Palace: Opponents seek vengeance vs Calida

Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 28 2018 04:06 PM

MANILA - Critics seeking vengeance could be behind moves to question deals between various government agencies and a security agency owned by Solicitor General Jose Calida, Malacañang said Monday.

Calida was behind a "quo warranto" petition filed before the Supreme Court that led to the ouster of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno earlier this month.

"Alam niyo naman kung bakit lumalabas ang pula na iyan kay SolGen Calida. Nanalo kasi siya sa quo warranto petition niya. Binabawian siya ng kalaban niya, yung mga nasaktan sa quo warranto ruling," Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said.

(You know very well that this matter is being brought against SolGen Calida because he won in the quo warranto petition. His opponents are getting back at him.)

Roque agreed with Calida's position that there was no conflict of interest in the security contracts.

Calida had said that he signed as chairman and president of security firm VSAI on May 30, 2016, before he assumed office as solicitor general.

"I don’t think mere ownership of stock certificates is prohibited by the Constitution," Roque said.

Roque said no contract was struck between Calida's security firm and the Office of the Solicitor General.