By Raymund Antonio
Vice President Leni Robredo scoffed at the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group’s (PNP-CIDG) move to file sedition and other criminal complaints against her, especially if the information came from what she called a “lying witness.”
Robredo asked whether or not the PNP-CIDG allowed itself to be used by the camp of Peter Joemel Advincula, the hooded “Bikoy” who linked President Duterte’s family and allies to the illegal drug trade in the controversial “The Real Narcolist” videos.
“Kapag sinabi kong either nagamit sila, kasi iyong mga statements madali namang ma-verify. Hindi ba sila nag-verify, para hindi naman sila napapahiya?” she said on her Sunday radio show. (When I said they were used, they can easily verify the statements. Did they not verify so they would not be embarrassed?)
“Iyong sa kabilang banda, baka naman sila iyong nanggamit. Gusto lang nilang hanapan ako ng problema, ang ginamit naman nila itong sinungaling na witness,” she added. (On the other hand, they could be using him. They want to find a problem in me and they used this lying witness.)
In the complaint, Robredo and 35 others were accused by police of their alleged involvement in the series of anti-Duterte videos as part of a plot to destabilize the government under “Project Sodoma.”
The other complaints included cyberlibel, estafa, harboring a criminal, and obstruction of justice.
Among those charged were opposition Senators Leila de Lima and Risa Hontiveros, former senators Bam Aquino and Antonio Trillanes IV, Otso Diretso senatorial bets, Catholic bishops, priests and other personalities critical of the President.
Advincula claimed he met with Robredo and other opposition figures at the Ateneo De Manila University in Quezon City.
The Vice President, who is the leader of the opposition, said the PNP-CIDG should have verified the information provided by Advincula.
”Sana hindi naman ito reflective ng sloppiness ng trabaho nila. Sana hindi ito reflective ng buong kapulisan, kasi kung oo, kawawa naman tayo,” Robredo said. (I hope this is not reflective of the sloppiness of their work. I hope this is not reflective of the entire police force, because if yes, we will be pitiful.)
Robredo, chairperson of the opposition Liberal Party, denied Advincula’s claims.
“Kasi unang una, hindi naman tayo sobrang bobo na nag-iimagine tayo na mapapataob natin ang Presidente na napakataas ang rating,” she said. (First of all, we are not very stupid to imagine we can bring down a President who has a high rating.)
“Number two: sa gitna pa talaga ng kampanya? Hindi na nga tayo magkanda-ugaga at kulang na kulang iyong panahon, kulang na kulang ng panahon para makaikot sa bansa, talagang ang aatupagin pa natin pagpataob ng Presidente?” (Number two: In the middle of the campaign? We were too occupied and lacked time going around the country, and then we would really attend to a plot to topple the President?)