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Trillanes back in PH ‘to show I’m not afraid of them,’ vows to face charges


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Opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV arrived back in the country on Wednesday after a month in Europe, saying his return showed he is prepared to face all charges against him.

He traveled to The Netherlands, Spain and the United Kingdom from December 11, 2018 to January 9. He is again scheduled to leave for the United States from January 27 to February 10.

On Friday, the Pasay prosecutor charged him with grave threat in connection with the complaint filed by Labor Undersecretary Jing Paras.

In a statement, Trillanes described the charges as a harassment case instigated by President Rodrigo Duterte.

“Binaliktad na talaga ni Duterte ang hustisya sa Pilipinas,” he said.

“Siya itong pinapatay mismo ang mga ordinaryong Pilipino, pinapa-rape ang mga babae sa mga sundalo, pinapa-kidnap at torture ang mga COA audtiors at pinapa-holdup ang mga bishops, tapos ako ang pinakasuhan nya ng grave threats sa mga bata nya? Baliw talaga,” Trillanes said.

But he said he would face the cases squarely.

“Anyway, like all the other harassment cases filed against me, I will face this squarely,” he said.

“I just arrived from my trip last Wednesday despite all threats against me, precisely, to show these people that I am not afraid of them,” he said.

In his complaint, Paras said Trillanes threatened him last May when they had a run-in at the Senate. He said the senator told him, “Yayariin kita. Mercenaryo ka. Yayariin kita,” which the Labor executive qualified in his complaint as “to kill.”

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