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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

JBC starts application process for Carpio’s Supreme Court replacement

Jun 27, 2019 - 3:03 PM

Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin will retire ahead of Carpio, which will start another selection process for a new top magistrate

IMPENDING RETIREMENT. Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio will retire on October 26, 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Carpio’s P23M wealth jump was biggest in 2017 in the Supreme Court

Nov 20, 2018 - 2:44 PM

The acting chief justice's government salary accounts for only P6.8 million of the increase

BIGGEST WEALTH INCREASE. Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio recorded the biggest jump in his wealth for 2017 with a P23 million increase. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

CA Justice Hernando appointed Supreme Court justice

Oct 10, 2018 - 5:32 PM

The Court of Appeals Justice known for his speedy disposition of cases will fill the vacancy in the High Court left by Ombudsman Samuel Martires

Trump says America owes Kavanaugh apology after Supreme Court battle

Oct 09, 2018 - 7:48 PM

"On behalf of our nation, I want to apologize to Brett and the entire Kavanaugh family for the terrible pain and suffering you have been forced to endure," Trump says at the White House swearing-in ceremony

US Judge Brett Kavanaugh looks on as the US President announces him as his nominee to the Supreme Court in the East Room of the White House on July 9, 2018 in Washington, DC. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB

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Aug 10, 2018 - 9:17 PM

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Jose Reyes Jr appointed Supreme Court justice

Aug 10, 2018 - 1:43 PM

The latest appointee of President Rodrigo Duterte to the high court is set to take his oath on Monday, August 13

Ex-CA Justice Ricardo Puno Sr dies

Jul 25, 2018 - 10:19 AM

Former Court of Appeals justice Ricardo Puno Sr dies at age 95

Former Supreme Court justice Ricardo Puno Sr. Photo from the Facebook page of Robbie Puno

Leonen urges more scrunity of corruption in judiciary

Jul 17, 2018 - 8:06 PM

‘Corruption weakens judicial independence far more than political interference,’ says Associate Justice Marvic Leonen

CORRUPTION IN JUDICIARY. Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen urges the public, especially lawyers, to be more probing and proactive against corruption in the judiciary. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Duterte had other plans for Menardo Guevarra

Apr 07, 2018 - 9:30 AM

At one point, the President was supposedly considering appointing the new justice secretary as a Supreme Court justice

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte signs the appointment of Ad Interim Secretary of Justice Menardo Guevarra at the Malacañang Palace on April 5, 2018. Witnessing the signing are Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence Go, the newly-appointed Ad Interim Secretary of Justice and Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Leonen: Why no intel given to Congress during martial law deliberations?

Jan 16, 2018 - 5:20 PM

Hearing oral arguments on martial law's extension, the Supreme Court associate justice says Malacañang cited threats from a minor operative of a terrorist group

Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman along with other petitioners attend the oral arguments on the 1-year extension of the Martial Law in Mindanao by the Supreme Court in Manila on January 16, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Former Supreme Court justice Flerida Ruth Romero dies

Dec 08, 2017 - 7:53 PM

The retired justice was 88 years old

[OPINION] Newspoint | Abnormal evolution of justice

Oct 14, 2017 - 11:30 AM

Ideology is a system of political and economic thought that chooses a particular character in a particular environment in whom to incubate, and conviction is well-informed steadfastness. Simpleminded, impulsive, and stubborn, Rodrigo Duterte is just all wrong for both.

Duterte nominates another frat brother to the JBC

Oct 09, 2017 - 6:04 PM

Retired Supreme Court Justice Jose Mendoza will replace fellow retired Justice Angelina Sandoval-Gutierrez

 BROD. Retired Supreme Court Justice Jose Mendoza is also a member of Lex Talionis, the fraternity to which President Duterte belongs. Photo from the Supreme Court website

Duterte appoints Noel Tijam as SC justice

Mar 08, 2017 - 3:55 PM

UPDATED Noel Tijam an associate justice of the Court of Appeals was a classmate of President Rodrigo Duterte at the San Beda College of Law

Duterte appoints Samuel Martires as SC justice

Mar 06, 2017 - 6:10 PM

UPDATED Martires is the first Supreme Court justice to be appointed by President Rodrigo Duterte who will get to appoint at least 12 more justices in his term

NEW SC JUSTICE. Sandiganbayan Associate Justice Samuel Martires is new Supreme Court Justice

How did SC justices vote on major political cases?

