DEPARTMENT of Justice prosecutors handling the preliminary investigation of the sedition complaint filed against Vice President Leni Robredo and other opposition leaders have scheduled the first hearing on August 9 at 10 am.
Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra yesterday said that subpoenas have been sent to Robredo and the other respondents.
At the same time, Guevarra assured the respondents of a fair and speedy investigation as the panel would base its resolution on the evidence submitted by the Philippine National Police that linked Robredo and others to the viral “Ang Totoong Narcolist “ videos.
“I assure everyone of utmost fairness in the resolution of this case. The evidence, or the lack of it, will speak for itself. In the ordinary course of things, the complaint shall be dismissed as to those respondents against whom no evidence is presented, while those against whom sufficient evidence is presented shall accordingly be indicted. Let’s wait until this process is completed,” Guevarra said.
The PNP filed a slew of charges against Robredo, former senator Antonio Trillanes, detained Sen. Leila de Lima, and scores of others that included priests and lawyers, before the DOJ for sedition/inciting sedition, cyber-libel, libel, estafa, harboring a criminal, and obstruction of justice.
The PNP accused the respondents of engaging Peter Joemel Advincula alias ‘Bikoy’ to spread lies against President Duterte and his family to make them appear as protectors of the illegal drugs trade, and earn huge amount of money in the process.
Also, the PNP claimed the respondents were involved in an alleged seditious act which was supposedly committed in Jesuits Communication Building at the Ateneo de Manila compound where they planned to spread false information against Duterte to agitate the public to stage mass protest.
The PNP stressed that the objective was to bring down the Duterte government and install Robredo as new president.