- Antonio Trillanes IV slammed the arrest of a 41-year-old salesman in Agusan del Norte
- The said salesman was arrested by the police for calling Duterte “buang” or “crazy” on social media
- Trillanes said that arresting a citizen for criticizing the President is illegal under the constitution
- The former senator also urged the police to practice “restraint and sound judgment” in performing their duties
Antonio Trillanes IV slammed the arrest of a 41-year-old salesman in Agusan del Norte who called President Rodrigo Duterte “crazy” in a social media post.
The former senator released the statement through his social media pages.
According to Trillanes, arresting a citizen for criticizing the President is illegal under the constitution.
He also urged the police to practice “restraint and sound judgment” in performing their duties.
“I strongly condemn the warrantless arrest of the person who called Duterte ‘buang’ in a social media post. That is clearly illegal and against the constitutional guarantee of freedom of speech and of expression. Besides, telling the truth is never libelous,” Trillanes, one of Duterte’s fiercest critics, said in a statement.
“I call on the PNP to exercise due restraint and sound judgment in the performance of their duty, especially in these trying times,” Trillanes stated.
There has been a public outcry when news broke that the salesman was arrested by the police.
His social media post that got him in trouble stated: “Alam na pattern, mosalida si Go konuhay siya mohangyo sa buang nga Pangulo, Digong gago. Buang si Digong (We know the pattern, [Sen. Bong] Go would put up a show asking the crazy President. Digong is stupid. Digong is crazy).”
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