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Justice Bernabe applies for chief justice

Oct 15, 2018 - 7:18 PM

Associate Justice Andres Reyes Jr also tries again for the Supreme Court's top spot

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

Rappler Talk: Understanding the Supreme Court with Ted Te

Oct 15, 2018 - 2:19 PM

There is a lot of interest in the High Court, especially that the search is on again for the next chief justice. Watch the interview live on Monday, October 15.

Carpio’s chief justice nomination, Tindig Pilipinas, Comelec updates | Evening wRap

Oct 12, 2018 - 10:39 PM

Watch the evening wRap with Mara Cepeda

Carpio vies for Supreme Court chief justice

Oct 12, 2018 - 5:15 PM

SC Associate Justice Mariano del Castillo declines the nomination to be the country's next top magistrate

VYING FOR TOP MAGISTRATE. Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio has accepted the nomination to be the next chief justice. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Why usual dissenter Leonen leans toward Duterte in ICC pullout case

Oct 11, 2018 - 8:45 AM

(UPDATED) It seems Leonen wants to practice judicial restraint, a long-standing debate on the Supreme Court that goes as far back to President Diosdado Macapagal

JUDICIAL DICTATORSHIP. Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen warns against judicial dictatorship if the High Court nullifies right away President Rodrigo Duterte's withdrawal from the International Criminal Court. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

CA Justice Hernando appointed Supreme Court justice

Oct 10, 2018 - 5:32 PM

The Court of Appeals Justice known for his speedy disposition of cases will fill the vacancy in the High Court left by Ombudsman Samuel Martires

Trump says America owes Kavanaugh apology after Supreme Court battle

Oct 09, 2018 - 7:48 PM

"On behalf of our nation, I want to apologize to Brett and the entire Kavanaugh family for the terrible pain and suffering you have been forced to endure," Trump says at the White House swearing-in ceremony

US Judge Brett Kavanaugh looks on as the US President announces him as his nominee to the Supreme Court in the East Room of the White House on July 9, 2018 in Washington, DC. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB

Justice Carpio: Leaving the ICC will weaken Philippine stance vs China

Oct 09, 2018 - 5:54 PM

The senior justice, who says he has no more reason to decline a chief justice nomination, again challenges the policy of the appointing power, President Duterte

ICC WITHDRAWAL. Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio said on October 9 that President Rodrigo Duterte's unilateral withdrawal from the International Criminal Court would take away from the Philippines a "strong legal deterrent" against China. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

De Castro ends chief justice stint, leaves gifts to court workers

Oct 08, 2018 - 11:01 AM

Promotions, salary raises, and bonuses mark Teresita Leonardo de Castro's chief justiceship that lasted only a little more than a month

SC Justice Teresita de Castro in her final flagraising ceremony at the Supreme Court on October 8, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

AMLC report can be used vs Jinggoy Estrada – SC

Oct 07, 2018 - 5:12 PM

The Anti-Money Laundering Council report alleges that ex-senator Jinggoy Estrada received at least P157.6 million in kickbacks through the pork barrel scam

ADMISSIBLE. Former Senator Jinggoy Estrada arrives at the Sandiganbayan on September 25, 2017, to attend hearing on his plunder case. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Kavanaugh sworn into Supreme Court after divisive fight

Oct 07, 2018 - 9:51 AM

Across the United States, protestors rally against the nominee who has been plagued by allegations of sexual misconduct. The confirmation ushers in Republican control of the top court, a major win for Trump

OPPOSED. Demonstrators take the steps of the US Supreme Court to protest against the appointment of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in Washington DC, on October 6, 2018. Photo by Jose Luis Magana/AFP

U.S. Senate poised to confirm Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh

Oct 06, 2018 - 6:10 PM

If Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed, Trump will have succeeded in having his two picks seated on the court – a major coup for the Republican leader less than halfway through his term

PROTEST. Activists protest against the nomination of Supreme Court Judge Brett Kavanaugh in front of the U.S. Supreme Court October 5, 2018 in Washington, DC. Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. Senate braces for key vote on embattled Supreme Court nominee

Oct 05, 2018 - 11:16 PM

Three key Republican lawmakers still officially undecided on Brett Kavanaugh, who has faced accusations of sexual misconduct

