MANILA (2nd UPDATE) - A Quezon City court on Friday ordered the arrest of former Sen. Antonio Trillanes and 10 others accused of conspiracy to commit sedition over the viral "Ang Totoong Narcolist" videos that tagged President Rodrigo Duterte's family in the narcotics trade.
The clerk of the Quezon City Metropolitan Trial Court Branch 138 said the orders were issued Thursday, and at least 3 of the accused have posted a P10,000 bail.
The branch, however, declined to show a copy of the document and the names of those who posted bail.
Trillanes, in a statement issued Friday, said he would post bail next week.
"I am out of the country as of the moment for a series of engagements. But I intend to post bail once I arrive in Manila late next week," he said.
"I will face this case just as I have faced all the other harassment cases Duterte's minions have filed against me," the former senator added.
The Philippine National Police (PNP) said they would serve the arrest warrants against Trillanes and others charged in court.
"The PNP is duty bound to effect the arrest of all persons named in the warrant of arrest and ensure their security while under our custody," said Police Brig. Gen. Bernard Banac, PNP spokesperson.
The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Jan. 27 filed a complaint against Trillanes and several others, alleging they were involved in “circulating malicious and scurrilous libels to inflict an act of hate" against the President.
Also included in the case is Peter Advincula, the man who introduced himself as hooded figure "Bikoy" in the viral videos linking the First Family to the drug trade.
Charged along with Trillanes and Advincula are Joel Saracho, Boom Enriquez, Yolanda Ong, Vicente Romano III, Fr. Albert Alejo, Fr. Flaviano Villanueva, Jonnel Sangalang, Ediardo Acierto, and an alias Monique.
Alejo and Villanueva had also posted bail on Friday morning.
Trillanes earlier denied involvement in the supposed acts to discredit Duterte, saying the charges against him were meant to send a "chilling message" to the opposition.
- With reports from Chiara Zambrano and Mike Navallo, ABS-CBN News