Press Release
July 19, 2019

Akbayan Senator Risa Hontiveros on PNP-CIDG's sedition raps vs. opposition figures

It is a badly-written telenovela. Bad acting. Awful script. Terrible plot twist.

It is also a total waste of taxpayers' money. Instead of devoting human resources and money to pursue big-time drug lords and other criminals, our police force goes on a wild goose chase to further harass and intimidate the democratic opposition.

I find it ludicrous that after the Philippine National Police (PNP) assailed the credibility of 'Bikoy,' even threatening him with arrest, when he came out with videos accusing President Rodrigo Duterte, his family and close political friends of links to illegal drugs, after he sings a different tune, the PNP now finds him credible.

I also find it odd that the filing of charges was done days before the President's 4th State of the Nation Address (SONA). I fear that this is another attempt to introduce a "distracting narrative" to the people to veer public attention away from the real issues surrounding the country's state of affairs.

We will not be distracted. We will not be intimidated. We will not back down. Even against overwhelming odds, we will continue to speak truth to power and defend democracy and human rights in the country.

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