De Lima files counter-affidavit, denies sedition raps
Detained Senator Leila De Lima has filed her counter-affidavit before the Department of Justice in connection with the sedition charges filed by the Philippine National Police linking her along with key opposition leaders to the “Ang Totoong Narcolist” videos and plot to unseat President Duterte.
In her counter-affidavit, de Lima said she was in detention since February 2017 so it was physically impossible for her to take part in meetings aimed at destabilizing the government.
“The fourth paragraph [of the complaint] notably drops the pretense generalizations of either ‘the respondents’ or ‘above enumerated personalities.’ Instead, it speaks of some vague subset thereof, i.e., ‘some of the above enumerated personalities’ were probably liable for harboring of a criminal/obstruction of justice allegedly committed in various places in Quezon City, Marikina City, and Pasig City. Clearly, based on the complaint itself, this act is being imputed to ‘some of the above enumerated personalities,’ which obviously could not include me, a detainee,” de Lima said.
“A detainee such as myself, who has been in the custody of the PNP 24 hours a day for the last 928 days, cannot herself harbor a criminal and thereby obstruct justice,” she added.
Also de Lima disclosed that Peter Joemel Advincula alias Bikoy failed to categorically name as her one of the co-conspirators.
“The first paragraph of the Facts of the Case mentions Mr. Advincula’s claim that he was used by the respondents to act as ‘Bikoy’ in a video presentation and spread lies against the President, his family, and close associates. However, that allegation is qualified by the phrase ‘particularly former Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV and Fr. Robert Alejo.’ This is an explicit admission that such act is not being imputed to me,” the embattled lawmaker said.
“The complaint never specifically identifies me as being implicated through particular acts. The complaint is bereft of any allegations of fact or narration of any acts imputable against me that I could intelligently refute,” she said.
Just recently, the PNP filed slew of charges against de Lima, Vice President Leni Robredo, former senator Antonio Trillanes, and scores of others that included priests and lawyers, before the DOJ for sedition/inciting to sedition, cyber-libel, libel, estafa, harboring a criminal, and obstruction of justice.
In a three-page letter-complaint, the PNP accused the respondents of engaging ‘Bikoy’ to spread lies against President Duterte and his family to make them appear as protectors of the illegal drugs trade, and earn huge amount of money in the process.
Also, the PNP claimed the respondents were involved in an alleged seditious act which was supposedly committed in Jesuits Communication Building at the Ateneo de Manila compound were they planned to spread false information against Duterte to agitate the public to stage mass protest.
The PNP stressed that the group’s objective was to bring down the Duterte government and install Robredo as new president.