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Woman's honor a fallacy? SC acquits men of rape over ‘unrealistic’ account

Feb 20, 2018 - 1:04 PM

The Supreme Court does not apply the woman's honor doctrine that presumes raped women to be telling the truth

Supreme Court of teh Philippines in Padre Faura, Manila

Much ado about calls: Judges hit for ‘late’ warrants vs De Lima

Feb 19, 2018 - 9:02 PM

House justice committee chairman Reynaldo Umali allows the hearing of the impeachment complaint against Sereno to drag on for hours circling on the same issues

Resource persons, Amelia Fabros-Corpuz, Presiding Judge of Muntinlupa (left), Patia Manalastas-De Leon, Presiding Judge of RTC Muntinlupa (center) and Jenny Lind Aldecoa-Delorino, Deputy Court Administrator of Supreme Court, testifies before the House Committee on Justice on February 19, 2018, during the continuation of the hearing on the determination of probable cause in the impeachment complaint filed against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

FULL TEXT AND VIDEO: Our fundamental freedoms

Feb 19, 2018 - 6:27 PM

'In this era of disinformation, how can you fight for your freedom and democracy?'

Democracy Forum at the Ateneo Law School in Makati on February 12, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Judges handling De Lima cases deny getting a call from Sereno

Feb 19, 2018 - 1:02 PM

(UPDATED) 'That is a brazen lie!' Muntinlupa Judge Amelia Fabros Corpuz tells former Court of Appeals justice and now Leyte Representative Veloso when he says she creates the impression somebody told her not to issue an arrest warrant against De Lima

JUDGES. Muntinlupa RTC judges Amelia Fabros-Corpuz (left) and Patria Manalastas-De Leon (right) testify before the House Committee on Justice on February 19, 2018 during the House impeachment hearing against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

BIR finds 'discrepancies' in Sereno tax declarations

Feb 19, 2018 - 12:35 PM

Her camp, however, says figures divulged by the BIR were 'not income but tax'

Resource person Atty. Arnel Guballa, Deputy Commissioner for Operations of BIR, testifies before the House Committee on Justice on February 19, 2018, during the continuation of the hearing on the determination of probable cause in the impeachment complaint filed against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Sereno tries to balance self-defense, healing wounds in SC

Feb 18, 2018 - 6:55 PM

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno faces battles inside and outside the Supreme Court

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Feb 18, 2018 - 9:52 AM

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DISINFORMATION. Computer programmer Carlos Nazareno shares how Duterte supporters swarmed the Facebook page of the  International Criminal Court shortly after it announced its probe on the government's war on drugs. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

IBP exploring possibility of filing for writ of kalikasan to protect PH marine territories

Feb 16, 2018 - 6:33 PM

'We saw that instead of moving the ball forward to a goal, the Philippine government somehow froze the ball and now the ball is now being brought towards the opposite direction,' Integrated Bar of the Philippines national president Abdiel Dan Fajardo says

Impeachment should be 'last resort' – IBP national president

Feb 16, 2018 - 5:55 PM

'It is an extreme measure and should be based only on the gravest sin that would amount to flagrant violations of the Constitution,' says Integrated Bar of the Philippines national president Abdiel Fajaro

PH 'aggressively' pursuing joint exploration with China

Feb 16, 2018 - 5:49 PM

Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says the Philippines is looking to a precedent deal from 2005, actually still being challenged before the Supreme Court

SEA DISPUTE. The Philippines and China discuss their sea dispute in the second meeting of their bilateral consultation mechanism on the South China Sea, held in Manila on February 13, 2018. Photo courtesy of DFA

Sereno ready for 'highly probable' Senate trial: '7 taon na akong binabantayan'

Feb 16, 2018 - 2:32 PM

'Abangan 'nyo 'yan sa Senado. Maganda po ang mangyayari diyan sa Senado tungkol sa isyu na 'yan,’ says Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno on the issue of her alleged missing SALNs

Supreme Court chief justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno on Rappler Talk, February 15, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Sereno defends I.T. consultant: She secured funding

