Evidence first, talk later: Robredo tells CIDG to back up sedition claims
The camp of Vice President Leni Robredo has asked the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) to show evidence of that she committed sedition.
Lawyer Barry Gutierrez, one of her legal counsels, pointed out that the testimony of Peter Joemel Advincula alias Bikoy is not enough evidence to link her to the videos.
“Halos walang laman iyon na alegasyon laban kay VP Leni,” Gutierrez told reporters on Thursday (August 8).
Because of this, her lawyers filed before the Department of Justice (DOJ) a motion asking that the PNP-CIDG be made to produce the evidence against her.
“Ipakita niyo iyong buong ebidensya. Galangin niyo iyong karapatan ng mga respondents sa isang criminal investigation,” he urged.
Meanwhile, a Department of Justice (DOJ) panel of prosecutors is set to begin this Friday (August 9) a preliminary investigation over the criminal complaint filed by the PNP-CIDG against Robredo and her co-respondents.
In its complaint, the PNP-CIDG accused at 35 respondents of sedition, inciting to sedition, cyber libel, libel, estafa, harboring a criminal, and obstruction of justice.
Aside from Robredo, the complaint included as respondents former Senator Antonio Trillanes IV; incumbent Senators Ana Theresia “Risa” Hontiveros and Leila De Lima; and the Liberal Party’s Otso Diretso senatorial candidates Chel Diokno, Gary Alejano, Florin Hilbay, Romulo Macalintal, Bam Aquino, Lorenzo Tanada, and Samira Gutoc.
The other respondents also included Catholic Church officials and the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP).
The complaint stemmed from the “Ang Totoong Narcolist” videos which features the hooded Bikoy who claimed that a number of personalities including the Duterte family members as being engaged in the illegal drugs trade.
However, Advincula later retracted his allegations and claimed that members of the opposition were behind the videos which were meant to discredit President Rodrigo Duterte and other administration allies.