Robredo Can Be Charged With Sedition Over Misleading UN Speech? – Lawyer Says

Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo could possibly face a legal problem following her controversial speech during a United Nations convention, an alleged political scientist and law expert, Prof. Danilo Valleverde said.

Valleverde, during a media briefing on Wednesday told reporters that Robredo was careless with her words.

“Vice President Robredo delivered a seditious and misleading speech to the international community who are not aware over the Philippines’ problem on drugs. Her speech incite the people to reject the sitting president and the police force”, Valleverde said.

Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella also dismissed Robredo’s controversial “palit ulo” scheme.

While she (Robredo) has the right to speak freely on matters of public concern, she also has the responsibility to be careful with her statements especially avoiding unfounded allegations from questionable sources,” Abella said in a statement.

Chief Presidential Legal Adviser Salvador Panelo said Robredo’s online video was “misleading” and consists of “bare assertions that are not based on evidence.”

“I think the vice president, I’m sorry to say, has been misled, has been misinformed, and has been misguided on the information she has received,” Panelo said in an interview.

Valleverde noted that Robredo can be charged with sedition over her damaging speech to the government.

“I think the VP did not consult her lawyers properly. I think her speech was not examined by any of her lawyers. She has done danger to herself. Her claims were just inappropriate and unnecessary”, Valleverde said. /Nikki Maliksi/
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