Sedition charge vs Trillanes up for resolution

Published November 8, 2018, 5:38 PM

by AJ Siytangco

By Dhel Nazario

The sedition charge filed against Senator Antonio Trillanes IV before the Pasay City Prosecutor’s Office shall be submitted for resolution this month should the lawmaker opt not to file a rejoinder.

Antonio Trillanes ( Jun Ryan Arañas/ MANILA BULLETIN)

The camp of Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) Commissioner Manuelito Luna and Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Undersecretary Jacinto Paras filed on Thursday their reply to the counter-affidavit with motion to dismiss of Trillanes’ camp.

“We are very confident that at the end of the day after due process is observed, magkakaroon ng (there will be) finding of probable cause,” Luna said.

He added that they are optimistic that he will be charged in the proper court and issued a warrant of arrest like the first inciting to sedition case filed against the senator.

In the 12-page reply, Luna’s camp reiterated that contrary to the senator’s assertion, his acts were punishable and clearly showed an evil intent to sow hatred, anger, and contempt against the President, citing the senator’s proposal to the military to overthrow the government.

Luna, who was appointed commissioner of PACC, lodged the complaint against the Senator over statements he made against the President for promulgating Proclamation No. 572 that voided his amnesty.

The reply also stated that Trillanes was not acting as a member of Congress when he made the statements under question.

Luna said that the senator’s claim that it (statement) was protected under the freedom of the expression is misleading and argued that not even the privilege speech is absolute.

Trillanes earlier said that this case is nothing in comparison to the other legal woes that he faced before.

If the camp of Trillanes would no longer file a rejoinder, the case will be submitted for resolution on November 22.