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8th petition vs anti-terror law attacks 'subjective' definition of terroristic dissent

Jul 13, 2020 - 5:56 PM

The Sanlakas party list says Section 4's supposed exemption on dissent must be struck down for being too vague and subjective

8TH PETITION. Progressive group Sanlakas files the 8th petition vs the anti-terror law before the Supreme Court on July 13, 2020. Photo courtesy of Sanlakas

Supreme Court hands off in DOJ's stricter drug plea bargain rules

Jul 13, 2020 - 2:15 PM

Dissenting Justice Benjamin Caguioa says the Supreme Court's efforts to declog court dockets of small-time drug cases will be put to waste

Supreme Court orders release of Trump records but they may stay hidden for now

Jul 09, 2020 - 11:16 PM

(UPDATED) The rulings prompt a string of furious tweets from Donald Trump and are a setback to his claim of absolute immunity from criminal investigation while in office

DONALD TRUMP. US President Donald Trump walks across the South Lawn upon his return to the White House in Washington, DC on May 27, 2020. File photo by Olivier Douliery/AFP

Over 43,000 prisoners released via videoconference hearings since March

Jul 08, 2020 - 9:19 PM

The court administrator reports that 43,171 persons deprived of liberty have been released from March 17 to July 3. The figure also includes children in conflict with the law.

'Overly deferential': How Supreme Court shielded Duterte from disclosing health

Jul 08, 2020 - 8:49 PM

Justices come up with all sorts of arguments to favor Duterte in the health petition, and dissenting Justice Caguioa says it 'clearly signals an overly deferential attitude to a sitting President'


Constitution framers, Ateneo professors file 6th petition vs anti-terror law

Jul 08, 2020 - 4:26 PM

'Given the pattern of imputation by the executive and the nature of accusations, the exercise of our fundamental freedom of expression and freedom of association has to be protected'

6TH PETITION. Ateneo Human Rights Center (AHRC) lawyers Marianne Agunoy, Paula Villarin and Paula Estrella, also co-petitioners, file the 6th petition vs the anti-terror law before the Supreme Court on July 8, 2020. Photo courtesy of AHRC


Duterte's ex-OGCC chief Jurado is 5th to petition vs anti-terror law

Jul 08, 2020 - 11:37 AM

Jurado anchors his petition on the railroad of the bill in Congress, and says the rush to passage violates constitutional standards

5TH PETITIONER. Duterte's former government corporate counsel Rudolf Jurado files on July 8, 2020, the 5th petition against the anti-terror law. Sourced photo

3 months on, families still waiting for SC to act on prisoners' release

Jul 07, 2020 - 4:35 PM

'Three months of waiting is beyond enough. Yet we are still waiting for the Court to deliver what the Chief Justice vowed,' says Kapatid spokesperson Fides Lim

Supreme Court affirms dismissal of Enrile libel suit vs columnist

Jul 07, 2020 - 1:50 PM

Former senator Juan Ponce Enrile filed a libel suit against newspaper columnist Yoly Villanueva Ong in 2012 for an opinion article about his Martial Law days and his son's senatorial bid

LIBEL SUIT. Former senator Juan Ponce Enrile suffers a loss at the Supreme Court with its affirmation of a Court of Appeals dismissal of his libel suit against Yoly Villanueva-Ong. Photo by Darren Pangit

More petitions to come: Supreme Court battle vs anti-terror law starts

Jul 06, 2020 - 8:45 AM

(5th UPDATE) By Rappler's count, there are at least 8 groups filing petitions to void provisions of the anti-terror law

Atty. Mel Sta. Maria and professors of Far Eastern University Law file a Petition for Certiorari and Prohibition at the Supreme Court in Manila on July 6, 2020 to challenge the constitutionality of 13 provisions of the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020.

'For law and order in troubled times:' Guevarra declines 'last' chance for SC

Jul 05, 2020 - 6:18 PM

'This opportunity comes at a time when my services as Secretary of the Department of Justice are most needed'

SECRETARY OF JUSTICE. DOJ Secretary Menardo Guevarra defends his department's 2020 budget during at a budget hearing in September 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Where is the Supreme Court's full decision junking Duterte health case?

