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SolGen advises NTC to also shut down ABS-CBN TV Plus, Channel 43

Jun 29, 2020 - 7:05 PM

The Office of the Solicitor General argues the NTC's cease and desist order against ABS-CBN also covers TV Plus and the shows it airs over Channel 43

SOLGEN VS ABS-CBN. Solicitor General Jose Calida holds a press conference at Camp Crame on February 10, 2020. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Calida justifies NTC's different treatment of ABS–CBN

May 26, 2020 - 5:09 PM

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra sticks to a contrary position that ABS–CBN must be allowed to air in the interim

SHUT DOWN. The National Telecommunications Commission(NTC) issued a cease and desist order on the giant network ABS-CBN on May 5, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Guevarra counters Calida: ABS-CBN can operate while franchise renewal ongoing

May 04, 2020 - 5:40 PM

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra says 'there is sufficient equitable basis to allow broadcast entities to continue operating' while franchise renewal bills are pending in Congress

CLASH. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra and Solicitor General Jose Calida clash on whether ABS-CBN can continue operating without a franchise while hearings are ongoing in Congress. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler


Calida warns NTC against granting provisional authority to ABS-CBN

May 03, 2020 - 7:07 PM

ABS-CBN Corporation's legislative franchise is set to expire on Monday, May 4

The ABS-CBN Broadcasting Center in Quezon City. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Supreme Court told: Non-release of vulnerable prisoners can cause riots

Apr 27, 2020 - 5:23 PM

'Death, violence and riots can also break out if the pandemic is left unchecked in prisons,' petitioners warn, even as the public health system is overwhelmed

PRISONS. In this photo taken on March 27, 2020, prison inmates lie to sleep at the crowded courtyard of the Quezon City jail in Manila. - UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet has urged countries to protect people held in overcrowded prisons and other enclosed facilities by releasing vulnerable detainees, saying COVID-19 "risks rampaging through such institutions". (Photo by Maria TAN / AFP)

'Congestion not reason:' Calida blocks petition to release vulnerable prisoners

Apr 25, 2020 - 3:24 PM

There are 241 coronavirus patients in prisons nationwide, and one of them – a Bilibid inmate – has died

SLEEPING. Some PDLs find any spot to sleep inside the Quezon City Jail on March 27, 2020. Photo by Maria Tan/AFP

Busy with NPA, ABS-CBN cases: Calida skips House probe on energy debt

Mar 12, 2020 - 12:01 AM

The Office of the Solicitor General handles a Meralco debt dispute pending before the Supreme Court since 2004, as government tries to beat a 2026 deadline to collect

BUSY. Solicitor General Jose Calida skips a House investigation on energy debt because he says he is busy attending to Supreme Court cases like ABS-CBN quo warranto. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

House panels summon Calida over power sector’s P95-B debt to gov’t

Mar 06, 2020 - 6:16 PM

Lawmakers want the Solicitor General to explain why he asked to intervene in the case of the multi-billion pesos that Meralco and First Gen Hydro Power Corporation still owe the government

SUMMONED BY HOUSE. Solicitor General Jose Calida holds a press conference at Camp Crame on February 10, 2020. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

[OPINION] If law is a bullet, in whose gun is it loaded?

Feb 26, 2020 - 3:37 PM

'If we know how to vest power and authority to our public officials, we should also care to know how to take back that same power and authority from them'

Calida moves to gag ABS-CBN on quo warranto case

Feb 18, 2020 - 3:11 PM

(3rd UPDATE) In his petition before the Supreme Court, Solicitor General Jose Calida said several ABS-CBN news items violated the sub judice rule

PRESS FREEDOM RALLY. ABS-CBN employees and supporters hold a rally on Valentines Day, February 14, 2020, to demand the renewal of the broadcast giant franchise. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

EXPLAINER: Legal points in Calida's quo warranto vs ABS-CBN

Feb 10, 2020 - 8:53 PM

Is the Supreme Court the proper venue? What does this mean for PDRs? And what is the effect on House deliberations?

The ABS-CBN Broadcasting Center in Quezon City. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Quo warranto vs ABS-CBN political harassment, vendetta – rights groups

Feb 10, 2020 - 4:51 PM

Karapatan says it is not surprising that Solicitor General Jose Calida is 'doing the dirty work of concocting legal offensives against his master’s so-called enemies and critics'

The ABS-CBN Broadcasting Center in Quezon City. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Journalists, advocates call on Filipinos to back ABS-CBN franchise renewal

Feb 10, 2020 - 2:45 PM

(UPDATED) NUJP and other groups say the attack on ABS-CBN threatens citizens' right to know

ABS-CBN slams Calida: We did not violate the law

Feb 10, 2020 - 1:22 PM

'We reiterate that everything we do is in accordance with the law. We did not violate the law. This case appears to be an attempt to deprive Filipinos of the services of ABS-CBN,' says the Lopez-led network

'Lagi mo akong binabanatan': Calida confronts ABS-CBN reporter

Feb 10, 2020 - 11:41 AM

'Palagi mo akong binabanatan ah, abogado ka rin pala eh,' the solicitor general tells ABS-CBN's reporter

House says SolGen petition to derail ABS-CBN franchise renewal

Feb 10, 2020 - 11:35 AM

The House franchise committee ‘might decide to hold in abeyance the conduct of hearing until the matter is settled by the Supreme Court,’ says Deputy Speaker Johnny Pimentel

Calida hits ABS-CBN over 'foreign ownership'

Feb 10, 2020 - 10:55 AM

'Like Rappler, ABS-CBN had issued Philippine Depositary Receipts (PDR) through ABS-CBN Holdings Corporation to foreigners, in violation of the foreign ownership restriction on mass media in the Constitution,' says the solicitor general

Void ABS-CBN franchise, Calida asks Supreme Court

Feb 10, 2020 - 9:46 AM

(4th UPDATE) Calida says ABS-CBN's paid products like ABS-CBN TV Plus is not allowed by its franchise. Like Rappler, ABS-CBN is also accused of foreign ownership.

Solicitor General Jose Calida files a Quo Warranto petition against broadcast giant ABS-CBN at the Supreme Court on February 10, 2020. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Can a quo warranto petition be filed against ABS-CBN?

Jan 21, 2020 - 4:19 PM

(UPDATED) A 2009 Supreme Court decision contemplates the possibility of filing a quo warranto petition against a broadcast network which holds a legislative franchise. Is it applicable?

Malacañang says gov't can collect taxes from POGOs

Nov 19, 2019 - 2:00 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says 'technicalities' will not stop the Duterte administration from collecting what is owed the Philippine government

TAXING POGOs. Malacañang says the Philippine government will not be stopped from taxing Philippine offshore gaming operations. Photo by Rappler

Lawmakers refute ‘misguided’ Calida: Gov’t can tax POGOs

Nov 18, 2019 - 1:35 PM

'The opinion of the OSG is erroneous, misplaced and misguided. It does not serve the interest of the country. Who will benefit from it?' asks Senator Franklin Drilon

TAXES. Lawmakers argue why the government should continue imposing taxes on Philippine offshore gaming operators. File photo by Jeff Digma/Rappler

Calida calls Quezon youth activist 'pa-victim'

Oct 31, 2019 - 7:00 PM

The military files charges against youth activist Alexandrea Pacalda 8 days after holding her in custody without a warrant

HABEAS CORPUS. A petition for habeas corpus is filed with the Supreme Court on September 23, 2019, to demand the release of youth activist Alexandrea Pacalda who is in the custody of the military. Photo from Karapatan

Drug war documents submitted to Supreme Court 'rubbish'

Sep 23, 2019 - 6:30 PM

Law group Center for International Law or CenterLaw wants to cite in contempt the Office the Solicitor General and the Philippine National Police

DOCUMENTS. The Supreme Court has compelled the Duterte government to submit thousands of documents related to 20,322 drug-related deaths from July 2016 to November 2017.

SolGen role in annulment 'waste of taxpayers' money' – group

Sep 17, 2019 - 3:04 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Senator Risa Hontiveros says advocates support the term 'dissolution of marriage' if other lawmakers have an issue on the word 'divorce'

ADVOCATES. Pro-divorce advocates attend the first Senate hearing on the absolute divorce bill. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Justice Department rejects OSG bid to bring more sedition probe witnesses

Sep 06, 2019 - 2:51 PM

The prosecution panel also denies OSG's request to summon Jude Sabio who wrote in a column that Trillanes tried to get him as lawyer for Bikoy

Assistant Solicitor General Angelita Miranda presents documents to the prosecutor panel on the sedition charges the CIDG filed through OSG. September 6, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

DOJ: OSG can continue part in sedition probe

Aug 30, 2019 - 12:28 PM

The prosecution panel says 'it is not within its powers to disqualify OSG from representing CIDG in these proceedings'

SEDITION COMPLAINT. Respondents attend the first hearing on August 9, 2019, at the Department of Justice over the inciting to sedition complaint filed against opposition leaders by Peter Joemel Advincula aka Biko. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Calida: Bikoy's Narcolist videos published using Ateneo server

Aug 20, 2019 - 5:00 PM

'Could Advincula stage the grand scheme Project Sodoma all by himself?' says the solicitor general

BIKOY CASE. Peter Joemel Advincula alias Bikoy at the DOJ hearing on the inciting to sedition complaint filed against opposition leaders. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

FLAG lawyers move to disqualify OSG from sedition probe

Aug 19, 2019 - 2:25 PM

The lawyers cite a Supreme Court decision from 1990 which says that the Office of the Solicitor General only participates in a criminal case when it has 'reached the appellate courts'

SEDITION COMPLAINT. Lawyer Larry Gadon accompanies Peter Joemel Advincula aka Bikot to the DOJ on August 9, 2019 for the start of inciting to sedition hearing against opposition leaders. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Kumakahol ang mga tuta sa naghihingalong demokrasya

Aug 12, 2019 - 1:13 PM

The howling of the dogs reverberate in the corridors of power as darkness descends on democracy

DOJ asks OSG to explain participation in sedition complaint

Aug 09, 2019 - 12:47 PM

The country's top lawyers, representing the respondents in the inciting to sedition complaint, bear down on the Office of the Solicitor General

SEDITION COMPLAINT. The country's noted lawyers Neri Colmanres, Florin Hilbay, Erin Tañada, Rene Saguisag, Chel Diokno and Edre Olalia are present during the DOJ's first hearing on the inciting to sedition coplaint against the opposition on August 9, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Calida runs after Duterte critics amid 1M OSG backlog

Jul 25, 2019 - 1:12 PM

The case log of the Office of the Solicitor General balloons by an unprecedented million in 2017, yet Calida uses office resources to run after Trillanes, De Lima, Robredo, and even Rappler

Duterte admin dismisses red-tagging petition as 'implausible'

Jul 18, 2019 - 5:35 PM

Human rights lawyers are on a slight disadvantage because the Court of Appeals has already denied their request for a protection order

WRIT OF AMPARO. The National Union of Peoples' Lawyers (NUPL) await the decision of the Court of Appeals on their petition for a writ of amparo. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Calida: Fishermen disown West PH Sea petition

Jul 09, 2019 - 4:12 PM

(UPDATED) Solicitor General Jose Calida claims that the lawyers for petitioners have agreed in a closed-door meeting to junk the case altogether

DISOWNED? Solicitor General Jose Calida secures the affidavit of 19 fishermen who disown the West Philippine Sea petition filed by the Integrated Bar of the Philippines on their behalf. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Duterte vetoes 7 bills in first 3 years in office

Jun 26, 2019 - 10:34 AM

Among the vetoed bills are the twin measures that would have fulfilled President Duterte's campaign promise to coconut farmers

After retraction, Bikoy offered legal aid by Calida

May 23, 2019 - 11:59 AM

From accusing people close to President Duterte of accepting drug money, Bikoy now alleges that Senator Antonio Trillanes IV and members of Otso Diretso are behind the Ang Totoong Narcolist videos

LEGAL HELP. Solicitor General Jose Calida offers help for Bikoy. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

COA raises red flags over P1.3-M OSG training, seminars in 'expensive' venues

May 21, 2019 - 1:59 PM

The Commission on Audit says the Office of the Solicitor General did not present attendance sheets nor complete supporting documents for the fees paid to the trainers and lecturers in 2018

Auditors flag P7-M worth of OSG travels

May 21, 2019 - 12:22 PM

Apart from flagged airplane tickets, state auditors also find violations in the purchase of office supplies

IBP in hot water over Bikoy; heads face disbarment complaint

May 10, 2019 - 2:52 PM

Solicitor General Jose Calida also calls for the resignation of current national president Abdiel Dan Fajardo, whose term is expiring on June 30

DISBARMENT COMPLAINT. The Kabalikat Partylist filed on Friday, May 10, before the Supreme Court disbarment complaint against IBP national president Abdiel Dan Fajardo (R) and incoming president and Current vice-chairman Domingo Egon Cayosa. (L) Photos by Rappler

Duterte gov't says human rights lawyers don't need SC protection order

May 09, 2019 - 2:28 PM

Solicitor General Jose Calida also tells the Supreme Court that President Rodrigo Duterte cannot be impleaded in the writ of amparo

