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NUPL appeals SC ruling on Boracay closure

Mar 19, 2019 - 1:49 PM

In its appeal, the National Union of Peoples' Lawyers tells the Supreme Court that its grounds for ruling against Leila de Lima’s 2011 travel ban against Gloria Arroyo should also apply to Duterte's Boracay closure order

Supreme Court of the Philippines in Padre Faura. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Supreme Court brings back graft charges vs Parojinog daughter

Mar 18, 2019 - 4:15 PM

The decision comes as a warning to government officials looking to use the inordinate delay defense, which has worked for other defendants in the past

GRAFT CHARGES BACK. Former Ozamiz City Vice Mayor Nova Princess Parojinog-Eschavez is shown here being escorted by CIDG as they are transferred to Manila for an inquest on drugs, firearms and explosive charges. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Supreme Court issues TRO vs nat'l law school entrance test PhilSAT

Mar 16, 2019 - 10:14 AM

(UPDATED) In the meantime, law schools may accept students based only on their own requirements

PHILSAT. Petitioners want to remove PhilSAT which has been imposed as the additional requirement for aspiring law students on top of the schools' own entrance examinations. Photo by Rappler

Can the budget be adjusted post-bicam? What Supreme Court says

Mar 12, 2019 - 3:18 PM

The post-bicam itemization of the lower chamber must satisfy the requirement of the Supreme Court when it comes to line-item budgeting

PH out of ICC soon: Eyes on the Supreme Court to intervene

Mar 11, 2019 - 2:50 PM

‘What are at stake here are available remedies for citizens where domestic judicial and law enforcement authorities, by sheer inaction, become unable or unwilling to prosecute impunity,’ says Romel Bagares of PH Coalition for the ICC

WILL THEY DO SOMETHING? The Supreme Court of the Philippines has still not decided on petitions seeking to reverse Duterte's withdrawal from the International Criminal Court days before the withdrawal becomes effective on March 17, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Going off script, Bersamin tells Gordon: Be more noisy vs Smartmatic

Mar 09, 2019 - 4:09 PM

The Chief Justice is more unguarded in his speech before lawyers, jokes about quo warranto and ribs Justice Leonen to ‘join the majority more’

File photo of Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

SC: MWSS doesn’t have to pay P237-M real property taxes in Quezon City

Mar 08, 2019 - 12:11 PM

The High Court reverses a 2010 Court of Appeals ruling and stops the Quezon City government from auctioning off MWSS properties

MWSS. The Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System building. Photo from the MWSS Facebook page

FAST FACTS: Who is new Supreme Court Associate Justice Amy Lazaro Javier?

Mar 06, 2019 - 7:46 PM

The new Supreme Court associate justice was against the hero's burial of dictator Ferdinand Marcos and does not consider President Duterte anti-women

Duterte appoints CA justice Javier to Supreme Court

Mar 06, 2019 - 6:10 PM

Court of Appeals Justice Amy Lazaro Javier, a longtime applicant to the Supreme Court, has said she ‘does not see Duterte as an enemy of women’

NEW SC JUSTICE. Court of Appeals Justice Amy Lazaro Javier is the newest justice of the Supreme Court. Photo from the JBC

SC tackles: Should national law school entrance test PhilSAT be removed?

Mar 05, 2019 - 7:25 PM

Justice Leonen raises the concern that the nationwide test under the control of the State may infringe on academic freedom

PHILSAT. Petitioners want to remove PhilSAT which has been imposed as the additional requirement for aspiring law students on top of the schools' own entrance examinations. Photo by Rappler

Rappler case can prompt Supreme Court revisit of cyber libel – Ted Te

Mar 01, 2019 - 12:18 PM

(UPDATED) ‘Many of those issues [raised against the Cybercrime Act] are coming back...but this time the difference is there are now persons that are charged,’ says former Supreme Court spokesperson and Rappler counsel Ted Te

CYBERLIBEL. Rappler CEO and Executive Editor Maria Ressa attends a hearing on the cyberlibel case filed against her by businessman William Keng at the Manila Regional Trial Court on March 1, 2019, with her lawyer, former Supreme Court spokesperson Ted Te. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Dissenters slam SC on Duterte’s Boracay win: ‘Realization of a tyrant’

