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You can now watch Carpio’s signature West Philippine Sea lecture online

Jul 05, 2020 - 3:33 PM

Retired Supreme Court senior associate justice Antonio Carpio makes available to the public his hallmark West Philippine Sea lecture

NOW ONLINE. Retired Supreme Court senior associate justice Antonio Carpio delivers his West Philippine Sea lecture online. Screenshot from Access Online video

[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'

Critics ready to petition vs anti-terror bill – and Carpio is one of them

Jun 17, 2020 - 6:47 PM

'If we do not want to experience a contraction of our civil liberties we must all work to have the objectionable provisions in the anti-terrorism act invalidated by the Supreme Court or repealed by Congress'


Carpio: House arrest clause of anti-terror bill violates right to bail

Jun 17, 2020 - 5:37 PM

Some crimes in the bill are bailable, like inciting to terrorism, but under Section 34, a person charged with inciting to terrorism can be placed on house arrest

HOUSE ARREST. The anti-terror bill's clause on house arrest even on bailable terror offenses is a violation of the constitutional right to bail, says retired justice Antonio Carpio. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

PH situation 'worse than martial law' under anti-terror bill – Carpio

Jun 17, 2020 - 5:27 PM

The retired justice says that once the anti-terror bill is enacted into law, he will be among the petitioners who will challenge the constitutionality of the measure before the Supreme Court

WORSE THAN MARTIAL LAW. Retired Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio says the anti-terror bill is a permanent state worse than martial law. Rappler Screenshot


Law experts: 12-year prescription period for cyber libel unconstitutional

Jun 16, 2020 - 6:07 PM

'The overriding issue in the Rappler case is prescription,' says retired supreme court senior associate justice Antonio Carpio, who agrees that cyber libel must prescribe in 1 year, not 12 years

CYBER LIBEL. Rappler CEO Maria Ressa faces the media after the Manila Trial Court Branch 46 convicted her and co-accused Reynaldo Santos Jr of cyber libel. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Lawyers' group: Lacson 'dead wrong,' bill allows anti-terror council to order arrests

Jun 13, 2020 - 3:12 PM

Section 29 of the bill is very clear on the power of the anti-terror council to order arrests and detention lasting up to 24 days

ANTI-TERROR BILL. Senator Panfilo "Ping" Lacson, an author and sponsor of the anti-terror bill, defends the measure from strong oppositions of legal groups. File photo by Joseph Vidal/Senate PRIB

'Total disarray': Carpio slams Duterte gov’t West Philippine Sea strategy

Jun 09, 2020 - 7:17 PM

'The Filipino people do not deserve this,' says retired Supreme Court justice Antonio Carpio

DEFENDING FILIPINO'S RIGHTS. Different protest groups gather in different parts of Commonwealth during President Rodrigo Duterte's 4th State of the Nation Address on July 22, 2019.  File photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

[ANALYSIS] West Philippine Sea strategy in total disarray

Jun 09, 2020 - 5:42 PM

Certainly, the Filipino people do not deserve this. This only means that we have a long struggle ahead of us.

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

ASEAN states should follow Indonesia, invoke Hague ruling vs China – Carpio

Jun 02, 2020 - 6:28 PM

Retired Supreme Court Justice Antonio Carpio says raising the landmark ruling is the 'best and most effective' argument under international law to thwart China's encroachment of Southeast Asian states' waters

FLYING HIGH. Flags of ASEAN member-states and partners at the Philippine International Convention Center in Manila, November 10, 2017. File photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler

[OPINION] Foisting false dilemmas on China

May 04, 2020 - 9:34 AM

Retired Justice Antonio Carpio is hardly an 'amateur,' and National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr's views on China and the Spratlys should not go unassailed

Authorize mapping agency to name features in West PH Sea – Carpio

Apr 28, 2020 - 6:05 PM

Retired Supreme Court justice Antonio Carpio says once the country's central mapping agency can approve names for features in the Philippine waters, China's attempts rename features there will lose its bearing

SOLUTIONS. Retired Supreme Court Justice offers a way to counter China's recent naming of districts and features in the South China Sea. Rappler file photo

'Difficult' to sue China over coronavirus pandemic, says Carpio

Apr 28, 2020 - 1:50 PM

Retired Supreme Court associate justice Antonio Carpio says while China is covered by the doctrine of sovereign immunity, its officials may be held legally liable if one can prove the spread of the coronavirus was deliberate

