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[OPINION DEEP DIVE] The fruit of the poisonous interview

May 16, 2020 - 3:54 PM

This week’s Deep Dive looks into the admissibility of Mr Ronnel Mas' admission based on case law as well as the finding of the DOJ that his admission 'cured' the illegal arrest

[OPINION | Deep Dive] What the GCTA law is and what it needs

Aug 23, 2019 - 8:34 PM

While the GCTA is a good idea, the question of determining whether conduct falls under 'good conduct' to merit the GCTA may be arbitrary sans any objective standards to measure, assess, and rate such

[OPINION | Deep Dive] Why the Senate race mattered so much

May 16, 2019 - 9:08 AM

The shutout of the opposition makes the targets of charter change, federalism, return of the death penalty so much easier now because of the looming supermajority in the Senate

[ANALYSIS | Deep Dive] The problems with the list

Mar 07, 2019 - 6:34 PM

It cannot be denied that the drug list is simply another 'Order of Battle,' which is unlawful

Rappler case can prompt Supreme Court revisit of cyber libel – Ted Te

Mar 01, 2019 - 12:18 PM

(UPDATED) ‘Many of those issues [raised against the Cybercrime Act] are coming back...but this time the difference is there are now persons that are charged,’ says former Supreme Court spokesperson and Rappler counsel Ted Te

CYBERLIBEL. Rappler CEO and Executive Editor Maria Ressa attends a hearing on the cyberlibel case filed against her by businessman William Keng at the Manila Regional Trial Court on March 1, 2019, with her lawyer, former Supreme Court spokesperson Ted Te. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Dismiss cyber libel case vs Maria Ressa, Rappler – Te, FLAG

Feb 26, 2019 - 1:17 PM

Te says the Supreme Court finalized the Cybercrime Law only on April 22, 2014, which means that in February 2014 when the article was supposedly republished, there was no applicable law

CYBER LIBEL. Rappler CEO Maria Ressa speaks to the media. File photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

[ANALYSIS | Deep Dive] Finally, EJKs defined

Feb 21, 2019 - 11:50 AM

A new law, RA 11188, now defines extrajudicial killings – a significant step forward in providing justice to many victims

[ANALYSIS | Deep Dive] Maria Ressa case and the big chill

Feb 15, 2019 - 12:00 PM

Why the charge against Maria Ressa and former Rappler researcher Reynaldo Santos Jr is unconstitutional

[ANALYSIS | Deep Dive] Inaccessible SALNs

Feb 07, 2019 - 8:14 AM

The House resolution restricting public access to its members' Statements of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth might be in conflict with the Constitution

[ANALYSIS | Deep Dive] Game changers

Jan 09, 2019 - 9:00 AM

No one laughs at the President's jokes, and the Supreme Court becomes supreme again. Why not?

[OPINION | Deep Dive] 18 words

Dec 27, 2018 - 3:00 PM

These are just 18 of the many words that describe my 2018

[ANALYSIS | Deep Dive] Community legal aid service: Too much, too soon?

Dec 20, 2018 - 11:00 AM

What the Supreme Court may consider is putting together a pool of lawyers it deems qualified to provide legal assistance to indigent litigants and, in specific cases, let the courts require these lawyers to handle specific cases pro bono

[ANALYSIS | Deep Dive] Is Bong Revilla innocent?

Dec 08, 2018 - 12:16 PM

In acquitting Revilla, the court simply cited the 'failure of the prosecution to establish beyond reasonable doubt' his guilt for plunder. It did not use the words 'absolutely failed.'

[ANALYSIS] Deep Dive | Draft constitution: Surgical precision, not blunt force

Dec 05, 2018 - 5:46 PM

Resolution of Both Houses No 15, or RBH, is nuanced and quite strategic. It does not look like it's dead in the water.

[ANALYSIS] Deep Dive | What's the big deal about seniority in selecting the Chief Justice?

Nov 29, 2018 - 9:30 AM

Appointing the judiciary’s head, whether the most senior or not, is the only way by which the President may legally exert influence over the judiciary

[OPINION | Deep Dive] What's the big deal about the bar exams?

Nov 21, 2018 - 9:32 PM

The bar exams – whose results are much-awaited and covered by the media – are, at best, simply a measure of a particular year’s test takers, nothing more

[ANALYSIS | Deep Dive] Will Imelda go to jail for 77 years and other impertinent questions

Nov 14, 2018 - 8:11 AM

Old age is relevant only in determining the existence of a mitigating circumstance but is not a factor in the determination of criminal liability, the sentencing, and the service of sentences

Imelda Marcos' post-conviction bail still undecided; trial bail forfeited

Nov 13, 2018 - 10:07 PM

But there is still no warrant of arrest

MARCOS VERDICT. Martial law victims led by SELDA (Samahan ng mga Ex-Detainees Laban sa Detensyon at Aresto) hold a protest action, in front of the Sandiganbayan on Tuesday, November 13, 2018, calling for the arrest of Ilocos Norte 2nd District Representative Imelda Marcos. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

What's taking the Sandiganbayan long to issue warrant vs Imelda Marcos?

