Trillanes certain inducing to sedition charge will be junked
Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV, a critic of President Duterte, has asked the Pasay City Prosecutor’s Office to
dismiss the charges of inciting to sedition and conspiracy or proposal to commit coup d’etat against him for being baseless and a “no-brainer.”
“Madali ito (This is easy)… this would be a no-brainer for any objective and fair-minded prosecutor,”
Trillanes said in an interview on Thursday as he submitted his counter-affidavit.
According to Trillanes, the complaint was filed by his accusers “to harass me and to show their loyalty to Duterte.”
The prosecution is set to file its reply to Trillanes’ counter-affidavit on Nov. 8.
In his 35-page counter-affidavit, Trillanes asserted his parliamentary immunity as the complainants accused
him of using foul language against President Duterte, who issued Proclamation 572 that invalidated the amnesty granted to the senator by the past administration.
Complainants included Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Undersecretary Jacinto Paras, Presidential
Further, Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) commissioner Manuelito Luna and lawyers Nasser Marohomsalic, Alvaro Bernabe Lazaro and Eligio Mallari.
Immunity as a senator as expressly
“The alleged offensive words/language of (Trillanes), if any, covered by his parliamentary immunity as a
senator as expressly provided by the 1987 Constitution,” the senator’s counter-affidavit read.
The complaint against Trillanes contained “mishmashed, rambling and incoherent collection of barely related
articles thrown together without much thought to try to come up with a semblance of a complaint,” it added.
Trillanes also cited a portion of the complaint containing a story released by The Associated Press wherein he said,
“Duterte will not be there for long, please do not do anything illegal or unconstitutional.”
“He (Trillanes) never actually called on the military not to follow the President’s order but only cautioned them from
doing anything illegal or unconstitutional,” Trillanes’ counter-affidavit, prepared by his lawyers Reynaldo Robles and Dustin Garvida, further read.
The congressperson’s legal advisors likewise said that “daily papers and online articles” were “prattle” as well as
“twofold gossip” and couldn’t sensibly set up what a man did or did not say.
Trillanes likewise stated that he secured by parliamentary insusceptibility and the privilege to free discourse, “since the supposed articulations indubitably occurred at the Senate” in front of his board of trustees hearing.
Brought up in his counter-testimony
Trillanes likewise brought up in his counter-testimony that complainants neglected to give adequate bases to them to demonstrate that the representative submitted inducing to subversion and scheme or proposition to submit overthrow d’ etat through his announcements.
The complainants recorded the charges against Trillanes in mid-September because of the announcements he supposedly made against President Duterte in the wake of issuing Proclamation No. 572, all done inside the Senate where he bound himself while anticipating goals from Makati City courts on the Department of Justice’s request of to issue a capture warrant and hold flight arrange (HDO) against him following the renouncement of his acquittal.
The Makati City Regional Trial Court Branch 148 rejected the DOJ’s appeal to against Trillanes while RTC Branch 150 issued a capture warrant and HDO against the representative yet enabled him to post safeguard.