VIRUS. A woman wearing a hazmat suit walks along a street in Wuhan, in China's central Hubei province on April 1, 2020. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Joint patrols can counter Chinese intimidation during pandemic – Carpio

Apr 27, 2020 - 10:11 PM

Retired Supreme Court senior associate justice Antonio Carpio says doing so sends a message to China that countries harassed in the South China Sea remain united

JOINT PATROLS. A Philippine Navy contingent joined the Exercise Rim of the Pacific in Hawaii in June 2018. Photo from the Philippine Naval Public Affairs Office

Carpio hits China's 'pure and simple bullying' in West Philippine Sea

Apr 24, 2020 - 2:05 PM

Maritime law expert Jay Batongbacal also calls a Chinese warship's targetting of a Philippine Navy vessel a 'provocative and reckless escalation' of tensions in the West Philippine Sea

BRP CONRADO YAP. Spectators raise their flags during the arrival of the BRP Conrado Yap (PS 39) at Pier 13 in Manila in August 2019. File photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

Justice Carpio: Warrantless entry of police inside Taguig condo illegal

Apr 20, 2020 - 9:35 PM

'This incident involves a violation of the constitutional right to be secure in one’s house,' says the former senior justice

WARRANTLESS. Taguig cops storm the Pacific Plaza Tower in BGC after receiving a call that its residents were violating quarantine guidelines on Sunday, April 19. Sourced photo.

Choose U.S. or China? Carpio offers 3rd way

Feb 28, 2020 - 4:06 PM

Terminating the Visiting Forces Agreement will make the PH-US Mutual Defense Treaty and the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement useless, says retired justice Antonio Carpio

Terminating the Visiting Forces Agreement will make the MDT hollow and EDCA useless, says former Supreme Court Justice Antonio Carpio  Photo by Carmela Fonbuena

2019: Year of rough seas for PH in the face of belligerent China

Dec 10, 2019 - 8:09 PM

Often undetected, Chinese vessels and warships cross deeper into the Philippines' territorial seas and closer to home

China control of NGCP 'cause for concern' – Carpio

Nov 26, 2019 - 5:23 PM

Retired Supreme Court justice Antonio Carpio warns this is especially the case if the Chinese themselves handle the maintenance of the Philippines' power supply

CONCERN. Retired Supreme Court justice Antonio Carpio says the Philippine government should look into China's stake in the NGCP. Rappler Screenshot

Carpio hits awards to China envoy: 'Our heroes turning in their graves'

Nov 08, 2019 - 1:49 PM

Retired SC justice Antonio Carpio urges UP law alumni to practice their profession in the service of Filipinos, which is practicing law 'in the grand manner'

STAUNCH DEFENDER. Retired Supreme Court justice Antonio Carpio hits the Duterte administrations awards to outgoing China Ambassador Zhao Jianhua. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Carpio: No need for China recognition of PH ownership in joint exploration

Oct 30, 2019 - 5:01 PM

Retired Supreme Court senior associate justice Antonio Carpio says the fact oil and gas exploration will be done through a service contract means China will be recognizing Philippine sovereign rights in the West Philippine Sea

WEST PHILIPPINE SEA. Retired Supreme Court senior associate justice Antonio Carpio says the Philippines is safe with the memorandum of understading with China on oil and gas exploration in the West Philippine Sea. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

[OPINION] Carpio should stay on as the 'shaming force' in the Supreme Court

Oct 30, 2019 - 4:00 PM

I want Justice Carpio the way he is – the precise way that has made him the man of the times

Starting all over

Oct 30, 2019 - 2:30 PM

Not easy but always doable

Carpio's retirement goal: To convince Duterte to assert arbitral ruling

Oct 30, 2019 - 1:33 PM

'As a DHO, a die hard optimist, I believe the seemingly impossible dream can still be achieved with your help,' retired justice Antonio Carpio tells journalists

'TRUTH'. Retired SC Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio tells journalists on October 29, 2019, to tell the world about the "historical truth" that China never owned or controlled the West Philippine Sea. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Justice Caguioa no longer in charge of Marcos-Robredo PET case

Oct 30, 2019 - 12:57 PM

Caguioa loses the member-in-charge position, but his dissent is strong: 'What is stopping the majority from applying Rule 65? Why is this Protest being treated as sui generis?'

