Preliminary probe of sedition raps vs Trillanes pressed

October 25, 2018
Antonio Trillanes IV
Antonio Trillanes IV

THE Pasay prosecutor’s office yesterday resumed its preliminary investigation into the criminal charges for “inciting sedition” and “proposal to commit coup d’etat” against Sen. Antonio Trillanes for utterances he made shortly after the President revoked his amnesty under Proclamation No. 572.

Pasay assistant city prosecutor Reynaldo Ticyado received the counter affidavit from the respondent and directed the complainants led by Presidential Anti-Corruption Commissioner Atty. Manuelito Luna to file a reply by November 8.

Luna explained that the case they filed is not affected by the recent developments in the Makati regional trial courts (RTC Br. 148 and 150).

“This is totally separate, independent and distinct of the cases pending in the two branches of the Makati regional trial court. These involved the statements he made to media after the Proclamation No.  572 was issued and after he posted bail in the Makati RTC,” he said.

Luna added that Trillanes should be held liable for his outbursts in statements calling for military action against President Duterte shortly after Malacanang declared that the amnesty granted to the lawmaker was defective.

“The statements (by Trillanes) were incidendiary and hateful of the president kung saan hinihimok niya ang militar na pabagsakin ang gobyerno,” Luna reiterated. “We are filing this as private citizens in defense of the republic,” he added.

Aside from Luna, complainants in the case are lawyers Jacinto V. Paras, Nasser A. Marohomsalic and Eligio P. Mallari.

The Makati regional trial court (RTC Br. 148), where the Department of Justice (DoJ) is seeking Trillanes’ indictment for his participation in a number of failed coup attempts when he was still in the military, earlier upheld the validity of Proclamation No. 572 but refrained from issuing an arrest warrant and hold departure order against the lawmaker.

Trillanes has posted bail in another court, Makati RTC Br. 150, where he is also facing charges.