An anti-corruption commissioner said Saturday individuals against whom police have filed sedition complaint
over the controversial “Ang Totoong Narco-list” videos could not invoke as defense the lack of “credibility of the accuser.”
In a statement, Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission Commissioner Manuelito Luna said the common principle in law “falsus in unum, falsus in omnibus” (false in one, false in all) had long been abandoned in the Philippines.
His statement came after some of the respondents in the case the PNP-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group filed Thursday said the accuser Peter Joemel Advincula, who claims to be “Bikoy” in the “Ang Totoong Narco-list” videos, had no credibility.
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“The Supreme Court has ruled in a litany of cases such as in Abaya versus People, a 1992 case, that such rule does not obtain or apply in this jurisdiction. Hence, a testimony may be disbelieved in part, and believed in part,” Luna said in his statement released to media.
Luna added, “This may be the reason why the PNP-CIDG still proceeded to investigate ‘Ang Totoong Narcolist’ (Bikoy videos) and later, file charges against opposition figures and others named by Advincula as behind Project Sodoma.”
Bikoy earlier claimed “Sodoma” was a plan to unseat President Rodrigo Duterte, in office since 2016, and put in place as president Vice President Robredo, and install top Liberal Party officials to high government posts.
In a related development:
• Opposition Senator Leila de Lima downplayed Saturday the threat to impeach Robredo for supporting an independent probe on the government’s bloody war on drugs.
She branded as diversionary tactic to cover up for Duterte’s own culpability the threat to slap the Vice President with an impeachment case.
She also said the impeachment threat by Luna against Robredo was meant to earn “brownie points” from Duterte.
She said the administration had once again found another mouthpiece to cover up their sins to the public.
“Calling for the impeachment of the Vice President is also a diversion from the real accountability that President Duterte has to answer,” she added.
Luna claimed Robredo’s support to the resolution adopted by the United Nations Human Rights Council for a probe on human rights
situation in the Philippines might cause her to be impeached as it allegedly constituted betrayal of public trust.
Like the members of the Senate minority bloc, Robrero has urged the government to welcome the UNHRC-led investigation into the reported human rights abuses in the country, especially if the administration has nothing to hide.
De Lima, the staunchest critic of the Duterte administration’s violent war on drugs, explained that Robredo’s support for the UNHRC Resolution was only expected from any self-respecting public official, let alone the President himself.
“It should be what any President who has nothing to hide would also do,” said De Lima, a social justice and human rights champion.
After denouncing the UNHRC resolution as mere interference, Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo revealed that Duterte was mulling Philippine withdrawal from the UNHRC.
The Senator lamented how the Duterte regime was using the Vice President as an easy scapegoat for the government’s flagrant failure to uphold human rights and the rule of law in implementing its all-out war on drugs.
Because the world has spoken once more, the Duterte regime is once again scrambling for a scapegoat for its lack of commitment to uphold human rights. VP Leni is on the receiving end of this dirty trick,” she said.
De Lima recently called the UNHRC Resolution as a “welcome step” and a “jumpstart” in the Filipinos’ search for accountability for the gross human rights violation in the country under Duterte.
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