Vice President Leni Robredo on Sunday said that Solicitor General Jose Calida should shift his attention to addressing the more than a million backlog of cases in his office, rather than meddling in complaints targeting the perceived critics of the administration.
This as VP Leni questioned the involvement of Calida’s office in the sedition complaint filed against her and other opposition figures based on the allegations of Peter Joemel Advincula.
“Ang dami ngang paliwanag kung bakit kabahagi [ang Office of the Solicitor General dito]. Pero hindi naipapaliwanag bakit ito iyong inaatupag [na may] napakaraming kaso na [ng OSG],” VP Leni said during her weekly radio show BISErbisyong LENI on DZXL-RMN 558 radio.
“Ang inaatupag, kasinungalingan; ang star witness, sinungaling na tao pero iyon iyong pinapaniwalaan nila. Ang dami-daming kaso sa opisina nila, hindi inaasikaso,” she said.
News reports recently surfaced that OSG employees assisted in drafting the affidavit of Advincula, where he accused the opposition of pressuring him to link President Duterte, his family and allies to the drug trade.
Calida’s office later admitted participating in crafting Bikoy’s affidavit, saying it is the legal duty of the office to serve its clients—in this case, the Philippine National Police’s Criminal Investigation and Detection Group, which initiated the filing of the complaint.
While most lawyers under the Office of the Solicitor General are laudably dedicated to serving the public, VP Leni, who is also a lawyer by profession, lamented that Calida’s actions are putting the entire institution in a bad light.
“Nakakalungkot kasi ang dami naman sa opisinang iyan ang mga matitino at mahuhusay. Sinisira lang ng namumuno sa kanila iyong imahe ng kanilang opisina,” she said.