Jul 04, 2020 - 7:32 PM

Two months have passed, and even the petitioner has not yet received the full decision that would explain why the justices dismissed his petition

PRESIDENT. President Rodrigo Duterte delivers a speech before military commanders of the Western Mindanao Command in Zamboanga City on July 3, 2020, his first public event since the pandemic. Screenshot courtesy of RTVM

Lawyers, civic leaders file 1st petition vs anti-terror law

Jul 04, 2020 - 3:45 PM

Law Professor Howie Calleja is joined by civic groups and La Sallian Brother Armin Luistro in filing the petition before the Supreme Court

FIRST PETITION. Law professor Howie Calleja leads lawyers and civic leaders in filing the first petition against the anti-terror law before the Supreme Court. Photo courtesy of Calleja Law Firm Facebook Group


Anti-terror law's next battleground: Crafting of IRR, Supreme Court

Jul 04, 2020 - 2:54 PM

'Labag ito sa karapatang nakasaad sa Saligang Batas, kung kaya't dapat ito ibasura ng Korte Suprema,' says Akbayan

ANTI-TERROR LAW. Protesters assemble at the University Avenue in UP Diliman on June 12, 2020, for the Grand Mañanita Independence Day protest. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

SC urged: Compel Duterte gov’t to conduct ‘mass testing’

Jul 03, 2020 - 12:34 PM

Petitioners led by former social welfare secretary Judy Taguiwalo also ask the High Court to compel the government to ramp up contact tracing efforts and release timely, accurate, and complete information on the pandemic

RIGHT TO HEALTH. Petitioners file a petition for mandamus asking the Supreme Court to compel the government to do free mass testing. Sourced photo RIGHT TO HEALTH. Petitioners file a petition for mandamus asking the Supreme Court to compel the government to do free mass testing. Sourced photo

Supreme Court to decide on release of secret Mueller evidence, after election

Jul 03, 2020 - 9:43 AM

The House panel continues to investigate Trump for impeachment in relation to alleged collusion with Russia and obstruction of justice in that case

Special Counsel Robert Mueller speaks on the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential election, at the US Justice Department in Washington, DC, on May 29, 2019.  MANDEL NGAN / AFP

Supreme Court junks petition questioning Duterte's Bayanihan Law

Jul 01, 2020 - 6:48 PM

The 9-page petition 'fails to show grave abuse of discretion,' says the Supreme Court

JUNKED. Supreme Court junks petition questioning the constitutionality of the Bayanihan Law that gave President Rodrigo Duterte special powers to respond to the coronavirus pandemic. Photo by Rappler

SC's deference to Congress on same-sex union 'dooms marriage equality'

Jun 30, 2020 - 3:25 PM

A paper published by UP Law criticizes the 2019 decision of the Supreme Court junking a same-sex marriage petition mainly due to technicalities, and says it was 'an abdication of its function as a Court'

MARRIAGE EQUALITY. LGBTQ members light candles as they gather outside the Supreme Court in Manila on June 19, 2018 for the on-going oral arguments regarding the petition for same sex marriage. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler


U.S. Supreme Court rejects key challenge to abortion rights

Jun 29, 2020 - 11:46 PM

The conservative-leaning court split 5-4 in the decision overruling a state law that requires doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital

Leonen's speech vs complicity trends as SC battles doubts on its independence

Jun 25, 2020 - 11:57 PM

A usual dissenter who once called out fellow justices for emboldening the rise of an authoritarian, Justice Marvic Leonen tells new lawyers about the dangers of keeping silent and being complicit

'DO NOT BE COMPLICIT' Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen's 23-minute speech to new lawyers who took their oath on June 25, 2020, trended on Twitter for hours. Screenshot from Supreme Court


WATCH: 'Resist injustice:' Justice Leonen's speech at lawyers' oath taking

Jun 25, 2020 - 9:08 PM

'Silence about corruption and abuse of power is not only in itself unjust; our silence when we have the ability to speak is in itself a cause of injustice,' says Associate Justice Marvic Leonen

ROUSING SPEECH. Associate Justice Marvic Leonen delivers a rousing speech to lawyers who took their oath on June 25, 2020. Photo courtesy of the SC Public Information Office


Supreme Court to do pilot test for computerized Bar exams

Jun 25, 2020 - 4:32 PM

2020 Bar chair Justice Leonen also says the Court must take a hard look at the Bar exams and 'make its practices more reasonable'

BAR EXAMS. Aspiring lawyers are greeted by supporters as they take the last day of the 2019 Bar Exams at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila on Sunday, November 24. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler


Supreme Court fires Palace cameraman for unsolicited knee touch on female colleague

Jun 24, 2020 - 1:51 PM

'Unsolicited physical contact, even if done in jest, has no place in the workplace, especially in government service,' says the Supreme Court Second Division, but it retains the finding of guilt for simple misconduct, rather than grave misconduct

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

'Too many are sick and dying': Supreme Court defers deciding on prisoner release

Jun 23, 2020 - 2:36 PM

Prison agencies are also slammed for little transparency on the conditions of inmates

PRISONER RELEASE. Marites Asis, mother of 23-year-old pregnant political prisoner Reina Mae Nasino, goes to the Supreme Court to plead for a humanitarian prisoner release amid the pandemic. Photo courtesy of Kapatid


Supreme Court junks Calida's quo warranto vs ABS-CBN Corp for being moot

Jun 23, 2020 - 1:21 PM

(UPDATED) The case against ABS-CBN Convergence remains. ABS-CBN's shutdown is also still in effect.

