Court orders arrest of Trillanes, 10 others

Jove Moya

A QUEZON City court on Friday, February 14, 2020, issued an arrest warrant against former senator Antonio Trillanes IV for allegedly plotting to rebel against the national government.

The Quezon City Metropolitan Trial Court (MeTC) Branch 138 issued the arrest warrant against Trillanes, Peter Joemel "Bikoy" Advincula, Jonnel Sangalang, Yolanda Villanueva Ong, Fr. Flaviano Villanueva, Fr. Robert Alejo, "Monique", Vicente Romano III, Joel Saracho, Boom Enriquez, and Eduardo Acierto.

Three of the accused have already posted bail of P10,000.

In a statement, Trillanes earlier addressed the issue filed against him.

"The latest absurd case is yet another proof that the Duterte organization continues to weaponize the law against political opposition, critics, and the media," Trillanes said.

"But let me assure Mr. Duterte that we will not be cowered by such political persecution. On the contrary, we are more determined and motivated to continue our fight for democracy and the rights of our people," he added.

According to Article 141 of the Revised Penal Code of the Philippines, "people conspiring the commit the crime of sedition shall be punished by prision correccional in its medium period and a fine not exceeding 2,000 pesos.” (SunStar Philippines)