MANILA – Timing is everything.
That’s what the Department of Justice may have in mind as it waited two full weeks before disclosing sedition raps against former senator and loud administration critic Antonio Trillanes and nine others.
The SC filed a case of conspiracy to commit sedition against former Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV along with nine others for libelous allegations linking President Rodrigo Duterte and his family to the illegal drug trade.
Said complaint was filed last Monday, 27 January 2020 at the Quezon City Metropolitan Trial Court but it was only revealed to the media on Monday, 10 February 2020.
Meanwhile, Vice President Leni Robredo, as well as senators Leila de Lima and Risa Hontiveros were all cleared from the complaint.
The SC complaint accused Trillanes and others involved on “circulating malicious and scurrilous libels,” “to inflict an act of hate” against the Chief Executive.
Also known as “Bikoy,” Peter Advincula, was also included in the list. It may be recalled Advincula introduced himself as the hooded figure “Bikoy” in the viral “Ang Totoong Narcolist” videos that elaborated President Duterte’s family as involved in narcotics trade.
Aside from Trillanes and Advincula, also named in the complaint were Joel Saracho, Boom Enriquez, Yolanda Ong, Vicente Romano III, Fr. Albert Alejo, Fr. Flaviano Villanueva, Jonnel Sangalang, Ediardo Acierto, and an alias Monique.
During a Senate hearing “Bikoy” claimed he had “financial records for the drug syndicate that allegedly had dealings with the Duterte family.”
Reports also claimed that Advindula first denied being paid by the opposition only to flip-flop on his statement and later linked the Liberal Party and other figures to the viral videos. (IAMIGO/SPH.com)