(FILES) In this file photo taken on September 19, 2018, Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh leaves his home in Chevy Chase, Maryland.  US President Donald Trump challenged the accuser of Kavanaugh for the first time on September 21, 2018, demanding she provide evidence that he sexually assaulted her when they were both teenagers. "I have no doubt that, if the attack on Dr. Ford was as bad as she says, charges would have been immediately filed with local Law Enforcement Authorities by either her or her loving parents. I ask that she bring those filings forward so that we can learn date, time, and place!" / AFP PHOTO / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / WIN MCNAMEE

Supreme Court nominee in unusual plea as U.S. Senate nears vote

Oct 05, 2018 - 9:44 AM

Furor over Kavanaugh's nomination has overshadowed next month's midterm elections in which control of Congress by Donald Trump's Republican Party could be at stake

VOTE. US Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh is sworn in before testifying at the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on September 27, 2018. File photo by Tom Williams/AFP

Peru annuls ex-president Fujimori's pardon, orders arrest

Oct 04, 2018 - 2:12 PM

The Supreme Court has 'issued the arrest and detention orders against former president Fujimori so that he may be re-integrated into the prison establishment'

Supreme Court: PCSO free to bid out online lottery

Oct 03, 2018 - 3:07 PM

The High Court junks the claim of of a private gaming company that it has exclusive contractual rights over the government project

ONLINE LOTTERY. The Supreme Court grants the PCSO's petition to bid out its nationwide online lottery system.

Former classmate says Trump court nominee lied about his drinking

Oct 02, 2018 - 2:43 PM

Chad Ludington, a North Carolina State University professor, says Brett Kavanaugh was 'belligerent and aggressive' when he drank

DEFENSE. Supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on September 27, 2018. File photo by Andrew Harnik/AFP

SC slams reckless drug buy-busts, wants weak cases junked

Oct 02, 2018 - 2:11 PM

In his separate concurring opinion, Associate Justice Marvic Leonen says that playing it fast and loose with procedure 'makes conducive the planting of evidence'

WEAK CASES. The Supreme Court stresses mandatory policy in drug investigation and case buildups. Photo by Rappler

Supreme Court acquits drug suspect over weak case buildup

Oct 02, 2018 - 1:02 PM

The High Court intends to 'weed out poorly built up drug-related cases'

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

Recent JBC interviews had less tough questions on SC decisions

Oct 02, 2018 - 9:00 AM

The last JBC interviews also saw odd questions about the applicants’ love lives and belated decisions to bear children

JBC. (From left to right) Judicial and Bar Council members retired judge Toribio Ilao, retired justice Jose Mendoza, Chief Justice Teresita Leonardo De Castro (ex-officio chairman) and Atty Milagros Fernan-Cayosa. Photo from Supreme Court PIO

‘Habal-habal’ justice joins old-timers in JBC shortlist for Supreme Court

Oct 01, 2018 - 2:10 PM

The 9 names are familiar, except for one: Justice Edgardo Delos Santos, who is tagged as the ‘habal-habal’ justice of Visayas

Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos led supporters gather infront of the Supreme Court on October 17, 2016 for a mass and to call for the immediate burial of former President Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

Senate panel backs Trump's Supreme Court pick Kavanaugh

Sep 29, 2018 - 2:20 AM

The panel splits along strict party lines with the 11 Republican members backing Kavanaugh and all 10 Democrats voting against the president's controversial nominee.

PROTEST. Activists demonstrate against US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in front of the court in Washington, DC, on September 28, 2018. Photo by Eric Baradat/AFP

[ANALYSIS] Philippine courts dribble, stall on Trillanes amnesty issue

Sep 28, 2018 - 7:50 PM

The persistent efforts to send Trillanes back to jail ends this September with the anticlimactic order of deferment by Makati RTC Judge Andres Soriano

Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

First vote on embattled U.S. court nominee after fraught hearing

Sep 28, 2018 - 6:34 PM

(UPDATED) Friday's vote – set for 1:30 pm (1730 GMT; 1:30 am Saturday, Manila time) – will take place under an intense spotlight, following a historic day of testimony that put the toxic partisan feuding in Washington on full display

BRETT KAVANAUGH. US Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh is sworn in before testifying at the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on September 27, 2018. Photo by Tom Williams/AFP

JBC begins search for SC chief justice after De Castro

Sep 28, 2018 - 3:20 PM

Application opens September 29 and ends October 15

DE CASTRO COURT. Chief Justice Teresita Leonardo De Castro will retire on October 8. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Trump backs embattled court nominee after fiery hearing

Sep 28, 2018 - 12:11 PM

'I categorically and unequivocally deny the allegation by Dr Ford,' says Brett Kavanaugh in his opening statement