Feb 15, 2018 - 6:44 PM

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno says because of the controversial Helen Macasaet, the Supreme Court raised the billions of pesos needed to fund the digitization of the country's judicial processes

Supreme Court chief justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno on Rappler Talk, February 15, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Sereno: Justices’ grudges against me their problem, not mine

Feb 15, 2018 - 6:30 PM

‘I think their statements reflect more on them than on me,’ says Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno

Supreme Court chief justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno on Rappler Talk, February 15, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Rappler Talk: Sereno on grudges, reforms, and staying power in SC

Feb 15, 2018 - 6:02 PM

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno answers the accusations hurled against her in the impeachment hearings at the House of Representatives

What the Supreme Court says about love

Feb 14, 2018 - 8:33 AM

'The heart has reasons of its own which reason does not know,' says one ruling

ON LOVE. Supreme Court decisions teach lessons on love and justice.

Robredo defense of ballot images ‘insulting’ to Filipinos – Marcos camp

Feb 13, 2018 - 8:16 PM

Marcos' lawyer Vic Rodriguez maintains the Comelec did not brief candidates on the new features of the 2016 ballot. The poll body's spokesperson refutes that.

CONTESTING THE VEEP. Former senator Bongbong Marcos Jr arrives at the Supreme Court in Manila on February 8, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

[OPINION] On Martial Law extension 2.0: Waiting for the other shoe to drop

Feb 13, 2018 - 7:29 PM

'Dapat mas marunong at handang manindigan ang Korte Suprema kapag pasaway ang nasa Malacañang at Kongreso,' says Senator Leila de Lima

UST law dean Divina, 20 other lawyers face SC probe over Castillo hazing

Feb 13, 2018 - 5:16 PM

(UPDATED) University of Santo Tomas Law Dean Nilo Divina welcomes the opportunity to answer allegations against him, as contained in the Senate committee report

Leonen on holding the line: 'It involves knowing, critical analysis'

Feb 13, 2018 - 1:02 PM

Associate Justice Marvic Leonen urges the public to be discerning of their actions on social media, which he describes as a platform that has the power 'to create digital amnesia and dull critical thinking'

Democracy Forum at the Ateneo Law School in Makati on February 12, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

SC justices decry 'manipulation, injustice' of Sereno inclusion in JBC list

Feb 12, 2018 - 3:10 PM

They say Maria Lourdes Sereno was included in the shortlist for Chief Justice even if she failed to submit her SALNs, documents that are required of all government officials

JBC MANIPULATION? Supreme Court Associate Justice Diosdado Peralta testifies before the House committee on justice's hearing into an impeachment complaint against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. Photo by Darren Langit/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.

[OPINION | Newspoint] Duterte vs Morales: Power vs justice

Feb 10, 2018 - 11:00 AM

The core issue is hidden, possibly ill-gotten, wealth. It began hounding Duterte during the electoral campaign. During his presidency it has been overshadowed by other, graver, issues he can’t seem to stop provoking.

Brazil's Lula fails again in legal bid to avoid prison

Feb 10, 2018 - 7:41 AM

Lula is making every effort to stave off any prison time while he angles to return as president in elections later this year

LULA. Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva attends the testimony of suspended Brazilian President Dilma on impeachment trial, at the National Congress in Brasilia, on August 29, 2016. File photo by Evaristo Sa/AFP

SC suspends lawyer Eligio Mallari for delaying tactics

Feb 09, 2018 - 7:25 PM

Eligio Mallari is the lawyer who filed separate complaints against Overall Deputy Ombudsman Carandang and Chief Justice Sereno

SUSPENDED LAWYER Eligio Mallari (2nd from left) was among the lawyers who filed an impeachment complaint against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. File photo by Bea Cupin/Rappler

Graft or homicide? SC stops Aquino’s Mamasapano case at Sandiganbayan

Feb 09, 2018 - 5:33 PM

Relatives of some Special Action Force commandos who died have asked the Supreme Court to charge the former president with 44 counts of reckless imprudence resulting in homicide instead of just graft.

