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Court junks De Lima case vs Duterte

THE Supreme Court has rejected an opposition senator’s plea to stop President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s verbal tirades against her, saying he is immune from lawsuits, according to an October decision made public on Wednesday.

Judiciary employees affected by Taal eruption get 5-day emergency leave

THE SUPREME Court has given judiciary employees directly affected by the Taal Volcano eruption five days of special emergency leave starting Jan. 13.

SC orders Shangri-La to pay in EDSA Plaza case

THE Supreme Court (SC) ordered Shangri-La Properties, Inc to pay BF Corp. up to P52.6 million over the construction of the first and second phases, and the car parking structure of the EDSA Plaza project n Mandaluyong City.

Duterte appoints new high court justice

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has appointed a Court of Appeals Justice to the Supreme Court.

SC, lower courts in Manila closed Thursday

THE SUPREME Court has suspended work on Jan. 9 in consideration of the expected traffic congestion in Manila as Catholic devotees hold the annual procession of the Black Nazarene.

Court rejects appeal on same-sex marriage

THE Supreme Court has stood by its ruling rejecting a plea to allow same-sex marriage in the country.

50 ‘judges-at-large’ posts to decongest dockets

THE Supreme Court has designated 50 “judges-at-large” who will help other judges decide cases, in keeping with a law that seeks to decongest court dockets.

6 shortlisted for top justice post

THE Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) has shortlisted six nominees for a vacancy in the Supreme Court.

Live coverage of massacre ruling allowed by tribunal

THE Supreme Court has allowed live media coverage of the promulgation of a decade-old case involving the massacre of more than 50 people in Maguindanao province set for Dec. 19.

Tribunal starts help desk for complaints

THE Supreme Court has started a help desk that will receive complaints from the public against judicial personnel, among other things.

High Court sets Shari’a bar exams

THE Supreme Court has scheduled the 16th Special Shari’a bar exams for Jan. 19 and 26 next year.

SC asked to merge Dengvaxia cases

THE Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) has asked the Supreme Court to resolve a plea to consolidate cases on deaths attributed Dengvaxia vaccination into one family court.

Maguindanao massacre ruling out by December 20

THE Supreme Court has extended the deadline for a ruling on a decade-old case where more than 50 people were massacred in Maguindanao province, Chief Justice Diosdado M. Peralta said on Friday.

Manila Hall of Justice eyed for completion by June 2022

THE SUPREME Court (SC) targets the completion of the P2.8-billion Manila Hall of Justice by June 2022.

VP case drags on as SC orders recount release

THE SUPREME Court, sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) on Tuesday, has again deferred a decision on the election protest over the vice presidential post, instead ordering a release of the report on the initial result of recount of ballots.

Supreme Court allows Mary Jane Veloso to testify through deposition

THE Supreme Court (SC) on Friday has given convicted drug trafficker Mary Jane Veloso permission to testify against her recruiters by way of deposition in Indonesia. Veloso was arrested and convicted of smuggling drugs to Indonesia and is currently on death row there.

SC rules gov’t nurses should get higher pay

THE SUPREME Court (SC) has ruled that nurses working in government health institutions should receive higher basic pay.

SC asked to disclose recount results in Marcos poll protest

VICE PRESIDENT Maria Leonor G. Robredo has asked the Supreme Court to give her a copy of the results of the ballot recount in three provinces where massive cheating allegedly took place in the 2016 elections.

SC defers action on Marcos ballot recount

THE SUPREME Court has deferred acting on the results of a ballot recount in connection with the 2016 electoral protest of former Senator Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr. against Vice President Maria Leonor G. Robredo.

Court orders Panay Electric to comment on suit

THE Supreme Court (SC) has ordered Panay Electric Co. to comment on a plea by Razon-led MORE Electric and Power Corp. to stop a Mandaluyong trial court from barring its takeover of Panay Electric’s assets.

Court affirms indictment of former Makati mayor

THE Supreme Court has affirmed the indictment for corruption of former Makati City Mayor Elenita S. Binay over the purchase of P36.4 million of equipment for a Makati hospital in 2001.

Habeas corpus suit filed for young activist

THE father of a young activist from Quezon province has asked the Supreme Court to order the military to release his daughter, who has been detained without criminal charges.

Court junks lawsuit for protection of disputed shoals

THE Supreme Court has rejected a plea from fishermen and a lawyer’s group to force the government to protect three disputed shoals in the South China Sea.

Children born out of wedlock outnumber legitimate ones

ILLEGITIMATE children in the Philippines have outnumbered kids born after marriage and their rights should also be protected, a Supreme Court magistrate said yesterday.

SC junks complaint over ancestral land in Boracay

THE SUPREME Court (SC) affirmed the dismissal of the petition challenging the 2.5-hectare ancestral land awarded to the Ati indigenous community in Boracay, Malay.

Court asked to stop pension scheme for OFWs

A GROUP representing Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) has asked the Supreme Court to stop the Social Security System (SSS) from collecting pension contributions from land-based workers overseas.

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.