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Kalma! Guevarra tells respondents in sedition case to wait

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Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Tuesday (Jan. 22) told respondents in the sedition case involving the “Ang Totooing Narcolist” videos to remain patient.

Guevarra reacted to the statement of one of the respondents, former Quezon Rep. Lorenzo Tanada III, that the Department of Justice (DOJ) is taking too long in resolving the complaint filed by the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG).

“Unlike ordinary cases under preliminary investigation, the sedition case involves many respondents and several charges all rolled into one,” the Secretary explained.

“Our prosecutors are carefully evaluating the evidence in view of the highly sensitive nature of the case,” he pointed out.

Despite this, Guevarra assured that prosecutors “intend to resolve before the end of the month.”

A DOJ anel of prosecutors already finished back in September the conduct of the preliminary of the PNP-CIDG complaint.

In its complaint, PNP-CIDG accused Vice President Leni Robredo and her co-respondents of sedition, inciting to sedition, cyber libel, libel, estafa, harboring a criminal, and obstruction of justice.

The case concerns the “Ang Totoong Narcolist” videos which 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 which were meant to discredit and destabilize the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte.

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