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De Lima recommends filing of sedition rap against Marine colonel in video

MANILA, Philippines—Justice Secretary Leila de Lima has recommended the filing of the charge of inciting sedition and other charges related to violation of several provisions of the Articles of War against retired Marine Colonel Generoso Mariano, who appeared in a video calling on soldiers to “replace the government.”

Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, De Lima said she told the Armed Forces that Mariano could be held criminally liable for violating Article 142 of the Revised Penal Code for the statements he made in the video.

In her legal opinion issued on Monday, De Lima said, “After a perusal of the recording and transcript of the statements of Colonel Mariano, we are of the opinion that said statements have no intention other than to instigate others to cabal and meet together for unlawful purposes. They suggest or incite rebellious conspiracies or tend to stir up the people against the lawful authorities or to disturb the peace of the community and the safety and order of the government.”


The legal opinion was issued upon the request of the military’s Judge Advocate General’s Office last Friday.


“On the face of those statements… he may be held liable for inciting to sedition…,” De Lima said.

“Of course there are explanations that it was not his intention. But it’s debatable; it’s a matter of defense. It’s up for him to explain his motive,” De Lima added.

Saying she studied Mariano’s statement “word for word,” De Lima said: “On its face per se, on the basis of my objective evaluation of the tenor of the statements he made, there is (basis) for him to be charged.”

De Lima said the military should immediately arrest Mariano even without a warrant and take the necessary action against him or else they could be held liable for “unpardonable neglect of official duty.”

De Lima also said that Mariano can also be held liable for violating the following provisions of Articles of War:

Article 63. Disrespect toward the President, Vice-President, Congress of the Philippines or Secretary of National Defense;


Article 67. Mutiny or Sedition;

Article 91. Provoking Speeches or Gestures; and

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