PROTECTIVE WRITS. The National Union of Peoples' Lawyers (NUPL) run to the Supreme Court on April 15, 2019, to ask for a Writ of Amparo and a Writ of Habeas Data citing threats from the military. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

SC to Calida: 'Ridiculous' to say tokhang documents involve national security

Apr 17, 2019 - 10:24 AM

'The undeniable fact that thousands of ordinary citizens have been killed, and continue to be killed, during police drug operations certainly is a matter of grave public concern,’ says the High Court

TOKHANG DOCS. After a 16-month tug-of-war with the Supreme Court, Solicitor General Jose Calida loses his appeals and is directed to release tens of thousands of documents related to the killings in the war on drugs. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

SC orders gov't to answer petition vs P3.69-B China loan deal

Apr 10, 2019 - 12:48 PM

(UPDATED) This also means that effectively there is no TRO, for now, against the loan agreement

PETITION. Senatorial candidate Neri Colminares and Bayan Muna repesentatives file a petition against Chico River Irrigation Pump project loan agreement with China at the Supreme Court on April 4, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Government, SC engage in tug-of-war over tokhang documents

Apr 03, 2019 - 7:03 PM

Justice Antonio Carpio, however, gets unanimous votes on 2 resolutions that compel the government to release tens of thousands of documents related to the drug war killings

SUPREME COURT. The en banc unanimously agrees to compel the Duterte government to submit and release documents related to the more than 20,000 killings in the campaign against drugs. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

OSG: Martial law compensation from paintings 'disadvantageous' to govt

Apr 03, 2019 - 5:30 PM

The Office of the Solicitor General, Department of Justice and Presidential Commission on Good Government unanimously withdraw from the agreement

Martial Law victims and militants rally outside the Sandiganbayan hearing the conviction of former First Lady and Ilocos Norte Rep. Imelda Marcos on November 16, 2018. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

SC ruling on drug war documents 'big first step' toward accountability

Apr 03, 2019 - 1:05 PM

Otso Diretso candidate Chel Diokno, a human rights lawyer, says the documents will help confirm the pattern they observed in killings in the Duterte administration's campaign against illegal drugs

WAR ON DRUGS. Police watch over the bodies of two dead women outside Paco Park with their hands ties and eyes and mouth taped on July 21, 2016. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Malacañang to obey SC ruling on release of drug war documents

Apr 02, 2019 - 10:25 PM

The Duterte administration will comply with the High Court's decision 'unless it reverses itself upon a motion for reconsideration by the Solicitor General,' says Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo

DRUG WAR DOCUMENTS. Drug war documents at Camp Crame from May 21, 2018. File photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Supreme Court rules to release drug war documents

Apr 02, 2019 - 2:14 PM

(UPDATED) Informed sources say the en banc voted unanimously to deny Solicitor General Jose Calida’s motion for reconsideration to keep the documents only between the government and the Court

DOCUMENTS. Boxes of police and investigation reports related to the 20,322 killings by both vigilantes and policemen in the war on drugs have been submitted to the Supreme Court. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Duterte vetoes bill expanding powers of Solicitor General's office

Mar 15, 2019 - 4:14 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte wants Congress to review provisions that would give OSG officials inordinately higher benefits compared to other government officials

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte skims through a document on the sidelines of the awarding ceremony for the Outstanding Women in Law Enforcement and National Security of the Philippines at the Malacañan Palace on March 11, 2019. Joining the President on stage is Solicitor General and Republic Defenders Chairman Emeritus Jose Calida. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Calida insists government will not publicly release drug war documents

Mar 05, 2019 - 4:30 PM

The Center for International Law says the refusal to release the documents violates President Rodrigo Duterte's executive order on freedom of information

NO PUBLIC RELEASE. Solicitor General Jose Calida says the government will stand firm that it will not allow the public release of documents related to more than 20,000 killings in the war on drugs. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Calida blocks petition seeking to increase nurses' salary

Feb 27, 2019 - 12:08 AM

Solicitor General Jose Calida argues that implementing an increase in salary grade for government nurses would result in a 'wage distortion' among state workers

NURSES' PAY. A petition at the Supreme Court seeks to increase the salary of public nurses in the Philippines. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Calida blocks release of drug war docs, Supreme Court must rule

Feb 21, 2019 - 5:01 PM

‘The constitutionally enshrined right to information on matters of public concern should be upheld,’ says petitioner Center for International Law (CenterLaw)

TOKHANG DOCUMENTS. Solicitor General Jose Calida asks the Supreme Court not to release war on drugs documents. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler