Trillanes faces grave threats case over 'face off' with labor exec

Angel Movido, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 11 2019 12:53 PM

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV. File

MANILA- Senator Antonio Trillanes IV is facing another legal challenge after a local prosecutor charged him with a complaint for grave threats.

The case stems from the senator's alleged confrontation with Labor Undersecretary Jacinto “Jing” Paras where Trillanes allegedly threatened to "finish him."

State prosecutors found probable cause to file charges against Trillanes, saying "there is reasonable ground to believe that the crime charged has been committed and that accused is probably guilty."

Branch 47 of the Pasay Metropolitan Trial Court has set Trillanes' arraignment and preliminary conference on Feb. 15.

Paras said Friday he hasn't spoken to Trillanes yet and urged the court to order the senator's arrest.

"'We want to appeal to the court to execute an action, to issue a warrant of arrest," Paras said.

"Most likely mag-iisip na siya (Trillanes) na hindi babalik, when you're faced with so many odds against you, most likely the tendency is to think of flight but I don't want to make a pre-judgment," he added.

Trillanes however assured the public that he would face all the cases against him.

"Like all the other harassment cases filed against me, I will face this squarely. I just arrived from my trip last Wednesday despite all threats against me, precisely, to show these people that I am not afraid of them," the senator said.

Trillanes is out on bail on a rebellion charge that stemmed from the takeover of the Manila Peninsula Hotel in 2007. He is also facing libel charges filed by the President's son, Paolo Duterte.