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Diokno, Tanada file perjury raps vs. Bikoy over false claims

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Losing Otso Diretso candidates, former Quezon representative Lorenzo Tanada III and Chel Diokno, have filed a perjury complaint against Peter Joemel Advincula and Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) official Lt. Col. Arnold Ibay for using fake testimonies in the sedition case against the opposition.

The two Free Legal Assistance Group (FLAG) lawyers and fellow member, former Supreme Court (SC) spokesman Theodore Te, filed the complaint before the Department of Justice (DOJ) and accused Advincula and Ibay of perjury and offering false testimony as evidence in an official proceeding in violation of the Revised Penal Code (RPC).

All three are among the respondents in the sedition case filed by the PNP-CIDG before the DOJ based on the testimony of Advincula who claimed he was asked to make false drug accusations against the Duterte family through the “Ang Totoong Narcolist” video series.

In their complaint, the FLAG lawyers pointed out that it was only Te who met Advincula contrary to the claims of Bikoy.

However, Te said he met Advincula only once on May 4 and not on May 2 as Advincula alleged.

Te said he was asked if he could lawyer for Advincula who claimed at that time as having knowledge of the drug activities of Duterte family members.

“After the termination of the interview, I made known my reservation as to his lack of credibility to our National Chairperson, Atty. Jose Manuel I. Diokno, who was then running a seat in the Philippine Senate. We agreed that FLAG would not represent or assist Mr. Advincula and that, if they agreed, FLAG would refer the request to the Integrated Bar of the Philippines National Committee on Legal Aid, subject to their own assessment of his credibility,” Te stated.

On the other hand, Tanada and Diokno admitted being at the Ateneo de Manila Unversity (ADMU) on March 4 but not to meet with Advincula and other respondents to plot against President Rodrigo Duterte as Bikoy claimed.

Tanada and Diokno said “we were there to attend a Senatorial Candidates Forum organized by Rappler and the Political Science Department of Ateneo de Manila University.”

“Right after the Forum, we immediately left the Ateneo campus to attend to other engagements,” they added.

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