Alejano cries ‘political persecution’ of opposition amid sedition case issue
MANILA, Philippines – Former Magdalo Rep. Gary Alejano called the sedition and other complaints filed by a Philippine National Police (PNP) unit against the opposition and other personalities as “political persecution.”
“The accusation of the so-called alias ‘Bikoy’ against opposition figures and civil society personalities is clearly political persecution against critics of this administration,” Alejano said in a statement on Friday.
Alejano was referring to Peter Joemel Advincula, who claims to be Bikoy in the “Ang Totoong Narcolist” videos. Advincula was also one of the respondents in the complaint.
On Thursday, the PNP-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) filed sedition, cyber libel, libel estafa against members of the opposition including Vice President Leni Robredo; incumbent senators Leila de Lima and Risa Hontiveros; and members of the Otso Diretso slate; namely, lawyers Chel Diokno and Romulo Macalintal, former Solicitor General Florin Hilbay, Samira Gutoc and former congressman Erin Tañada.
Alejano was dismayed that the PNP has become a tool for political persecution of the opposition.
“Nakakalungkot lang na ang PNP na isang professional organization ay nagamit sa isang maliwanag na political persecution,” Alejano said.
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