Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said yesterday Malacañang has nothing to do with the sedition charges filed against Vice President Robredo, saying it was the call of the Philippine National Police.
The PNP-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group has filed sedition and other charges against Robredo and other opposition figures for their alleged involvement in the “Ang Totoong Narcolist” videos that linked President Duterte’s family in the illegal drugs trade.
In an interview with GMA-7, Andanar denied that Malacañang is behind the cases filed against Robredo and 35 others.
“Definitely, wala pong kinalaman ang Palasyo diyan, ang Executive branch, this is the own – the decision of the Philippine National Police at wala po kaming kinalaman diyan,” he said.
According to Andanar, Duterte has better things to do than go after the Vice President. “We have so much work to do; marami pong ginagawa ang Presidente, he is fighting corruption left and right,” he said.
The Palace official believes that Robredo’s team and the opposition can handle the obstacle they are facing. “Palagay ko naman, merong sapat na mga abogado ang oposisyon and they can defend themselves. Kung talagang walang sedition, then they will go scot-free,” Andanar said.
Presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo denied opposition claims that the cases filed against them is a form of harassment by Malacanang.
“We have nothing to do with that complaint against the VP and other characters. That’s basically a complaint of Bikoy, right? And we don’t know anything about it and we have nothing to do about it, and we will just let the law takes its course,” he said.
“We have nothing to do with it how is that political harassment? That is between Bikoy and them,” he added.
Panelo refused to comment if Malacanang that the cases filed against Robredo and company will prosper. He advised the opposition to use this as an opportunity to clear their names. (Argyll Geducos)