June 25, 2024

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File charges for sedition against ex-Speaker Alvarez, DOJ urged

CAMIGUIN Rep. Jurdin Jesus Romualdo today urged the Department of Justice (DOJ) to investigate former Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez for what he described as his “seditious statement” and file the necessary charges.

“The response to the  seditious statement should be the immediate filing of a criminal case so that the move to incite people, including the military, to rebel against the government will be nipped in the bud,” Romualdo said.

He said the crime of sedition includes a person’s conduct, remarks or speech inciting the public to move against the state or duly-constituted or elected authority.

“Clearly, what former Speaker Alvarez remarked during a rally in Tagum City falls within the purview of sedition,” he said.

Alvarez is an ally of former president Rodrigo Duterte.

In remarks before his constituents in Tagum City, the Davao lawmaker urged the military to withdraw their support for President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. so the Chief Executive would be forced to step down.

Alvarez also insulted the President.

Romualdo chided his Mindanao colleague for his insulting description of President Marcos Jr.

“What you say often reflects on you. It shows what kind of person you are,” he said.