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The Power of Contempt vs. Professors Promoting “Rebellious” Ideas

The Philippine National Police (PNP) is given the difficult task of enforcing the law. Our police force should have the necessary tools to effectively discharge their functions, which is why the PNP was recently given the power to issue subpoena and enforce this power through contempt. The recent news items, involving PNP Chief Director General Oscar Albayalde and the power of contempt (“Professors promoting ‘rebellious’ ideas may face contempt — Albayalde“, Inquirer.net; “PNP chief says teachers ‘instigating’ students should be charged“, ABS-CBN News), got our attention. For purposes of discussing points of law, let us do a brief scan of the Supreme Court decisions on the power of contempt. Continue reading