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In hot water Vice president Leni Robredo, along with several others, are in the eye of a storm following allegations of a whistleblower of her involvement in a plot to oust President Duterte. AFP

The resolution for the sedition charges against Vice President Leni Robredo and several others for their alleged involvement in the “Ang Totoong Narcolist” will be released this month, the Department of Justice said.

It was confirmed by the Office of the Prosecutor General saying it has received for approval this week the draft resolution of the case.

The release of the resolution was also confirmed by the office of Senior Assistant State Prosecutor Olivia Torrevillas as the draft resolution was submitted this week to Prosecutor General Benedicto Malcontento for approval.

Torrevillas, who was the head of the panel of prosecutors tasked to handle the complaint has concluded 12 September last year the preliminary investigation of the complaint filed by the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG).

Robredo’s and her co-respondents case was borne out of the “Ang Totoong Narcolist” video series which accused a number of personalities including members of the Duterte family as being involved in illegal drugs activities.

The PNP-CIDG filed the complaint based on the testimonies of Peter Joemel Advincula alias “Bikoy,” who admitted he was the hooded man in the video that went viral.

At least 36 respondents that include Robredo were alleged to have committed sedition, inciting to sedition, cyber libel, libel, estafa, harboring a criminal and obstruction of justice.

Based on the investigation of the PNP-CIDG, Advincula was allegedly engaged by the respondents for a destabilization plot called “Project Sodoma.”

The project aimed to spread lies against President Duterte, his family and close associates, making them appear as illegal trade protectors and how they earned staggering amounts of money.

Also named as respondents aside from Robredo and Advincula, are Senators Ana Theresia “Risa” Hontiveros and Leila de Lima as well as former Senator Antonio Trillanes IV.

The PNP-CIDG also include as respondents in the case are the opposition’s losing Otso Diretso 2019 senatorial candidates former Magdalo party-list Rep. Gary Alejano, former Solicitor General Florin Hilbay, Robredo’s election lawyer Romulo Macalintal, former Senator Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino, former Quezon Rep. Lorenzo Tanada III and Samira Gutoc-Tomawis.

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