SC rulings - updates

Rappler's latest stories on SC rulings


EXPLAINER: How SEC's Rappler decision is a test case for press freedom

Jan 20, 2018 - 10:39 PM

‘If Rappler can make out a case that this is actually malicious, the court cannot ignore that the government might be in violation of the constitutional guarantee to press freedom,’ says IBP national president Abdiel Dan Fajardo

TEST CASE. Can the SEC ruling against Rappler be used to push for a test case of press freedom? sec-rappler-decision  TEST CASE. Can the SEC ruling against Rappler be used to push for a test case of press freedom? sec-rappler-decision

SC: Congress shall convene on martial law only to revoke, extend

Jul 25, 2017 - 3:58 PM

Former solicitor general Florin Hilbay the petitioners counsel calls the ruling a strange and unfortunate result

Slippery slope of martial law

Jul 22, 2017 - 9:15 AM

We come to the core of the Lagman vs Medialdea martial law decision – how the Court applies the sufficiency of the factual basis test

Martial law extension and the Supreme Court

Jul 22, 2017 - 7:45 AM

We analyze the recent Supreme Court decision which upheld President Duterte’s Proclamation No 216 to discern how the Court might answer anticipated petitions in the event of an extension of martial law in Mindanao

Leonen: Lone dissenter in SC martial law ruling

Jul 05, 2017 - 7:35 PM

UPDATED We should have the courage to never again clothe authoritarianism in any disguise with the mantle of constitutionality Leonen says in his dissenting opinion

File photo of Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen

Post-Marawi siege, ‘overwhelmed’ SC justices favored martial law – Lagman

Jul 05, 2017 - 4:29 PM

Though disagreeing with a majority of the justices anti martial law petitioner and opposition lawmaker Edcel Lagman says he will respect the ruling of the Supreme Court

RESPECT THE RULING. Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman, who is against martial law in Mindanao, says he will respect the decision of the SC. File photo by Rappler

After SC ruling, lawmakers fear PH-wide expansion of martial rule

Jul 04, 2017 - 3:10 PM

Martial law becomes a hard habit to break says Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin who warned of President Rodrigo Duterte s creeping authoritarian rule in the guise of safety and security

EXTENSION? President Rodrigo Duterte gestures as he reiterates that his only mandate as the country's head of state is to protect and preserve the Filipinos in his speech during the province's 50th founding anniversary at the Davao del Sur Sports and Business Complex in Digos City on July 1. Photo by Rene Lumawag/Presidential Photo

Senators: No surprises in SC decision upholding martial law

Jul 04, 2017 - 2:45 PM

With the favorable decision on martial law administration senators say the government can now focus on clearing operations and rehabilitation efforts in Marawi City

File photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Palace: SC ruling shows gov't united vs 'one common enemy'

Jul 04, 2017 - 2:11 PM

The High Court s decision to uphold martial law in Mindanao proves there is a real and present rebellion in Mindanao says Solicitor General Jose Calida

PALACE BRIEFING. Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella urges the public to cooperate with local authorities in securing their respective communities. File photo from Presidential Photo

Estelito Mendoza: ‘Oppressive’ Ombudsman probing Arroyo again

Jul 22, 2016 - 8:04 PM

I think that is very very dismaying and if not shocking says Mendoza one of the lawyers of former president Gloria Arroyo

'OPPRESSIVE' OMBUDSMAN? Former solicitor general Estelito Mendoza calls for a press conference a day after his client ex-president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo was freed from hospital arrest. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Gloria Arroyo walks free after nearly 4 years

Jul 21, 2016 - 6:24 PM

UPDATED Former president Gloria Arroyo is released from hospital arrest two days after the Supreme Court cleared her of plunder

CLEARED. With her acquittal, former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo can now fully perform her duties as congresswoman of Pampanga's 2nd District. File photo by Rolex dela Pena/EPA

LOOK: Relatives, allies visit Gloria Arroyo after acquittal

Jul 19, 2016 - 8:16 PM

Former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo s guests include her son Mikey her lawyers and her political allies

Lawyer Raul Lambino takes a photo with his client former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo after she is acquitted of plunder. Photo courtesy of Lambino

Lawmakers react to SC ruling on Gloria Arroyo case

Jul 19, 2016 - 5:05 PM

Here s what the country s lawmakers are saying about the acquittal of former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo

epa03344307 Former Philippine president and current Congresswoman Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo attends a session discussing a proposed reproductive health bill at the House of Representatives at Congress in Quezon City, east of Manila, Philippines. 06 August 2012. The House of Representatives on 06 August is scheduled to decide on whether to finally end the debates and pave the way for lawmakers to vote on second reading of the proposed bill. The reproductive health bill aims to make condoms and contraceptives available to the poor, provide educational programmes on family planning and offer sex education for pre-teens. EPA/ROLEX DELA PENA

De Lima on SC's Arroyo ruling: Why wait for change in admin?

