Losing senatorial candidate Larry Gadon has accused former senator Rene Saguisag and other legal counsels of respondents of delaying the preliminary investigation proceedings of the sedition complaint filed against members of the opposition.
“The lawyers of the respondents merely engaged in dilatory tactics rather than advancing the essence or relevance of their defense,” said Gadon, the legal counsel of the star witness of the case Peter Joemel Advincula alias Bikoy.
Saguisag, who is the legal counsel of Sen. Risa Hontiveros, and fellow lawyers of respondents questioned the appearance of Assistant Solicitor General Aneglita Miranda as lead counsel of complainant Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation (PNP-CIDG) during the start of the preliminary investigation last August 9.
Because of this, the panel of prosecutors conducting the preliminary investigation asked the lawyers of respondents to file motions this August 16 to formally question the authority of the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) to represent the PNP-CIDG.
The panel said it will first resolve this and other motions first before it starts accepting the counter-affidavits of the respondents in the case.
Aside from Hontiveros, the respondents named in the complaint include Vice President Leni Robredo; former senator Antonio Trillanes IV; detained Sen. 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).
In its complaint, the PNP-CIDG accused the respondents of sedition, inciting to sedition, cyber libel, libel, estafa, harboring a criminal, and obstruction of justice.
The case is in connection with the “Ang Totoong Narcolist” videos which has defamed Duterte family members as being involved the narcotics trade.
Advincula, who revealed himself to be the hooded Bikoy in the videos, claimed that members of the opposition were behind the videos meant to discredit and destabilize the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte.