Vice president's camp asks SolGen: Why was Robredo's case 'singled out?'

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 25 2019 01:03 PM

MANILA - Vice President Leni Robredo's spokesperson on Thursday criticized the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) for allegedly singling out a sedition case filed against the country's second-in-command.

ABS-CBN News earlier confirmed that sedition charges filed against Robredo and other opposition members were drafted by 2 employees from the OSG's office.

The complaint was filed by the Philippine National Police's (PNP) Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) based on the testimony of Joemel Peter Advincula, the man who claims to be behind viral videos that linked President Rodrigo Duterte's family to the drug trade.

"OSG has to come up with a satisfactory explanation," Robredo's spokesperson Barry Gutierrez told reporters.

"Even if they say that legally puwede naman i-allow ito dahil wala namang expressed prohibition, I think they still have to explain if it is true, why in this particular case they chose to participate and may singling out from other cases?" he said.

Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief, Gen. Oscar Albayalde earlier said police officials "consulted" the OSG before filing the case against Robredo.

"I'm bothered by the legal calisthenics na ginagawa na naman ng ating administrasyon to justify something clearly irregular and outside the regular mandate of OSG and which is not done in any other case I'm familiar with," Gutierrez said.

"I can't say if specific laws were violated... but the more important question is, has OSG done this for any other case?" he said.

The alleged involvement of the OSG shows that the complaint against Robredo is "politically motivated," the spokesman said.

"Ang lumalabas ngayon with the alleged involvement of OSG at statement of the lawyer of Advincula, ay mukha talagang may ibang agenda na itinutulak sa pangyayari ito," he said.

Advincula's lawyer, Larry Gadon, earlier said he would file an impeachment complaint against Robredo if the vice president would be indicted for sedition and inciting to sedition.

"Ibang issue 'yung political motivation and 'yung need to address the complaint on a legal level... whatever link there is, ang nag-establish si Gadon [kasi] siya ang nag-open ng idea to impeachment," Gutierrez said.

"I think that is very revealing. Whether deliberately or not, that showed a hand kung ano ba talaga yung habol dito," he said.