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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.

10 names in shortlist for Justice Tijam’s post

THE Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) included 10 names in the shortlist to replace Supreme Court (SC) Associate Justice Noel G. Tijam who will retire on Jan. 5, 2019, Justice Secretary and JBC ex-officio member Menardo I. Guevarra said.

SC upholds decision clearing Mikey Arroyo from tax case

THE SUPREME COURT (SC) upheld the Court of Tax Appeals’ (CTA) March 21 decision clearing former party-list congressman Juan Miguel “Mikey” M. Arroyo from his P27.3-million tax-evasion case.

5 justices in JBC short list for chief justice

THE Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) released its short list for the next Supreme Court Chief Justice, which include Acting Chief Justice Antonio T. Carpio and Associate Justices Lucas P. Bersamin, Diosdado M. Peralta, Estela Perlas-Bernabe, and Andres B. Reyes Jr.

7 CA justices in shortlist for SC associate justice

SEVEN Court of Appeals justices are included in the shortlist for the associate justice post in the Supreme Court vacated by now-retired chief justice Teresita J. Leonardo-Castro, Justice Secretary and Judicial and Bar Council ex-officio member Menardo I. Guevarra said.

SC upholding CHEd order excluding Filipino from curriculum slammed

GOVERNMENT officials slammed the Supreme Court (SC) decision which declared as constitutional the Commission on Higher Education’s (CHEd) order excluding Filipino as a core subject in college.

SC denies property firm’s petition on 2007 Glorietta 2 explosion

THE SUPREME Court (SC) has denied a petition by Ayala Land Inc. to hold insurance company Standard Insurance liable for the explosion in Glorietta 2 on Oct. 19, 2007.

20 applicants vying for post to be vacated by SC Justice...

20 applicants are vying for the position of Supreme Court (SC) associate justice which will be vacated by Justice Noel G. Tijam next year, Justice Secretary Menardo I. Guevarra said.

5 SC justices vie for CJ post

FIVE Supreme Court (SC) justices are vying for the position of chief justice (CJ) vacated by Teresita J. Leonardo-De Castro, now retired.

OCEANA goes to SC over DA-BFAR inadequacy of administrative order

AN international marine organization has filed a petition in the High Court against the Department of Agriculture — Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic resources (DA-BFAR) for still not establishing rules on commercial vessels that give unfair competition to simple fisherfolk.

LP-led bloc takes House minority leadership question to SC

THE MINORITY bloc in the House of Representatives led by the opposition Liberal Party (LP) has formally challenged the minority leadership before the Supreme Court (SC), filing a case on Friday, Oct. 5.

SC dismisses Peter Lim petition for TRO over DOJ investigation

THE Supreme Court has dismissed the petition of businessman Peter Go Lim seeking a temporary restraining order against Department of Justice (DOJ) resolutions dated March 19 and Aug. 27 ordering that he be investigated.

Impeachment complaint against seven SC justices dismissed

THE HOUSE COMMITTEE on Justice on Tuesday dismissed the impeachment complaints filed by opposition lawmakers against the seven Supreme Court justices who granted the quo warranto petition that ousted Maria Lourdes P.A. Sereno as Chief Justice.

Impeach raps vs SC heads up for substance debate

THE HOUSE committee on justice will deliberate on Tuesday, Sept. 11, on the sufficiency in substance of the impeachment complaints against Chief Justice Teresita Leonardo-De Castro, and six other Supreme Court Justices.

Associate justice questions provision for Senate concurrence on treaties

By Vann Marlo M. Villegas Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Mario Victor F. Leonen has questioned the Senate's practice of approval of treaties, which included...

Supreme Court spokesperson Theodore Te resigns

Assistant Court Administrator and Supreme Court Chief Public Information Officer Theodore O. Te confirmed on Monday that he has resigned. In an e-mail, Mr. Te...

New chief justice vows to maintain judicial independence

Chief Justice Teresita Leonardo-De Castro assured that the Supreme Court will maintain its independence under her few weeks stint as the top magistrate. In a...