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Four magistrates vie for top court position

FOUR Supreme Court justices are vying for chief justice, a post that will be opened on Oct. 18 when Chief Justice Alfredo Benjamin S. Caguioa retires.

SC orders palace to answer Rappler suit

THE SUPREME Court has ordered the government to comment on the petition of online news website Rappler, which was banned from covering President Rodrigo R. Duterte.

Marcos asks SC to step up election case

FORMER Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos, Jr. has asked the Supreme Court hasten his election protest by ordering a preliminary conference.

ERC to seek clarification from SC on competitive selection ruling

THE Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) said Friday that it will seek clarification from the Supreme Court (SC) after the tribunal denied the agency’s motion for reconsideration on a ruling that invalidated a number of power supply contracts that could affect millions of electricity consumers.

High Court lifts TRO on Mamasapano trial

THE COUNTRY’S anti-graft court may now proceed with the trial involving the 2015 deaths of 44 policemen in a botched counter-terrorism raid in the Mindanao region after the Supreme Court lifted an order stopping the proceedings.

High tribunal allows remote criminal trials

THE SUPREME Court has approved the rules allowing inmates to undergo trial using video-conferencing technology, it said in a statement on Tuesday.

Ateneo law graduate named SC justice

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has appointed a Court of Appeals (CA) magistrate to the Supreme Court, replacing retired Associate Justice Mariano C. Del Castillo, Malacañang said yesterday.

SC clears ex-PCSO chair Valencia from malversation charges

THE SUPREME Court (SC) has cleared former Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) chairperson Sergio O. Valencia from the malversation charges over the alleged P13.1 million in cash advances.

IBP dropping petition for West Philippine Sea Writ of Kalikasan

THE Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) on Friday announced that it is withdrawing its petition made on behalf of Palawan-based fisherfolk which asked the Supreme Court (SC) to issue a Writ of Kalikasan to protect the country’s shoals in the West Philippine Sea.

SC will look into Duterte’s complaint on TROs

SUPREME Court (SC) Chief Justice Lucas P. Bersamin said the High Court will look into which particular incident triggered President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s complaint about judges issuing Temporary Restraining Orders (TROs) on government infrastructure projects.

Supreme Court launches its own app

THE Supreme Court (SC) has launched its namesake app with the aim of increasing the public’s access to data on courts and lawyers. This is part of the judiciary’s effort to keep up to date with technology.

JBC shortlists 6 high court nominees

THE Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) has shortlisted six nominees for the Supreme Court after considering 23 applicants for the job, according to the high court’s social media page.

Sandiganbayan to await lifting of TRO before continuing with SAF 44...

THE Sandiganbayan Fourth Division will wait until the Supreme Court lifts the temporary restraining order (TRO) on the graft and usurpation cases against former President Benigno C. Aquino III before it can hear Ombudsman Samuel R. Martires’ motion to withdraw the cases.

SC dismisses petition of Rhema Foundation

THE SUPREME Court (SC) has dismissed the petition of a foundation that donated to the controversial Kapa-Community Ministry International, Inc., which is currently under probe for allegedly running an investment scam.

Application open for 2 associate justice posts

THE JUDICIAL and Bar Council (JBC) has opened applications for two associate justice positions at the Supreme Court (SC), which will be vacated by two justices who are set to retire.

SC orders MMDA to comment on prov’l bus ban petitions

THE SUPREME Court (SC) has ordered the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) to comment on the petitions seeking to stop the implementation of the provincial bus ban along Epifanio Delos Santos Avenue (EDSA).

Oral argument for writ of kalikasan petition reset

THE SUPREME COURT has moved the oral argument for the April 16 petition for writ of kalikasan filed by fisherfolk in Palawan and Zambales and the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) seeking to enjoin the government to protect the country’s shoals in the West Philippine Sea.

JBC to interview 24 applicants for SC associate justice

THE Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) is set to interview 24 applicants vying for the position of Supreme Court associate justice to be vacated by Justice Mariano C. Del Castillo on his retirement on July 29.

SC grants writ for amparo, habeas data for rights groups

THE Supreme Court (SC) has granted a writ for amparo and habeas data in favor of human rights groups for their protection against alleged attacks and red-tagging by the government.

SC reverses conviction of man accused of selling marijuana

THE Supreme Court (SC) has ordered the release of a man imprisoned for allegedly selling a small packet of marijuana to police, reversing his conviction for drug charges.

SC issues writ of kalikasan on West Philippine Sea

THE Supreme Court granted a petition last month by the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) and fisherfolk groups, issuing a Writ of Kalikasan for the protection and preservation of three shoals within the country’s territory in the West Philippine Sea (WPS).

SC issues writ of amparo and habeas data for NUPL

THE Supreme Court (SC) granted the petition of the National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers (NUPL), issuing a writ of amparo and habeas data for the protection of its members against “red-tagging” and alleged attacks by the government.

Bar results out May 3

RESULTS for the 2018 Bar examinations will be released on May 3, according to the Supreme Court (SC).

SC affirms conviction of 2011 Sultan Kudarat bomber

THE SUPREME Court (SC) has affirmed the Court of Appeals’ (CA) decision convicting the individual who was behind the 2011 car bombing in Sultan Kudarat that killed two.