Nov 12, 2016 - 2:15 PM

Besides the Marcos burial and cases involving former presidents the Supreme Court has also decided on major cases involving key politicians

EN BANC. The Supreme Court during its oral arguments on the burial of the late President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani on August 31, 2016. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

FAST FACTS: When should SC justices inhibit from a case?

Nov 08, 2016 - 10:27 AM

SC Associate Justice Bienvenido Reyes recuses himself from the Marcos burial case What rules govern the inhibition of SC magistrates on certain cases?

SUPREME COURT. Rules of court govern under which cases members of the High Tribunal can recuse themselves from a case. Photo by Mark Z. Saludes/

CJ: ‘I trust President’s judgment’ in naming justices

Aug 25, 2016 - 6:49 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte has already said that he is strongly against the corrupt he is strongly against the laggards Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno says

ON DUTERTE. Supreme court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno meets the media at the Bay Leaf in Intramuros Manila on August 25, 2016.

Jardeleza still richest SC justice in 2015

May 26, 2016 - 6:17 PM

Francis Jardeleza – the richest in the Supreme Court for two straight years – declares a net worth of P249 68 million in 2015

WEALTH. The summary of the 2015 SALN of the Supreme Court justices is released to the public. Rappler photo

Who is newly-appointed SC Justice Alfredo Caguioa?

Jan 23, 2016 - 8:30 AM

(UPDATED) The Supreme Court names Justice Secretary Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa the 174th Associate Justice appointed to the Supreme Court. Get to know more about him.

Justices condemn killing of Bulacan judge

Nov 12, 2015 - 8:32 AM

2nd UPDATE Unidentified men gun down Malolos Bulacan Regional Trial Court Branch 84 Presiding Judge Wilfredo Nieves on November 11

MOURNING. Supreme Court justices "express their outrage and sadness" over the killing of Wilfredo Nieves.

Can Aquino shield himself from future cases?

Nov 11, 2015 - 9:30 AM

UPDATED By 2016 Aquino will have 6 appointees to the Supreme Court and 11 to the anti graft court Sandiganbayan Will this save him from possible charges after his term?

Roxas: How will next president choose SC justices?

Sep 24, 2015 - 5:12 PM

Administration bet Mar Roxas reminds a hall full of lawyers that the next president will appoint 11 Supreme Court justices He asks: How will he or she pick their appointees?

CRUCIAL APPOINTMENTS. Administration standard-bearer Mar Roxas says the next Philippine president will appoint a total of 11 Supreme Court justices over a 6-year term. Photos courtesy of the DILG

#AnimatED: Bersamin vs Leonen

Aug 31, 2015 - 9:00 AM

Supreme Court justices shouldn’t use secrecy as a cover for wrongdoing

War of SC justices: Bersamin files complaint vs Leonen

Aug 24, 2015 - 5:53 PM

Supreme Court Justice Lucas Bersamin who penned the decision granting bail to Senator Juan Ponce Enrile files a complaint against one of the 4 dissenters Justice Marvic Leonen

3 justices won't inhibit from Junjun Binay case

Jun 16, 2015 - 7:55 PM

The Supreme Court says Chief Justice Ma Lourdes Sereno Senior Associate Antonio Justice Carpio and Justice Martin Villarama Jr will continue hearing the case on the Makati mayor s suspension

Why the jury system's time in PH may never come

Jan 04, 2015 - 11:00 AM

There is no rush to the jury system grand and petit in the world

Ex-Supreme Court justice joins Int'l Commission of Jurists

Aug 30, 2014 - 9:46 PM

UPDATED Former Justice Adolf Azcuna is the first Filipino to hold the ICJ post He will serve a 5 year term as commissioner based in Manila beginning August

FILIPINO JURIST. Justice Azcuna served as Chancellor of the Philippine Judicial Academy since 2009 before his election as a member of ICJ. Photo from PHIJA

