By Jeffrey Damicog
The Department of Justice (DOJ) will hopefully release this March the resolution on the perjury case against Peter Joemel Advincula, who is also known as Bikoy.
The office of Assistant State Prosecutor Ferdinand Fernandez said it has already submitted for approval a draft of the resolution before the Office of the Prosecutor General.
Fernandez conducted the preliminary investigation of the perjury complaint that was filed by Free Legal Assistance Group (FLAG) lawyers former Quezon Rep. Lorenzo “Erin” Tanada, Jose Manuel “Chel” Diokno and former Supreme Court (SC) spokesman Theodore Te.
The three complainants filed the case last September 6 after the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) named them among the 36 respondents in the sedition case filed before the DOJ concerning their alleged involvement in the “Ang Totoong Narcolist” videos.
The PNP-CIDG stated in its complaint that Advincula was allegedly engaged by the respondents for “Project Sodoma” to “spread lies against the President, his family and close associate, making them to appear as illegal trade protectors and how they earned staggering amounts of money.”
The DOJ has already released a resolution last Feb. 7 on the sedition case and the three FLAG lawyers were among those cleared.
In their complaint, the FLAG lawyers accused Advincula and Police Lieutenant Colonel Arnold Thomas of the National Capital Region Office of the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) ofperjury and offering false testimony as evidence in an official proceeding in violation of Articles 183 and 184, respectively, of the Revised Penal Code (RPC).
“The allegation by Advincula and Ibay that we, Attys. Diokno and Tanada, together with some other Otso Deretso candidates, were in a meeting with Advincula to plan and discuss this so-called ‘Project Sodoma’ is an absolutely willful and deliberate assertion of a falsehood in violation of law,” read the complaint.