PNP-CIDG files several cases before the DOJ against prominent personalities over Project Sodoma

18 July 2019

The Department of Justice - National Prosecution Service received today a complaint filed by the Philippine National Police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) accusing a number of prominent political personalities, members of the Bar and clergy of sedition, inciting to sedition, cyberlibel, libel, estafa, harboring a criminal and obstruction of justice.

Implicated in the complaint are, among others, Vice President Ma. Leonor Robredo; former Senator Antonio Trillanes IV; Jonnel P. Sangalang, a member of his staff; Eduardo Acierto; Senators Ana Theresa Hontiveros-Baraquel and Leila De Lima; Lawyers Atty. Abdiel Dan Elijah Fajardo; Atty. Minerva Ambrosio; Atty. Egon Q. Cayosa; Atty. Theodore Te; Atty. Serafin Salvador; Atty. Philip Sawali; Opposition candidates in the last Senatorial Elections Gary C. Alejano; Atty. Florin Hilbay; Atty. Romulo Macalintal; Atty. Jose Manuel Diokno; Samira Gutoc-Tomawis; Paolo Benigno A. Aquino; and Atty. Lorenzo Tañada III; and clergy members Fr. Robert Reyes; Fr. Albert E. Alejo; Bro. Armin Luistro; Bishop Honesto F. Ongtico; Bishop Teodoro C. Bacani, Jr.; Archbishop Pablo Virgilio S. David; and Archbishop Socrates Villegas.

In support of its complaint, PNP CIDG submitted, among others, the sworn statement of Peter Joemel Advincula y De Leon in which he detailed his supposed meetings with the aforementioned personalities and how they planned what he referred to as "Project Sodoma."

Project Sodoma allegedly sought to publicly discredit President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and destabilize his government by implicating him, his family and other government officials in drug syndicates. Advincula claimed that the six-part video series "Ang Totoong Narcolist" which was uploaded through the web and implicated the President and his family in supposed drug dealings formed part of Project Sodoma. The Project, planned as early as August 2018, likewise sought to allegedly discredit candidates of Hugpong ng Pagbabago while at the same time propping up those from the opposition Otso Diretso.

Justice Secretary Menardo I. Guevarra will form a panel of state prosecutors to hear the complaint and conduct the requisite preliminary investigation. 

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