Matters of consideration

Aug 01, 2014 - 9:48 AM

The Supreme Court seems to be a cloaked society wary of the prying eyes of media and the public

‘It's not an instruction to impeach’ – Tupas

Jul 15, 2014 - 1:07 PM

The chairman of the House committee on justice says he doesn t interpret the President s speech as a go signal for his committee to go after Supreme Court justices

EXCLUSIVE POWER: The House of Representatives has the exclusive power to initiate impeachment of public officials. Rappler photo

Guingona wins: Whistleblowers to attend Senate hearing

Sep 25, 2013 - 10:49 PM

Justice Secretary De Lima heeding the subpoena issued by the Senate blue ribbon committee will bring along Benhur Luy and 3 other whistleblowers Thursday

Sereno on reforms: It's about people

Aug 28, 2013 - 9:57 PM

The Philippines’ first female chief justice says she is determined to pursue reforms in the judiciary

Check my voting pattern, Sereno dares critics

Aug 28, 2013 - 5:41 PM

I know I m really independent says Chief Justice Sereno

Sereno claims 'good ties' with justices

Aug 28, 2013 - 3:07 PM

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno downplays intrigues of internal politics within the Supreme Court

Will the Supreme Court uphold the RH law?

Aug 28, 2013 - 8:47 AM

The public will know the answer next year Meantime the leading anti RH justice Roberto Abad retires in May 2014

Justice Abad: #RHlaw allows 'poison' in women's bodies

Jul 23, 2013 - 8:26 PM

In his line of questioning Justice Robeto Abad aids the argument of reproductive health law critics that contraceptives are hazardous to health

DAY TWO. Critics continue on July 23 with their arguments on the alleged unconstitutionality of the RH law. File photo by Arcel Cometa

Rappler Newscast | November 21, 2012

Nov 21, 2012 - 8:57 PM

Government peace panel chief Marvic Leonen is the new Supreme Court justice | The Ampatuans remain a power bloc in Maguindanao 74 clan members are running in 14 municipalities | HIV cases in the Philippines rise as number of cases fall for the rest of the world

Justice Peralta inhibits from Arroyo case

Nov 15, 2012 - 6:40 AM

Peralta s brother in law used to be a lawyer for one of Arroyo s co accused

Justice Velasco should inhibit from cybercrime case - media groups

Oct 16, 2012 - 2:54 PM

Media groups say that even if Velasco had withdrawn the cases against Vitug the fact that he filed them indicated that he sees nothing inherently wrong about libel


Author of cybercrime law to file bill amending it

Oct 03, 2012 - 4:07 PM

The sponsor of the Cybercrime Act concedes there are some flaws and omissions in the law

Plunder complaint vs SC justice, Ongpin

Sep 24, 2012 - 6:20 PM

Top businessmen Roberto Ongpin and Ramon Ang allegedly entered into a contract that is grossly disadvantageous to the government

Morales wants higher judge salaries, bigger budget

Jul 25, 2012 - 1:14 PM

Chief justice candidate Rafael Avelino Morales will focus on rendering judgments speedily by filling up vacancies in the judiciary if he were to take the post

SC issues guidelines on SALN release

Jun 20, 2012 - 9:49 PM

The SC said the right to access of information is not absolute hence the guidelines

JBC: ok to air live interviews for CJ post

Jun 18, 2012 - 2:44 PM

JBC also extends application process until July 2

Is the BIR chief Supreme Court-bound?

May 29, 2012 - 7:54 PM

Tax chief Kim Jacinto Henares laughed off talks that she is one of those considered by President Aquino to take over the slot of Chief Justice Renato Corona in the Supreme Court

Ombudsman makes history

May 13, 2012 - 10:16 AM

When she testifies I expect Morales to be her usual self: straightforward unflappable and undaunted

Senate to open Corona bank records on Day 14

Feb 08, 2012 - 5:58 AM

Before opening Corona s bank records senators will first hear out Sen Miriam Defensor Santiago and decide whether or not to subpoena SC justices

MIRIAM'S MOTION. Senators discuss Sen. Santiago's motion for reconsideration.