Nov 13, 2018 - 5:34 PM

'It is hard to explain why there is a delay in the warrant issuance and, consequently, service,' says law professor and former SC spokesman Ted Te

IMELDA ARREST. Martial law victims led by SELDA (Samahan ng mga Ex-Detainees Laban sa Detensyon at Aresto) hold a protest action, in front of the Sandiganbayan on Tuesday, November 13, 2018, to call for the issuance of a warrant of arrest against Imelda Marcos. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

[ANALYSIS | Deep Dive] Does the President really need so many lawyers?

Nov 05, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Because the burden of the presidency is heavy, with multifarious demands all having legal implications and consequences, the President is expected to secure the best legal advice available

Spokesman Ted Te resigns from Supreme Court

Sep 03, 2018 - 7:44 AM

(UPDATED) 'I respectfully believe that I would be of greater value to the judiciary and the Court in the academic world at this time,' Te tells Chief Justice De Castro

The Supreme Court on November 8 rules 9-5 in favor of the burial of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

Sereno out of Supreme Court even as associate justice

May 11, 2018 - 8:29 PM

(UPDATED) Because Sereno's previous post as associate justice was already filled up by another appointee, she cannot go back to it anymore

OUT. Ousted Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno speaks before a crowd supporting her on May 11, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Sereno to attend Supreme Court oral arguments on quo warranto

Apr 04, 2018 - 10:41 PM

The Chief Justice confirms she will attend the oral arguments set April 10 in Baguio City

COMMITMENT. Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno addresses the court workers during the national convention of legal researchers in Bacolod City on Wednesday, April 4. Photo by Marchel Espina/Rappler

Can House subpoena justices to Sereno impeachment hearing?

Nov 22, 2017 - 8:30 PM

In 2012, the Supreme Court issued a resolution, saying justices cannot be compelled to testify in impeachment proceedings

Sereno impeachment: Supreme Court OKs release of documents to aid VACC complaint

Aug 08, 2017 - 6:06 PM

For a second impeachment complaint lawyer Larry Gadon asks for more documents including the results of the Chief Justice s psychological examinations

REQUEST GRANTED. Supreme Court Spokesman Theodore Te announces on August 8, 2017 that the en banc has approved the release of documents to groups seeking the impeachment of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

3 SC justices inhibit from Ilocos Norte detention case

Jul 18, 2017 - 5:03 PM

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno and Associate Justice Andres Reyes Jr have urged the House to observe separation of powers between the judiciary and legislature

INHIBITED. Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno (center) and Associate Justices Diosdado Peralta (left) and Andres Reyes Jr (right) inhibit from the Ilocos Norte detention case

SC's low standards may be precedent to nationwide martial law – petitioner

Jul 04, 2017 - 2:46 PM

Napakababa ng standards na in allow ng Supreme Court para sa Presidente para sa pagdedeklara ng martial law precedent ito sa pagdeklara ng martial law sa buong Pilipinas says Cristina Yambot of NUPL

SC PETITION. NUPL's Cristina Yambot is concerned the SC decision opens doors to a declaration of martial law nationwide. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

SC says no decision yet on transfer of Maute cases

Jun 19, 2017 - 1:35 PM

UPDATED The Supreme Court issues the statement after Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II says his request to move Maute cases to Taguig City will likely be approved

PREMATURE STATEMENT. Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II announces to media on June 19, 2017 that his request to transfer Maute cases to Taguig has been approved, something denied later that day by Supreme Court (SC) Spokesman Theodore Te. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Lorenzana, Año show 'secret documents' in private session with SC justices

Jun 15, 2017 - 1:11 PM

3rd UPDATE Among the petitioners only Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman is allowed to join the closed door meeting

SC MEETING. Supreme Court (SC) Spokesman Theodore Te updates the media on June 15, 2017 on the request to hold an executive session with martial law officers Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and General Eduardo Año. Photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler

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

An eye for an eye: Can the death penalty bring justice to victims?

