MANILA -- Vice President Leni Robredo said Sunday Solicitor General Jose Calida should focus on the "more than a million backlog of cases in his office" instead of meddling in complaints that target perceived critics of President Rodrigo Duterte's administration.
Robredo made the comment amid reports that Calida's office has had a hand in the sedition complaint against Robredo and other opposition figures.
ABS-CBN News has learned that the Office of the Solicitor General had a hand in drafting the affidavit of Peter Joemel Advincula alias Bikoy.
“Ang dami ngang paliwanag kung bakit kabahagi [ang Office of the Solicitor General dito]. Pero hindi naipapaliwanag bakit ito iyong inaatupag [na may] napakaraming kaso na [ng OSG],” Robredo said during her weekly radio show.
(There has been many explanations why the Office of the Solicitor General is part of this but what cannot be explained is why he is alloting time for this when there are many cases with the OSG.)
“Ang inaatupag, kasinungalingan; ang star witness, sinungaling na tao pero iyon iyong pinapaniwalaan nila. Ang dami-daming kaso sa opisina nila, hindi inaasikaso,” she said.
(He is focusing on lies and he believes in his star witness who is a liar. His office has too many cases which he hasn't attended to.)
Advincula’s affidavit was the basis of the police in filing a sedition and inciting to sedition complaint with the Department of Justice on Thursday against Robredo, Antonio Trillanes IV, and more than 30 other personalities.
These personalities include former and current senators, Otso Diretso senatorial candidates, lawyers and members of the Catholic Church who are critical of the President.
They are also facing accusations of libel, cyberlibel, estafa, harboring a criminal and obstruction of justice.
In his affidavit, Advincula accused them of plotting to overthrow Duterte and installing Robredo as president and Trillanes as vice president before June 30, 2019 by spreading false news against Duterte, including the viral “Ang Totoong Narcolist” videos linking the first family to the illegal drug trade.