President Benigno S. Aquino III delivers his message during the Vin d’ Honneur attended by the members of the Diplomatic Corps headed by the Dean of the Diplomatic Corps, the Papal Nuncio His Excellency Guiseppe Pinto, in commemoration of the 115th Philippine Independence Day at the Rizal Ceremonial Hall, Malacañan Palace Tuesday June 13, 2013. (Lauro Montellano Jr./ Malacanang Photo Bureau).

Will govt be compelled to submit TokHang documents? SC to decide

Feb 09, 2018 - 5:30 PM

Petitioner Jose Manuel Diokno says the full documentation 'will go a long way in the fight against impunity and excesses by those clothed with government authority'

Robredo camp formally withdraws any 'pending motions' before SC

Feb 08, 2018 - 4:05 PM

The camp of Vice President Leni Robredo maintains they have no pending motions aimed at delaying the ballot recount, but tells the Supreme Court that any such motion, if it exists, should be considered withdrawn

UNFAZED. Vice President Leni Robredo has said she wants the electoral protest resolved soon so it will be proved she had won the elections fairly. Photo by OVP

Ballot recount for Marcos-Robredo election protest set on March 19

Feb 08, 2018 - 2:25 PM

The scheduling of the recount comes after the bitter word war between the camps of Vice President Leni Robredo and ex-senator Ferdinand 'Bongbong' Marcos Jr

A MONTH TO GO. Vice President Leni Robredo and ex-senator Bongbong Marcos will have to wait for about a month before the ballot will begin. File photos by Rappler

No waiting for SC as Sandiganbayan sets Binay arraignment

Feb 08, 2018 - 2:05 PM

The anti-graft court says it is not under obligation to wait for the Supreme Court to first resolve the pending petitions of former vice president Jejomar Binay

PARKING BUILDING CHARGES. Former vice president Jejomar Binay attends his earlier scheduled arraignment at the Sandiganbayan on January 12, 2018, but it was reset due to the motions he filed. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Who is Helen Macasaet, the I.T. expert who caused tension in SC?

Feb 07, 2018 - 5:15 PM

The SC's current information systems head disapproves of Macasaet, who describes herself as a 'pioneer' in I.T.

Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Impeachment committee rushes BIR to find 'anomaly' in Sereno's tax payments

Feb 07, 2018 - 1:38 PM

(UPDATED) 'They still have nothing on the Chief Justice. The mere fact that it is only now that the BIR is looking into the matter shows that they saw nothing irregular,' says Sereno's spokesperson

Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

House panel on its 14th hearing for Sereno impeachment

Feb 07, 2018 - 10:14 AM

(UPDATED) BIR Deputy Commissioner Arnel Guballa will testify on the income tax returns of Sereno in relation to her Piatco earnings

EMBATTLED. Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno has been the subject of 12 hearings so far, each one lasting a full work day, as the House justice committee determines probable cause to impeach her. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

SC upholds re-extension of martial law, Duque on Dengvaxia, Asian stocks plunge | Evening wRap

Feb 06, 2018 - 9:47 PM

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A comparison of Cha-Cha proposals: From federalism to foreign equity

Feb 06, 2018 - 9:10 PM

Here are some of the topics among the proposed changes to the 1987 Constitution

SC ruling: 'Martial law ad infinitum' and a 'tragic repeat of 1972'

Feb 06, 2018 - 6:15 PM

The SC majority says safeguards remain, and cites legal remedies for human rights like writs of amparo and habeas data

AD INFINITUM? Petitioner-lawyer Edre Olalia says the Supreme Court empowers President Rodrigo Duterte to declare a martial law 'ad infinitum' making his judgment 'absolute.'