PET CASE. Supreme Court Associate Justice Benjamin Caguioa is no longer member-in-charge of the vice presidential electoral protest. Photo from SC PIO screen

Carpio backs Del Rosario proposal to bring Hague ruling to U.N.

Oct 29, 2019 - 3:14 PM

Newly retired Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio says one way to make China comply with the Hague ruling is to rally world opinion behind the landmark legal victory at the United Nations

STAUNCH DEFENDERS. Retired Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio and former foreign secretary Albert Del Rosario urge the Philippine government to bring the Hague ruling to the UN. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Carpio offers 5 ways ASEAN can counter Chinese intimidation in South China Sea

Oct 28, 2019 - 3:31 PM

(UPDATED) Retired Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio also warns against China declaring it wanted the South China Sea code signed before 2022, saying this would likely happen after Beijing reclaims Scarborough Shoal

RULE OF LAW. Retired Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio offers 5 ways ASEAN claimant states can enforce the rule of law in the South China Sea. Rappler Screenshot

'True sentinel of law and democracy': De Lima pays tribute to retired Justice Carpio

Oct 26, 2019 - 2:31 PM

'You served our country exceptionally well with courage, dignity, and brilliance that equally matched your compassion for the rule of law,' says Senator Leila de Lima

Members of the Philippines’ Delegation, including: Secretary of Justice Ms. Leila M. De Lima; Justice Antonio T. Carpio, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court; and Deputy Executive Secretary for Legal Affairs of the Philippines, Mr. Menardo I. Guevarra

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Oct 23, 2019 - 2:00 PM

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High Court wears PH colors for Carpio's last SC rites

Oct 21, 2019 - 10:14 AM

Carpio highlights a professional achievement: he leaves the Court with zero backlog

PHILIPPINE COLORS. Supreme Court employees wear the colors of the Philippine flag for the last flag ceremony of retiring Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio. Photo by Rappler

Carpio welcomes Russian oil exploration in West Philippine Sea

Oct 20, 2019 - 2:41 PM

Retiring Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio says Manila should be also spreading out service contracts for oil exploration in the West Philippine Sea to countries other than China

STAUCH DEFENDER. Retiring Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio says the Philippine should spread out partners for oil exploration in the West Philippine Sea. Rappler Screenshot

PH owes 'incalculable debt of gratitude' to retiring Justice Carpio

Oct 19, 2019 - 10:51 AM

'His example inspires us to be patriots each day of our lives and to do what is right in the face of adversity,' says former top diplomat Albert del Rosario

'PATRIOT'. Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio will retire on October 26, 2019. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Retiring Justice Carpio on Duterte's tirades: It comes with the territory

Oct 19, 2019 - 8:00 AM

A vocal critic of President Rodrigo Duterte's West Philippine Sea policy, Justice Antonio Carpio says even strong reactions from the Chief Executive are to be expected

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'The best chief justice we never had'

Oct 18, 2019 - 7:00 PM

'If you consistently defend the Constitution, consistent in applying the law, then you earn the respect of everybody,' says the Justice who ends his 18-year-career with a losing vote

Carpio on West Philippine Sea: Every Filipino's duty to defend PH territory

Oct 18, 2019 - 5:04 PM

'If you want your advocacy to bear fruit, you have to press on and continue despite all odds,' says retiring Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio

END OF AN ERA. Retiring Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio sits down with Rappler's Marites Vitug to talk about independence in the judiciary and his West Philippine Sea advocacy. Rappler Screenshot

Carpio's advice to aspiring justices: Independence will earn you respect

Oct 18, 2019 - 12:37 PM

'If you play ball, then they know that you can be persuaded, you can be swayed,' says retiring Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio

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Rappler Talk: Justice Carpio on his 18 years in the Supreme Court

Oct 18, 2019 - 6:23 AM

On Friday, October 18, Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug talks to Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio about defending the West Philippine Sea and judicial independence, ahead of his retirement from the Supreme Court

Carpio, Caguioa vote to dismiss Marcos protest, overruled

Oct 15, 2019 - 3:12 PM

(UPDATED) The Presidential Electoral Tribunal votes 11-2, asking Vice President Robredo and former senator Marcos to comment on the latter's motion to nullify votes from 3 Muslim Mindanao provinces

Retiring Carpio gives West PH Sea lecture to SC workers

Oct 06, 2019 - 10:44 AM

In the JBC, chief justice applicants are asked whether Carpio's media interviews about China are 'improper'

