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Kasinungalingan kasi inaatupag! Calida told: Fix backlog of cases in OSG first before attacking gov’t critics

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Solicitor General Jose Calida should deal first with the more than a million backlog of cases in his office, rather than meddling in the complaints targeting the perceived critics of the administration, said Vice President Leni Robredo on Sunday (July 28).

Robredo, during her weekly radio show, criticized the involvement of Calida’s office in the sedition complaint filed against her and other opposition figures based on the allegations of Peter Joemel Advincula.

“Ang dami ngang paliwanag kung bakit kabahagi [ang Office of the Solicitor General dito]. Pero hindi naipapaliwanag bakit ito iyong inaatupag [na may] napakaraming kaso na [ng OSG],” she said.

The Vice President also slammed Calida for using his office to join moves to pin the opposition based on the claims of an unreliable witness.

“Ang inaatupag, kasinungalingan; ang star witness, sinungaling na tao pero iyon iyong pinapaniwalaan nila. Ang dami-daming kaso sa opisina nila, hindi inaasikaso,” she said.

ABSCBN News recently reported that OSG employees participated in composing the affidavit of Advincula, where he accused the opposition of pressuring him to link President Duterte, his family and allies to the drug trade.

The OSG later admitted having a hand in Bikoy’s affidavit, saying it is the legal duty of the office to serve its clients—in this case, the Philippine National Police’s Criminal Investigation and Detection Group, which initiated the filing of the complaint.

While most lawyers under the Office of the Solicitor General are laudably dedicated to serving the public, Robredo, who is also a lawyer by profession, lamented that Calida’s actions are putting the entire institution in a bad light.

“Nakakalungkot kasi ang dami naman sa opisinang iyan ang mga matitino at mahuhusay. Sinisira lang ng namumuno sa kanila iyong imahe ng kanilang opisina,” she said.

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