MANILA, Philippines —A group of lawyers is set to file five charges, including inciting to sedition, against Senator Antonio Trillanes IV before the Department of Justice (DOJ).
The lawyers said the charges stemmed from one of his Senate privilege speeches describing a scenario of a rebellion against President Rodrigo Duterte.
“He issued the statement among others, na barilin ng mga sundalo (that soldiers shoot) using their M60 machine guns ang Presidente pag nakita nila na mayroon (if they see that the President has) P40 million or above, or an amount greater that than that. That privilege speech is not protected by the speech and debate clause because he is committing a crime,” said Atty. Manuelito Luna, legal counsel of the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC).
Atty. Luna claims Trillanes also lied when he said he has documents proving the hidden wealth of the President.
Former Congressman Jacinto “Jing” Paras noted that based on records that the lawyers have gathered from the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC), the agency did not release copies of the President’s bank account to the senator.
“Ang ginawa ni Trillanes gumawa siya ng mga dokumento, pinapalabas niya na ang ating Pangulo ay may ganyang bank account,” said the former congressman.
(What Trillanes did was, he created documents that would make it look like the President has this particular bank account.)
Aside from the sedition complaint, the group will also file other charges against the senator for violating the AMLC law, the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act, proposal to commit coup d’etat and an ethics case.
The lawyers plan to file the complaints on Friday or next week.
For his part, Trillanes said that he welcomes this development as it can also be a way for him to prove his claims regarding President Duterte’s hidden wealth.
He plans to ask the court to issue a subpoena to allow disclosure of the President’s bank accounts. — Grace Casin | UNTV News & Rescue
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