LECTURE. Senior Associate Justice Antonio T. Carpio receives a plaque of appreciation from Supreme Court Employees Association (SCEA) president Erwin Ocson after giving a lecture on Defending Philippine Sovereign Rights in the West Philippine Sea on October 4, 2019. Photo courtesy of the SC Public Information Office

2 more Duterte appointees to fill Supreme Court vacancies

Oct 02, 2019 - 8:00 AM

Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) short-lists 13 for the Jardeleza vacancy

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

Carpio corrects China ship owner's apology: Recto Bank not part of Spratlys

Aug 28, 2019 - 6:50 PM

Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio says Recto Bank is within the Philippines' exclusive economic zone, 'beyond the territorial sea of any island in the Spratlys'

GEM-VER. In this photo, the damaged stern of Philippine fishing boat Gem-Ver is seen as it arrives back in its hometown of Barangay San Roque, San Jose, Occidental Mindoro. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Duterte has to do more than ‘raise’ Hague ruling with Xi – Carpio

Aug 26, 2019 - 1:47 PM

The Philippine President has to gather support from the international community and take action in the West Philippine Sea, or China may just ignore him, maritime law experts say

Chinese President Xi Jinping (L) and Philippines' President Rodrigo Duterte (R) raise a toast during a state banquet at the Malacanang Presidential Palace in Manila on November 20, 2018. - Chinese President Xi Jinping called his visit on November 20 to long-time US ally the Philippines a "milestone", as he aimed to boost blossoming ties on the promise of billions of dollars in backing for mega-projects. Photo by Mark Cristino/PoolAFP

After Chinese vessel sightings, Carpio urges passage of bill defining sea lanes

Aug 22, 2019 - 7:29 PM

Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio says the measure would aid in the tracking of foreign ships passing through Philippine waters as it can require ships to turn on trackers

SEA LANES. Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio says a bill designating sea lanes where foreign ships could pass is needed. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Carpio corrects Cayetano: Malaysia, Vietnam don't have claims in PH EEZ

Aug 20, 2019 - 6:40 PM

'In fact, China is the only country that claims Philippine EEZ in the West Philippine Sea,' says Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio

WEST PHILIPPINE SEA. Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio points out Malaysia and Vietnam do not claim any part of the Philippines' exclusive economic zone in the West Philippine Sea. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

After 18 years in SC, Carpio declines final nomination for chief justice

Aug 20, 2019 - 10:07 AM

(5th UPDATE) Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio is set to retire on October 26

NO CHIEF JUSTICE POST. Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio declines his final nomination for the chief justice post. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

AFP hits 'deception' in China warships' passage

Aug 03, 2019 - 8:28 AM

The military spokesman’s statement is markedly stronger than previous statements of security officials on the clandestine passage of China's naval vessels

CHINA MUSCLE. This handout satellite picture taken on March 26, 2018 and released on March 30, 2018 by Planet Labs Inc. shows China's sole operational aircraft carrier, the Liaoning (C), sailing with other ships at sea, south of China's southern Hainan island. Beijing flexed its military muscle this week as its sole operational aircraft carrier was apparently spotted conducting a massive naval drill with dozens of vessels in the South China Sea, according to satellite images released on March 30. Photo by Planet Labs Inc/AFP

Carpio: PH must compel foreign ships to keep trackers on when passing through

Jul 31, 2019 - 4:35 PM

This is in response to Chinese warships crossing Tawi-Tawi waters undetected

PASSAGE OF CHINESE WARSHIPS. Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio sounds the alarm on Chinese warships passing by Tawi-Tawi without the knowledge of the Philippine government. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Despite October retirement, Carpio again nominated as chief justice

Jul 30, 2019 - 4:31 PM

As a result, Associate Justice Andres Reyes Jr is bumped off the automatic nomination list

CHIEF JUSTICE NOMINEE. Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio gets an automatic nomination for chief justice despite his retirement coming only a week after Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

LOOK: Image shows Chinese aircraft carrier passed Philippine waters

Jul 27, 2019 - 12:56 PM

Despite denials from the Philippine defense chief and the Chinese ambassador, it appears the aircraft carrier Liaoning did pass though Philippine waters

WARSHIP PASSAGE. This image tweeted by OedoSoldier shows the Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning did pass through Philippine waters recently. Photo from OedoSoldier on Twitter  Source: Twitter.com/OedoSoldier