It is the duty of law enforcers to file cases against violators of the law – Palace

Published May 2, 2019, 4:06 PM

by Patrick Garcia

By Genalyn Kabiling

Law enforcement agencies are expected to file cases against anyone who violates the law, Malacañang said following the arrest of a person who allegedly uploaded the video linking President Duterte’s family members to the illegal drug trade.

Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo (OPS / MANILA BULLETIN)
Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo (OPS / MANILA BULLETIN)

Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo recognized that law enforcers are expected to perform their job without being told by President Duterte.

“The President doesn’t have to instruct any police agency to file any case. It is the duty of the police enforcement agencies to file cases against violators of the law,” he said during a Palace press briefing.

For now, Panelo said the Palace prefers to wait for the official report from the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) about the arrest of the video uploader.

“What we should do is just to wait for an official report on the investigation and why did they arrest this person of interest, exactly what is his participation, what proof do they have, so that we can file the necessary, appropriate charges against him kung meron man,” he said.

“We will just wait for the official report and then the police or the NBI will have to do their duty,” he added.

Authorities earlier reportedly arrested the person involved in the posting of the “Ang Totoong Narcolist” video series implicating the President’s family and friends in the narcotics trade. The person was apprehended by the National Bureau of Investigation for cyber libel.

Panelo, however, admitted that he has no knowledge if “Bikoy” who implicated the President’s children and former aide to illegal drugs was part of the ouster plot against Duterte.

“I do not know his participation, the NBI hasn’t told me or anybody,” he said.

Panelo earlier released a matrix linking Bikoy’s video, journalists and media groups to the ouster pot against the President. He initially claimed the matrix came from the Office of the President, which received information from a foreign source.

But in Thursday’s press briefing, Panelo said he received a copy of the matrix from an unknown text sender and assumed it was the same document referred by the President during an earlier conversation.

Panelo, meantime, reiterated that the President’s enemies plotting his ouster could do their worst. “They can do their worst, we just do our best except only if they pursue that and in the process, they will be performing criminal overt acts,” he said.

 
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