Feb 27, 2019 - 5:51 PM

Justices Leonen and Caguioa write strong dissenting opinions that allude to Duterte as a tyrant and dictator

DISSENTERS. Supreme Court Associate Justices Marvic Leonen and Benjamin Caguioa (R-L) are the only two dissenters in the 11-2 win that upheld the legality of closing down Boracay island for 6 months. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Calida blocks petition seeking to increase nurses' salary

Feb 27, 2019 - 12:08 AM

Solicitor General Jose Calida argues that implementing an increase in salary grade for government nurses would result in a 'wage distortion' among state workers

NURSES' PAY. A petition at the Supreme Court seeks to increase the salary of public nurses in the Philippines. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Supreme Court favors teacher who was fired after getting pregnant out of wedlock

Feb 22, 2019 - 7:42 PM

‘Jurisprudence has already set the standard of morality with which an act should be gauged – it is public and secular, not religious,’ the Supreme Court reiterates

ILLEGAL DISMISSAL. The Supreme Court rules in favor of a teacher who was fired after getting pregnant out of wedlock. Photo by Rappler

Calida blocks release of drug war docs, Supreme Court must rule

Feb 21, 2019 - 5:01 PM

‘The constitutionally enshrined right to information on matters of public concern should be upheld,’ says petitioner Center for International Law (CenterLaw)

TOKHANG DOCUMENTS. Solicitor General Jose Calida asks the Supreme Court not to release war on drugs documents. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Violence reports justifying martial law need not be correct – Bersamin

Feb 21, 2019 - 1:35 PM

‘Accuracy is not the question here,’ says Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin, one of the 9 justices who outvoted original member in charge Justice Caguioa

MARTIAL LAW. Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin says the en banc found that there is sufficient factual basis for the 3rd extension of martial law despite inconsistent military reports. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Supreme Court gives Duterte more power with Boracay case win

Feb 20, 2019 - 4:46 PM

'This space for the democratic rights of the people is getting smaller and smaller every time the Court sides with the government in power,' says human rights lawyer Edre Olalia

ANOTHER WIN. The Supreme Court hands another win to President Rodrigo Duterte by upholding the legality of the Boracay closure. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Supreme Court upholds 3rd extension of Mindanao martial law

Feb 19, 2019 - 2:20 PM

The en banc votes 9-4 to dismiss 4 petitions that questioned the third extension of martial law in Mindanao

3RD EXTENSION. The Supreme Court upholds the constitutionality of  the 3rd extension of martial law over Mindanao in a majority vote on February 19, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

PHLPost printing of Iglesia ni Cristo stamp 'not unconstitutional'

Feb 17, 2019 - 8:35 PM

The Supreme Court finds no basis in the claim that public funds were illegally used to print the Iglesia ni Cristo centennial stamp in 2014

CENTENNIAL LOGO. PHLPost will unveil a special commemorative stamp in celebration of the centennial year of Iglesia ni Cristo. Image from PHLPost

Supreme Court junks quo warranto suit vs Duterte | Midday wRap

Feb 13, 2019 - 1:02 PM

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Supreme Court junks quo warranto suit vs Duterte

Feb 13, 2019 - 9:48 AM

By ruling this way, the Supreme Court narrows the opportunity to file a quo warranto petition against Duterte

SPARED. The Supreme Court junks Elly Pamatong's quo warranto petition to oust President Rodrigo Duterte. Malacañang Photo

SC upholds hold departure orders vs Gwen Garcia

Feb 05, 2019 - 10:50 PM

The High Court says the Sandiganbayan did not commit grave abuse of discretion when it barred the Cebu congresswoman from leaving the country

HDOs UPHELD. The SC affirms the hold departure orders issued against Cebu 3rd District Representative Gwendolyn Garcia. Photo from Garcia's office

US top court delays litmus test on abortion

Feb 02, 2019 - 11:30 AM

A clinic and two doctors offering abortions appeal to the Supreme Court to block a law that restricts access to abortion

PRO-CHOICE. The US Supreme Court delays an abortion rights test case in February 2019. File photo shows abortion rights activists outside of the US Supreme Court on June 27, 2016 in Washington, DC.  Photo by Mandel Ngan / AFP

