Former Magdalo party-list representative Gary Alejano has questioned the authority of the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) to represent the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) in the sedition complaint filed against him and other members of the opposition.
“With all due respect to the OSG, its insistence on representing the PNP-CIDG-NCRFU in the preliminary investigation of the instant case is surely an arrogation by the office of a power it clearly does not have,” read his motion.
Alejano filed the motion before the panel of prosecutors which is conducting the preliminary investigation of the complaint of the PNP-CIDG.
Citing the Administrative Code of 1987 and Presidential Decree 478, the former legislator pointed out “the OSG may represent the government, its agencies, and instrumentalities only in the Supreme Court and in the Court of Appeals.”
“Hence, considering that the instant case is a criminal proceeding, respondents finds it amusing that the OSG represents the PNP-CIDG-NCRFU though the proceeding has not yet reached the Supreme Court or the Court of Appeals,” Alejano argued.
In its complaint, the PNP-CIDG accused Alejano and his respondents including members of the opposition of sedition, inciting to sedition, cyber libel, libel, estafa, harboring a criminal, and obstruction of justice.
The case is in connection with the “Ang Totoong Narcolist” videos which has accused Duterte family members as being involved the narcotics trade.
Peter Joemel Advincula, who revealed himself to be the hooded Bikoy in the videos, claimed that members of the opposition were behind the videos meant to discredit and destabilize the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte.