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Who will be the next Chief Justice? | Evening wRap

Nov 23, 2018 - 10:20 PM

Watch Rappler's evening wRap with Gelo Gonzales

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.

Opposition senators ask SC to stop PH from leaving Int'l Criminal Court

May 16, 2018 - 6:25 PM

In a petition filed before the Supreme Court, 6 senators argue that the withdrawal from the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court needs Senate concurrence

USURPATION OF LEGISLATIVE POWERS. Opposition senators ask the Supreme Court to invalidate the withdrawal from the International Criminal Court initiated by President Rodrigo Duterte. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

[OPINION | NEWSPOINT] A tale of two stinks

May 12, 2018 - 1:00 PM

As it happens, Topacio is our link between two stinks – the one surrounding the Tulfos now and the one exploded in 2005 by Gloria Arroyo, former president and now Deputy Speaker and seemingly an eternal Topacio client

House to await resolution of Sereno motion for reconsideration before plenary vote

May 11, 2018 - 5:46 PM

'Out of respect to a co-equal [branch] that has ruled that it has jurisdiction over the matter of the legality of the appointment of respondent Sereno, the House of Representatives should wait for the resolution of the motion for reconsideration, if one is filed,' says House Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas

WAITING HOUSE. The articles of impeachment against Maria Lourdes Sereno, whom the SC ousted as chief justice on May 11, 2018, is still pending at the House of Representatives. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Senators on Sereno ouster: ‘Black day for justice’

May 11, 2018 - 12:06 PM

(5TH UPDATE) 'The Supreme Court has fallen, and fallen hard in the eyes of the public,' says Senator Risa Hontiveros

BLACK DAY. Supporters of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno hold up banners as the Supreme Court deliberated on the quo warranto petition against Sereno on May 11, 2018. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Sereno behind bars? Duterte says he only wants her out

Apr 13, 2018 - 8:58 AM

'Talagang dapat paalisin ka, noon pa. Bobo ka na, putang ina, kung anong pinagsasabi mo,' President Rodrigo Duterte says of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, March 27, 2018

Mar 27, 2018 - 12:11 PM

Hello! Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Tuesday

An Indian boy plays in the polluted Yamuna river in New Delhi on March 22, 2018. World Water Day is observed on March 22 and focuses on the importance of universal access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene facilities. / AFP PHOTO / CHANDAN KHANNA

[OPINION | NEWSPOINT] Conspiracy by quo warranto

Mar 24, 2018 - 11:32 AM

The dangers of quo warranto actually lie far beyond the hijacking of the Senate's constitutional mandate to decide whether Sereno is guilty, and therefore ought to go, or not guilty, and therefore should stay; the dangers go beyond her ouster even

Experts agree: Supreme Court will have last say on Sereno

Mar 08, 2018 - 10:38 AM

The High Court can either let the impeachment proceedings in Congress take their course, or set a precedent for a quo warranto removal

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno speaks a forum during 'Laban ng Kababaihan, Laban ng Bayan', at St. Scholastica College in Manila for celebration of International Women's day on March 07, 2018. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

[OPINION | NEWSPOINT] A last stand for national redemption

Mar 03, 2018 - 2:00 PM

The Senate is called upon to make a stand for truth, freedom, and justice, indeed for the nation’s redemption – a stand not improbably the last of such not only in its turn but in this generation and the next, perhaps for even longer

EXPLAINER: Can SC reverse ruling on deputy ombudsman?

Jan 30, 2018 - 4:31 PM

(UPDATED) Overall Deputy Ombudsman Melchor Arthur Carandang can now challenge the suspension order before the Supreme Court

SUSPENDED. Overall Deputy Ombudsman Melchor Arthur Carandang is suspended by Malacañang form 90 days. Can he challenge it?

