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CA denies government bid to make Piatco pay P300 million

Nov 11, 2018 - 3:43 PM

The Court of Appeals rules that arguments by the Office of the Solicitor General 'are a mere rehash of the arguments' already evaluated and resolved

APPELLATE COURT. The Court of Appeals (CA) denies the government's bid for the CA to make the Philippine International Air Terminals Company Incorporated (Piatco) pay $6 million. File photo from CA website

[ANALYSIS | Deep Dive] Does the President really need so many lawyers?

Nov 05, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Because the burden of the presidency is heavy, with multifarious demands all having legal implications and consequences, the President is expected to secure the best legal advice available

Calida defers to DOJ on handling of Trillanes case

Oct 24, 2018 - 4:00 PM

Solicitor General Jose Calida will wait for the Department of Justice to file a motion for partial reconsideration, instead of going straight to the Court of Appeals as earlier announced by Malacañang

Solicitor General Jose Calida prior to the start of the Supreme Court oral arguments on same sex marriage on June 19, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Calida to seek reversal of Makati court ruling before CA

Oct 23, 2018 - 12:33 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Malacañang says Solicitor General Jose Calida's appeal will be based on the assertion that Judge Andres Soriano should not have used 'secondary evidence' as basis for his decision keeping Senator Antonio Trillanes IV free

RECEIVED. Makati RTC Branch 148 sheriff serves the resolution on the DOJ's plea to issue a warrant of arrest and hold departure order to Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV on October 22, 2018. Sourced photo

Calida, DOJ inconsistent on amnesty review: Just for Trillanes or all?

Oct 09, 2018 - 4:57 PM

Solicitor General Jose Calida admits he sought permission to review all amnesties but the presidential proclamation that came out covered only Senator Antonio Trillanes IV

'AND OTHERS.' Solicitor General admits to calling Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana "permission" to look into the amnesty applications of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV "and others. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

DOCUMENTS: Calida security firm 'corners' at least 16 gov't contracts

Oct 03, 2018 - 7:00 AM

In a privilege speech, opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV says Solicitor General Jose Calida's security agency has acquired at least P358.3 million in government contracts since 2016

Solicitor General Jose Calida prior to the start of the Supreme Court oral arguments on same sex marriage on June 19, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Calida to Trillanes: Apologize or I'll sue you for libel

Sep 27, 2018 - 2:27 PM

(UPDATED) 'He can do whatever he wants, I expect the worst out of him,' says Senator Antonio Trillanes IV in response to the threat of Solicitor General Jose Calida

AMNESTY PAPERS. Solicitor General Jose Calida says Senator Antonio Trillanes IV musty apoloigize for his accusation that the solicitor general stole the amnesty papers of the senator. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Trillanes accuses Calida of 'stealing' his amnesty application documents

Sep 26, 2018 - 7:10 PM

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV also asks the Department of National Defense 'why they allowed' Solicitor General Jose Calida to 'steal' his amnesty application form

'MAGIC.' Senator Antonio Trillanes IV says the Duterte administration performed magic tricks on his amnesty application forms for it to be missing. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Calida tells Supreme Court to void Trillanes amnesty because Gazmin signed it

Sep 24, 2018 - 5:43 PM

It is an argument not cited in President Rodrigo Duterte’s Proclamation No. 572

GAZMIN ARGUMENT. Floated only after the publication of Proclamation No. 527, Solicitor General Jose Calida has now officially raised to the Supreme Court that the act of former defense secretary Voltaire Gazmin approving Senator Antonio Trillanes' amnesty papers is illegal and a valid ground to void the amnesty. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Calida asked for amnesty records of '100' other ex-mutineers

Sep 10, 2018 - 3:23 PM

Department of National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana only says they all belong to 'Trillanes' group'

NOT JUST TRILLANES. Solicitor General Jose Calida also asks for amnesty records of other former mutineers, says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Calida behind search for Trillanes' amnesty papers

Sep 04, 2018 - 5:40 PM

The Armed Forces of the Philippines confirms Solicitor General Jose Calida had a hand in the amnesty revocation of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV

