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SC rules against Manila gov't in expropriation case

Sep 02, 2019 - 10:14 PM

The SC says that while housing is 'one of the most serious social problems” that the Manila city government needs to address, LGUs don’t have 'unbridled authority' to exercise its power to solve this problem

COURT OF LAST RESORT. The Supreme Court in Padre Faure, Manila. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

CA junks 24 administrative cases vs Cagayan de Oro’s Oscar Moreno

Jun 22, 2019 - 9:22 AM

The justices find no convincing proof that Oscar Moreno, when he was governor of Misamis Oriental, did wrong in approving the rental of heavy equipment for road repairs

Duterte appoints CA justice Henri Inting to Supreme Court

May 27, 2019 - 6:40 PM

Henri Jean Paul Inting, who hails from Davao City, is the younger brother of Comelec commissioner Socorro Inting

NEW JUSTICE. Henri Jean Paul Inting is the latest Duterte appointee into the Supreme Court. Photo from Supreme Court of the Philippines/YouTube

Notes from the courtroom

Dec 02, 2018 - 5:00 PM

They say that the justice beat is one of the most boring beats in reporting. I tend to agree. But where it's boring, it's always so insightful.

CA can't review Ombudsman decisions in criminal cases – Supreme Court

Oct 29, 2018 - 8:03 PM

The High Court strengthens Ombudsman findings in criminal cases

Office of the Ombudsman Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

PH courts inconsistent in letting detainees attend family events

Aug 22, 2018 - 7:37 PM

'There is a need for more detailed rules, especially on the grounds, so the decisions are not perceived to be arbitrary,' says legal expert Tony La Viña

INCONSISTENT. Philippine courts have been inconsistent in allowing high-profile detainees to get out of jail temporarily and attend to family matters.

CA upholds PAL's early retirement of female flight attendants

Jul 16, 2018 - 6:51 PM

A 20-page decision from Associate Justice Jhosep Lopez reverses the decision of the Makati regional trial court that says that an earlier retirement age for the female flight attendants is discriminatory

House approves creation of 15 courts in Batangas

Dec 06, 2017 - 2:44 PM

According to the Integrated Bar of the Philippines Batangas chapter, RTCs in the province handle an average of 400 to 1,000 cases each

Half-day for courts on Holy Wednesday – SC

Apr 11, 2017 - 9:37 AM

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno has authorized a half-day work schedule for all courts nationwide for Wednesday, April 12

SUPREME COURT. The High Court allows court employees to work only till noontime on Holy Wednesday. Rappler file photo

Plunder and graft trials: How do cases proceed in the courts?

Jan 15, 2017 - 5:00 PM

Some experts say it could be 10 years before the pork barrel scam cases are resolved What exactly goes on inside the courts?

CA acquits 12 Chinese fishermen of poaching at Tubbataha Reef

Dec 19, 2016 - 7:10 PM

The fishermen are now in a temporary shelter pending their deportation to China

CONVICTS NO MORE. The 12 Chinese nationals arrested for illegal fishing at Tubbataha Reef on April 2013. File photo from Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park Facebook page

Aquino appoints new judges to Metro Manila courts

Mar 09, 2016 - 5:05 PM

The President also names more than 300 prosecutors across the country before the election appointments ban

'Justice denied': Only 1 prosecutor in Ormoc since 2013

Jan 29, 2016 - 8:43 PM

Some 1 600 cases are pending and 400 inmates are languishing in jail built for only half of their number Will the President appoint prosecutors in February?

Part 4: Bribery in annulment mills

Dec 30, 2015 - 9:30 AM

[The annulment business] ‘The buck stops with the judge’

Marital purgatory

Dec 27, 2015 - 11:00 AM

When you remain married only on paper it feels like you are languishing in marital purgatory

Kapunan: Raising salaries a step toward ending corruption in gov't

Nov 10, 2015 - 8:15 PM

In most countries the highest paid really are those who are in government service even higher [than those who are] in private sector says the senatorial aspirant

'CULTURE OF CORRUPTION.' According to 2016 senatorial candidate Lorna Kapunan, there is corruption in government because people are not receiving enough pay. Screenshot from Rappler