TRUMP PICK. Supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on September 27, 2018. Photo by Andrew Harnik/AFP

Kavanaugh accuser says she feared Supreme Court pick would rape her

Sep 27, 2018 - 11:59 PM

'I am here because I believe it is my civic duty to tell you what happened to me while Brett Kavanaugh and I were in high school,' Christine Blasey Ford says

CHRISTINE FORD. Christine Blasey Ford testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill September 27, 2018 in Washington, DC. Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP

Supreme Court orders fixed salaries for bus drivers, conductors

Sep 27, 2018 - 10:04 PM

The court upholds the DOLE order and LTFRB memorandum circular that seek to 'enhance the economic status of bus drivers and conductors, and to promote the general welfare of the riding public'

COMPENSATION. The Supreme Court greenlights having fixed salaries and additional pay for properly performing drivers and conductors. Buses image by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Was revocation of amnesty legal? Trillanes camp might ask SC to decide

Sep 27, 2018 - 6:33 PM

Lawyer Rey Robles says they might also elevate the case to a higher court if they feel that Makati RTC Branch 148 exercised grave abuse of discretion

TEAM. Senator Antonio Trillanes, with his lawyer Rey Robles, arrives at the Senate after posting bail. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

India's top court rules adultery no longer a crime

Sep 27, 2018 - 5:59 PM

'Thinking of adultery from a point of view of criminality is a retrograde step,' unanimously declared the five-judge bench of the Supreme Court

Trump defends Supreme Court pick but says he could change mind

Sep 27, 2018 - 1:06 PM

Donald Trump says he is skeptical because he personally had been the target of 'false statements' in the past made by various women

BRETT KAVANAUGH. In this file photo taken on September 19, 2018, Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh leaves his home in Chevy Chase, Maryland. File photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP

Sara Duterte accuses Midas Marquez of colluding with Duterte supporters

Sep 27, 2018 - 9:56 AM

(UPDATED) Court Administrator Midas Marquez is linked to lawyer Bruce Rivera and Gemma Sotto who is part of DDS Global

SUPREME COURT APPLICANT. Court Administrator Midas Marquez's application for a Supreme Court justice faces opposition. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Indian court upholds legality of world's largest biometric database

Sep 26, 2018 - 6:55 PM

The ruling of the Supreme Court draws a line under many years of legal challenges from critics, who said Aadhaar threatened individual privacy and risked turning the world's second-most populous nation into a surveillance state

BIOMETRICS. This photo taken on July 17, 2018 shows an Indian woman getting her fingerprints read during the registration process for Aadhaar cards (or unique identifier [UID] cards) in Amritsar. Photo by Narinder Nanu/AFP

Supreme Court allows drug charges vs Peter Lim to continue

Sep 26, 2018 - 5:21 PM

The Court’s Third Division denies Lim’s request to nullify the Department of Justice (DOJ) reinvestigation

JUNKED. Supreme Court junks Peter Lim's appeal to void the Department of Justice reinvestigation that ultimately found sufficient evidence to charge him for conspiracy to commit illegal drugs.

‘Habal-habal’ justice of Visayas tries luck at SC

Sep 26, 2018 - 5:07 PM

(UPDATED) Justice Delos Santos penned the lauded Writ of Kalikasan decision that shut down the controversial Inawayan Landfill in Cebu City

SUPREME COURT APPLICATION. Court of Appeals Justice Edgardo delos Santos applies for a Supreme Court post for the first time. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Sara Duterte opposes Midas Marquez's Supreme Court bid

Sep 26, 2018 - 11:38 AM

Supreme Court applicant Midas Marquez says, 'The allegation that I talked to complainants, the witnesses, that I maneuvered or manipulated, is not accurate'

OPPOSITION. Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte opposes Court Administrator Midas Marquez' application to the Supreme Court.

Who's who: Candidates vying to replace former SC justice Martires

Sep 26, 2018 - 8:22 AM

Many of the candidates are current associate justices at the Court of Appeals and had previously applied for a position at the High Court

Supreme Court of teh Philippines in Padre Faura, Manila

Midas Marquez tries again for Supreme Court in JBC interview

Sep 26, 2018 - 7:33 AM

Marquez is among the 6 nominees whom the en banc has recommended to the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC). He was previously interviewed in June 2017.

