Legal expert’s brilliant rebuttal torches every argument raised why mainstream media should ignore #LeniLeaks

The debate rages on in the social media why #LeniLeaks warrants a full blown investigation while some readily dismisses #LeniLeaks, as one respected ABS-CBN newswriter puts it, “Wala lang”!

The point raised by those who wants the #LeniLeaks investigated by the mainstream media is that a plot exist to oust Duterte and this is against the law and if proven true, imprisonment and worse certain death awaits the guilty party.

In the meantime, the opposing side (Leni supporters and sympathizers) dismisses the call for an investigation in the social media as baseless.

As one respected journalist puts it, “It does not show a grand ouster plot. It does show Loida Nicholas’ rather futile calls to drum up the resignation call. That is not sedition. It’s a rather pathetic display of inability to read the political climate. It’s also a display of why and how the LP dropped from the heights. Can’t even fashion a coherent message, for god’s sake.”

She continued: “The Office of the VP, her staff and supporters, are well within legal bounds begging support from allies. It’s just like Digong and his communications orchestrating attacks against the VP and anyone else they think are enemies.”

“The office of the VP also within legal bounds asking comms support for her survival where the electoral challenge is concerned,” the senior journalist asserted. [Inday Espina-Varona]

A quick survey around the social, the major arguments raised by netizens opposed to any investigation of #LeniLeaks, be it conducted by the mainstream media or in the senate are: 1. No such things as an ouster plot. 2: There doesn’t seem to be a crime, therefore there is no crime. 3. It’s a hoax.

Thanks God, a legal expert comes forward and decided to once and for all rebut every argument raised by those opposed to any investigation of the #LeniLeaks scandal. Please read the full text of the post of Atty. Trixie Cruz-Angeles to appreciate how brilliant minds work.

Fallacy 1: The ouster plot does not exist because it will not win. It is not feasible.

Answer: The plot may exist regardless of our opinion on whether or not it will win. Oakwood was unwinnable, but the participants went anyway. The Manila Hotel siege during the Cory years, also unwinnable (dead ended), but they went anyway. In the minds of the plotters they could win. So they plotted and they went. The plot exists/existed, even if it would not have won. What matters is the belief of those who participate in it.

Fallacy 2: There doesn’t seem to be a crime, therefore there is no crime.

Answer: That is what investigations are for. If you have information that a crime is being committed or about to be committed, would you wait for the damage to be done before looking into it? In crimes involving national security, there is much leeway given to government agencies to address emergent issues to protect the state.

Furthermore, government has conducted investigations on a lot less information. Matobato was an unreliable witness, and the statements he made, unbelievable. But an entire Senate investigation (not to mention full page coverage of self serving statements post-Senate inquiry) was conducted to look into it.

On the other hand, police investigations do not need a private complainant for the PNP or other law enforcement agencies to begin looking into the matter, so long as the public interest warrants it. Certainly a plot to overthrow a duly constituted authority warrants a look, not a cavalier dismissal.

Fallacy 3: Hoaxes should be ignored

Answer: The determination of what constitutes a hoax may be left to the opinion of the individual and acted on accordingly. However, when the alleged hoax could possibly constitute a crime, an investigation is warranted to determine if it affects the public interest.

Atty. Trixie Cruz-Angeles took a swipe at the Leni camp for preferring to ignore the issue which she said is uncharacteristic of the VP, as shown in her actions in past issues hounding her.

Also, if a public official is the target of false news, it usually behooves that person to refute it. When a misreporting of death is so obviously wrong, the “deceased” usually comes out with an “I’m still alive” statement, even if it is rather redundant. The silence from the Robredo camp, however is astounding particularly since the office of the vice president is touted to be a possible participant in an alleged conspiracy to commit sedition.

Atty. Trixie wrapped up the post by reiterating her call for an investigation. The mere fact that the mainstream media is ignoring it like it never existed, makes the argument for an investigation reasonable.

The point in all this is that the public discussions on #LeniLeaks is completely warranted and the issue of why it is being cavalierly dismissed, a reasonable point for discussion. So “don’t us” if we wonder why it isn’t being reported or why the participants are silent. All of that is fair game.

What is your opinion on this debate? Please let us know by commenting below.


  1. Joe January 8, 2017
  2. patrizia January 12, 2017

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