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Robredo’s supporters prod DOJ: Junk ‘baseless’ sedition raps

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Supporters of Vice President Leni Robredo on Friday (July 26) have asked Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra to dismiss the criminal complaint against her over allegations she among those behind the “Ang Totoong Nrcolilst” videos.

“As Filipino citizens who have a right and duty to protect our votes, we implore you to dismiss these charges as they are baseless and just another attempt to silence opposition against the administration,” read the letter of advocacy group Team Pilipinas to Guevarra.

The complaint filed by the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) used the testimony of Peter Joemel Advincula alias Bikoy who accused members of the opposition including Robredo as behind the videos which accused members of the Duterte family as being involved in the illegal drugs trade.

When Advincula first revealed himself as Bikoy in the videos on May 6, Team Pilipinas reminded “presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo quickly dismissed Bikoy’s credibility, given his involvements in previous controversies dating back to 2012.”

“In Panelo’s words, Bikoy’s credibility is questionable because once “You lie in one, you lie in all.” This is the same man now claiming to have worked with VP Leni in the alleged destabilisation plot. It is appalling how suddenly, Bikoy’s words have credibility only because it is now against those who dissent against the administration,” the group pointed out.

The group argued that to “prosecute her and remove her from her position based on bogus allegations from a questionable witness is a clear violation of the mandate of the people, and an outright insult to our democracy.”

“We urge the Department of Justice to immediately dismiss the Sedition Charges against Vice President Leni Robredo and commit to the upholding of her constitutional mandate to serve the Filipinos,” it reiterated.

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