Resolution on VP’s sedition case expected out early this year

Published January 3, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Jeffrey Damicog

The resolution on the sedition case filed against Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo and her co-respondents is expected to be out early this year.

Deputy Senior State Prosecutor Richard Anthony Fadullon (PNA/MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)
Deputy Senior State Prosecutor Richard Anthony Fadullon (PNA/MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

“I am expecting it by the first quarter,” said Senior Deputy State Prosecutor Richard Anthony Fadullon about the cases that would be coming out including the sedition case.

A Department of Justice (DOJ) panel of prosecutors chaired by Senior Assistant State Prosecutor Olivia Torrevillas submitted the case for resolution back in September 12 after conducting an over a month-long preliminary investigation of the complaint filed by the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG).

“There would be quite a number of cases that would be coming out, big cases,” disclosed Fadullon.

“As soon as January kicks in, I will start collecting and asking what is happening to all these cases,” he added.

Fadullon explained he will be the one who will recommend the final draft of the resolution of these cases to Prosecutor General Benedicto Malcontento for approval.

The DOJ official said he is assigned to handle the cases that concerns sedition, cybercrime, illegal recruitment, and kidnapping, among many others.

“As chief of the task force, we don’t approve it, we only recommend approval. The approval is still with the prosecutor general,” he said.

Even after he gets the draft resolution, Fadullon said that there is a possibility that changes can still be made.

“Pwede ko ibalik yan, sabihin ko mali ito or I disagree for the following reasons, we need to take a look at it again (I can have it returned to the panel and say I found something wrong or I disagree for the following reasons, we need to take a look at it again),” he noted.

The case stemmed from the “Ang Totoong Narcolist” video series which accused a number of personalities, including members of the Duterte family, as being involved in the illegal drugs trade.

The PNP-CIDG filed the complaint before the DOJ on July 18 based on the testimonies of Peter Joemel Advincula who admitted being the hooded “Bikoy” in the viral videos.

In its complaint, the PNP-CIDG accused 36 respondents of having committed sedition, inciting to sedition, cyber libel, libel, estafa, harboring a criminal, and obstruction of justice.

The PNP-CIDG said Advicula was allegedly engaged by the respondents for a destabilization plot called “Project Sodoma” to “spread lies against the President, his family, and close associate, making them appear as illegal drugs trade protectors and how they earned staggering amounts of money.”

Aside from Robredo and Advincula, the respondents named in the complaint included Senators Ana Theresia “Risa” Hontiveros and Leila de Lima as well as former Senator Antonio Trillanes IV.

The opposition’s losing “Otso Diretso” 2019 senatorial candidates were also named as respondents, namely, former Magdalo party-list Rep. Gary Alejano, former Solicitor General Florin Hilbay, Robredo’s election lawyer Romulo Macalintal, former Senator Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino, former Quezon Rep. Lorenzo Tanada III, and Samira Gutoc-Tomawis.