February 21, 2018, 1:05 pm
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Lawyers file complaint vs Trillanes

A GROUP of lawyers affiliated with the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) yesterday filed a criminal complaint against Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV before the Pasay City Prosecutor’s Office for inciting rebellious acts against President Duterte.

In the 15-page complaint filed by lawyer Manuelito Luna, Trillanes is being accused of violating Articles 136 (proposed to commit coup d’ etat) and 142 (inciting sedition) of the Revised Penal Code, and graft under Section 3(e) of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act.

Last month, Trillanes said in a Senate privilege speech that the “military should shoot Duterte with an M-60 machine gun for his alleged hidden wealth” totaling P2 billion. 

“(This is) for irresponsibly and recklessly and continuously accusing sans evidence, that the President is keeping over P2 billion in bank accounts and or amassing illegally-acquired wealth,” the lawyers said.

Trillanes described the complaint as part of “harassment” to divert his attention from exposing the alleged corruption committed by Duterte.

“These Duterte minions are doing all sorts of harassment against me in the hope that they would be able to divert my attention,” Trillanes said.

“Sorry, but I remain focused on finding ways to continue to expose Duterte’s murders, corruption and secret bank accounts; as well as Pulong’s BOC smuggling and involvement in the P6.4-billion shabu shipment,” he added.

Trillanes was referring to the alleged involvement of presidential son and Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte in the smuggling at the Bureau of Customs and the shabu shipment that slipped past the bureau last May.

The lawyers said the speeches of Trillanes against Duterte “disturb the public peace but also repeatedly incited others to inflict any hate or revenge.”

They accused Trillanes of causing undue injury against the Duterte administration “through evident bad faith or gross inexcusable negligence.” – Evan Orias and JP Lopez
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