SOURCE OF PROMPT. Solicitor General Jose Calida attends the continuation of the oral argument of the Supreme Court on the petition of senator Leila De Lima at the SC in Manila on March 28, 2017. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Calida evasive on role in voiding Trillanes amnesty

Sep 04, 2018 - 3:45 PM

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra says the Office of the Solicitor General could have reviewed Senator Antonio Trillanes IV's amnesty

EVASIVE. Solicitor General Jose Calida is evasive about his role in the proclamation that voided the amnesty of opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, citing privileged communication. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Gordon: Probing Calida multi-million peso deals blue ribbon's job

Aug 16, 2018 - 7:20 PM

Senator Richard Gordon assures Calida he’s not going to be humiliated in the Senate investigation under his watch

CALIDA PROBE. Senator Richard Gordon said he will push for the Senate probe into the government contracts bagged by the security firm of Solicitor General Jose Calida. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Calida wants Supreme Court to block Senate probe into firm contracts

Aug 16, 2018 - 4:42 PM

The SC en banc asks Senator Trillanes to file his comment to the petition

Solicitor General Jose Calida prior to the start of the Supreme Court oral arguments on same sex marriage on June 19, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Robredo on why Calida sided with Bongbong: 'He's No. 1 Marcos supporter'

Jul 10, 2018 - 1:58 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says Solicitor General Jose Calida should have just represented his client, the Commission on Elections, on the 50% ballot-shading threshold issue

EXPECTED ALLIES. Vice President Leni Robredo slams Solicitor General Jose Calida for siding with Bongbong Marcos, Calida's ally, in the electoral protest the latter filed against her. File photos by OVP

SolGen Calida’s filings delay VP protest case – Robredo camp

Jul 02, 2018 - 9:26 PM

The Vice President's camp points out that determining the shading threshold is an administrative, and not a quasi-judicial, matter so the Comelec 'could directly file its comment' with the PET on Robredo's motion

DELAYS. The camp of Leni Robredo says the Solicitor General's filings are delaying the vice-presidential protest case. Photo of Robredo from OVP, photo of Marcos by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Calida is first SolGen in years to be among 5 highest paid in government

Jun 27, 2018 - 5:40 PM

The Solicitor General places 4th on the list with P10.9 million worth of salaries and allowances, bulk of which have been flagged as excessive by state auditors

HIGHEST PAID. Solicitor General Jose Calida is the 4th highest paid national government agency official for 2017.

Leonen grills Calida: Can you prove Constitution bans same-sex marriage?

Jun 26, 2018 - 10:47 PM

'We choose only portions of the past that we like and call it tradition that we must preserve,' says Associate Justice Marvic Leonen

CONSTITUTION. Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen and Solicitor General Jose Calida argued on June 26, 2018, on whether the Constitution contemplated same-sex marriage.

WATCH: Supreme Court oral arguments on same-sex marriage

Jun 26, 2018 - 2:43 PM

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Justices of the Supreme Court led by acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio starts the oral arguments on the same sex marriage on June 18, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Court drops $5-M Marcos wealth case, leaves it to Calida to pursue

Jun 25, 2018 - 6:05 PM

The Sandiganbayan says it's the Office of the Solicitor General and not the Office of the Ombudsman which should pursue the forfeiture case

Calida holds on to company shares despite mandatory IRR provision

Jun 19, 2018 - 3:27 PM

The Solicitor General says the text of the actual law prevails over the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR)

VIGILANT CONTRACTS. Solicitor General Jose Calida answers questions on the contracts of his security firm Vigilant beforethe start of the Supreme Court oral arguments on same sex marriage on June 19, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Your guide to the Supreme Court oral arguments on same-sex marriage

Jun 17, 2018 - 10:00 AM

The Falcis petition seeks to declare as unconstitutional the provisions in the Family Code that limit a marriage to a man and woman only, supposedly because they violate the constitutional right to equal protection of laws

HISTORIC. Intervenors Ceejay Agbayani and Marlon Felipe, and petitioner lawyer Jesus Falcis III (L-R) get the Supreme Court to tackle in oral arguments same-sex marriage in the Philippines.

