Senator Francis Pangilinan has slammed the administration for filing criminal charges against Vice President Leni Robredo and Liberal Party (LP) stalwarts over the viral videos implicating President Rodrigo Duterte’s family in the illegal drug trade.
Pangilinan, LP’s president, accused the administration of being “drunk with power” for going after its critics. He said the President and his allies seem to want nothing more than to silence his critics.
“Tapos na ang halalan. Malaki na ang panalo ninyo diba? Eh bakit kaming mga hindi nagwagi at pati mga tumututol sa ilang kilos ng administrasyon ay sinasampahan pa ng kaso at nais pang ipakulong? Pati mga obispo, mga pari hindi ninyo pinalampas?” Pangilinan said in a statement Saturday (July 20).
The Philippine National Police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) filed before the Department of Justice complaints of inciting to sedition, libel, cyber libel and obstruction of justice against Robredo and 35 others over the “Ang Totoong Narco List” video series.
One of the CIDG’s witnesses was Peter Joemel Advincula, the ex-convict who claimed to be the whistleblower “Bikoy” in the series.
Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said he will form a panel of prosecutors to probe the complaint.
Among the other respondents in the complaints are Senators Leila de Lima and Risa Hontiveros; former senators Antonio Trillanes IV and Bam Aquino; and Otso Diretso senatorial candidates Chel Diokno, Florin Hilbay, Gary Alejano, Romulo Macalintal, Samira Gutoc and Erin Tañada.
Also included were Father Flaviano Villanueva, Father Albert Alejo, Father Robert Reyes; Bishops Honesto Ongtioco, Teodoro Bacani Jr, Pablo Virgilio David, and Socrates Villegas; and former education secretary Brother Armin Luistro.