With wrong petition, SC can't step in on Congress impasse on Cha-Cha

Feb 06, 2018 - 5:14 PM

(UPDATED) 'The Supreme Court has no original jurisdiction over Declaratory Relief actions,' says the en banc

Senate President Koko Pimentel (left) and House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez presides during Congress joint session on Wednesday, December 13, 2017, to discuss President Rodrigo Duterte's request for a one-year extension of martial law in Mindanao at the Plenary Hall, House of Representatives in Batasan, Quezon City. Also in Photo are Security officials lead by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdia and PNP, AFP and DND. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

SC denies Ayala Land's motion for reconsideration on prime Las Piñas lot

Feb 06, 2018 - 4:30 PM

Ayala Land reiterates that it does not expect the Supreme Court ruling to 'have any material effect on [its] business, operations, and financial conditions'

Marcos signs document withdrawing motions that delay VP vote recount

Feb 06, 2018 - 3:55 PM

(UPDATED) The camp of Vice President Leni Robredo takes on Marcos' challenge and agrees to sign the joint manifestation to be filed with the Presidential Electoral Tribunal

NO MORE DELAYS. Ferdinand Marcos Jr, who has filed an electoral protest, challenges Vice President Leni Robredo to also withdraw motions that tend to delay the ballot recount. Photo courtesy of the Office of Ferdinand Marcos Jr

SC upholds constitutionality of martial law re-extension to 2018

Feb 06, 2018 - 1:38 PM

(5th UPDATE) The Supreme Court votes 10-5 after oral arguments in January, where petitioners tried to argue that the 1987 Constitution does not provide any legal basis for a re-extension

Supreme Court justices led by SC chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno starts the oral arguments on the 1-year extension of the Martial Law in Mindanao by the Supreme Court in Manila on January 16, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

PH can ban China in Benham, but not other nations – Carpio

Feb 06, 2018 - 1:12 PM

The Philippines has no valid ground to disallow other member-states of UNCLOS from conducting marine scientific research in Benham Rise, and will be 'violating UNCLOS' if it does so, says Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio

CORAL-RICH. Researchers say Benham Bank is rich in corals. Photo courtesy of Dr Hildie Nacorda/UPLB-SESAM

Recount will 'greatly disappoint' Marcos, says Robredo camp

Feb 05, 2018 - 3:15 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo's lead counsel Romulo Macalintal expresses confidence that the recount of ballots 'will just confirm the results as counted by the vote-counting machines'

Robredo, Marcos camps point fingers amid recount 'challenge'

Feb 04, 2018 - 7:45 PM

The Marcos camp 'challenges' the Robredo camp to withdraw all pending motions, but the latter says it does not have any pending motions at all

Maldives crisis deepens as court orders Yameen to comply

Feb 04, 2018 - 6:05 PM

(UPDATED) The government of President Abdulla Yameen insists it will not obey the Supreme Court order to free political prisoners and restore the seats of dissident lawmakers

REFUSED. President Abdulla Yameen is up against the Supreme Court over refusing to release political prisoners. Photo by Rappler

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Cavite judges found guilty of fixing annulment cases

Feb 03, 2018 - 9:08 PM

The Supreme Court only imposes a fine of P21,000 to P80,000 because the implicated judges are either retired, dead, or already dismissed

GUILTY. Four former trial court judges in Cavite are found guilty of simple to gross misconduct for the conspiracy of fixing annulment cases in their jurisdiction.

Is there a need to change the 1987 Philippine Constitution?

Feb 02, 2018 - 3:30 PM

While the Constitution is not perfect, many argue now is not the time to change it

HIGHEST LAW. The administration of President Rodrigo Duterte is attempting to change the Constitution to make way for Federalism. Photo by Rappler

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Feb 02, 2018 - 1:32 PM

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Feb 02, 2018 - 11:03 AM

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DEFIANT. Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales will not enforce the suspension order against Overall Deputy Ombudsman Melchor Arthur Carandang (left). Photo by Rappler

Carandang case: Impeachment for Morales or Duterte?

Feb 02, 2018 - 8:00 AM

'If Duterte acts contrary to the law in the Carandang case, he is violating his oath of office and culpably violating the Constitution,' says legal expert Tony La Viña