Morales floats another conflict of interest angle in Calida contracts

Jun 13, 2018 - 6:32 PM

Calida as Solicitor General represents government agencies when complaints are filed against them, Ombudsman Morales points out

CONFLICT OF INTEREST? The Office of the Ombudsman is investigating the government contracts won by the security firm of Solicitor General Jose Calida.

De Lima calls Calida 'new role model in gov't corruption'

Jun 05, 2018 - 5:05 PM

Senator Leila de Lima says allowing Solicitor General Jose Calida's company to bag government contracts is like 'normalizing thievery and mainstreaming plunder'

'NO WORD OF HONOR.' Senator Leila de Lima does not mince words against Solicitor General Jose Calida.

Sacked OGCC chief Jurado compares self to Calida: I refused allowances

Jun 02, 2018 - 4:50 PM

Both the Office of the Government Corporate Counsel and the Office of the Solicitor General have been flagged by state auditors for their officials who received excess allowances in 2017

Former government corporate counsel Rudolf Jurado (left) and Solicitor General Jose Calida (right)

Calida received P7M in excess allowances in 2017 – COA

Jun 01, 2018 - 11:17 AM

(UPDATED) Solicitor General Jose Calida dismisses the issue and says 'the issue is not new'

Solicitor General Jose Calida attends the continuation of the oral argument of the Supreme Court on the petition of senator Leila De Lima at the SC in Manila on March 28, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

[OPINION] Mr Calida, read the rules!

May 31, 2018 - 7:00 PM

Resigning from a private company is not enough. Divestment for public officials who own substantial shares is mandatory.

Calida unsure if security firm won as many gov't contracts before 2016

May 31, 2018 - 1:35 PM

Solicitor General Jose Calida maintains he will not give up his shares in Vigilant Investigative and Security Agency Incorporated

Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Calida: I'll file charges against those maligning, libeling me

May 31, 2018 - 11:04 AM

Solicitor General Jose Calida says the allegation that he engaged in an extra-marital affair is a 'big fat lie'

Solicitor General Jose Calida attends the continuation of the oral argument of the Supreme Court on the petition of senator Leila De Lima at the SC in Manila on March 28, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

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Opposition senators seek probe into Calida firm's gov't contracts

May 30, 2018 - 5:55 PM

It remains to be seen if administration senators will indeed allow opposition senator Antonio Trillanes IV to lead an investigation into the contracts worth P261.39 million

Solicitor General Jose Calida explains that President Rodrigo Duterte has the power to declare Martial Law on certain conditions to protect the country from any security threats. He said during a press briefing in Malacañan on January 19, 2017. KING RODRIGUEZ/ Presidential Photos

Duterte not firing SolGen Calida

May 30, 2018 - 4:50 PM

'Why should I fire him? He's good,' says President Rodrigo Duterte about Solicitor General Jose Calida, who faces controversy over his family-owned security firm's contracts with the government

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte discusses matters with Bureau of Customs (BOC) Commissioner Isidro Lapeña during the destruction of over 120 smuggled luxury motor vehicles and motorcycles at the BOC Port Area in Manila on May 30, 2018. Also in the photo are Sec. Bong Go of the Office of the Special Assistant to the President, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III and Department of Interior and Local Government Office-in-Charge Eduardo Año. Malacañang Photo

Guevarra changes tune, will now review Calida firm's DOJ contracts

May 30, 2018 - 11:48 AM

The issue is brought up by Senator Francis Pangilinan during Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra's confirmation hearing before the Commission on Appointments

DOJ Sec. Menardo Guevarra Senate May 30 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Gov’t database shows additional P110M contracts for Calida firm

May 29, 2018 - 7:10 PM

Vigilant Investigative and Security Agency has 2 contracts with the House of Representatives and 2 with the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS. Solicitor General Jose Calida's security firm Vigilant wins contracts with big agencies such as the House and Representatives and Pagcor. File photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler

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Calida: No conflict of interest in gov’t contracts even if I did not divest

May 28, 2018 - 9:27 PM

The Solicitor General answers the issues: Is it prohibited by the Code of Conduct of Public Officials and the anti-graft law? Are the DOJ contracts proper?

