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Style n’yo bulok! Saguisag questions striptease filing of sedition charges

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Former Senator Rene Saguisag has questioned the filing by installment of sedition charges against his client, Akbayan Senator Risa Hontiveros, by the PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG).

Saguisag said that the accusers, including convicted con-man Peter ‘Bikoy’ Advincula, must present their case in its entirety, without adding any additional details later on as this would violate the principle of fair play and due process.

“Bago namin sagutin ang mga walang basehang paratang na ito, kumpletuhin muna ng mga nag-aakusa ang kanilang kaso. Ito na ba ang kabuuang kaso? May idadagdag pa ba silang ebidensiya? Mahirap sumagot tapos dadagdagan nila ng kung ano-ano. It violates the spirit of fair play and the right to due process,” Saguisag said.

“As such, we move to suspend the proceedings until the complainant submits all the aforementioned documents and other pieces of evidence.” Saguisag added.

Saguisag and other members of Hontiveros’s legal team filed a motion before the Department of Justice (DOJ) to inspect the original documents and other evidence attached to the complaint against Hontiveros. The PNP-CIDG also accused Vice-President Leni Robredo as well as other members of the opposition such as Senator Leila de Lima and former Senator Antonio Trillanes.

“We must always remember that accusation is not proof, and that criticism of one’s government is not a crime. It is a vital part of any healthy and functioning democracy. We will face these allegations head-on. I stand by Senator Risa’s innocence, and we are confident that the truth will prevail,” Saguisag said.

Hontiveros said: “I stand ready to face these charges and once again maintain that I am not plotting against this government. We are far too busy in the 18th Congress, and there are greater matters of national importance, such as the defense of our territory from Chinese encroachment, that demand our attention.”

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