Supreme Court sets oral arguments on bid to increase nurses’ salary

Feb 01, 2019 - 4:37 PM

The petition from 2015 seeks to give nurses a salary grade where they could earn as much as P31,000 per month

NURSES' SALARY. A petition seeks to increase the salary of public nurses in the Philippines. File photo by AFP

PH reiterates ISIS threat in Supreme Court oral arguments

Jan 29, 2019 - 9:30 PM

(UPDATED) Solicitor General Jose Calida insists 23 factions of Moro rebel groups have pledged allegiance to ISIS

ISIS. Solicitor General Jose Calida reiterated on January 29, 2019, the threat of ISIS to the Philippines. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Military to recommend ending martial law if enemy strength down to 30%

Jan 29, 2019 - 6:11 PM

But with baselines and deadlines unclear, Associate Justice Marvic Leonen says it could mean that martial law can last until the end of Duterte’s term

MARTIAL LAW. AFP Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benjamin Madrigal tells the Supreme Court that they will be "glad to recommend the lifting of martial law" if enemies are "degraded" to only 30%. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Supreme Court names new public information chief

Jan 28, 2019 - 6:15 PM

In the meantime, Court Administrator Midas Marquez will still serve as spokesperson for a 'smoother transition'

NEW PIO CHIEF. Lawyer Brian Hosaka will eventually become the new face of the Supreme Court. Photo from Supreme Court PIO

Supreme Court compels DND to submit confidential 2018 martial law report

Jan 23, 2019 - 4:17 PM

Justices want to assess whether the report can be tackled in the upcoming oral arguments, or if it warrants an executive session

MARTIAL LAW. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and other members of the Cabinet and the PNP and AFP leaderships attend the joint session that deliberated the 3rd extension of martial law. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

SC rules: No share for Palawan in Camago-Malampaya gas project proceeds

Jan 23, 2019 - 3:15 PM

The unanimous decision is that the earnings from the offshore gas project will go to the national government because Palawan's jurisdiction refers only to land area

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

Lumad to Supreme Court: End attacks, end martial law

Jan 23, 2019 - 1:12 PM

Teachers and students of alternative schools in Mindanao also ask the High Court to issue a cease and desist order against the military

Supreme Court suspends ballot recount in VP protest

Jan 22, 2019 - 1:58 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The lawyers of the Marcos and Robredo camps say the Supreme Court did not give any reason behind the 'indefinite' suspension

RECOUNT SUSPENDED. The initial ballot recount in the election case ex-senator Bongbong Marcos filed against Vice President Leni Robredo has been suspended.

Sombero asks Supreme Court to stop immigration plunder case

Jan 22, 2019 - 1:50 PM

Wally Sombero, the alleged middleman in the bribery of immigration officials, appeals for a temporary restraining order to stop his trial at the Sandiganbayan

PLUNDER. Wenceslao "Wally" Sombero surrenders to the Philippine National Police (PNP) NCRPO Director Oscar Agbayalde at Camp Crame on on April 11, 2018 after the Sandiganbayan ordered his arrest over the Immigration bribery plunder case. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Supreme Court acquits more drug suspects

Jan 22, 2019 - 12:14 PM

Justices sternly remind prosecutors that they must prove 'with certitude' that the illegal drugs seized in buy-bust operations are 'exactly the same substance offered' as evidence in court

Ex-SC Justice Leonardo Quisumbing passes away

Jan 21, 2019 - 10:31 PM

(UPDATED) Quisumbing once served as labor chief and defense undersecretary. He was 79.

Retired Justice Leonardo Quisumbing. Courtesy of Supreme Court

Robredo to SC: Stop Marcos from skirting rules in his ‘dying’ VP protest

Jan 17, 2019 - 12:10 PM

Defeated vice presidential candidate Bongbong Marcos moves for the technical examination of election data from 3 ARMM provinces to be 'immediately' conducted

Martial law 3rd extension: What new arguments will SC discuss?

Jan 16, 2019 - 6:13 PM

(3rd UPDATE) What petitioners can hope for are new views from the new justices

Andaya sues Diokno at Supreme Court over non-release of gov’t salary hike

Jan 14, 2019 - 1:15 PM

It is a class suit led by Andaya co-signed by employees from both the executive and legislative branches

SALARY HIKE. House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr files on January 14, 2019, a class suit before the Supreme Court seeking to compel the Budget Department to release the 4th tranche of the Salary Standardization Law. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Mexico Supreme Court judges slash own salaries

Jan 09, 2019 - 7:57 PM

The magistrates cut their own salaries by 25% after they were criticized by Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador

JUSTICE. File photo of the façade of the building of Mexico's Supreme Court. wikipedia photo

[ANALYSIS | Deep Dive] Game changers

Jan 09, 2019 - 9:00 AM

No one laughs at the President's jokes, and the Supreme Court becomes supreme again. Why not?

2 weeks before plebiscite, no TRO yet vs Bangsamoro Law

Jan 08, 2019 - 3:59 PM

'Since there is no TRO, as of the moment, then that plebiscite can proceed,' says Supreme Court Spokesperson Midas Marquez

BANGSAMORO LAW. Supreme Court Spokesperson Midas Marquez announces on January 8, 2019, that no Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) has been issued yet against the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) which is set to undergo plebiscite on January 21. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Moro civic leaders back Bangsamoro Law at Supreme Court

Jan 08, 2019 - 3:36 PM

This is the second comment-in-intervention to support President Rodrigo Duterte’s Bangsamoro Organic Law

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

Supreme Court to hold oral arguments on 2019 martial law extension

Jan 08, 2019 - 2:09 PM

(UPDATED) The hearings are scheduled for January 22 and 23

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

Top US court upholds California foie gras ban

Jan 08, 2019 - 10:28 AM

The law, passed in 2004 by California in the name of animal rights, carries a fine of $1,000

STILL A NO. The highest US court rejected an appeal filed by foie gras producers against a law prohibiting the sale of products obtained from force-feeding geese or duck to enlarge their liver. File photo from Shutterstock

6 scenarios for the Bangsamoro vote

Jan 08, 2019 - 9:00 AM

(UPDATED) The new Bangsamoro government is within grasp. Will there be last-minute hitches?

PEACE SIGN. MILF Chairman Al Haj Murad Ebrahim was ad the last address of Mujiv Hataman as ARMM Governor at the Office of the Regional Center in Cotabato City on December 19, 2018. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

Bangsamoro Law case moves at Supreme Court 2 weeks before plebiscite

Jan 07, 2019 - 3:05 PM

Anti-corruption Commissioner Manny Luna files an answer-in-intervention, defending the Bangsamoro Organic Law from a petition filed against it by Governor Abdusakur Tan II of Sulu

BANGSAMORO. The Supreme Court must take up petitions against the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) as the scheduled January 21 plebiscite nears. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Opposition lawmakers ask SC to void 3rd Mindanao martial law extension

Jan 04, 2019 - 6:30 PM

The opposition bloc in the House of Representatives tell the High Court that the extension of martial law in Mindanao until the end of 2019 'mocks' the 1987 Constitution

PETITION VS MARTIAL LAW EXTENSION IN MINDANAO. Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman and other opposition lawmakers have filed a petition against the third extension of martial law in Mindanao before the Supreme ourt. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

'Fresh start, new vision': Bersamin rings in 2019, his last year as Chief Justice

Dec 31, 2018 - 4:23 PM

'Let us take the time to...discern our experiences and learn from them, guided by a renewed hope, fresh start and new vision,' says Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin

CHIEF JUSTICE. Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin during his press conference on November 28, 2018, after he took an an oath as the 25th Chief Justice of the Philippines. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Supreme Court affirms law that bans hospital deposits during emergencies

Dec 29, 2018 - 3:57 PM

The en banc votes unanimously to uphold the law signed by President Rodrigo Duterte, partly to respect the wisdom of both Congress and the executive branch

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

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg out of hospital

Dec 26, 2018 - 11:36 PM

The 85-year-old judge underwent a pulmonary lobectomy at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York

Philconsa asks Supreme Court: Declare BOL unconstitutional

Dec 18, 2018 - 6:02 PM

In a 34-page petition, the Philippine Constitution Association also asks the High Court to issue a temporary restraining order on the implementation of the law

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presents the Republic Act No. 11054 or the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) to Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Chair Al Haj Murad Ebrahim during a ceremony at Malacañan Palace on August 6, 2018. Also in the photo are Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, Senate President Vicente Sotto III, and House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO