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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

[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

Trump-Kim summit, PCGG abolition, Brangelina | Evening wRap

Jun 13, 2018 - 7:36 PM

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Pimentel OK with PCGG under Calida's office: 'Look at structure, not personality'

May 16, 2018 - 4:35 PM

However, Senate justice panel chair Richard Gordon is not keen on passing the proposal, saying the Presidential Commission on Good Government must be kept independent

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

House OKs bill abolishing agency hunting Marcos ill-gotten wealth

May 15, 2018 - 6:25 PM

(UPDATED) If the bill is passed, the powers of the Presidential Commission on Good Government would be transferred to Solicitor General Jose Calida, who had defended the hero's burial for the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos

NOW MOST POWERFUL OFFICIAL? Solicitor General Jose Calida does the signature fist sign of President Rodrigo Duterte. File photo by Rappler

Sereno on quo warranto: SolGen is 'forum shopping'

May 06, 2018 - 11:17 AM

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno cites 'forum shopping' by the Office of the Solicitor General as a new reason to dismiss the quo warranto petition against her

EMBATTLED. File photo of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno speaking in UP Diliman, Quezon City on May 05, 2018. PHOTO BY INOUE JAENA

Peter Lim camp cries foul over lack of due process

Apr 12, 2018 - 3:47 PM

With an assistant solicitor general as lead counsel, the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group promises to bring in additional witnesses and evidence against the alleged drug lord

Ombudsman for Calida, or expanded powers as SolGen?

Mar 28, 2018 - 7:03 PM

Rumors about Calida as a top pick for Ombudsman when Conchita Carpio-Morales retires in July have not abated. His sly responses when asked about it are also telling.

Solicitor General Jose Calida with VACC Dante Jimenez and Atty. Eligio Mallari files Quo Warranto before the Supreme Court in Manila on March 5 questioning the validity of SC chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno's appointment.Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Drilon wants removal of SolGen power to intervene in annulment cases

Jan 31, 2018 - 3:25 PM

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon says the Office of the Solicitor General should not be concerned with private marital affairs, but Solicitor General Jose Calida says they 'don't mind'

Calida as the next Ombudsman? 'No comment'

Jan 31, 2018 - 2:00 PM

Senator Richard Gordon jokes about Solicitor General Jose Calida's rumored next post

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Solicitor General initiated SEC investigation into Rappler

Jan 15, 2018 - 5:22 PM

'I applaud the SEC for revoking Rappler’s Certificate of Incorporation,' says Solicitor General Jose Calida

The House of Representatives Committee on Justice hearing on the alledged bribery inside the National Bilibid Prison at the Andaya Hall on September 20, 2016.

Stand with Rappler, defend press freedom

Jan 15, 2018 - 2:34 PM

We will continue bringing you the news, holding the powerful to account for their actions and decisions, calling attention to government lapses that further disempower the disadvantaged. We will hold the line.

Calida to SC: Martial law extension has 'factual basis'

Jan 14, 2018 - 12:44 AM

Solicitor General Jose Calida says the liberation of Marawi did not signal the end of rebellion in Mindanao

FACT. Solicitor General Jose Calida argued the extension of Martial Law has factual basis as rebellion in Mindanao still exists. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Alvarez defends Calida: Unfair to say he's Marcos loyalist

Dec 07, 2017 - 6:10 PM

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez says Solicitor General Jose Calida is a 'decent person' who is 'impartial'

SOLGEN. Solicitor General Jose Calida attends a House hearing in September 2016. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Will PCGG withdraw Marcos loot cases? 'It depends'

Aug 31, 2017 - 7:29 PM

We will welcome any action or effort that will help us fulfill our mandate says PCGG Acting Chair Munsayac

COMPROMISE. PCGG Acting Chair Reynold Munsayac does not dismiss the possibility of the government backing down on the civil suits it filed before Sandiganbayan to recover Marcos' ill-gotten wealth. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

CA upholds 10-year jail time for U.S. Marine who killed Jennifer Laude

Aug 20, 2017 - 8:20 PM

The Court of Appeals affirms the homicide ruling against US Marine Joseph Scott Pemberton and upholds the payment of P4 32 million to Jennifer Laude s family

MUGSHOT. The Court of Appeals has ruled with finality on a US Marine's killing of Filipino transgender woman, Jennifer Laude. Photo from EPA/PNP OLONGAPO-PIO

Jose Calida's many hats for friend Rody

Jun 26, 2017 - 3:00 PM

(UPDATED) Calling himself the 'tribune of the people,' Solicitor General Jose Calida has visited a drug lord in jail and faced the Supreme Court – all to bring down a Duterte critic

SUMMARY: SC oral arguments on martial law in Mindanao

Jun 17, 2017 - 6:30 PM

Rappler compiles the main issues tackled during the oral arguments of the Supreme Court SC on martial law in Mindanao

Calida: Military knew Marawi terror plot as early as April

Jun 13, 2017 - 11:06 AM

UPDATED Solicitor General Jose Calida reveals the government knew the Maute Group had been planning to attack Marawi to establish an ISIS province in Mindanao

MARAWI SIEGE. Police commando from the 3rd Maneouver company of the Regional Public Safety Battalion -ARMM watches a crucial street where heavy fighting occured an hour earlier. Sniper fire from the Maute group targets government forces as they move forward to reclaim lost territories. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Nullify martial law? Your guide to the SC oral arguments

Jun 12, 2017 - 10:20 PM

The High Court hears arguments June 13 15 on consolidated petitions to nullify martial law in Mindanao Here are the main arguments and counter arguments

Calida: Pointless to question martial law by using news reports

Jun 12, 2017 - 4:00 PM

Solicitor General Jose Calida slams petitioners for using news reports to challenge the declaration of martial law saying these are just hearsay evidence

File photo of Solicitor General Jose Calida. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Calida: Supreme Court should prevail on martial law

Jun 08, 2017 - 8:20 PM

But for Solicitor General Jose Calida Congress only has to convene in a joint session if it will revoke President Rodrigo Duterte s declaration

MARTIAL LAW. Solicitor General Jose Calida answers questions on martial law during the celebration of the 116th anniversary of the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) in Pasay on June 8, 2017. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

6 Bar topnotchers join SolGen Calida's office

Jun 08, 2017 - 10:37 AM

These topnotchers will reinforce SolGen Calida’s thrust to make the OSG home to the best and the brightest lawyers in the country says the Office of the Solicitor General

TOPNOTCHERS JOIN OSG. (L-R) 2016 Bar Topnotchers Alanna Khio, Andrew Stephen Liu, Mark Dave Camarao, Athalia Liong and Nia Rachelle Gonzales pose with their new boss Solicitor General Jose Calida. Photo courtesy of the Office of the Solicitor General

Gov't corporate counsel hits bill making SolGen 'superior' to DOJ

Jun 01, 2017 - 2:30 PM

Government Corporate Counsel Rudolf Jurado claims HB 5233 will also increase the Solicitor General s budget from the current P600 million to P1 3 billion

AGAINST THE BILL. Government Corporate Counsel Rudolf Jurado does not want the passage into law of House Bill 5233, which will further empower the Office of the Solicitor General. File photo by Vernise Tantuco/Rappler

Calida wants PCGG, OGCC functions under him

May 24, 2017 - 1:40 PM

Solicitor General Jose Calida says the consolidation of legal functions under his office would result in a leaner cleaner government bureaucracy

Calida, OSG lawyers did not submit daily time records in 2016 – COA

May 21, 2017 - 5:30 PM

State auditors say the lack of time records made it difficult to determine if 248 OSG lawyers and 4 directors incurred unauthorized absences or tardiness

TOP GOVT LAWYER. Solicitor General Jose Calida attends a congressional inquiry. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

PH and EU, Princess Mako, Chris Cornell | Evening wRap

May 18, 2017 - 9:19 PM

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Calida, Hilbay received excess allowances in 2016 – COA

May 18, 2017 - 4:19 PM

Former solicitor general Florin Hilbay says Republic Act 9417 or the OSG Law guides the allowances of lawyers at the Office of the Solicitor General

Solicitor General Jose Calida and his predecessor Florin Hilbay

Calida denies Jaybee Sebastian deal, calls De Lima 'desperate'

Apr 18, 2017 - 5:35 PM

The Solicitor General also says it was prudent for him to provide much needed moral support to the VACC the group that filed the complaint against De Lima

Retired judge's benefits forfeited over court irregularities

Apr 11, 2017 - 2:15 PM

The most glaring irregularities are those connected to how the court handled annulment cases

Supreme Court file photo

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, March 29, 2017

Mar 29, 2017 - 11:26 AM

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What are your duties, really? Sereno asks Calida

Mar 29, 2017 - 7:30 AM

Calida maintains: I can defend whoever I want to defend

CLARIFY DUTIES. Solicitor General Jose Calida takes the floor on March 28, 2017 for the SC oral arguments over Senator Leila de Lima's petitons, where he is asked to expound on his duties as solicitor general. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

In charge of recovering ill-gotten wealth? But Calida is pro-Marcos

Mar 27, 2017 - 8:00 PM

A House bill seeks to make the Solicitor General in charge of the PCGG tasked with recovering the Marcoses ill gotten wealth Solicitor General Jose Calida supported the vice presidential bid of Ferdinand Marcos Jr

BACK THEN. Solicitor General Jose Calida is interviewed by Rappler as a member of Alyansang Duterte-Bongbong during the 2016 campaign. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

House leaders want SolGen to go after ill-gotten wealth, oversee GOCCs

Mar 27, 2017 - 12:55 PM

HB 5233 also seeks to remove the Office of the Solicitor General as an attached agency of the Department of Justice and instead put it under the Office of the President

MORE POWERFUL SOLGEN? House leaders filed bill a seeking to expand the powers of the office of Solicitor General Jose Calida. File photo by Rappler

Aguirre, Calida say impeachment complaint vs Duterte won't fly

Mar 16, 2017 - 4:33 PM

Aguirre says The allegations in the complaint are not anchored on concrete solid evidence that would support findings of any of the enumerated grounds for impeachment Suntok sa buwan yan

Did RTC judge in De Lima drug case say she doesn't have jurisdiction?

Mar 15, 2017 - 3:00 PM

A transcript of the hearing held on February 24 2017 shows RTC Judge Juanita Guerrero saying so

Senator Leila De Lima during her press conference at the Senate on Tuesday, February 21, 2017, two days before she was ordered arrested by Muntinlupa RTC Branch 204 Judge Juanita Guerrero. Photo by Jasmin Dulay

FACT CHECK: Did Calida flip-flop on Napoles illegal detention case?

Feb 28, 2017 - 2:46 PM

His name appears on the earlier brief but Solicitor General Jose Calida says he had no knowledge of it because of an internal rule in the OSG

'PORK BARREL SCAM QUEEN.' Authorities take a mug shot of Janet Lim Napoles, who is accused of masterminding the pork barrel scam, the biggest corruption scandal in Philippine history. Rappler file photo

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, February 28, 2017

Feb 28, 2017 - 10:32 AM

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Duterte Youth to sue Jim Paredes, gets SolGen's backing

Feb 27, 2017 - 7:00 PM

Jim Paredes look at me says Solicitor General Jose Calida Huwag mong patulan itong mga bata Look for a person your age Sinabihan mo silang duwag try and tell me I m duwag

REPUBLIC DEFENDERS. After they were caught in a scuffle with Jim Paredes, members of the Duterte Youth were commended by Solicitor General Jose Calida in a short ceremony held on February 27, 2017. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

FACT CHECK: Where should the Solicitor General stand in Napoles' case?

Feb 16, 2017 - 7:55 PM

A Supreme Court ruling explains This is not the first time that the Office of the Solicitor General has taken a position adverse to his clients

SOLGEN. Solicitor General Jose Calida insists he is just ensuring justice for the people, regardless of who they are. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Peace talks, Duterte, People Power | Evening wRap

Feb 16, 2017 - 7:48 PM

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Senators to SolGen: Why spend taxpayers' money to acquit a criminal?

Feb 16, 2017 - 6:50 PM

Several senators question the priority given by the Office of the Solicitor General to the case of Janet Lim Napoles

Napoles, Aguirre, Trump | Evening wRap

Feb 15, 2017 - 8:06 PM

Watch the evening newscast with Paterno Esmaquel

SolGen's recommendation on Napoles 'suspicious' – De Lima

Feb 15, 2017 - 7:45 PM

It looks like this administration is bent on taking the side of every high profile crook and scoundrel the past administration was able to jail says the former justice chief who filed charges against Napoles

SUSPICIOUS. Senator Leila de Lima calls as 'suspicious' and 'questionable' the Solicitor General's move to acquit alleged pork barrel mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles. Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

SolGen: There's no deal with Napoles

Feb 15, 2017 - 6:40 PM

My interest is to see to it that justice is done says Solicitor General Jose Calida on his recommendation that the court acquit Janet Lim Napoles in her serious illegal detention case

NO DEAL WITH JLN. Solicitor General Jose Calida insists the Duterte government is not striking a deal with alleged pork scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Soft on Napoles? Duterte gov't just upholding 'rule of law'

Feb 15, 2017 - 3:37 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte s chief legal counsel says no favors are being granted to the alleged pork barrel scam mastermind

Alvarez to file bill moving OGCC, PCGG under SolGen

Feb 14, 2017 - 4:45 PM

Eh walang pinapanalong kaso I have to be blunt about it says Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez when asked why he wants to put the two agencies under the Office of the Solicitor General

REORGANIZATION. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas wants to put two more agencies under the Office of the Solicitor General. File photo of Alvarez by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Why Duterte gov't believes Marcos is a war hero

Sep 01, 2016 - 8:44 PM

In defending the decision of President Duterte for a hero s burial the Solicitor General submits 11 documents to the Supreme Court that attempt to prove Ferdinand Marcos was a war hero

Ongpin hits SolGen for new evidence on insider trading case

Sep 01, 2016 - 7:30 PM

It shows that their evidence in the first place were lacking and did not warrant certainly imposing a fine on Mr Ongpin of P174 million the businessman s lawyer argues

BATTLE LINES. SEC is working with OSG to 'strongly oppose' Ongpin's petition to stop them from imposing fines and penalties against him involving insider trading of Philex Mining Corporation shares back in 2009. Photo by Chrisee Dela Paz/Rappler

Marcos art forfeiture halted as ownership question brought up

Aug 09, 2016 - 8:00 AM

Some 35 volumes of case records – around 17 238 pages of documentation that include the original complaint and the rulings of the Sandiganbayan s First Division from the original December 17 1991 filing – are delivered to the Supreme Court

IMELDA AND HER ART. Ilocos Norte Representative Imelda R. Marcos tears up during the one-year anniversary of Super Typhoon Yolanda in Leyte. EPA file photo