Lawyers to file charge of inciting to sedition against Senator Trillanes

Lawyers to file charge of inciting to sedition against Senator Trillanes

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV may have to face several charges, including inciting to sedition and proposing to commit coup d'etat.

A group of lawyers will file these complaints before the Department of Justice.

KAMI learned of this issue from Yahoo! Philippines.

According to Atty. Manuelito Luna, legal counsel for the Volunteer Against Crime and Corruption (VACC), they are filing the complaints because of one of Trillanes' Senate privilege speeches which describe rebellion against President Rodrigo Duterte.

"He issued the statement among others, na barilin ng mga sundalo using their M60 machine guns ang Presidente pag nakita nila na mayroon P40 million or above, or an amount greater than that. That privilege speech is not protected by the speech and debate clause because he is committing a crime," said Luna.

The lawyers also accused Trillanes of suggesting a coup d'etat, which is punishable under Article 136 of the Revised Penal Code, according to a report by Rappler.

The complaint is based on a rumor that circulated in September. But Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana already debunked the claim and said it was fake news.

"Kung meron talaga, mararamdaman talaga ng defense or Armed Forces, talagang may magre-report sa amin. We have not received any such report. Lumalabas lang sa social media so ang tingin ko lang fake news 'yan," said Lorenzana in September 14.

The lawyers will file the complaints next week. They will also charge Trillanes with violating the Anti-Money Laundering law and the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act.

Trillanes, meanwhile, said he is ready to face the charges. He even said this is a good development because it is a way to prove his claims about Duterte's hidden wealth.

He wants to get the court to issue a subpoena that would allow disclosure of the President's bank accounts.


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