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Senatorial aspirant Pilo Hilbay, one of the best legal minds in the country posted in his Twitter account yesterday night that the NBI’s filing of sedition charges against Bikoy’s video sharer doesn’t make any sense because the content of the said videos wasn’t about the state or the government in general but the alleged links of the Duterte family in the illegal drug trade.
The crime of "inciting to sedition" is a crime against the government.
Paano naging krimen sa estado ang mag-share ng alegasyon na sangkot sa droga ang pamilya ng Presidente?
The President's family is NOT the government!
Anuba. Stop this madness.
— Pilo Hilbay (@fthilbay) May 2, 2019
Here’s a screenshot of the supposed sedition charges which NBI will be filing against the said video sharer.
Now, if you’ll indulge me. It really doesn’t require rocket science to understand the concept of ‘sedition’. In general, it is defined as :
Where it says ‘rebel against the authority’ means that the act itself should constitute to inciting rebellion or in a similar manner which tends to disturb lawful officers in executing the functions of his office. Clearly? If you review the entire episodes of ‘Ang Totoong Narcolist’ none of these elements were present? In fact, the whistleblower himself was actually helping the government to find the real culprits behind the illegal drug trade which appeared to be the incumbent Duterte administration and members of his family so simply put; Bikoy’s actions were in the best interest of the public rather than it endangers the safety of the government or its people?
Article 142 of the Revised Penal Code as:
“…any person who, without taking any direct part in the crime of sedition, should incite others to the accomplishment of any of the acts which constitute sedition, by means of speeches, proclamations, writings, emblems, cartoons, banners, or other representations tending to the same end, or upon any person or persons who shall utter seditious words or speeches, write, publish, or circulate scurrilous libels against the Republic of the Philippines or any of the duly constituted authorities thereof, or which tend to disturb or obstruct any lawful officer in executing the functions of his office, or which tend to instigate others to cabal and meet together for unlawful purposes, or which suggest or incite people against the lawful authorities or to disturb the peace of the community, the safety and order of the Government, or who shall knowingly conceal such evil practices.”
I think anyone with haft a brain would have been able to analyze and understand the context of this law. Arresting the person who merely shared the videos of Bikoy doesn’t really make any sense at all. Why should it? Because that person is protected by our Constitution under the ‘Bill of Rights’. He’s merely exercising his right to free-speech. And the Supreme Court already junked the portion of the Cyber Libel provision which penalizes people who react and knowingly share the libelous content.
So why sedition? – well – this was inspired by Pro Duterte blogger Sassot who published an article about Metro Balita through his Manila Times column. She suggested the filing of ‘sedition’ charges against Rodel Jayme and even called this case as a ‘Test Case’ for further filings in the future against Duterte’s critics and detractors. So anyone can now easily be targeted should they published unverified speculative stories about the government whom has never really been transparent with its decisions and dealings, to begin with.
Test case against fake news offenders? Thinking Pinoy, Sassot and Mocha Uson?
Now the funny part. We’ve got Sassot claiming that this test-case will help root out fake news offenders especially the ones endangering public safety. Oh really? Who’s been publishing lots of fake news articles lately? Isn’t the triumvirate of Fake News? Mocha Uson, Sassot and RJ Nieto?
- Fake news about Dengvaxia which cost thousands of innocent lives
- Fake news about Kian De los Santos case to cover up erring cops only get to convicted later
- Fake news about De Lima’s alleged fake sex video
- Fake news about Trillanes Bank Account
- Fake news about Leni Robredo being pregnant
- Fake news about ‘Little narco’ statement against Trillanes
In case, you’re interested here’s a couple more fake news articles published by Mocha Uson
Will we be able to file charges against these ‘fake news peddlers’ now as what Sassot claimed to as ‘Test Case’? We’ll see…
But first – let’s disprove ‘Bikoy’s accusation first. Give him ‘protection’ under the so-called ‘Witness Protection Program’. Of course? What is there to be afraid of? You want Bikoy to bare the details? Go on! Prove it that Bikoy’s videos were fake. Initiate a full-blown Senate inquiry – we want to hear from him and we want to see more information that he’s willing to share with us.
Unless. Duterte has something to hide?