SUPREME COURT APPLICATION. For his 4th application for a justice position since 2017, Court Administrator Midas Marquez will face the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) on September 26, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Noynoy Aquino eyes filing cases vs accusers in court

Sep 25, 2018 - 11:44 PM

Former president Noynoy Aquino still stands by his appointment of ousted Supreme Court chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno

MULLING CASES. Former president Benigno Aquino III speaks during the Liberal Party’s National Executive Council meeting on September 25, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Kavanaugh intensifies counter-offensive against sex accusations

Sep 25, 2018 - 2:04 PM

Brett Kavanaugh steps up his defense, saying 'I've never sexually assaulted anyone, not in high school, not ever. I've always treated women with dignity and respect'

TRUMP CHOICE. File photo shows Judge Brett Kavanaugh leaves the room following a meeting and press availability with Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC. File photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

COA finds anomalies in Supreme Court’s purchase of P7.9-M computers

Sep 25, 2018 - 1:12 PM

Purchases are made without public bidding, bought from a supplier with a higher price, and done with incomplete documents

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

Carpio is more trusted than Arroyo – Pulse Asia

Sep 25, 2018 - 11:44 AM

But the survey also shows that a good number of Filipinos either do not know Carpio, or don’t know what to feel about the potential Chief Justice nominee

TRUST RATINGS. Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio gets 33% trust ratings, and 42% approval ratings from the latest Pulse Asia survey taken from September 1-7, 2018. Photo by Rappler

House panel junks impeachment complaints vs SC justices

Sep 25, 2018 - 10:22 AM

The House committee on justice votes unanimously to reject the impeachment complaints against Chief Justice Teresita de Castro and 6 Supreme Court justices

NOT IMPEACHED: (From L-R, top to bottom) Associate Justices Teresita Leonardo-de Castro, Diosdado Peralta, Lucas Bersamin, Francis Jardeleza, Noel Tijam, Andres Reyes Jr, and Alexander Gesmundo. File photos by SC PIO

LIVE: House hearing on impeachment complaints vs SC justices

Sep 25, 2018 - 9:45 AM

Watch the deliberations on the impeachment complaints live on Rappler

Calida tells Supreme Court to void Trillanes amnesty because Gazmin signed it

Sep 24, 2018 - 5:43 PM

It is an argument not cited in President Rodrigo Duterte’s Proclamation No. 572

GAZMIN ARGUMENT. Floated only after the publication of Proclamation No. 527, Solicitor General Jose Calida has now officially raised to the Supreme Court that the act of former defense secretary Voltaire Gazmin approving Senator Antonio Trillanes' amnesty papers is illegal and a valid ground to void the amnesty. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Trump's Supreme Court pick faces new sexual misconduct claim

Sep 24, 2018 - 4:03 PM

Brett Kavanaugh, the embattled US Supreme Court nominee of President Donald Trump, faces a second accusation of sexual misconduct

NEW ALLEGATIONS. In this file photo Judge Brett Kavanaugh testifies during his US Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing to be an Associate Justice on the US Supreme Court, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Cleared of corruption? Martires will no longer appeal to Supreme Court

Sep 24, 2018 - 3:51 PM

‘This is for the simple reason that it already violates the right of an accused against double jeopardy,' says the new Ombudsman

NO MORE APPEALS. Ombudsman Samuel Martires signs an order on September 24 putting a stop to the practice of appealing lost cases at the Supreme Court. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Battle lines drawn for U.S. Senate showdown on Trump court nominee

Sep 24, 2018 - 7:54 AM

A university professor agrees to give her testimony publicly in the US Senate, accusing Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee of sexual assault

SUPPORT. In this file photo taken, an activist wears a button in support of Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault at a high school party about 35 years ago, during a protest September 20, 2018 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images North America/AFP

Supreme Court nominee assault storm fans #MeToo flames

Sep 23, 2018 - 9:14 AM

Sexual assault survivors – women and men alike – tweet their messages of solidarity for Christine Blasey Ford using the hashtag #WhyIDidntReport

SC NOMINEE. Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the third day of his Supreme Court confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill September 6, 2018 in Washington, DC. Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

Supreme Court nominee accuser gets more time to decide on hearing

Sep 22, 2018 - 5:38 PM

Christine Blasey Ford's lawyers calls as 'arbitrary' the first deadline set by the US Senate Judiciary Committee for her to testify against nominee Brett Kavanaugh over a sexual assault allegation

SC NOMINEE. Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the third day of his Supreme Court confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill September 6, 2018 in Washington, DC. Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP