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Saguisag insists: Sol Gen can’t represent PNP-CIDG in sedition case

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Former Senator Rene Saguisag continues to oppose to have the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) to represent the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG).

Because of this, Saguisag asked the panel of prosecutors handling the preliminary investigation of the sedition complaint against opposition members to disallow the OSG from participating in the case.

Recently, the panel refused to have OSG removed as the lead counsel of the PNP-CIDG and ruled in a resolution that “this preliminary investigation is not the proper forum to settle such issue.”

In his motion, Saguisag, who is the legal counsel of Sen. Risa Hontiveros, stressed “this panel should even now resolve what to advise the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG), to avoid unnecessary and unadesirable complications.”

“Respondent Senator’s only obvious ‘crime’ is being in the opposition, whose duty it is to oppose in a vibrant democracy, in the public interest,” stressed Saguisag.

In its complaint, the PNP-CIDG accused Robredo and her co-respondents of 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 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 meant to discredit and destabilize the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte.

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