Trillanes not backing down on sedition case

Davinci Maru, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 16 2018 12:07 AM | Updated as of Nov 28 2018 12:23 PM

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"Hindi po tayo natitinag sa ating paninindigan at paniniwala. Tuloy lang na pupunahin natin 'yung mga mali at masasama."

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV made that clear after he was indicted for inciting to sedition for allegedly urging soldiers to shoot President Rodrigo Duterte.

Trillanes considers the complaint as harassment.

"Baluktot at klarong panggigipit itong kasong ito dahil privilege speech ang basehan nito," he said Thursday in a Bandila DZMM interview.

The complaint stemmed from Trillanes' Oct. 3 privilege speech, which the senator said is covered by immunity as enshrined in the Constitution.

Filed by a lawyer's group, the complaint quoted Trillanes saying, "Kung makikita ito ng mga sundalo, M60 machine gun ang gagamitin sa'yo. Marami-rami ito, mauubos magazine kung P40 million hinahanap mo, Mr. Duterte."

In the same interview, Trillanes instead accused Duterte as the one inciting violence for the latter's remark in shooting female fighters in the genitals.

"Baliktad pa nga dito, itong si Mr. Duterte 'yung kaniyang paghikayat na pumatay ng mga adik daw at itong latest babarilin daw 'yung mga babaeng NPA kung saan maseselang parte ng katawan," he said.

Trillanes, who is in Vienna, Austria to attend a conference, said he will return to the country next week to face the complaint.

"Pinapakita lang natin dito na 'yung mga drugs lords na kumpare ni Mr. Duterte ay abswelto sa mga kaso. Pero yung mga kalaban niya sa oposisyon, kahit na balu-baluktot at bogus 'yung mga kaso ay tinutuloy nila," he said.