Trillanes seeks dismissal of inciting to sedition raps

Vivienne Gulla, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 25 2018 04:04 PM | Updated as of Oct 26 2018 02:10 AM

MANILA (UPDATED) - Senator Antonio Trillanes IV asked the Pasay City Prosecutor’s Office on Thursday to dismiss the inciting to sedition and proposal to commit coup d'etat complaint against him. 

Trillanes went to the office of Assistant City Prosecutor Reynaldo Ticyado Thursday afternoon to file his counter-affidavit with motion to dismiss. 

The senator said the case is just another attempt by allies of the administration to “harass” critics like him.

“Ni walang evidence na ipinresent itong mga taong ito, they just made an allegation. Kaya madali ito. This will be a no brainer for any objective and fair minded prosecutor. So I expect this case to be dismissed,” Trillanes said.

“Talagang primarily ginawa ito to harass me and to show their loyalty kay Duterte,” he added.

“Barya na ‘to compared to the challenges I faced. I’m very optimistic na malalampasan ko ito,” Trillanes noted.

The case, filed by PACC Commissioner Manuelito Luna and others, stemmed from the statements Trillanes issued against President Rodrigo Duterte, after he voided the amnesty granted to the senator by the previous administration.

Luna denied that Malacañang had a hand in the complaint and said decision to file it was made in their personal capacity.

“Malacañang has nothing to do with this. We filed these cases because we wanted to preserve and defend the Republic of the Philippines against any attacks coming from Sen. Trillanes, which puts its very existence in danger. Wala pong kinalaman ang gobyerno dito,” he said.

“Sinasabi niya pa na may officers na nagsasabi sa kanya na they are supporting him. Hindi ba yan mga statements that tend to incite the military to overthrow the government? These are dangerous statements which cross the line. Hindi po ito within freedom of speech or freedom of expression,” he added.

Expressing confidence that the complaint will not prosper, Trillanes said the complainants failed to show evidence that he incited people to rise publicly against the government or that he conspired or proposed to commit coup d'etat. 

The complainants are set to file their reply to Trillanes’ counter affidavit on Nov. 8. 

The inciting to sedition case is among the opposition senator's legal woes which include the withdrawal of his amnesty and a libel case lodged by the President's son, Paolo Duterte.

Inciting to sedition is a bailable offense.

The sedition case is among the opposition senator's legal woes, which include the withdrawal of his amnesty and a libel case lodged by the President's son, former Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte.