Petition to Dismiss Sedition Charges against VP Leni Robredo

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Solidarity Petition in support of Vice President Leni Robredo

Dear Justice Secretary Menardo I. Guevarra,

On July 19, 2019, the Philippine National Police (PNP) recommended the filing of sedition charges against Vice President Leni Robredo on the basis of her alleged involvement in a destabilisation plot against President Rodrigo Duterte. As Filipino citizens who have a right and duty to protect our votes, we implore you to dismiss these charges as they are baseless and just another attempt to silence opposition against the administration.

On May 6, 2019, Peter Joemel Advincula, known as "Bikoy," surfaced and identified himself as the man behind the "Ang Totoong Narcolist," a series of videos alleging the involvement of the President and the First Family as members of drug syndicates in the country. The next day, presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo quickly dismissed Bikoy's credibility, given his involvements in previous controversies dating back to 2012.

In Panelo's words, Bikoy's credibility is questionable because once "You lie in one, you lie in all." This is the same man now claiming to have worked with VP Leni in the alleged destabilisation plot. It is appalling how suddenly, Bikoy's words have credibility only because it is now against those who dissent against the administration.

We believe that it is our duty to demand that Vice President Leni should remain as our vice president until 2022, as duly mandated by the Constitution and the Filipino people through their votes. To prosecute her and remove her from her position based on bogus allegations from a questionable witness is a clear violation of the mandate of the people, and an outright insult to our democracy.

We urge the Department of Justice to immediately dismiss the Sedition Charges against Vice President Leni Robredo and commit to the upholding of her constitutional mandate to serve the Filipinos.