SC asked to nullify regulation banning bus terminals along EDSA

AKO Bicol Party-list asked the Supreme Court (SC) to nullify the Metropolitan Development Authority’s (MMDA) March 2019 regulation which prohibits the issuance of permits to bus terminals and operators along EDSA.

SC slams OSG on drug-war documents

THE SUPREME COURT (SC) said the government’s releasing of documents in connection with its drug war does not pose a threat to national security.

IBP, fisherfolk groups ask high court to order gov’t to enforce...

MEMBERS OF farmers and fisherfolks groups, together with the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP), have asked the Supreme Court (SC) to direct the government to enforce laws protecting the country’s territories in the West Philippine Sea (WPS).

SC reinstates criminal charge against ex-Sulpicio Lines official

THE SUPREME Court (SC) ordered the reinstatement of the criminal charge of reckless imprudence regarding an official of the former Sulpicio Lines, Inc. (SLI), in connection with the 2008 M/V Princess of the Stars sea tragedy which resulted in the deaths of more than 227 passengers.

SC orders Calida to release records on drug war

THE Supreme Court (SC) ordered Solicitor-General Jose C. Calida to release pertinent police documents on the government’s “war on drugs” to petitioners questioning the constitutionality of the anti-drug campaign.

SC e-library finally going online by June

THE SUPREME Court will open its electronic library (SC e-Library) to the public by June, 15 years after it was launched. In a press statement, the SC said the e-Library project is intended “to enhance transparency and provide better access for lawyers, law professors, law students, and legal researchers to decisions, resolutions, issuances, and rules of the court.

SC halts implementation of law school admission exam

THE SUPREME Court (SC) has issued a temporary restraining order on the implementation of the Philippine Law School Admission Test (PhiLSAT), the nationwide law school admission exam administered by the Legal Education Board (LEB).

SC urged to act on ICC withdrawal due Sunday

THE Philippine Coalition for the International Criminal Court (PCICC) urged the Supreme Court to resolve the petitions against the country’s withdrawal from the ICC, which will take effect on Sunday, March 17.

SC asked to stop LEB-led law school admission test

LAWYERS and aspiring law students have petitioned the Supreme Court (SC) to abolish the Legal Education Board (LEB) and its conduct of the nationwide law school admission exam, asserting that it should be the SC that should be holding it.

Oral arguments set for petitions vs law school admission test

THE SUPREME Court (SC) is set to hold oral arguments today, March 5, on the petitions questioning the validity of the nationwide exams for those who aspire to enter law school.

San Pablo City gives lot to SC for Laguna office

THE SUPREME Court and the government of San Pablo City signed a Deed of Donation for a 1.5-hectare lot which will be the site of the Hall of Justice (HoJ) in Laguna province.

SC sought to reconsider denying Palawan’s share in Malampaya fund

A MOTION for reconsideration has been filed before the Supreme Court (SC) over its decision denying Palawan its 40% share in the Malampaya gas project.

SC affirms dismissal of charges vs ex-DBM usec Relampagos

THE SUPREME Court (SC) upheld the 2013 resolution and 2014 order of the Office of the Ombudsman dismissing the usurpation of authority or official function charge against Mario L. Relampagos, former undersecretary of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM).

SC dismisses quo warranto petition vs Duterte

THE SUPREME Court (SC) dismissed, for lack of legal standing and untimely filing, the 2018 quo warranto petition of a suspended lawyer against President Rodrigo R. Duterte.

SC upholds decision clearing military officer in mayor’s murder

THE SUPREME Court (SC) has affirmed the Court of Appeals’ (CA) decision clearing 41st Infantry Battalion Commander Officer Noel P. Mislang of charges for allegedly conspiring to kill a former town mayor in Abra.

SWS survey says: Senate is doing ‘very good’

THE public satisfaction rating of the Philippine Senate settled in “very good” territory in the fourth quarter of 2018 while the House of Representatives, the Supreme Court, and the Cabinet held steady with a “good” rating, according to the results of a new Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey.

SC consolidates petitions vs martial law in Mindanao

THE Supreme Court (SC) has rescheduled oral arguments on the third extension of martial law in Mindanao to Jan. 29 and 30, following two other petitions assailing the Congress’ approval to extend martial rule throughout this year.

Iloilo mayor ready to go all the way to the Supreme...

ILOILO City Mayor Jose S. Espinosa III has defended the granting of a water supply franchise to Villar-led PrimeWater Infrastructure Corp. saying he is ready to go all the way to the Supreme Court over charges filed by existing distributor Metro Iloilo Water District (MIWD).

SC sets oral arguments for martial law extension

THE SUPREME COURT (SC) has set oral arguments on Jan. 22 and 23 for the petition by seven opposition congressmen asking the high court to void a third extension of martial law in Mindanao.

SC asked to junk petition against BOL

SUPPORTERS of the Bangsomoro Organic Law (BOL) asked the Supreme Court (SC) on Monday to dismiss the petition late last year by Sulu Gov. Abdusakur A. Tan II against the law.

SC acquits pastor-radio anchor on 1 count of libel

THE SUPREME Court (SC) acquitted pastor and former radio program anchor Eliseo F. Soriano in one count of libel, but affirmed an indictment on another libel count filed by Jesus Miracle Crusade, International Ministry (JMCIM) leader Evangelist Wilde E. Almeda.