SHUT. The National Telecommunications Commission(NTC) has issued a cease and desist order to the giant network ABS-CBN effective immediately. May 5, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler


Supreme Court rejects Trump bid to end 'Dreamer' immigrant program

Jun 18, 2020 - 11:21 PM

The high court says Trump's 2017 move to cancel his predecessor Barack Obama's landmark Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program was 'arbitrary and capricious' under government administrative procedures

DREAMERS. In this file photo, young immigrants and supporters walk while holding signs during a rally in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program held in Los Angeles, California, on September 1, 2017. File photo by Frederic J. Brown/AFP

Supreme Court affirms condo dues not subject to tax

Jun 18, 2020 - 4:35 PM

The Supreme Court says association dues and other assessment charges do not form part of a condominium corporation's gross income

NOT TAXABLE. The Supreme Court nullfied a 2012 Bureau of Internal Revenue circular which taxes association dues. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

SC greenlights prosecution of construction firm chief over Makati parking building

Jun 18, 2020 - 3:28 PM

The Supreme Court's Second Division does not give weight to the argument of Hilmarc's Construction chief Efren Canlas that he, as a private individual, cannot be charged for violation of Section 3 (e) of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act

MASSIVE OVERPRICING. The Senate wants Binay charged with plunder over 'an alarming pattern of overpricing' of the Makati parking building 2. File photo

[ANALYSIS] The Anti-Terror Act is worse than Martial Law

Jun 18, 2020 - 3:07 PM

'[The Anti-Terror Act] is authorized to order the arrest of any person even if he or she has not committed any crime of terrorism'

'Vote for life': Kapatid urges SC to act on petition for prisoners' release

Jun 17, 2020 - 1:25 PM

'We pray that the Supreme Court will choose to vote for life in favor of the most vulnerable to the COVID-19 pandemic now invading prison facilities,' says Kapatid spokesperson Fides Lim

VOTE FOR LIFE. Families of political prisoners troop to the Supreme Court on Tuesday, June 17, to ask justices to immediately act on the petition filed for the release of prisoners most at risk to the coronavirus. Photo courtesy of KAPATID

U.S. top court rules civil rights law protects LGBTQ+ workers

Jun 15, 2020 - 11:00 PM

The landmark decision says Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which outlaws discrimination against employees because of a person's sex, also covers sexual orientation and transgender status

SUPREME COURT. The US Supreme Court is seen amid the coronavirus pandemic on April 15, 2020 as stay at home order has been extended in Washington, DC until May 15. File photo by Daniel Slim/AFP

Can Supreme Court under Peralta repeat Arroyo-time judicial activism?

Jun 11, 2020 - 9:02 PM

The Court created a human rights committee under Sereno, but Peralta says he is yet to 'look into it'

THE CHIEF JUSTICE. Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta gestures as he answers questions during the meeting of the members of the media at Supreme Court on November 8, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler


Stranded justice delays resolution of petition to free vulnerable prisoners

Jun 11, 2020 - 1:11 PM

Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta says he 'believes' the case can be decided by June 16. As of latest data, there are 745 confirmed cases in BJMP and 194 cases in BuCor.

CONGESTED. This photo taken on March 27, 2020 shows prison inmates at the crowded courtyard of the Quezon City jail in Manila. Photo by Maria TAN / AFP


Supreme Court deliberations on ABS-CBN set for July 13

Jun 11, 2020 - 12:14 PM

Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta is not certain if there will be a resolution by July 13, despite ABS-CBN's urgent request for a temporary restraining order

SHUT DOWN. The National Telecommunications Commission(NTC) issues a cease and desist order to the giant network ABS-CBN that shut down the network on May 5, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler


WATCH: Chief Justice Peralta meets the press online

Jun 11, 2020 - 9:03 AM

Bookmark this page to watch the virtual press conference of Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta at 9 am, Thursday, June 11

FIRST EVER. The annual Chief Justice Meets The Press will be held online for the first time.

Carpio: Once a law, anti-terror bill can be questioned in court right away

Jun 04, 2020 - 12:36 PM

(UPDATED) The old law allows warrantless arrest only as a result of surveillance. The new bill does not provide such limitation.

Groups from different sectors belonging to the militant Bayan, stage a protest caravan and noise barrage outside the gates of Congress on June 3, 2020, demanding the scrapping of the Anti Terrorism Bill that has been recently approved in Congress. President Duterte certified the bill as urgent. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Are PH courts truly ready for digital transformation post-lockdown?

Jun 03, 2020 - 7:02 PM

Courts grapple with internet problems and lack of public transport for personnel. Questions also abound on how strict judicial rules can accommodate digital processes.

Back on Full Operation. The Supreme Court is back on full operation starting today, the first day of the General Community Quarantine in the National Capital Region (NCR). SC employees who form part of the skeleton staff return to the Supreme Court Compound in Padre Faura, Manila to report for work today as the SC begins full operation since March 16, 2020. The SC continues to conduct rapid testing among its employees. As of May 29, 2020, a total of 1,698 personnel have undergone rapid testing. Conducted by the medical personnel of the Court who were provided with personal protective equipment (PPE), the rapid testing will take place daily until such time that all the more than 2,700 employees have undergone rapid antibody testing. (Courtesy of the SC Public Information Office)

Courts outside Metro Manila ask SC for rapid testing too

Jun 03, 2020 - 1:18 PM

In Metro Manila, Associate Justice Marvic Leonen says some Metro Manila judges refused rapid testing which to him is 'a very grave disappointment'

RAPID TESTING. Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta inspects the rapid testing done at the Supreme Court compound on May 26, 2020. Photo courtesy of SC Public Information Office


SC junks Gadon case vs ABS-CBN, but hardly a win for still shut network

Jun 02, 2020 - 5:05 PM

Larry Gadon's thrown-out petition hardly does anything for the embattled network as its bid to go back on air is still in the pleadings process

SCOLDED. Supreme Court scolds Larry Gadon over a petition he filed against ABS-CBN. Photo by Rappler


Makabayan rep wants to cite Topacio in contempt in Supreme Court writs case

May 30, 2020 - 8:55 PM

Lawyer Ferdinand Topacio says the contempt request is 'egregious,' as the government crackdown on the Left reaches the High Court

YOUNGEST REP. Kabataan Partylist Sarah Elago says age shouldn't be a hindrance when it comes to public service. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

SC applicants doubt ABS-CBN can get remedy from High Court

May 28, 2020 - 8:45 PM

In several questions throughout the Judicial and Bar Council interview, the applicants agree that ABS-CBN's fate is mostly up to Congress

ONLINE INTERVIEW. CA Justice Edwin Sorongon is interviewed via Zoom by the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) in a first ever online interview for the search of a new Supreme Court justice. Screenshot from JBC

Milestone or proof case not urgent? Explaining SC's show cause order vs leftists

May 28, 2020 - 1:14 PM

The show cause order is considered a preliminary citation, when in other cases for habeas corpus and amparo, parties immediately got the writs

EXTRAORDINARY REMEDIES. Petitions for the extraordinary writs of amparo and habeas corpus are brought to the Supreme Court. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler


Internet cafe for lawyers? How PH justice system will cope with new normal

May 27, 2020 - 4:26 PM

It will be a digital transformation, says the Supreme Court, but how will it make sure that every litigant has equal access to technology?

JBC makes Supreme Court stints minimum of 2.5 years

May 24, 2020 - 6:10 PM

The Judicial and Bar Council sets new rules, but faces questions on constitutionality

Supreme Court calls out judge over birthday party in chambers

May 19, 2020 - 6:09 PM

The Office of the Court Administrator is tasked to determine if there are quarantine violations

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


Still no TRO vs ABS-CBN cease and desist order

May 19, 2020 - 11:27 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The Supreme Court gives the National Telecommunications Commission 10 days to comment on the ABS-CBN petition against the NTC order

FRANCHISE. ABS CBN talents and artists hold a protest on February 28, 2020, to call for the renewal of the network's franchise. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

ABS-CBN pleads SC: Provisional franchise takes time, let us air now

May 18, 2020 - 2:21 PM

'ABS-CBN, its employees, various stakeholders, and the general public will continue to suffer grave and irreparable injury as a result of the Cease and Desist Order issued by the NTC'

CEASE AND DESIST. The National Telecommunications Commission(NTC) issues a cease and desist order to the giant network ABS-CBN effective immediately on May 5, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Courts in GCQ areas to physically reopen starting May 18

May 16, 2020 - 4:37 PM

Only a skeleton staff shall report to work even in GCQ, says the Supreme Court

EASING INTO GCQ. Food establishments along Session Road in Baguio City gradually open, but all for takeout and delivery services only, as the city works through under the general community quarantine from may 16 to 31 as per city govt guidelines. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Pilot courts nationwide can now do virtual hearings for all matters

May 14, 2020 - 3:51 PM

All courts in Metro Manila are authorized to do hearings via video conferencing

VIRTUAL HEARING. One of the pilot courts conduct a virtual hearing as Philippines remains on variying forms of lockdown to contain the coronavirus pandemic. Photo courtesy of the Supreme Court


Videoconference hearings lead to release of 4,683 prisoners in a week

May 10, 2020 - 7:50 PM

'We expect a lot more courts to conduct hearings through videoconferencing this coming week that may result [in] more releases of [persons deprived of liberty],' says Court Administrator Midas Marquez