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Police file sedition raps vs Robredo

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POLICE on Thursday filed a sedition complaint against Vice President Maria Leonor G. Robredo and several others for her alleged role in circulating videos that linked President Rodrigo R. Duterte and his family to illegal drugs.

In a complaint, the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) also recommended charges of inciting to sedition, cyberlibel, libel, estafa, harboring a criminal, and obstruction of justice.

Also included in the complaint were senators, church leaders and lawyers, as well as Peter Joemel Advincula, the self-confessed drug dealer who was featured in the videos.

The Liberal Party in an emailed statement said the complaint against Ms. Robredo and their allies is based on lies and was a form of political harassment and persecution.”

Mr. Advincula had sought legal assistance in filing charges against members of the drug syndicate he formerly belonged to. Later that month, he surrendered to police over estafa charges, and tagged the Liberal Party as behind the propaganda.

In a statement, Justice Secretary Menardo I. Guevarra said he would form a panel of prosecutors that will investigate the complaint. — Vann Marlo M. Villegas

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