Prelates in PNP sedition raps refute charges
Retired Bishop Teodoro Bacani, Jr. on Thursday formally filed his counter-affidavit on multiple charges linking him along with key opposition leaders that included Vice President Leni Robredo to the ‘Ang Totoong Narcolist’ viral videos.
Accompanied by his lawyer, former Commission on Elections chairman and constitutionalist Christian Monsod, Bacani submitted his counter-affidavit before a panel of Justice Department (DOJ) prosecutors handling the complaints filed by the Philippine National Police (PNP)
Also, Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David and Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas, who were implicated by the PNP in a plot to oust President Duterte, likewise submitted their counter-affidavits.
The DOJ is set to start its preliminary investigation tomorrow (Friday) into the string of charges the PNP filed against Robredo, former senator Antonio Trillanes, detained Sen. Leila de Lima, and scores of others that included priests and lawyers, accusing them of committing sedition/inciting to sedition, cyber-libel, libel, estafa, harboring a criminal, and obstruction of justice.
In a three-page letter-complaint, the PNP accused them of engaging Peter Joemel Advincula alias ‘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 Mr. Duterte, and agitate the public to stage mass protests.
The PNP stressed that the group’s objective was to bring down the Duterte government and install Robredo as new president.