NO CONFLICT OF INTEREST? Solicitor General Jose Calida provides media a point-by-point position paper on why he says the P150 million worth government contracts bagged by his company during his incumbency in office are lawful. File photo by King Rodriguez/Presidential Photos

Calida firm also bagged contract for House of Representatives – opposition

May 28, 2018 - 6:00 PM

(UPDATED) Representative Gary Alejano says the ‘longtime security agency’ of the lower house was kicked out in July 2016 to give way to the Solicitor General's family business

MOST POWERFUL? The ouster of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno via quo warranto has reportedly made the Office of the Solicitor Generalmore powerful. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Calida on family's P150-M contracts with gov't: My lawyer will explain

May 28, 2018 - 3:38 PM

A visibly irked Calida evades Senate reporters, and refuses to comment on a senator's call for him to resign over conflict-of-interest allegations

MEETING. Asked by reporters why he is meeting with Senate leaders on Monday, May 28, 2018, Solicitor General Jose Calida says, 'It's none of your business.' Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Pangilinan: Calida must resign over family's P150-M gov't contracts

May 28, 2018 - 1:55 PM

If former tourism secretary Wanda Teo quit over her brothers' government contract, Solicitor General Jose Calida should do the same, says Senator Francis Pangilinan

Solicitor General Jose Calida explains that President Rodrigo Duterte has the power to declare Martial Law on certain conditions to protect the country from any security threats. He said during a press briefing in Malacañan on January 19, 2017. KING RODRIGUEZ/ Presidential Photos

Roque: No conflict of interest in Calida firm bagging gov't contracts

May 28, 2018 - 12:50 PM

Stock ownership in a company that benefited from millions of pesos in government contracts does not violate constitutional provisions on integrity of Cabinet members, says Malacañang

Calida firm bags P150M in deals from gov't, including DOJ

May 27, 2018 - 1:56 PM

The Department of Justice, which supervises budget for the Office of the Solicitor General, awards contracts to a security agency owned by the family of Solicitor General Jose Calida

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS. Solicitor General Jose Calida's security firm Vigilant wins contracts from government agencies including the Department of Justice.

Gordon's about-face on PCGG abolition

May 19, 2018 - 1:20 PM

Senate justice committee chair Richard Gordon filed a bill seeking to abolish the Presidential Commission on Good Government just 5 months ago

Sen. Gordon with voluminous documents Photo by Angie de Silva

Disbarment mulled vs Calida as security firm, ‘affair’ haunt SolGen

May 18, 2018 - 2:12 PM

(UPDATED) Jose Calida is visibly missing from the list of applicants for Ombudsman, a post said to be his for certain, until the allegations cropped up

SOLGEN. Jocelyn Nisperos-Acosta makes a public demand to Solicitor General Jose Calida on May 18, 2018, to show his Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN) and prove he declared and divested from a security firm which has contracts with government. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Robredo slams plan to abolish, transfer PCGG to Calida's office

May 17, 2018 - 7:10 PM

'Dagdag rin sa ating pangamba na mauwi ang pagsasawasto ng naging kasalanan ng pamilyang Marcos sa sambayanang Pilipino sa kasalukuyang Solicitor General,' says Vice President Leni Robredo

Vice President Leni Robredo addressed Senior High School graduates and Junior High School completers at the Lyceum of the Philippines University-Laguna in Calamba during their commencement exercises on Wednesday, May 16, 2018. In her speech, VP Leni called on the students to use their talents, education, and idealism to make the country a better place for the less fortunate and underprivileged youth. (Photos by OVP)

Gov't corporate counsel resists being put under SolGen Calida

May 17, 2018 - 12:05 PM

Government Corporate Counsel Rudolf Philip Jurado says his office and the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) have always found themselves on ‘opposing ends’

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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

Gov't asks SC to extend deadline to submit drug war documents

May 16, 2018 - 10:06 AM

A partial submission to the SC includes case folders of 34 drug war deaths out of 3,000, drug watch lists in Sta Ana, Manila, and summaries of administrative cases against policemen

WAR ON DRUGS. A dead body with a sign board lays on the road in Tondo, Manila on July 28, 2016. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/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