Robredo has nothing to fear in sedition raps filed against her – adviser

Published July 20, 2019, 11:07 AM

by Dr. Eduardo Gonzales

By Raymund Antonio 

Saying that she had nothing to fear, Vice President Leni Robredo is ready to face the sedition complaint and other criminal charges over the controversial “Ang Totoong Narcolist (The Real Narcolist)” videos.

Vice President Leni Robredo denies accusations made by Peter Advincula aka Bikoy during a press conference in Quezon City. (Mark Balmores / MANILA BULLETIN)
Vice President Leni Robredo (Mark Balmores / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

Vice presidential spokesperson Barry Gutierrez said the filing of criminal complaint against Robredo was not something new since she has been a subject of political harassment.

“Handa naman humarap si VP sa kahit na anong proseso. Sanay na kami sa ganitong harassment. Pero malinaw na harassment ito. Hindi ito isang lehitimong kaso na mayroon talagang matibay na batayan,” he said.

(The VP is ready to face any process. We are used to this kind of harassment. But this is a clear harassment. This is not a legitimate case that has solid evidence.)

“Tiwala kami na dahil wala naman siyang maling ginagawa, in fact, klarong-klaro na ang focus nga niya iyong pagtulong sa ating mga kababayan, wala kaming kailangang ikatakot,” he added.

(We trust her because she is not doing anything wrong. In fact, it is very clear she is focused to help our countrymen, we have nothing to fear.)

The Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) has filed the criminal complaints against Robredo and 35 others before the Department of Justice (DOJ).

Robredo and her co-respondents were accused of having committed “Sedition, Inciting Sedition, Cyber Libel, Libel, Estafa, Harboring a criminal, and Obstruction of Justice.”

The Real Narcolist, narrated by Peter Joemel Advincula, who claimed he was the hooded figure known as “Bikoy” in the viral videos, featured the alleged involvement of President Duterte’s family and close allies to the illegal drug trade. He was also named respondent in the complaint.
Gutierrez, who is also the legal adviser to Robredo, dismissed the complaint as “mere rumors, trumped-up charges, and a tall tale.”

The lawyer said the charges were just based on the statement of Advincula, who is a “liar, ex-convict and has no sufficient evidence” to support his allegation against the Vice President.

Robredo’s spokesman said she has not even met Advincula contrary to his claim they had met in Ateneo De Manila University, along with other opposition members while planning a plot to discredit Duterte and destabilize his administration.

“In fact, gulat na gulat kami na pati si VP Leni isinangkot dito. Wala naman talaga siyang—hindi niya kilala itong si Advincula. Kahit kailan hindi sila nagkita,” Gutierrez said.

(In fact, we were surprised even VP Leni was dragged in this case. She has nothing—she doesn’t know Advincula. They never met.)

Without discussing whether or not Robredo will invoke immunity, Gutierrez explained Advincula’s story was not enough to build a strong case against Robredo.

“Debatable pa iyan, ha, iyang immunity, pero ayaw ko pa ngang pasukin iyong immunity question, eh. Kasi may pagka-premature pa sa puntong ito,” he said.

(The immunity is debatable, but I don’t want to dwell with the immunity question. Because it is still premature at this point.)

“Maski rito sa kuwento ni Mr. Advincula, sa aking pagkakaintindi, ang sinabi niya nagpunta sa meeting, nakita niya sa meeting. Iyon na iyong batayan?” Gutierrez asked.

(Even based on the story of Mr. Advincula, in my understanding, he claimed she went to the meeting and he saw her. Is that only the basis?)