PNP-CIDG files complaint vs. Robredo, opposition figures over viral narco list videos

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 18) ⁠— The Philippine National Police's Criminal Investigation and Detection Group on Thursday filed a complaint against key opposition figures for inciting to sedition over their supposed involvement in the videos linking the Duterte family and friends to drugs.

The respondents are Vice President Leni Robredo, opposition senators Leila de Lima and Risa Hontiveros, former senators Antonio Trillanes IV and Bam Aquino, other Senate aspirants from Liberal Party-led Otso Diretso, and some church officials, among others.

They are also accused of cyber libel, libel, harboring a criminal and obstruction of justice.

Peter Joemel Advincula, the man claiming to be the hooded figure in the "Ang Totoong Narcolist" videos, is also a respondent and a witness in the complaint. He is represented by lawyer and losing senatorial candidate Larry Gadon.

Advincula, in the videos, initially spread rumors on people close to the President allegedly linked to illegal drugs such as presidential children Paolo and Kitty Duterte as well as Senator Bong Go. He later on said all allegations were false, adding that he was hired by the Liberal Party to discredit President Rodrigo Duterte.

In a statement, the Justice Department said Secretary Menardo Guevarra will form a panel of state prosecutors to hear and conduct preliminary investigation on the complaint.

Robredo's spokesperson, Barry Gutierrez, said they have not received a copy of the complaint.

"But if this is purely based on the outrageous statement previously given by Mr Advincula, we can confidently say this is completely baseless and nothing more than plain and simple harassment," Gutierrez said in a statement.

Liberal Party president and Senator Francis "Kiko" Pangilinan slammed the complaint based on "lies."

"Ginagawa ito ng mga kalaban ng demokrasya dahil si VP na lang ang nakaharang sa kanilang hangarin na ituloy ang patayan sa huwad na war on drugs nang walang nanagot, ang pagbenta ng Pilipinas sa China, at ang panghabambuhay na paghahari-harian nila sa bansa," he said.

[Translation: The enemies are doing this because the VP is the only thing getting in the way of their plan to continue the fake war on drugs without holding anyone accountable, the Philippines' sale to China, and their life-long rule over the country.]

Senate President Tito Sotto earlier said Advincula had made similar allegations against former President Benigno Aquino III, ex-Interior Secretary Mar Roxas, then-Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, and others for being "patrons" or bosses of a drug syndicate called the Quadrangle Group. Advincula had mentioned the same group in the videos, this time including Paolo and Kitty Duterte, Go, and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte's husband Manases Carpio.

Advincula is also facing estafa and large-scale recruitment charges.