Jul 19, 2021 @ 15:12

My opinion has not changed. A vice president is not immune from suit – Guevarra

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Monday reiterated his stand that a vice president is not immune from prosecution.

In a message to reporters, Guevarra cited as example the charges filed against Vice President Leni Robredo in connection with the “Ang Tutoong Narco-list” videos. Those charges were eventually dismissed for insufficiency of evidence.

“When VP Robredo was included in sedition charges in 2019 in connection with alias ‘Bikoy’s allegations, I remarked that the VP was not immune from suit under the present Constitution. My opinion on the matter has not changed,” he said.

In a subsequent message, Guevarra, however, clarified that his statement was “not in reference to anyone.”

“Note that I am not commenting on PRRD’s (President Duterte) recent statement about his belief on the VP’s immunity from suit, which I consider as part of a political statement rather than a legal conclusion on his part,” Guevarra said.

Just recently, Mr. Duterte said he will run for vice president in the 2022 elections fo gain immunity from suit following threats of prosecution once he leaves Malacañang.

“Sabi ng batas, na kung presidente ka, bise presidente ka, may immunity ka. Eh di tatakbo na lang akong bise presidente,” Duterte said during the national assembly of Partido Demokratiko Pilipino – Lakas ng Bayan.

Duterte continued, “And after that, tatakbo ulit ako nang bise presidente at bise presidente at bise presidente.”

Philippine jurisprudence only confers immunity from suit to a sitting president.#

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