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Makabayan rep wants to cite Topacio in contempt in Supreme Court writs case

May 30, 2020 - 8:55 PM

Lawyer Ferdinand Topacio says the contempt request is 'egregious,' as the government crackdown on the Left reaches the High Court

YOUNGEST REP. Kabataan Partylist Sarah Elago says age shouldn't be a hindrance when it comes to public service. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Using Magalong, VACC tries to reopen Mamasapano homicide case vs Aquino

Nov 08, 2019 - 1:04 PM

This is despite a recent Supreme Court ruling saying Aquino cannot be charged with homicide. Chief Justice Peralta leaves it to Ombudsman Martires to decide.

MAMASAPANO CLASH. Ex-CIDG chief Benjamin Magalong submits an affidavit to boost the VACC's Motion for Reinvestigation to reopen the homicide complaint against former president Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III over the 2015 Mamasapano clash. Photo by DarrenLangit/Rappler

Lawyer asks Supreme Court to investigate IBP over 'Bikoy' issue

May 27, 2019 - 5:58 PM

Lawyer Ferdinand Topacio says in a 3-page letter filed with the office of Supreme Court Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin it was 'highly improper' for the IBP to allow political use of their premises

BIKOY. Peter Joemel Advincula surfaces at the Integrated Bar of the Philippines in Pasig City on May 6, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Trillanes scores victory, Sagay massacre, social media users | Evening wRap

Oct 22, 2018 - 10:10 PM

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Overstaying in Senate? Topacio seeks to cancel Pimentel COC

Oct 22, 2018 - 3:50 PM

'We are ready,' says Senator Aquilino Pimentel III after lawyer Ferdinand Topacio filed a petition to cancel his certificate of candidacy for senator

SENATORIAL BID. Senator Aquilino Pimentel III grants media interviews after filing his of certificate of candidacy on October 11, 2018. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Group offers P1-M bounty for leads on Liza Maza, 3 others

Aug 04, 2018 - 3:11 PM

(3rd UPDATE) 'Is he confirming that it is GMA who is behind the revival of the case?' asks the former lawmakers' counsel, referring to lawyer Ferdinand Topacio's involvement in the effort

OLD CASE. From left: Teddy Casiño, Satur Ocampo, Liza Maza and Rafael Mariano. Graphic by Ken Bautista/Rappler

[OPINION | NEWSPOINT] A tale of two stinks

May 12, 2018 - 1:00 PM

As it happens, Topacio is our link between two stinks – the one surrounding the Tulfos now and the one exploded in 2005 by Gloria Arroyo, former president and now Deputy Speaker and seemingly an eternal Topacio client

Aquino camp hits VACC 'pattern': File cases vs ex-president, get gov't post

May 10, 2018 - 1:54 PM

'Even the severely inebriated can see the pattern: anyone who files a complaint against the former president is magically given an appointment,' says the camp of ex-president Benigno Aquino III on the latest complaint of the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption

Atty. Ferdinand Topacio of VACC show a copy of affidavit of Plunder case he filed against Former President Noynoy Aquino, Former DOH Secretary Janette Garin and Former Budget Secretary Florencio Abad on Denvaxia case at the office of the Ombudsman on May 10, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Plunder complaint filed vs Aquino, Garin over Dengvaxia

May 10, 2018 - 12:49 PM

Complainant Ferdinand Topacio alleges that former president Benigno Aquino III conspired with Sanofi Pasteur and Zuellig Pharma to 'unjustly enrich' themselves through the P3.5-billion Dengvaxia purchase

Atty. Ferdinand Topacio of VACC show a copy of affidavit of Plunder case he filed against Former President Noynoy Aquino, Former DOH Secretary Janette Garin and Former Budget Secretary Florencio Abad on Denvaxia case at the office of the Ombudsman on May 10, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Tourism chief Wanda Teo resigns

May 08, 2018 - 12:22 PM

(4TH UPDATE) This comes after President Rodrigo Duterte had a long private conversation with Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo in the face of calls for her resignation

ADS CONTROVERSY. Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo holds a press briefing on September 1, 2016. Malacañang file photo

DOH to ‘complement efforts’ of VACC in its Dengvaxia probe – Duque

Jan 09, 2018 - 4:28 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III says DOH 'cannot and will never obstruct' the efforts of the VACC and the PAO, and promises to provide them with the necessary DOH documents

COMPLEMENTARY EFFORTS. DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III (middle) meets with VACC chairman Dante Jimenez (L) and lawyer Ferdinand Topacio (R) on January 9, 2018.

Aquino hits Topacio over plunder claims in Dengvaxia controversy

Dec 14, 2017 - 6:55 PM

Former president Benigno Aquino III says lawyer Ferdinand Topacio can be sued for slander for making accusations without evidence

SAF kin, VACC want SC to bring back homicide charges vs Aquino

Nov 03, 2017 - 4:52 PM

VACC lawyer Ferdinand Topacio wants the High Court to review the Ombudsman's decision to junk the 44 counts of reckless imprudence resulting in homicide filed against ex-president Noynoy Aquino

APPEAL. Felicitas Nacino, mother of slain SAF member Nicky Nacino, files an appeal before the Ombudsman against former president Benigno Aquino III on July 19. File photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

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Sep 20, 2017 - 8:28 PM

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Aguirre wants Parojinogs drugs cases transferred to QC

Aug 28, 2017 - 12:26 PM

The fact that they have been in power in Ozamiz City for so long is a clear indication that they have the capacity to influence says Justice Secretary Aguirre

CHARGED. The Parojinog siblings remain detained at the PNP Custodial Center in Camp Crame, Quezon City. Mugshots from PNP

PNP autopsy, impeachment complaint, Trump | Evening wRap

Aug 23, 2017 - 9:25 PM

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DOJ panel: Parojinog siblings' arrest, inquest valid

Aug 01, 2017 - 7:30 PM

A resolution recommending that charges be filed against Ozamiz City Vice Mayor Nova Parojinog and her brother Reynaldo Parojinog Jr has yet to be released

ARRESTED. The Parojinog siblings remain detained at the PNP Custodial Center in Camp Crame, Quezon City. PNP file photo

Bureau of Customs, HBO, Scaramucci | Midday wRap

Aug 01, 2017 - 7:26 PM

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Without charges, Parojinogs should already be released – Topacio

Aug 01, 2017 - 2:40 PM

Lawyer Ferdinand Topacio says police should have freed Ozamiz City Vice Mayor Nova Parojinog and her brother Reynaldo Parojinog Jr at 6 pm of Monday July 31

Ferdinand Topacio to lead Parojinog legal team

Jul 31, 2017 - 7:02 PM

Pati mga babae pati ina namatay? I think the magnitude of the killings is grossly disproportionate to a legitimate operation Topacio says

EAD LEGAL COUNSEL. Ferdinand Topacio says he supports the administration, but abhors operations breaching the bounds of law. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Inside Bilibid: Resurgence, resignation, 'recanting'

Jul 29, 2017 - 5:41 PM

Detained Senator Leila de Lima says these developments only prove the transactional nature of the drug charges against her

Inside the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City on October 28, 2016. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Andi Eigenmann, Jake Ejercito's lawyer respond to Jaclyn Jose's rant

Jun 09, 2017 - 4:05 PM

I just think it was uncalled for and unnecessary Andi says of her mom s Instagram rant against Jake

VACC to file impeachment complaint vs Ombudsman when Alvarez returns

May 07, 2017 - 10:10 PM

VACC lawyer Ferdinand Topacio clarifies Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez is not behind the complaint and is merely one of the lawmakers they are seeking an endorsement from

READY. Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales says she is ready to meet 'head-on' the complaints against her. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

VACC to file contempt charges vs Robredo, LP senators

Feb 28, 2017 - 12:00 AM

The group s lawyer says Vice President Leni Robredo Senator Francis Pangilinan and Senator Franklin Drilon have been making statements that disrespect the court

Drug raps filed vs De Lima, 7 others

Oct 11, 2016 - 11:39 AM

The Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption says the senator and others accused clearly acted in conspiracy to perpetuate the illegal drug trade in the New Bilibid Prison

The Senate committe on human rights and justice joint with the committe on public order and dangerous drugs resumes its public inquiry on the extrajucial killings perpetrated by the Davao Death Squad on October 3, 2016.

Lawyers in the RCBC scandal: High-profile, controversial

Apr 16, 2016 - 5:00 PM

The legal counsels of personalities in the biggest money laundering scandal to hit the Philippine banking industry have a string of controversial cases under their belt

PODCAST: High stakes for Lorenzo Tan, RCBC

Apr 12, 2016 - 12:47 PM

Deguito according to her lawyer Ferdinand Topacio received an email stating very clearly that the 81 million that entered RCBC is a valid remittance

RCBC's Maia Deguito: Who said she's Iglesia?

Apr 02, 2016 - 4:00 PM

Deguito grants an interview to broadcaster Anthony Taberna and gets Ferdie Topacio as her lawyer during the Senate blue ribbon committee hearing Many think she s Iglesia

HELP. Lawyer Ferdinand Topacio coaches Maia Deguito during the Senate blue ribbon committee hearing on March 15, 2016. Screengrab of Senate hearing

Massacre widows 'cannot forgive' Ampatuan Sr

Jul 18, 2015 - 12:03 PM

UPDATED Andal Ampatuan Sr s death extinguished his criminal liability in the case his lawyer Ferdinand Topacio says

MASSACRE VICTIMS. A candle is lit on November 21, 2014, in front of a marker for Filipino journalists killed in the Maguindanao massacre of November 2009. File photo by Dennis Sabangan/EPA

Aljur Abrenica denies pulling complaint against GMA

Oct 28, 2014 - 2:18 PM

The actor’s lawyer says they have not withdrawn the complaint as reported by showbiz columns

Famous Iglesia ni Cristo personalities

Jul 22, 2014 - 6:40 PM

Known for its influence on Philippine society the INC counts prominent political leaders celebrities and media personalities among its ranks

Gia Barretto-Reyes to sister Gretchen: 'Stop the drama'

Feb 04, 2014 - 7:59 PM

Gia Barretto Reyes sends a message to sister Gretchen Barretto to leave them alone

GIA BARRETTO-REYES. 'Stop the drama... leave us alone,' she tells her sister Gretchen. Graphic by Renz Bautista

Remembering Epi

Jan 31, 2014 - 4:00 PM

Epi looked frail and lost weight the last time I saw him and I knew by instinct he was quite ill but he was his usual upbeat jocular self

Gossip: An appreciation

Aug 19, 2013 - 1:04 PM

Notes on celebrity gossip and its stepsister political gossip

TALK IS CHEAP? IT'S UNIVERSAL. Alyssa Milano, 'In Bed with Joan.' Photo from the show's Facebook

Statements latest chapter to Raymart-Claudine

Jul 31, 2013 - 1:37 PM

Actor denies oppressing his estranged wife accuses her in turn of making up stories

UPS AND DOWNS. The couple during happier times. Photo from the actress's Twitter (@itsmeclaudineb)

Claudine files TPO against Raymart

Jul 29, 2013 - 4:26 PM

The actress seeks protection for herself and for her children

'THREAT.' Firearms are in Santiago's possession, says Atty. Topacio. Photo from twitter.com/itsmeclaudineb

Lawyer to Reyes brods: Keep hiding!

Nov 28, 2012 - 4:33 PM

UPDATED The counsel of the Reyes brothers charged with murder for the Ortega slay advises them to remain in hiding The brothers are not yet off the hook however says the Ortega family s counsel

Maliksi rival to question CJ Sereno's TRO

Oct 15, 2012 - 6:08 PM

Saquilayan s lawyer says the TRO was irregularly issued


Remembering martial law: 7 lessons from Hitler

Sep 21, 2012 - 9:21 AM

I have been severely criticized for allegedly defending Adolf Hitler I have explained that my interest in Hitler is not to emulate or idolize him but to learn important lessons from his life and the events of World War II

For the 2nd time, Arroyo lawyer asks Sereno to inhibit

Sep 10, 2012 - 6:21 PM

Mike Arroyo says he expects Chief Justice Sereno to cast a vote in favor of the Aquino administration


Arroyo to Sereno: Inhibit from my case

Sep 06, 2012 - 3:00 PM

Arroyo accuses Sereno of toeing the Aquino government s line

041112 Mike Arroyo

Topacio tweets: 'Festive mood' inside Veterans

Jul 25, 2012 - 2:35 PM

CGMA officially released Everyone singing Please release me let me go reads one of Topacio s tweets

Sandiganbayan order blocks Mike Arroyo flight

Jun 13, 2012 - 1:37 PM

The Sandiganbayan issued him a permit to travel to Japan but he may not leave yet because of another pending graft case

'Bigger' chance for GMA bail

Jun 05, 2012 - 7:58 PM

The court could allow former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to post bail especially after a key witness disappeared an Arroyo lawyer says

'No politics' in Arroyo birthday party

Apr 21, 2012 - 6:41 PM

Detained former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo holds a birthday party for 500 people at the Veterans Memorial Medical Center

BIRTHDAY GIRL. Former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo waves to the media and her supporters during her last public appearance: her arraignment for graft charges.

#ItlogniTopacio joins Twitter

Mar 03, 2012 - 9:00 AM

Lawyer Ferdinand Topacio joins the social networking site he fired up over his soundbites

'It was not a political rally'

Mar 01, 2012 - 3:57 PM

The Iglesia ni Cristo s voting as a bloc is doctrinal We believe we are One Body with Christ as our Head and that there should be no divisions in that body

GMA's daily hospital detention cost can feed 21 Pinoys per day

Feb 11, 2012 - 3:59 PM

GMA lawyer: Former President Arroyo belongs to a unique class

HOSPITAL ARREST. Detained former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo can stay at the Veterans Memorial Medical Center after the Pasay Regional Trial Court allowed her to.

GMA's New Year wish

Dec 31, 2011 - 6:45 PM

Ferdinand Topacio on the Arroyos wish for 2012 holiday celebration and New Year messages

Lawyer Ferdinand Topacio reveals GMA's new year wish

GMA graft case 'molehill out of critics' mountain'

Dec 30, 2011 - 5:45 PM

The Arroyo camp says the graft case vs GMA shows critics make a mountain out of a molehill

Arroyo lawyer Ferdinand Topacio