Former senator Rene Saguisag has expressed dismay that the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) has become tha lapdog of President Rodrigo Duterte.
“Ang OSG tribune of the people, hindi tuta ng Malacañang,” Saguisag told reporters on Friday (August 9).
“It should not sandbag itself into becoming a defender of the attempt of the administration to eliminate all dissent and dissenters,” he added.
Saguisag made the statement after Assistant Solicitor General Angelita Miranda showed up as the lead counsel of the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation Group (PNO-CIDG) during Friday’s start of the preliminary investigation of the sedition complaint filed against members of the opposition.
Saguisag was present at the hearing as legal counsel of Sen. Risa Hontiveros who has been named as one of the respondents in the complaint.
“At this very early stage ang tribune of the people nagiging tribune of Digong (Duterte) and that’s very worrisome,” he lamented.
Meanwhile, the panel of prosecutors conducting the preliminary investigation gave Saguisag and lawyers of the other respondents to file a motion this August 16 questioning the authority of the OSG to represent the PNP-CIDG.
On the other hand, Miranda assured that under Administrative Order 292 the OSG can “act and represent the Republic and/or the people before any court, tribunal, body or commission in any matter, action or proceeding which, in his opinion, affects the welfare of the people as the ends of justice may require.”
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.
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.