Sereno casts doubt on PNP's 'presumption of regularity' defense

Nov 21, 2017 - 9:33 PM

CenterLaw's Joel Butuyan says that as soon as police kill a suspect, they are also subject to legal scrutiny, putting the presumption of regularity into question

Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno leads other justices in deliberating the constitutionality of Duterte's drug war during the start of the oral argument at the Supreme Court in Manila on November 21, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Kill or arrest? SC's Carpio pins down what PNP means by 'neutralize'

Nov 21, 2017 - 4:10 PM

Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Carpio says the term 'neutralize' can mean 3 things in the war on drugs

NEUTRALIZED? 3 suspected drugs personalities were apprenhended by cops while 3 others died after a shootout in Maypajo, Caloocan City. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Supreme Court asked to order probe into all EJK cases

Sep 23, 2017 - 12:36 AM

According to the petitioners – all human rights lawyers – current efforts to investigate a few of the thousands of deaths have not provided justice to the families

JUSTICE FOR ALL. Mourners of the death of Kian Loyd delos Santos demand accountability in drug war killings. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Through 'Ka Pepe,' Sereno reflects on human rights in PH

Sep 21, 2017 - 11:30 PM

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno raises the challenges confronting human rights today, as a monument of the late Jose 'Ka Pepe' Diokno is unveiled on the 45th anniversary of Martial Law

REMEMBERING KA PEPE. Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, Vice President Leni Robredo, CHR Chairman Chito Gascon, and former president Benigno Aquino III lead the unveiling of the Jose Diokno monument inside the CHR compound. Photo courtesy of the Office of the Vice President

Hilbay urges SC to resolve petition to convene Congress on martial law

Jul 14, 2017 - 11:54 AM

The Court can still decide regardless of the expiration of the 60 day period but the best time to decide is now says former solicitor general Florin Hilbay

CONGRESS CONVENE. Former solicitor general Florin Hilbay, lawyer Barry Gutierrez and former Human Rights Chair Etta Rosales urge the Supreme Court to immediately resolve their petition seeking to make the Congress convene on martial law. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

SC forms panel of commissioners for Marcos vs Robredo case

Jun 16, 2017 - 5:14 PM

Retired Supreme Court Associate Justice Jose Vitug will chair the 3 member panel

ELECTION PROTEST. The Supreme Court has assigned retired Justice Jose Vitug as the lead hearing officer in former senator Ferdinand Marcos' case versus Vice President Leni Robredo. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

PH jail congestion rate soars to over 500% amid drug war

Jun 16, 2017 - 2:05 PM

Philippine jails have a total holding capacity of only 20 746 but now accommodate 126 946 inmates

OVERCROWDED. The maximum security compound of the NBP is overcrowded, housing over 16,000 inmates when it can accommodate only 6,000. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Lopez, Calida vs Hilbay, ISIS | Midday wRap

Mar 14, 2017 - 12:59 PM

Watch the midday newscast with Chay Hofileña

The resurrection of Ferdinand Marcos

Nov 08, 2016 - 7:00 PM

The once relentless call for justice has started to fade out The criminal is now the hero

SC orals day 2: How justices pursued issues on Marcos burial

Sep 08, 2016 - 9:08 PM

SC justices focus on human rights violations President Rodrigo Duterte s support and the totality of laws to be applied during the second round of oral arguments over the burial of Ferdinand Marcos

MARCOS BURIAL. The Supreme Court started its oral arguments on the burial of former President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani on August 31, 2016. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

WATCH: SC holds 2nd oral arguments on Marcos burial

Sep 08, 2016 - 1:25 PM

The counsels of the Philippine government and the heirs of Marcos defend why he deserves to be buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani

CJ: Why use public funds to fulfill Duterte’s promise to bury Marcos?

Sep 07, 2016 - 8:29 PM

Chief Justice Sereno asks if the rights of the 75 000 human rights violation victims and their families must be set aside for national healing

PUBLIC FUNDS. Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno says Filipino taxpayers, not the Marcoses, are paying for the financial reparation for Martial Law victims. File photo by Arcel Cometa

Bongbong Marcos' 14M votes show end of Martial Law trauma – SolGen

Sep 07, 2016 - 3:29 PM

The pain that they Martial Law victims feel do not reflect the national psyche today? Justice Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa asks Solicitor General Jose Calida

BONGBONG MARCOS SUPPORTERS. Supporters of Senator Bongbong Marcos gather at a rally in Mandaluyong ahead of the vice presidential race which he lost by a narrow margin. Photo by Rob Reyes/ Rappler

Duterte’s wisdom on Marcos burial ‘beyond ambit of judicial review’

Sep 07, 2016 - 2:53 PM

Solicitor General Jose Calida says President Duterte s decision to have a hero s burial for the late strongman is for national healing comparable to his declaration of a unilateral ceasefire with communist rebels

SOLGEN. Solicitor General Jose Calida (right) pores over documents during the oral arguments on a heroes' burial for Marcos at the Supreme Court on September 7, 2016. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Live: SC oral arguments for Marcos burial at Libingan ng mga Bayani

Sep 07, 2016 - 2:18 PM

Get live updates on the Supreme Court oral arguments on the burial of Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani on Wednesday September 7 at 10 am

Duterte and Putin, Marcos burial, Zika virus | 6PM wRap

Aug 31, 2016 - 8:59 PM

Watch the 6PM wRap with Chay Hofileña

Ecourts fully operational in 287 trial courts by end-2016

Aug 25, 2016 - 3:19 PM

UPDATED To date 469 drug cases are pending appeal in the High Court About 240 more courts have been added to help with the drugs cases

CJ SERENO. Chief Justice Sereno meets the press on August 25, 2016.

Cebuana Bar topnotcher: No need to go to Manila for good education

May 04, 2016 - 5:27 AM

Athena Plaza who graduated from the University of San Carlos USC in Cebu places second in the 2015 Bar examinations with a grade of 87 25

WELL-RESTED. Athena Plaza, 2015 bar exam second placer, says it is important for her to get enough rest to perform well. Photo by Jensen Floren/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: 2015 Bar exam results

May 03, 2016 - 5:46 PM

Passers welcome the official announcement with squeals of joy Those who don t make the cut leave the scene quietly some of them in tears

Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

List of passers: 2015 Bar exams

May 03, 2016 - 2:26 PM

A total of 1 731 takers successfully pass one of the hardest licensure exams in the Philippines

Ex-chief justice Renato Corona dies

Apr 29, 2016 - 7:08 AM

UPDATED Renato Corona succumbs to cardiac arrest Friday morning April 29 He was 67

LINGERING ILLNESS. A file photo of former chief justice Renato Corona.

Presidential bets reject poll postponement: 'Kalokohan'

Mar 15, 2016 - 5:26 PM

Senator Grace Poe says she fears a repeat of the ‘Hello Garci’ scandal of 2004 if the Comelec postpones the elections or holds manual polls

PRESIDENTIAL BETS. A picture made available on February 22, 2016, shows Philippine presidential candidates (L-R) Vice President Jejomar Binay, Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, Senator Grace Poe, and former Interior secretary Manuel Roxas II as they participate in a debate in Cagayan de Oro, southern Philippines, on February 21, 2016. Photo by Lyn Rillon/Pool/EPA

FULL TEXT: Supreme Court's decision on EDCA

Jan 15, 2016 - 11:42 PM

UPDATED Read the 118 page decision on the PH US Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement

JOINT FORCES. Military troops from the Philippines and the US during the opening of the Philippines-US Exercise Balikatan in Quezon City in April 2015. File photo by EPA

SC asked to reverse CA order on M/V Princess of the Stars

Jan 12, 2016 - 10:17 AM

Relatives of victims of the 2008 maritime disaster allege that the appellate court erred in its ruling ordering Manila RTC Branch 49 Judge Daniel Villanueva to inhibit from the case

CAPSIZED SHIP. M/V Princess of the Stars sank June 21, 2008. Of 851 passengers, only 28 are known survivors, 400 still missing and some 130 unidentified exhumed bodies. Photo from Wikipedia

