Robredo's camp on the sedition complaint: "Kwentong kutsero na pinilit gawing batayan sa kaso"

On Thursday, the camp of Vice President Leni Robredo cried harassment over the sedition complaint filed by the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group against her and 35 others mostly belonging to Liberal Party and their staff, over the viral Bikoy videos that tagged President Rodrigo Duterte and his family in the drug trade.
VP Leni Robredo's spokesperson Barry Gutierrez / Photo from Squeeze PH

The complaint was filed before the Department of Justice (DOJ) on Thursday, with Peter Joemel Advincula alias Bikoy as one of the 36 respondents. Advincula, who is also a witness of the CIDG, joined the police in filing the complaint.

In a statement, Robredo's spokesperson Barry Gutierrez dismissed the complaint as "kuwentong kutsero."

If this is purely based on the outrageous statement previously given by Mr. Advincula, we can confidently say this is completely baseless and nothing more than plain and simple harassment,” he said.

Kwentong kutsero na pinilit gawing batayan sa kaso,” he added.

He also said that they have yet to receive a copy of the complaint.

As soon as we do, we will refer it to the VP’s lawyers for study and appropriate action,” he said.

Also charged were Magdalo Rep. Gary Alejano, former Sen. Bam Aquino, human rights lawyer Chel Diokno, Moro civic leader Samira Gutoc, former Solicitor General Florin Hilbay, election lawyer Romulo Macalintal and House Deputy Speaker Erin Tañada, who ran for the Senate under opposition slate Otso Diretso in the May elections but lost.

The same charges were also filed to Archbishops Socrates Villegas and Pablo Virgilio David, Bishops Honesto Ongtioco and Teodoro Bacani Jr., and priests Albert Alejo and Robert Reyes.

Former Education Secretary Bro. Armin Luistro and former Supreme Court spokesperson Theodore Te and several officials of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) were also cited in the complaint.

READ: Pangilinan and Diokno on the sedition complaint: "Gawa-gawa, kasinungalingan"

I have the honor to submit herewith and requesting appropriate action hereof, the pertinent records of investigation relative to the criminal complaint for Sedition, Inciting to Sedition, Cyber Libel, Libel, Estafa, Harboring a Criminal and Obstruction of Justice,” read the PNP-CIDG’s letter-complaint, signed by Lieutenant Colonel Arnold Thomas Ibay and submitted to the DOJ.

Robredo's camp on the sedition complaint: "Kwentong kutsero na pinilit gawing batayan sa kaso" Robredo's camp on the sedition complaint: "Kwentong kutsero na pinilit gawing batayan sa kaso" Reviewed by Nathan Singson on July 18, 2019 Rating: 5

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