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OSG defends role in Bikoy’s sworn statement vs opposition

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The office of Solicitor General Jose Calida (OSG) on Wednesday (July 24) defended its role in preparing the sworn statement of Peter Joemel Advincula alias Bikoy.

The OSG pointed out in a statement that it did so as legal counsel of the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) which used Advincula’s statement as part of evidence in its complaint against members of the opposition.

“The PNP-CIDG is our client, not Bikoy. Bikoy has his own private lawyer,” it’s statement read.

The OSG reminded that Administrative Code of 1987 already spelled out its role as “the principal lawyer of Republic of the Philippines, and all its agencies and departments, which includes, among others, the PNP-CIDG.”

Last July 18, the PNP-CIDG filed a complaint which accused 35 respondents of sedition, inciting to sedition, cyber libel, libel, estafa, harboring a criminal, and obstruction of justice.

The complaint concerns 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.

The complaint included as respondents Vice President Leni robredo; 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 DOJ earlier explained Advincula’s sworn statement “detailed his supposed meetings with the aforenamed personalities and how they planned what he referred to as ‘Project Sodoma’.”

“Project Sodoma allegedly sought to publicly discredit President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and destabilize his government by implicating him, his family and other government officials in drug syndicates,” it stated.

“The Project, planned as early as August 2018, likewise sought to allegedly discredit candidates of Hugpong ng Pagbabago while at the same time propping up those from the opposition Otso Diretso,” it added.

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