MANILA (UPDATE) - Labor Undersecretary Jacinto Paras is set to file a case of inciting to sedition or inciting to coup d'etat against Senator Antonio Trillanes IV next week.
This as Trillanes is facing arrest following President Rodrigo Duterte's proclamation that voided his amnesty, reviving coup d'etat and rebellion charges filed against him for leading uprisings in 2003 and 2007 when he was still a Navy officer.
Paras, a former lawmaker, said the fresh charges stem from Trillanes' alleged efforts to prod soldiers to mount a mutiny against the President and for supposedly calling the Chief Executive "insane."
"Bilang isang mamamayan na Pilipino, maski nasa gobyerno po tayo, maninindigan tayo laban sa isang tao na binabastos nya ung gobyerno. Binabastos niya ung presidente," he said in a phone interview.
(As a Filipino, even if I am in government, I am taking a stand against a person who is mocking the government. He is mocking the President.)
Paras earlier filed charges of grave threats against Trillanes over statements the senator allegedly made against him on the sidelines of a Senate inquiry in June.
Trillanes has yet to issue a statement.
-- Report from Arra Perez, ABS-CBN News