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Senator Leila de Lima has slammed the police’s move to file charges against some opposition figures and religious leaders in connection with the “Ang Totoong Narco List” video series.

De Lima branded the newest complaint filed before the Department of Justice (DOJ) against her as “pure hogwash.”

“I was talking about the new case I read in the banner story of a newspaper today. Hogwash, pure hogwash. Basura, mas basura pa yan siguro kaysa mga isinampang kaso sa akin,” she told reporters Friday (July 19).

Using the statement of alleged whistleblower Peter Joemel Advincula, the PNP-CIDG filed before the DOJ charges of sedition, cyber libel, libel, estafa and harboring a criminal and obstruction of justice against Vice President Leni Robredo, Senators Leila de Lima, Risa Hontiveros and former Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV.

Other personalities charged in the complaint were Magdalo Rep. Gary Alejano, former Senator Bam Aquino, Atty. Chel Diokno, Samira Gutoc, former Solicitor General Florin Hilbay, Atty. Romy Macalintal, House Deputy Speaker Erin Tanada, Archbishops Socrates Villegas, Pablo Virgilio David, Honesto Ongtioco, Teodoro Bacani Jr., and priests Albert Alejo and Robert Reyes.

Former Education Secretary Bro. Armin Luistro, former Supreme Court Spokesperson Atty. Theodore Te and several officials of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) are also facing similar charges.

De Lima questioned the Philippine National Police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group’s (PNP-CIDG) investigation into the videos, which led them to file cases.

“Hindi ko alam kung paano nag-imbestiga ang CIDG. They’re supposed to have subpoeana powers now, right? Wala man lang semblance of a decent and professional investigative work,” she said.

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