Sol Gen schools Hilbay for alleging conflict of interest over sedition raps: Bumalik ka sa law school!
The Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) told its former chief Florin Hilbay to review his law school lessons before accusing it of conflict of interest in helping the Philippine National Police (PNP) file a complaint against those allegedly behind the “Ang Totoong Narcolist” videos.
“On ‘conflict of interest’, Hilbay must be reminded, as any first year law student would know, that in a criminal case it is the People of the Philippines, which the OSG is bound to defend and protect,” the OSG said in a statement.
“The OSG, as stated in the Administrative Code of 1987, is the ‘law office of the government’ and the Solicitor General serves as the “principal law officer and legal defender of the government’,” it reminded.
The OSG responded to Hilbay’s remarks before the media concerning the OSG admission that it helped prepare the sworn statement of Peter Joemel Advincula alias Bikoy who is used as a witness by the PNP in the case.
The OSG denounced the statements made by Hilbay and described it as self-serving considering he has been named as one of the respondents in the complaint.
“Perhaps the self-serving statement of Hilbay, he being one of the respondents in the sedition charges, can be best articulated before the Preliminary Investigation in his Crime against Public Order,” the OSG said.
Meanwhile, panel of prosecutors is set to start this August 9 the preliminary investigation of the complaint filed by the PNP’s Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG).
The case stemmed from the “Ang Totoong Narcolist” videos which features Bikoy and accused members of the Duterte family as being involved in the narcotics trade.
However, Advincula claimed members of the opposition concocted the videos as part of destablization efforts against the government.