Jul 19, 2016 - 3:40 PM

UPDATED What s happening? Why did they have to wait for the change in administration to issue that ruling? says senator and former justice chief Leila de Lima

COMPLIANCE. Justice Secretary Leila de Lima will be complying with a Senate order requiring her to submit a soft copy of pork scam whistleblower Benhur Luy's digital records. File photo by Jose Del/Rappler

Arroyo camp: Acquittal proves 'political persecution' by Aquino

Jul 19, 2016 - 1:06 PM

Lawyer Ferdinand Topacio says the Supreme Court ruling shows that the Aquino administration was merely harassing its political opponents to cover up its gross lack of accomplishments

Former Philippine president Gloria Arroyo (R) waves to photographers from a vehicle after appearing in court for her arraignment in Pasay City, suburban Manila, on February 23, 2012. Arroyo was expected to plead not guilty in her first court appearance since being charged with rigging the 2007 senatorial elections and faces life in jail if she is convicted. AFP PHOTO / TED ALJIBE / AFP PHOTO / TED ALJIBE

SC upholds ruling: Grace Poe can run for president

Apr 09, 2016 - 8:43 AM

UPDATED The High Court affirms its earlier decision which says the presidential bet is a natural born Filipino and has met the 10 year residency requirement Poe s camp welcomes it

FINAl. The Supreme Court decides with finality that presidential bet Grace Poe can run for president. Photo by Ernie Sarmiento

Philippine citizenship: From jus soli to jus sanguinis

Mar 26, 2016 - 9:30 AM

The Grace Poe case reminds us that citizenship is not a static but rather a dynamic political concept

Photo from the Ateneo de Manila University website

SC slams ‘lackadaisical’ Comelec over voting receipts

Mar 09, 2016 - 9:00 PM

The Supreme Court gives the Comelec a mouthful about the poll body s failure to comment on the case regarding voting receipts

TESTING THE PROCESS. Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista uses a vote-counting machine as he demonstrates the voting procedure in a Metro Manila mall in October 2015. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Aquino: SC ruling should 'fully educate' public on Poe case

Mar 09, 2016 - 7:20 PM

President Benigno Aquino III hopes the SC decision which has yet to be released to the public in full provides clear rules on being a citizen or non citizen of our nation

FULL EXPLANATION.  President Benigno S. Aquino III says the Supreme Court ruling on Senator Grace Poe's disqualification case would serve as guidelines for Philippine citizenship or non-citizenship. Photo by Robert Viñas/ Malacañang Photo Bureau

Ballots can’t replace voting receipts – SC

Mar 09, 2016 - 7:14 PM

‘We see no reason why voters should be denied the opportunity to read the voter s receipt after casting his or her ballot ’ the Supreme Court says

ELECTION PREPARATIONS. Comelec-deployed staff test ballot papers on vote-counting machines in a warehouse in Santa Rosa, Laguna, on February 4, 2016. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Binay mum on Poe’s SC win: 'I’m focused on my campaign'

Mar 09, 2016 - 4:08 PM

Vice President Jejomar Binay reacts to his toughest rival s legal victory on the same day a poll names him as the biggest gainer among candidates if Grace Poe is disqualified

FOCUS ON CAMPAIGN. The camp of Vice President Jejomar Binay says recent developmentsm including top rival Grace Poe's victory in the Supreme Court, won't distract his campaign. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

SC order threatens election schedule again

Dec 07, 2015 - 9:54 PM

It’s a throwback to 2013 when the poll chief complained: ‘Parang sila na ang nagpapatakbo ng eleksyon Akala ko ba kami?’

ELECTIONS 'IN LIMBO.' Even before the May 2013 elections, the Supreme Court issued rulings that derailed the plans of the poll body. In the words of then elections chief Sixto Brillantes Jr, the SC put elections 'in limbo.' File photo by Francis Malasig/EPA

Palace welcomes SC 'de facto reversal' on DAP ruling

Feb 03, 2015 - 7:24 PM

It restored good faith as a presumption and not as a burden for the [DAP] authors to prove says Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda

SC partially grants gov’t appeal on DAP

Feb 03, 2015 - 7:06 PM

The Supreme Court has clarified that only authors of the Disbursement Acceleration Program – and not project proponents and implementors – may be held liable

Aquino hits SC, insists DAP is legal

Jul 14, 2014 - 6:42 PM

3rd UPDATE In a televised address President Benigno Aquino III criticizes the Supreme Court decision on DAP and says the government will ask justices to reconsider their verdict

SC verdict on RH law: Both sides optimistic

Apr 08, 2014 - 10:32 AM

Early Tuesday morning both the pro and anti RH camps gather in Baguio City to await the verdict on the constitutionality of the RH law

SC rules online libel constitutional

Feb 18, 2014 - 6:34 PM

2nd UPDATE The High Court strikes down only 3 Cybercrime Law provisions including one that gives the justice department the power to take down online content without a court warrant It also rules online libel to be constitutional with one exception

CONSTITUTIONAL. Supreme Court spokesman Ted Te announces ruling on the Cybercrime law. Photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler