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LTFRB orders arrest of Angkas bikes still operating

Dec 12, 2018 - 11:18 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The LTFRB orders all law enforcers to immediately apprehend and even impound Angkas motorcycles operating as public utility vehicles

NOT SO FAST? LTFRB can apprehend Angkas drivers again, a Supreme Court order says. Angkas file photo

U.S. Supreme Court rejects state efforts to block abortion funding

Dec 11, 2018 - 8:08 PM

The US Supreme Court leaves in place lower court decisions that found that states violate federal law when they terminate Medicaid contracts for Planned Parenthood

SUPREME COURT. A view of the US Supreme Court during their last public session before the summer break June 26, 2017 in Washington, DC. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Sandiganbayan transfers Imelda Marcos records to Supreme Court

Dec 11, 2018 - 3:13 PM

The former first lady is going straight to the High Court to appeal her conviction for 7 counts of graft

SUPREME COURT. Former First Lady and now Ilocos Norte Representative Imelda is taking her appeal of her conviction straight to the Supreme Court. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Rappler Talk: Mel Sta Maria on judicial independence and the Supreme Court

Dec 10, 2018 - 2:58 PM

Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug talks to lawyer Mel Sta Maria, dean of the Far Eastern University Institute of Law, on Monday, December 10

Hilbay: Same-sex marriage should be fought in Congress, not Supreme Court

Dec 10, 2018 - 1:08 PM

‘There’s also a tactical perspective to it, if you think you’re not gonna get that decision from the Supreme Court then why file before the Supreme Court?’ says senatorial aspirant Florin Hilbay

SAME-SEX MARRIAGE. Opposition Koalisyon Senate bet Florin Hilbay says he would support same-sex marriage in Congress. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Sandiganbayan chief Cabotaje-Tang makes it to SC short list

Dec 07, 2018 - 8:08 PM

Associate Justice Efren dela Cruz, dissenter in the Bong Revilla acquittal, does not make it to the short list of Supreme Court justice candidates

SHORTLISTED. Sandiganbayan Presiding Justice Amparo Cabotaje-Tang makes it to the shortlist for a justice position at the Supreme Court.

Sri Lanka court set to rule on sacking of parliament

Dec 07, 2018 - 3:31 PM

Sri Lanka's Supreme Court is set to rule on the constitutionality of the firing and replacement of the prime minister and the sacking of parliament on Friday, December 7

RULING ON PARLIAMENT. Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena announces a policy statement during a ceremony for the new session of parliament in Colombo on May 8, 2018. File photo by AFP

Brewing coup in Sandiganbayan? ‘Employees’ oppose Tang's SC application

Dec 05, 2018 - 5:42 PM

Employees tell the Judicial and Bar Council that Tang ‘runs the affairs of the anti-graft court like her idol Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno’

OPPOSITION. Sandiganbayan Presiding Justice Amparo Cabotaje-Tang answers the opposition against her application filed by supposed employees of the anti-graft court during the JBC panel interviews on December 5, 2018. Photo by the JBC

JBC tackles drug war, divorce, same-sex marriage in panel interview

Dec 05, 2018 - 3:27 PM

Applicants for a Supreme Court vacancy are asked for their opinions on polarizing legal issues. Privacy issues are also discussed.

PUBLIC INTERVIEWS. (L-R) CA Justices Ricardo Rosario, Ramon Cruz and Eduardo Peralta undergo the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) public interviews on December 5, 2018, for a vacancy on the Supreme Court. Photos from the JBC

Because of OSG lapse, SC upholds Mikey Arroyo’s acquittal in tax case

Dec 05, 2018 - 11:32 AM

The appeal is junked because the Office of the Solicitor General committed procedural lapses

DISMISSED APPEAL. The Supreme Court dismisses the government appeal on the acquittal of Mikey Arroyo in his P27 million tax evasion case. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Supreme Court: Tax on non-life insurance still effective

Dec 05, 2018 - 8:25 AM

The Supreme Court reverses an earlier ruling of the Makati City Regional Trial Court

Supreme Court of the Philippines in PAdre Faura on June 19, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

LIVE: JBC interviews candidates for Supreme Court justice | December 5, 2018

Dec 05, 2018 - 8:00 AM

(UPDATED) The Judicial and Bar Council is interviewing 6 applicants for the slot of retiring Associate Justice Noel Tijam

Duterte to Malacañang staff: P50,000 bonus | Evening wRap

Dec 04, 2018 - 9:29 PM

Watch Rappler's evening wRap with Gelo Gonzales

SC clears ex-governor Ayong Maliksi in P26M Cavite LRT case

Dec 04, 2018 - 5:22 PM

The Ombudsman indictment against the former governor is set aside

CAVITE EXTENSION. The LRT-1 Cavite Extension project is a P64.9 billion deal for private firm Light Rail Manila Corporation. Photo from the PPP Center

Chief Justice Bersamin: I will not apologize for my appointment

Dec 03, 2018 - 5:25 PM

’I do not apologize to anyone for having been appointed. That is the wisdom of a President who is the appointing power, please accept me,’ Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin tells employees of the Supreme Court

CJ BERSAMIN. Newly appointed Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin during his press conference after he took oath as the new Chief Justice in Manila on November 28, 2018. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Like Enrile, 'advanced age' helps Imelda Marcos get bail

Dec 03, 2018 - 2:45 PM

The Sandiganbayan cites the landmark Supreme Court decision that granted bail to plunder defendant Juan Ponce Enrile, which was penned by now-Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin

Former First Lady and now Ilocos Norte Representative Imelda inside the court at the Sandiganbayan on November 16, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Midas Marquez again named Supreme Court spokesperson

Dec 03, 2018 - 12:49 PM

(UPDATED) Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin says he continues to look for a permanent spokesperson. Marquez is applying for associate justice.

SPOKESPERSON AGAIN. Court Administrator Midas Marquez once again holds the post of Supreme Court spokesperson for the term of new Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Duterte mocks Carpio: He keeps 'hankering' for Hague ruling

Nov 29, 2018 - 10:58 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte says he did not appoint Justice Antonio Carpio as Chief Justice because he 'refused the offer.' Carpio, however, had accepted the most recent nomination for the post.

Justice Antonio Carpio. KASARINLAN A Philippine Foreign Policy Forum. July 9, 2018 at The Bayleaf Intramuros, Manila. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

[ANALYSIS] Deep Dive | What's the big deal about seniority in selecting the Chief Justice?

Nov 29, 2018 - 9:30 AM

Appointing the judiciary’s head, whether the most senior or not, is the only way by which the President may legally exert influence over the judiciary

Justice Antonio Carpio: Forever the No. 2

Nov 28, 2018 - 8:56 PM

Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin says he's confident that his appointment will not strain relationships in the High Court

Photo c/o SC PIO

Chief Justice Bersamin's philosophy: Restraint in favor of government

Nov 28, 2018 - 7:57 PM

Bersamin says of Duterte’s announced death squad against rebel communists: ‘I will trust the government to do its job if it believes there is a crime being committed’

Newly appointed Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin during preaa conference after he took an an oath as the new Chief Justice of the Supreme Court in Manila on November 28, 2018. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

FAST FACTS: Who is new Supreme Court Associate Justice Rosmari Carandang?

Nov 28, 2018 - 5:59 PM

Rosmari Carandang is appointed to the Supreme Court after making it to the short list at least 5 times

Duterte appoints woman justice to the Supreme Court

Nov 28, 2018 - 1:20 PM

Longtime applicant Court of Appeals Associate Justice Rosmari Carandang is the new Supreme Court justice

NEW SC JUSTICE. Court of Appeals Justice Rosmari Carandang is the newest Supreme Court Justice. Photo from the Supreme Court

FAST FACTS: Who is new Supreme Court Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin?

Nov 28, 2018 - 1:16 PM

Lucas Bersamin is appointed as top magistrate on his 9th year in the Supreme Court. He is retiring in 10 months.

MARTIAL LAW. Supreme Court Associate Justice Lucas Bersamin says the 1987 Constitution is not enough to address present-day threats to the safety of Filipinos. Photo from the Supreme Court

Lucas Bersamin named Chief Justice

Nov 28, 2018 - 1:00 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Associate Justice Lucas Bersamin, the third most senior in the Supreme Court, has a history of voting in favor of the Duterte administration’s policies

TOP MAGISTRATE. Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin answers questons at a press conference after he took his oath on November 28, 2018. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Imelda Marcos wants to appeal conviction straight to Supreme Court

Nov 27, 2018 - 12:28 PM

(UPDATED) The Sandiganbayan’s 5th Division says Marcos' appeal notice is premature

GRAFT CONVICT. Ilocos Norte Representative Imelda Marcos inside the court at the Sandiganbayan on November 16, 2018, during her hearing for post-conviction remedies. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Alliance appeals SC ruling removing Filipino as required college subject

Nov 26, 2018 - 9:21 PM

Petitioners say that implementation of the CHED memorandum will also leave rights guaranteed by the Constitution 'vulnerable to being diminished'

FIGHT RULING. Students and Filipino language advocates march towards the Supreme Court in Manilaon November 26, 2018 as they hold a protest action condemning the recent CHED Memorandum Order 20 which aims to remove the Filipino subject in the college level. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Who will be the next Chief Justice? | Evening wRap

Nov 23, 2018 - 10:20 PM

Watch Rappler's evening wRap with Gelo Gonzales

Short list for chief justice is out, all 5 justices get in

Nov 23, 2018 - 5:34 PM

The short list will be transmitted to Malacañang before the end of Friday, November 23

TRACKING THE VOTE. Voting history in key Supreme Court decision reveals something about the justices aspiring to be the next Philippine Chief Justice. Photos courtesy of Supreme Court PIO

SC orders Muntinlupa court: Allow media access to De Lima hearings

Nov 23, 2018 - 12:53 PM

While the en banc awaits the proposed guidelines of reporters' associations, it orders the Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court to let in as many reporters as can be accommodated in the hearings

HEAVILY GUARDED. Detained Senator Leila De Lima is always heavily guarded when she attends her hearings, with one branch of the Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court restricting media access. Photo from Senator De Lima's Office

Trump hits back at U.S. Supreme Court chief justice after rare rebuke

Nov 22, 2018 - 11:25 AM

Chief Justice John Roberts, who rarely makes political statements, rebukes criticism of the courts by President Donald Trump, insisting that the judiciary is 'independent'

REBUKE. In this file photo taken on January 20, 2017, US President Donald Trump takes the oath of office from Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts at the US Capitol in Washington, DC. Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images North America/AFP

SC reminder: Weak drug cases will lead to acquittals

Nov 22, 2018 - 10:55 AM

Because the police failed to bring required witnesses during the inventory of seized drugs, a man previously sentenced to life in prison can now walk free

DRUG CASES. The Supreme Court reminds police and prosecutors to strictly follow procedures in drugs cases. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

SC urged: Rule now on 2008 petition vs exploration deal with China

Nov 21, 2018 - 5:57 PM

The petitioners say it is 'high time' that the High Court resolve their 10-year-old petition in view of a new joint exploration deal between the Philippines and China

SUPREME COURT. The High Court allows court employees to work only till noontime on Holy Wednesday. Rappler file photo

De Vera’s removal 'won't affect' SC case vs Suarez – Fariñas

Nov 21, 2018 - 10:00 AM

The bloc of ex-House majority leader Rodolfo Fariñas is asking the Supreme Court to recognize their group as the legitimate minority bloc, with expelled ABS representative Eugene de Vera as minority leader

MINORITY ROW. Quezon 3rd District Representative Danilo Suarez is facing two Supreme Court cases against his minority leadership. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Carpio fact-checks Xi Jinping on 14th-century Chinese explorer

Nov 20, 2018 - 2:53 PM

Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio says that Chinese explorer Zheng He 'never visited the Philippines' as Chinese President Xi Jinping claimed

WEST PHILIPPINE SEA. Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio speaks at 'Kasarinlan: A Philippine Foreign Policy Forum' on July 9, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Carpio’s P23M wealth jump was biggest in 2017 in the Supreme Court

Nov 20, 2018 - 2:44 PM

The acting chief justice's government salary accounts for only P6.8 million of the increase

BIGGEST WEALTH INCREASE. Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio recorded the biggest jump in his wealth for 2017 with a P23 million increase. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

QC asks Supreme Court to form special courts for local ordinance violations

Nov 19, 2018 - 3:55 PM

The resolution argues that the special courts will address two problems – the congestion of court dockets and the congestion in prisons

QUEZON CITY. Local officials of Quezon City ask Supreme Court to form special courts for violations of local ordinances. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

CA justices shortlisted to be next Supreme Court justice

Nov 16, 2018 - 4:48 PM

The names on the shortlist are all familiar

Supreme Court of teh Philippines in Padre Faura, Manila

Carpio rebuffs Duterte: China doesn't possess South China Sea

Nov 16, 2018 - 2:17 PM

Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio makes these remarks after President Rodrigo Duterte said China 'is already in possession' of the South China Sea

DEFENDER. Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio, a West Philippine Sea advocate, attends 'Kasarinlan: A Philippine Foreign Policy Forum' on July 9, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Schools to fight SC ruling removing Filipino as required college subject

Nov 16, 2018 - 9:22 AM

(UPDATED) University professors say the teaching of Filipino and Panitikan in college deepens knowledge that shapes Filipino culture and identity

PETITION. Education and language groups planned to petition the Supreme Court's decision to life a Temporary Restraining Order on a higher education order. Photo of students from Shutterstock

SC denies Ayala Land petition to claim insurance for 2007 Glorietta 2 blast

Nov 15, 2018 - 9:11 AM

The Supreme Court denies a petition of Ayala Land to claim from Standard Insurance for the damage caused by the blast, which killed 11 people and injured around 130

RUINS. Investigators sift throught the ruins of the ground zero of the infamous Glorietta blast of 2017. Photo from Newsbreak

[OPINYON] Hindi ko magawang magbiro dahil sa mga balita ngayon

Nov 14, 2018 - 7:00 PM

Bakit ganito ako kaseryoso ngayon? Dahil sa ruling ng Supreme Court na mag-aalis ng Filipino at Panitikan bilang core subjects sa kolehiyo. Hindi masusukat ang pinsalang magagawa nito sa mga darating na henerasyon.

#CJSearch: How chief justice applicants voted on P7-B Delfin Lee scam

Nov 14, 2018 - 5:31 PM

Bersamin and Bernabe voted to grant bail to the Globe Asiatique owner; Carpio and Reyes dissented; Peralta inhibited

DELFIN LEE CASE. The chief justice applicants were split in deciding the 7-5-2 ruling that downgraded the estafa charges against property developer Delfin Lee.

Supreme Court lifts TRO: Filipino not required subject in college

Nov 10, 2018 - 6:03 PM

The Supreme Court defends the exclusion as making sure there is no duplication of subjects, since Filipino is already taught in elementary and high school

Supreme Court of the Philippines in PAdre Faura on June 19, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Supreme Court declares K-12 constitutional

Nov 10, 2018 - 5:11 PM

The law is an exercise of the state’s police power, the High Court says

Members of the Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) Partylist gather signatures from parents and passers by as they rally at the Batasan National High School in Quezon City against the K to 12 program during the opening of classes on Monday. June 1, 2015. Photo by Ben Nabong

SC to act on Calida attempt to stop Senate probe

Nov 08, 2018 - 4:45 PM

Solicitor General Jose Calida refuses to participate in a Senate investigation into his family firm's government contracts, saying it is illegal and serves no legislative purpose

SECURITY FIRM. Solicitor General Jose Calida has a pending petition before the Supreme Court questioning the legality of a Senate investigation that seeks to look into the propriety of his security firm bagging government contracts worth at least P358 million. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Aspiring lawyers take the 2018 Bar exams

Nov 04, 2018 - 11:49 AM

'This is the highest number of Bar candidates in recent years,' says the Supreme Court, as 8,701 candidates registered to take the exams

Over 8,000 candidates take the 2018 Bar Exams

Nov 04, 2018 - 8:02 AM

(UPDATED) The number of Bar candidates registered for 2018 is the highest in recent years

BAR EXAMS. Aspiring lawyers troop to the University of Santo Tomas in Manila on November 4, 2018, for the first day of the Bar exams. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Spain prosecutors seek up to 25 years jail for Catalan separatists

Nov 02, 2018 - 9:27 PM

Spanish prosecutors ask the Madrid court to sentence Catalan separatists leaders for up to 25 years on rebellion charges

CARLES PUIGDEMONT. This handout picture released by the Generalitat de Catalunya on September 19, 2017 shows Catalan regional president Carles Puigdemont (C), Catalan regional vice-President and chief of Economy and Finance, Oriol Junqueras (L) and leader of Junts Pel Si (Together for Yes), Jordi Turull (R) leave after a regional government meeting in Barcelona on September 19, 2017. Photo by Ruben Moreno Garcia/Generalitat de Catalunya/AFP

The unpredictability of Supreme Court Justice Bernabe

Nov 02, 2018 - 11:01 AM

Bernabe often votes with a nuance. She is respected in the High Court because of her collegial virtues.

CJ SEARCH. Supreme Court Associate Justice Estela Perlas-Bernabe applies for chief justice.