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SC orders half-day work in all PH courts on April 17

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Monday, April 15th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Supreme Court (SC) and all courts nationwide will only have a half-day work on Wednesday (April 17), Chief Justice Lucas P. Bersamin ordered on Monday.

Under the approved SC calendar, the half-day work would give court officials and employees enough time to travel to the provinces to observe the Lenten season.

But for courts inside local government buildings, Bersamin said that a whole day work suspension will only be observed should it be declared by the local government.

“Courts located inside local government-owned or controlled buildings shall observe a whole day work suspension on April 17 should the same be declared by their local government, otherwise the said courts shall observe a half-day work schedule per SC calendar,” he said. – Robie de Guzman

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1,800 new lawyers take oath

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Thursday, June 13th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – All 1,800 passers of the 2018 bar examinations took their oath as new lawyers on Thursday (June 13).

The magistrates of the Supreme Court held a special en banc session for the oath-taking ceremony in Pasay City.

Incoming 2019 bar exam Chair Justice Estella Perlas Bernabe calls on the new lawyers to be adept of the new technology for the improvement of the legal profession.

“As millennials, continue to be technologically-savvy, resourceful, and socially-minded,” he said.

“No one can adapt to the changes brought about by the rapid growth of technology better than you. In this day and age where we are all inter-connected through channels of cyberspace, you can do more to influence society in a good way,” he added. – with reports from Mai Bermudez

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SC sets debates on Writ of Kalikasan for West PH Sea

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Wednesday, June 5th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines — The Supreme Court (SC) is set to hear on June 25 oral arguments on the petition urging the government to protect the West Philippine Sea from further environmental degradation.

The writ of kalikasan petition was filed by the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) and fisherfolks from Palawan and Zambales seeking to stop the alleged illegal activities of Chinese vessels in the area.

Named respondents in the petition were the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the Department of Justice, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, Philippine Navy, Coast Guard and the Philippine National Police Maritime group.

The Supreme Court has previously issued writ of kalikasan for the protection of Panatag Shoal, Ayungin shoal and the Mischief reef. (with details from Mai Bermudez)

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SC issues writ of amparo in favor of rights groups

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Thursday, May 30th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Supreme Court (SC) has issued a writ of amparo and habeas data in favor of human rights groups Karapatan, Gabriela and Rural Missionaries of the Philippines against what they claimed as threats against their lives from government troops.

In a resolution dated May 24 but made public on Thursday, the SC directed President Rodrigo Duterte, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and other officials from Malacañang and the military and police to comment on petition and file a verified return before the Court of Appeals (CA) by June 13.

A writ of amparo is a legal remedy available to any person whose right to life, liberty and security is threatened or violated by public officials or private individuals.

A writ of habeas data covers similar threats or violations but by persons who are engaged in the gathering, collecting or storing of information or personal data of the aggrieved party.

The high court also directed the CA to hear the petition on June 18 and resolve the case in 10 days after the hearing.

Last May 6, Karapatan, Gabriela and Rural Missionaries of the Philippines filed the petition, seeking SC’s protection from alleged threats against their members’ lives after they were tagged by the government as alleged fronts of the Communist Party of the Philippines.

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