No hand in raps vs Leni -- Palace

July 19, 2019
Leni Robredo

MALACANANG has no hand in the filing of sedition complaint against Vice President Leni Robredo and some members of the political opposition, Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said Friday.

Andanar said the filing of the complaint before the Department of Justice (DOJ) on Thursday was the Philippine National Police’s  own iniative.

“Definitely walang kinalaman ang Palasyo diyan, ang executive branch. This is the own decision of the Philippine National Police. Wala kaming kinalaman diyan,” he said.

Andanar said President Rodrigo Duterte is too busy fighting corruption to be minding a legal case against the opposition.

“We have so much work to do. Marami pong ginagawa ang Presidente. He is fighting corruption left and right,” he said.

Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo also denied that the Palace was behind the sedition charges.

“We have nothing to do with this case. None at all. Absolutely nothing. Otherwise eh di kami na ang nagdemanda diyan noon pa,” Panelo said in an interview on ANC television.

On Thursday, the PNP-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group filed a sedition complaint against Robredo, several senators and opposition personalities in connection with videos annotated by a certain Bikoy, who linked members of the Duterte family to illegal drugs.

Aside from Robredo, named respondents in the complaint were Senators Leila de Lima and Risa Hontiveros, former senators Bam Aquino and Antonio Trillanes IV, members of the Otso Diretso senatorial slate except Mar Roxas, and several others.

Peter Joemel Advincula, alias “Bikoy,” the man who claims to be the hooded figure who made the allegations in the “Ang Totoong Narcolist” videos, was named in the complainant both as a respondent and as a witness.

The police also filed charges for inciting sedition, cyber libel, estafa, harboring a criminal, and obstruction of justice against a total of 38 respondents, including one alias “Sentrix” and one unnamed person.

Panelo said “it’s about time to know the truth” about the videos.

“We have a system by which you can determine whether or not the complainant is telling the truth or a defendant, so hayaan mo na ‘yon,” he said.

The opposition Liberal Party has branded the filing of the complaint as harassment and persecution. Trillanes, meanwhile, urged the DOJ prosecutors who will handle the case not to allow themselves to be used in politics.