The SC kills Bt talong, and takes down Philippine science as well

Dec 09, 2015 - 6:45 PM

A Filipino scientist blasts Supreme Court justices for ruling against GMO field trials debunking claims they re not safe

Michael Purugganan, Dean for Science, New York University

Sereno: Justice must be real-time, high-tech

Jul 17, 2015 - 11:06 AM

The Chief Justice has 15 more years left in her term to transform Philippine courts from being repositories of paper to modern structures where accessing justice can be as easy as a click

TECH-SAVVY JUDICIARY. Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno obliges to a selfie with students after her first meet-the-press session in August 2013. File photo

Sereno: Independence is my best achievement

Jul 16, 2015 - 11:45 AM

In an exclusive interview with Rappler Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno talks about her accomplishments leadership style and struggles in her first 3 years in office

'APPRECIATE INSTITUTIONS.' Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno says Filipinos must appreciate institutions, and plan long-term to build a modern nation.

Grace Poe and Pandora’s box: Legal issues in her candidacy

Jul 13, 2015 - 1:31 PM

Part 1: Rappler learns Poe has hired a team of lawyers to study legal challenges that might be raised against her eligibility or qualification in the 2016 presidential elections

#LoveWins: The tyranny of intimacy

Jul 10, 2015 - 10:00 AM

While LoveWins is a cause for celebration it should also open doors for critical reflection Which love won this time?

Binay: Trillanes all talk, no proof of CA 'payoff'

Apr 08, 2015 - 2:38 PM

Vice President Binay dares Trillanes to sue him and Court of Appeals justices for graft and corruption over the alleged payoff for an injunction on his son s suspension

'PROVE IT.' Vice President Jejomar Binay dares Senator Trillanes to prove that his family paid to secure an injunction from the Court of Appeals. Photo by Ayee Macaraig/Rappler

Sereno seeks automation of court systems after CDO fire

Feb 02, 2015 - 6:43 PM

The Chief Justice Sereno makes the proposal to make sure court records are preserved even after accidents and disasters

2015 bar exams moved to November

Jan 27, 2015 - 5:39 PM

The High Court s decision takes into account the effect of the academic calendar shift on the review period of law graduates

HK journalists, EDCA hearing, Ferguson protests | The wRap

Nov 25, 2014 - 9:02 PM

The Bureau of Immigration lifts its ban on Hong Kong journalists A Supreme Court justice says the Philippine US defense deal will not guarantee aid Protests in Ferguson Missouri over the Grand Jury ruling erupt into violence

Rappler Newscast | August 28, 2014

Aug 28, 2014 - 8:36 PM

Chief Justice Sereno calls for a depoliticized judiciary The Philippine economy grows 6 4 in the second quarter President Aquino sees himself out of office by 2016

Q and A: Charter change beyond Aquino, Binay

Aug 15, 2014 - 9:41 AM

Analysts are open to charter change but say the President is doing it for the wrong reasons They argue the debate should be about systems not term limits

Rappler Newscast | August 1, 2014

Aug 01, 2014 - 11:32 PM

A video of men in uniform killing a man triggers a probe The Supreme Court fires a judge linked to a fixer in the judiciary Osaka police admit to hiding 81 000 crime reports

Cayetano to Aquino: Ask SC to clarify ruling

Aug 01, 2014 - 3:04 PM

Senator Alan Peter Cayetano says instead of urging Congress to pass a joint resolution the administration should ask the Court to clarify its ruling on savings

CLARIFICATORY MOTION. Senator Alan Peter Cayetano urges the administration to file a motion asking the Supreme Court to clarify the application of its ruling on savings. Photo by Ayee Macaraig/Rappler

Drilon, Palace: Nothing wrong with clarifying ‘savings’

Jul 30, 2014 - 5:02 PM

Senate President Franklin Drilon says President Aquino s request for a joint resolution to clarify the meaning of savings is not a challenge to the Supreme Court ruling on DAP

CONGRESS' PREROGATIVE. Drilon says Congress can review the 'strict, literal' definition of savings the Supreme Court used in its ruling on DAP. Photo by Aye Macaraig/Rappler