DOJ Looking For Rappler’s Criminal Liabilities
Ringo | On 17, Jan 2018
The Department of Justice (DOJ) started an investigation against online news platform Rappler.
This came a day after the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) revoked the registration of Rappler.
“I have directed my legal staff to study the legal issues of this case,” said DOJ secretary Vitaliano Aguirre in an interview with Inquirer.
Aguirre said aside from the issues of ownership, the DOJ will look at all angles, which may include the violations of the owners. He also noted that just like the ruling of SEC, President Rodrigo Duterte has nothing to do with the Justice Department’s move.
Solicitor General Jose Calida also denied that Duterte ordered the investigation against Rappler. He said he received reports about the alleged ownership of the online news website.
“Definitely not. Nobody asked me. I was just doing my job. You know me. I do things on my own. I don’t take orders,” Calida said. “The SEC has already ruled and we respect it. They are the experts on this.”
Yesterday, January 16, Duterte and Rappler’s Malacañang reporter Pia Ranada had a one-on-one on this issue. He said the SEC’s leaders are Aquino appointees and reiterated that he had nothing to do with what is happening. He also lambasted the company for publishing an article claiming that his assistant meddled in a high-profile project.