By: Elena Grace Flores
Solicitor General, Jose Calida corrects the presumptive Vice President saying that it is his mandate to assist the PNP in filing the case against her because he is the lawyer of the government. Robredo initially calls Calida for the more than a million backlog of cases in his office. This follows after his participation in the sedition complaint filed by police against her and other critics of the government. She alleged that the Sol Gen is lawyering Bongbong Marcos which he denies. Calida ends up lecturing Robredo about the OSG’s mandate.
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Sedition Case against Robredo
The Philippine National Police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group files a sedition and other criminal complaints against Robredo. There are 35 other respondents over the viral ”The Real Narcolist” videos. The police complaint stems from the testimonies by Peter Joemel Advincula, the mysterious “Bikoy” who links President Du30’s family and allies to the illegal drug trade.
OSG’s Mandate and Not for Bongbong Marcos
The OSG is the principal law office of the Government, its agencies, and instrumentalities. Its main function is to render legal services, which includes representing its client-agencies before courts and quasi-judicial bodies. A VP should know this job description. Lawyering for Bongbong Marcos is a bit out of line. Unless Robredo is guilty of election cheating in 2016.
No Backlogs but Only Pending Cases
The OSG refers to the backlog comment of Robredo as a “mischaracterization of the actual status of the cases at the agency. “The OSG is not a court of law which is mandated to resolve cases. The number of pending cases that the OSG currently handles cannot, in any way, translate to ‘backlog,’” a statement from the OSG explained.
No direct Link to Bongbong Marcos
Calida’s office only participates in preparing Advincula’s affidavit for the PNP-CIDG filed the complaint before the DOJ. The OSG disputes Robredo’s claim that Calida was lawyering for the Marcoses is false.
“The OSG’s participation in Bikoy’s affidavit is not in any way linked to the Marcos but the Office is merely rendering its legal services to the PNP-CIDG, as one of its clients,” it said.