BY JEFFREY DAMICOG
The Department of Justice (DoJ) has filed a perjury case against Peter Joemel Advincula, alias “Bikoy,” over lies he allegedly stated in his testimonies concerning the “Ang Totoong Narcolist” video series.
The DoJ filed the case last Jan. 12 before the Manila Metropolitan Trial Court (MeTC) after finding probable cause to indict him with perjury based on the complaint filed by Free Legal Assistance Group (FLAG) lawyers former Quezon Rep. Lorenzo “Erin” Tanada, Jose Manuel “Chel” Diokno, and former Supreme Court (SC) spokesperson Theodore Te.
“After a careful examination of the above affidavits and evidence attached thereto, the undersigned finds that there is sufficient evidence to conclude that the crime of violation of Articles 183 of the RPC (Revised Penal Code) has been committed,” the DoJ said in a resolution signed by Assistant State Prosecutor Ferdinand Fernandez with the approving signatures of Prosecutor General Benedicto Malcontento and Senior Deputy State Prosecutor Richard Anthony Fadullon.
The FLAG lawyers filed their complaint before the DoJ last Sept. 6 after the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) named them among 36 respondents in the sedition case filed at the DoJ concerning their alleged involvement in the “Ang Totoong Narcolist” videos based on the testimonies made by Advincula.
The DoJ released on Feb. 7, 2020 a resolution on the sedition case and the three FLAG lawyers were among those cleared over their involvement in viral videos which accused family members of President Duterte and other personalities of being involved in illegal drugs activities.
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