By Aaron Recuenco
General Oscar Albayalde, chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP), has admitted that the PNP-CIDG indeed sought the help of the Office of the Solicitor General in the preparation of the sedition case against Vice President Leni Robredo and bishops critical of President Duterte.
In doing so, Albayalde said that he sees nothing wrong with it since the PNP lacks lawyers in the preparation of the charge sheet based on the testimony of Peter Joemel Advincula, the self-confessed hooded-man ‘Bikoy’ in the viral ‘Ang Totoong Narcolist’ video series.
“It is but normal for us to seek advice and legal opinion from OSG being the sole legal counsel of all government entities and instrumentalities of our nation,” said Albayalde.
“Remember, the OSG is our lawyer so maybe there is no irregularity that we go to the OSG to seek legal opinion and legal advice for that matter” he added.
Aside from Robredo and the clergy, more than 30 others were also included in the charge sheet in the case filed by the PNP’s Criminal Investigation and Detection Group that include opposition personalities like former Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV, lawyer Theodore Te, and losing senatorial bets Erin Tanada and Chel Diokno.
The case was mainly based on the testimony of Advincula who claimed that the video series alleging that some members of the Duterte family and Senator Bong Go are involved in the illegal drugs trade in the country were orchestrated by the Opposition.
The goal, he claimed, is to install Robredo as President and Trillanes as Vice President.
Advincula’s retraction came after he surrendered to the PNP.
While the PNP indeed sought the assistance of the OSG, Albayalde said that it is the CIDG which prepared the case and not the OSG.
He is reacting to a news report that at least two officials of the OSG prepared the charge sheet which contradicted Malacañang’s statement that it has no hand in the filing of the case.