MANILA Lawyer Lorenzo "Larry" Gadon formally asked the Department of Justice (DOJ) Monday to place his client, Peter Joemel Advincula alias 'Bikoy' under the government's witness protection program ahead of the prosecutors' hearing into the sedition charges filed by the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) against him and 36 other personalities.
"It is important that he be admitted considering the hearing is near," Gadon told newsmen.
The DOJ is set to hold a preliminary investigation into the complaint filed against Vice President Leni Robredo and her co-respondents in the so-called Ang Totoong Narcolist videos on Friday.
Members of the DOJ prosecution panel are Senior Assistant State Prosecutor Olivia Torrevillas and Assistant State Prosecutors Michael John Humarang and Gino Paolo Santiago.
The Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) earlier said it has legal authority to assist law enforcers in preparing the sedition complaint filed against Robredo and 34 others following allegations made by "Bikoy", the man behind the videos.
Robredo and 34 others are facing charges of sedition, inciting to sedition, cyber libel, libel, estafa, harboring a criminal/obstruction of justice.
Also named in the complaint were former senator Antonio Trillanes IV; Jonnell P. Sangalang; Eduardo Acierto; Senators Ana Theresia N. Hontiveros-Baraquel and Leila de Lima; former Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) president Abdiel Fajardo; IBP President Domingo Egon Cayosa, former Supreme Court spokesman Theodore Te; lawyers Minerva Ambrosio, Serafin Salvador, and Philip Sawali.
Senatorial candidates in the recent polls Samira Gutoc-Tomawis, Paolo Benigno A. Aquino, lawyer Lorenzo "Erin" R. TaAada III, Gary Alejano, Florin Hilbay, Romulo Macalintal, and Jose Manuel Diokno were also charged.
Also charged were Yolando Villanueva Ong, Fr. Flaviano Villanueva, Fr. Albert E. Alejo, Fr. Robert Reyes, Bro. Armin A. Luistro, Cubao Diocese Bishop Honesto F. Ongtioco, retired Novaliches Bishop Teodoro Bacani Jr., Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio S. David, former Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president Archbishop Socrates Villegas, publicist Boom Enriquez, Vicente R. Romano III, Danilo Songco, and film actor/activist Joel Saracho.
A certain alias "Sentrix" and "John Doe", along with Bikoy, were also named for their part in the so-called Project Sodoma, which was allegedly hatched to discredit administration candidates during the May 13 elections. (PNA)
Source: Philippines News Agency