Jan 29, 2017 - 10:30 AM

Hannah was only 5 when a close relative raped her Years later she still does not wish the death penalty on her tormentor Only God she says can take away life

THE VICTIM. Hannah* cries as she recalled about her sexual assault as a child. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

SC rejects resignation of judge in Duterte's 'drug list'

Aug 16, 2016 - 5:02 PM

The High Court says Judge Exequil Dagala of the Municipal Trial Court in Dapa Surigao del Norte has been under investigation for other offenses even before President Rodrigo Duterte accused him of involvement in illegal drugs

SC BRIEFING. Supreme Court spokesperson Theodore Te gives the media an update on Court-related matters. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

SC on Poe’s DQ, PH volcanoes, Honor Thy Father | 6PM wRap

Dec 28, 2015 - 6:00 PM

Watch the 6PM edition of Rappler s newscast The wRap

SC stops Comelec from dropping 2.5M voters without biometrics

Dec 01, 2015 - 4:22 PM

This comes after leftist groups asked the SC to junk the No Bio No Boto policy as unconstitutional

VOTERS' REGISTRATION. Voters fill out forms as they register at a Commission on Elections office in Quezon on October 30, 2015, a day before the deadline for voters to register. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Supreme Court wants task force created to address judge killings

Nov 24, 2015 - 4:42 PM

This comes after the killing of a Samar provincial judge on Sunday – the second judge killed this month

INVESTIGATION. The Supreme Court pushes for the creation of a task force to probe the recent killings of court officials. Photo by Mark Saludes/Rappler

High Court upholds Aquino EO vs Arroyo midnight appointees

Jun 16, 2015 - 8:48 PM

The SC dismisses the petition filed by 5 of the midnight appointees of former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo

Smartmatic contract, SC justices inhibit, Pacquiao’s tactics | The wRap

Apr 22, 2015 - 3:20 PM

The Supreme Court nullifies the Smartmatic contract Three SC justices inhibit in Junjun Binay’s case Two factors that will be key to Pacquiao’s victory

Roxas defends Aquino, Arroyo plunder, MayPac ad | The wRap

Apr 07, 2015 - 8:11 PM

Interior secretary Mar Roxas defends President Benigno Aquino Plunder charges against Gloria Arroyo moves to the trial stage The Mayweather Pacquiao ad is out

'Rule of law must prevail as ASEAN integrates'

Mar 03, 2015 - 8:57 PM

Chief justices from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations discuss pressing judicial issues across Southeast Asia

SC partially grants gov’t appeal on DAP

Feb 03, 2015 - 7:06 PM

The Supreme Court has clarified that only authors of the Disbursement Acceleration Program – and not project proponents and implementors – may be held liable

High Court denies Henares request for justices' SALNs

Jul 24, 2014 - 4:01 PM

In her request the internal revenue chief says the justices SALNs were for tax investigation purposes

Media protests SC prohibition of live coverage

Jun 04, 2014 - 8:12 PM

SC Spokesman Theodore Te Te admits it was unwise for him to have determined on his own which court decisions were newsworthy

SC junks plea vs Lacson as rehab secretary

Jun 03, 2014 - 3:59 PM

The high court finds no grave abuse of discretion in appointing Panfilo Lacson as presidential assistant for rehabilitation and recovery

CONSTITUTIONALITY CHALLENGED. The Supreme Court studies a petition to declare the position of Rehabilitation Secretary Panfilo Lacson as unconstitutional. File photo by Malacañang Photo Bureau

SC to admin: Comment on PH-US military deal

Jun 03, 2014 - 3:52 PM

The high court s order comes after it received two petitions against the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement that gives US troops access to Philippine military facilities

EDCA SIGNING. Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin and US Ambassador to Manila Philip Goldberg after the signing of the agreement. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Filipino Columbia Law grad to peers: Begin with excellence in mind

May 25, 2014 - 9:22 AM

Excellence is found not in doing extraordinary things but in doing ordinary things extraordinarily well

BE EXCELLENT. Patrick Perillo speaks at the graduation ceremony at Columbia Law School in New York City. Photo contributed by the author

SC: Reproductive Health law constitutional

Apr 09, 2014 - 11:23 AM

The Supreme Court declares the much debated RH law constitutional

Noose tightens on fugitive Napoles brother

Jan 18, 2014 - 6:23 PM

The anti graft court orders Napoles brother to explain why his probation should not be revoked even as the Supreme Court reviews the Kevlar helmet case

SC issues new guidelines to expedite Ampatuan trial

Dec 10, 2013 - 3:15 PM

A 3rd assisting judge will be appointed for the trial

MASSACRE. police investigators looking at dead bodies covered with banana leaves, victims of a massacre in the town of Ampatuan, Maguindanao province. Photo from Agence France-Presse

SC allows live audio of PDAF arguments

Oct 08, 2013 - 10:12 AM

For the first time the Court allows the audio livestream of the oral arguments on the pork barrel saying it s a gut level issue

A FIRST. Supreme Court spokesperson Theodore Te says the oral arguments' topic, pork barrle, is a "gut-level" issue, thus the go-signal for an audio livestream for the public to listen live. File photo Rappler

Two more petitioners to argue vs RH law

Jul 02, 2013 - 6:15 PM

Oral arguments on Republic Act 10354 will be on Tuesday July 9 at 2 pm at the Supreme Court