SolGen Calida seeks gag order on quo warranto vs. ABS-CBN

SolGen Calida seeks gag order on quo warranto vs. ABS-CBN

The Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) asked the Supreme Court for the issuance of a gag order on the parties in the quo warranto suit it has filed against the TV giant ABS-CBN citing that non-issuance of it would be a direct violation of the sub judice rule.

"(N)ot content with issuing its official statement on the petition, ABS-CBN thereafter engaged in propaganda in a clear attempt to elicit public sympathy, sway public opinion, and ultimately, to influence the resolution of the case," Solicitor General Jose Calida said.

The propaganda of the beleaguered ABS-CBN, Calida said, violates the time and honored rule of the sub judice rule which restricts parties, witnesses, the public in general, and most especially lawyers and judges from making comments and disclosures in relation to pending cases before the courts, acts which may render them liable for indirect contempt.

Solicitor General Jose Calida
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The High Court in a press briefing, has given the ABS-CBN five days to comment on the Office of the Solicitor General’s motion.

The SolGen, in his motion for a gag order, cited five videos on the suit aired by ABS-CBN and its affiliate DZMM and online news platform

Calida also cited statements given by ABS-CBN, its artists, and other personalities to various media outfits on the petition for quo warranto.
"Any grievances must be ventilated through the proper petitions, motions, or other pleadings before the courts. Our courts must be able to conduct its business in an orderly manner free from outside interference and influence," Calida said.

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