DOJ directs PNP-CIDG to provide complete address of respondents in sedition complaint
Maris Federez • July 24, 2019 • 469
The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Wednesday directed the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detention Group (PNP-CIDG) to provide them complete information of those who were made respondents in the sedition complaint before the agency.
This, following the PNP-CIDG’s filing of complaint for sedition before the DOJ against Vice President Leni Robredo, Senators Leila de Lima and Risa Hontiveros, and former Senators Antonio Trillanes IV and Bam Aquino, in relation to the so-called Project Sodoma on Thursday (July 18).
The DOJ Panel of State Prosecutors who was tasked to conduct preliminary investigation on the complaint issued an order directing the PNP-CIDG to provide them with the complete addresses of the said respondents.
The Panel noted that the complaint filed before it does not state respondents’ complete addresses.
It added that the missing information has made it difficult for the Panel to cause service of the subpoena to respondents.
The complaints filed against the respondents were sedition, inciting to sedition, libel, cyber libel, estafa, harboring a criminal and obstruction of justice.
The Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) said they are ready to arrest former Senator Antontio Trillanes IV and 10 others over conspiracy to commit sedition if they will not post bail.
“Unless they post bail, the accused will be arrested. But they are expected to post bail,” according to CIDG National Capital Region Chief PCol. Tom Ibay.
The Quezon City Metropolitan Trial Court Branch 138 has already released a warrant of arrest against Trillanes, Peter Joemel ‘Bikoy’ Advincula, and nine others.
Ibay said they are still waiting for the copy of the warrant before taking any action and in case they were not able to post bail.
The accused were charged due to the “Ang Totoong Narcolist” video that aimed to discredit President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration.
Meanwhile, Trillanes said he will post bail next week when he returns to the Philippines. The former senator also said he is ready to face any complaints filed against him.
“I am out of the country as of the moment for a series of engagements. But I intend to post bail once I arrive in Manila late next week. I will face this case just as I have faced all the other harassment cases Duterte’s minions have filed against me,” he said in a statement.—AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)
Six co-passengers of the couple who tested positive of the novel coronavirus, have shown flu-like symptoms, according to the report of the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation Group (PNP-CIDG).
Based on the PNP-CIDG’s contact tracing, CIDG Deputy Director for Administration PCol. Rhoderick Armamento said three co-passengers from Cebu Pacific flight 5J241 (Cebu-Dumaguete) on January 21 showed symptoms.
Meanwhile, the other three co-passengers who showed symptoms were from Philippine Airlines flight 2452 (Dumaguete-Manila) on January 25.
Three of the six co-passengers are currently under quarantine in various hospitals.
Armamento said they advised passengers they called under contact tracing to undergo self-quarantine and observe their health.
“Hanggang doon lang kami actually, hanggang contact tracing lang. Kung may sinasabi sila na ‘sir inuubo po ako, sinisipon’, immediately tinatawagan namin agad ang DOH (All we can do is contract tracing. If they say, ‘sir, I have a cough, cold’, we would immediately call the DOH),” he said.
He also called on airline companies to make sure all the information they will provide are verified.—AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)
“Wala lang galawan ng pamilya o kaya they just have to make sure that na ‘pag may ginawa siya sa ‘kin eh, I will not survive otherwise all hell will break loose.”
(Just don’t touch my family or they just have to make sure that when they do something to me, I will not survive otherwise all hell will break loose. )
This was what Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong had to say on the threats he has been receiving left and right in the past week.
The former chief of the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) also confirmed that he received a piece of A1 or top quality information on Thursday (October 3) on the purported plans of those who want to hurt him.
“Tinext na agad ako noong security ko tinext na rin siya ng isang gun for hire na, yung kilala niyang gun for hire eh may kumausap na raw at pinag kuwan ako (My security texted me as he received a message of one gun-for-hire whom he knew. The gun-for-hire said someone has talked to him already and wants me dead). I just have to, you know, be conscious with my security lalong lalo na sa aking family (especially of my family),” Magalong said.
Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) chief Dir. Gen. Aaron Aquino, on the other hand, said that he is already used to receiving death threats.
He, however, believes that the threats he is receiving now are more serious, which prompted him to also strengthen the security for his family.
“Natambangan ako ng (I had been ambushed) four times already. I even sold one of my small houses dahil kinasing na ako doon (because I had been monitored there). But the threat has intensified recently,” Aquino recounted.
All these stemmed from their expose on the 2013 agaw-bato incident in Pampanga that involved 13 police officers who allegedly engaged in recycling or reselling of illegal drugs that they confiscated from an anti-drug operation in Pampanga in 2013.
These police officers were under PNP Chief Oscar Albayalde when he was still the chief of Pampanga Provincial Police.
Aquino said that although he has no regrets doing what he did, he had to consult his family first before he made his move.
“Sabi nila (They said) the truth will set you free. Sabi nila (They said)‘Daddy, papa tell the truth,’” Aquino added.
Mayor Magalong, meanwhile, said he received messages from several police officers after Thursday’s Senate hearing.
“Thank you, sir, for standing and speaking up for the truth. We are carefully listening to all of the resource persons’ testimonies and honestly, sir, we are really demoralized,” Magalong quoted some of the messages. (from the report of Grace Casin) /mbmf
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