foreigners to our country is that they respect the authorities of our country Such misbehavior on the part of a foreigner that’s even a criminal offense says Justice Secretary De Lima

'UNLAWFUL ENTRY.' Marc Sueselbeck (right) with Marilou Laude, the sister of slain transgender Filipino woman Jennifer Laude, inside the Camp Aguinaldo perimeter fence on October 22, 2014. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Sereno wants more funds for faster case disposal

Aug 29, 2014 - 1:09 AM

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno is straightforward in expressing her dismay over the judiciary s limited share in the budget pie I am not content with what they gave us she says

House vs SC? Aquino allies target judicial fund

Jul 15, 2014 - 4:30 PM

Proposed bills require the Supreme Court to remit the Judiciary Development Fund to the National Treasury and allow Congress to decide how it will be used

NEW WAR: House committee on justice chairman Rep Niel Tupas Jr wants to abolish the Judiciary Development Fund

Rappler Newscast | June 12, 2014

Jun 12, 2014 - 8:14 PM

Aquino vows due process in pork scam cases Estrada s lawyer says there s no proof Jinggoy got P183 M Jolie co chairs summit to end sexual violence

Aquino vows due process in pork scam cases

Jun 12, 2014 - 11:18 AM

On Independence Day President Benigno Aquino III also urges Filipinos to vote wisely in the 2016 elections to ensure a more just and prosperous nation that their forefathers had fought and died for

Youngest SC aspirant vows quick case disposal

May 30, 2014 - 7:07 PM

If appointed the young Hernando will serve in the SC for the next 23 years But he maintains he is not really that young

COA chief on SC nomination: PNoy can't control me

May 30, 2014 - 3:43 PM

Grace Pulido Tan says she wants to become SC justice even as she concedes she s familiar with the Court s set up only to the extent that the public knows it

Courts to use e-subpoena to make sure cops attend hearings

Apr 30, 2014 - 6:50 PM

When cops who are called as witnesses in cases don t appear at hearings courts dismiss thousands of cases most of them drug related

UPGRADE. Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, Chief Justice Lourdes Sereno and Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas witness the signing of a memorandum of agreement for the new e-subpoena system. Photo by Bea Cupin/Rappler

SC lifts ex-justice's disqualification from public office

Apr 30, 2014 - 6:42 PM

Retired Justice Ruben Reyes asked the SC to consider its April 2013 resolution of judicial clemency that already lifted his indefinite suspension from law practice

No action on PDAF-tainted justice

Oct 30, 2013 - 9:42 AM

The Supreme Court has yet to look into the case of Court of Appeals Justice Danton Beuser a former Laguna congressman

[Q and A] Celdran: 'I'm Catholic until it is taken away from me'

Jan 29, 2013 - 10:12 PM

I was raised a Catholic It s just part of my wiring already So being Catholic is something that I am until it is taken away from me

BIG LEGAL BATTLE. Artist and advocate Carlos Celdran tells Rappler he thinks he has a big legal battle ahead of him in a Skype interview on January 29, 2013. Screenshot of Rappler interview.

IBP rejects De Lima appeal on disbarment

Aug 06, 2012 - 11:04 AM

The decision of the IBP has far reaching implications on the move of the Judicial and Bar Council

Judicial reform too important to fail

Jun 30, 2012 - 7:05 PM

Clogged dockets impair social justice hinder economic development and erode public confidence in the justice system and ultimately in the entire government

SC orders justices, judges to release SALN

May 30, 2012 - 4:01 PM

UPDATED Overturning a two decade old guideline the High Court orders all justices and judges nationwide to release their Statement of Assets Liabilities and Net Worth

ACTING CJ. Supreme Court justices decide to release their SALN in fulll after a special en banc session called by Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio. Photo from SC website