US human trafficking report backs Sereno-led court reform

Jul 29, 2015 - 8:30 PM

Some 52 volunteer courts are involved in the judicial experiment of the continuous trial system but the 2015 TIP report recommends the expansion of the system Courts need additional budget for this

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

Chief Justice Sereno: Setting limits to power

Jul 19, 2015 - 3:30 PM

In an exclusive interview with Rappler Philippine Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno talks about her personal paradigm for power and her plans to lead the reform of the judiciary

Supreme Court justice a party to unpaid P20-million loan

Jul 08, 2015 - 10:30 AM

EXCLUSIVE: Will now Supreme Court Justice Presbitero Velasco be asked to pay for a multi million peso loan he endorsed 18 years ago?

VP Binay: Court TRO prevails over 'opinion and speculation'

Mar 20, 2015 - 5:07 PM

Binay slams the Ombudsman DILG and DOJ for brazenly ignoring the lawful court order on the suspension of his son Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin Junjun Binay

VICTORY FOR THE BINAYS. Makati City Mayor Jejomar Erwin 'Junjun' Binay greets his supporters after he a TRO from the Court of Appeals blocking the suspension order from the Ombudsman on March 16, 2015. Photo by Ritchie Tongo/EPA

Hall of Justice in CDO razed to the ground, 2 dead

Jan 31, 2015 - 1:53 PM

UPDATED The fire which killed a court aide and a security guard can delay the administration of justice and have a bearing on high profile cases involving alleged Malaysian terrorist Marwan and the Aman Futures scam

FIRE HAZARD. The Hall of Justice in Cagayan de Oro is razed to the ground following a 6-hour fire Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Aquino successor to appoint 11 SC justices

Dec 06, 2014 - 10:54 AM

UPDATED The spotlight is cast on Judicial and Bar Council reforms

Pork barrel scam conviction: Last hope for the Philippines

Jun 28, 2014 - 10:36 PM

The country is at a crux. If the judiciary will grow some balls this time around and convict – it will shatter doubts and silence the naysayers and cynics.

Malacañang bares 30 new judges in lower courts

Jun 24, 2014 - 5:47 PM

President Benigno Aquino III has appointed new judges to lower courts in Aurora Bataan Bulacan Nueva Ecija Pampanga Tarlac and Zambales provinces

EDITORIAL CARTOON: How to end the PDAF blockbuster

Jun 23, 2014 - 7:30 AM

There is a way to bring the real issue corruption back in the game – if the government brings to jail even those who are very much part of this daang matuwid administration

EDITORIAL CARTOON: Stress, squeeze play and the anti-graft court

Jun 16, 2014 - 8:00 AM

All eyes are on the undermanned ill equipped and overworked Sandiganbayan the Philippines anti graft court that was created to punish crooks in government

CA clears Cebu's Garcia of grave misconduct in land deal

Apr 25, 2014 - 11:27 PM

The Court says Garcia s 2010 reelection absolved her of administrative liability in the purchase of land supposedly under seawater during her 2008 term as Cebu governor

CLEARED. Former Cebu governor and now congresswoman Gwendolyn Garcia is cleared of administrative liability over an allegedly anomalous land purchase. File photo by Rappler

CA upholds GM eggplant field trials ban

Sep 26, 2013 - 3:21 PM

CA ruling: Bt talong eggplant field trials violate the people’s constitutional right to a balanced and healthful ecology

File photo of eggplants, Aug 8 2013. AFP Photo/Paul J. Richards

[Q and A] Celdran: 'I'm Catholic until it is taken away from me'

Jan 29, 2013 - 10:12 PM

I was raised a Catholic It s just part of my wiring already So being Catholic is something that I am until it is taken away from me

BIG LEGAL BATTLE. Artist and advocate Carlos Celdran tells Rappler he thinks he has a big legal battle ahead of him in a Skype interview on January 29, 2013. Screenshot of Rappler interview.

Law used vs Celdran 'outdated, obsolete'

Jan 28, 2013 - 9:52 PM

A Manila court s conviction of Church critic Carlos Celdran may be the first post World War II case says his lawyer

FREE SPEECH. Rights to safeguard religion and free speech are coming to a head in the Carlos Celdran case. Photo courtesy of Carlos Celdran's Facebook.