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Duterte allies prod Pasay court to indict Trillanes for sedition

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The Pasay Prosecutor’s Office has been prodded to indict Senator Antonio Trillanes IV with sedition over statements he made against President Rodrigo Duterte for having voided his amnesty.

“Wherefore, foregoing premises considered, it is respectfully prayed of the Office of the City Prosecutor of Pasay to find probable cause against Senator Antonio F. Trillanes IV and indict him on several counts of inciting to sedition and one count of proposal to commit coup d’etat, or for other offenses,” read the reply the complainants filed at the prosecutor’s office on Thursday (Nov. 8).

The complaint was filed last September by Labor Undersecretary Jacinto “Jing” Paras and Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) Commissioner Manuelito Luna and lawyers Nasser Marohomsalic and Eligio Mallari.

The complaint stemmed from The complaint cited news reports that Trillanes issued a statement claiming that some members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines were “extremely bothered” over the decision of President Rodrigo Duterte to void his amnesty.

However, Trillanes pointed out in his counter-affidavit that the statements he made are “covered by his parliamentary immunity and, hence, any statement made therein cannot be the basis of either criminal or civil action.”

“Contrary to the assertion of Trillanes, his acts are punishable; they are clearly evinced an evil intent to sow hatred, anger and contempt against the President or the constituted authority, not to mention his proposal to the military to overthrow the government,” read the reply of the complainants.

“Evidently, Trillanes was not acting as a member of Congress when he made the statements under question. They bear no relation to the discharge of official functions or in aid of legislation. In fact, the acts of sedition were perpetrated as he was displeased and furious with the president for promulgating Proclamation No. 572, voiding his amnesty,” it pointed out.