Wed. May 18th, 2022

MANILA – Former Senator Antonio Trillanes IV on Tuesday morning arrived in Manila and went directly to the Department of Justice and posted bail on his conspiracy to commit sedition case.

He arrived in Manila Tuesday morning from engagements abroad.

It was reported the former senator posted bail before noon accompanied by lawyer Renaldo Robles.

Recently, the court issued an arrest warrant for Trillanes and 10 others accusing them of conspiracy to commit sedition over the “Ang Totoong Narcolist” video series.

The video which was made available on social media claiming President Rodrigo Duterte, his family and allies to have links on drug trade.

It was last week when news of the issuance of warrants against Trillanes, et al., broke out.

But on Friday issued a statement saying “I will face this case just as I have faced all the other harassment cases Duterte’s minions have filed against me.”

On her resolution, Senior Assistant State Prosecutor Olivia Laroza-Torrevillas claimed the prosecution panel considered “the series of acts which clearly manifested that there is indeed… a grand conspiracy.”

This pertains to the production of “Bikoy” videos, the act of uploading online, the series of press conferences of Peter Joemel Advincula, and former cop Eduardo Acierto linking Duterte and his family to illegal drug syndicates.

Acierto is also charged in the case together with Advincula whom Trillanes denies any involvement.

But State prosecutors aver Trillanes’ denial “does not merit any consideration, especially at the stage of preliminary investigation, in the light of evidence and circumstances proving that he had a hand in the conspiracy to oust the Duterte administration.”

Trillanes and company’s arraignment is set on March 17.

The conspiracy to commit sedition is only one of a string of legal suits the government filed against the former lawmaker who is a known and vocal critic of Duterte.

A rebellion case before a Makati court has also been revived for his 2007 participation in the Manila Peninsula hotel siege. He was arrested on Sept. 25, 2018 but he posted bail on the same day.

It was the Makati Regional Trial Court Branch 150 that issued the warrant against him on Sept. 25, 2018 as it found “factual and legal basis” on Duterte’s Proclamation 572 which declared Trillanes’ amnesty as “void from the beginning.”

According to a Philippine Star report, Trillanes is also facing an inciting to sedition case before the Pasay Metropolitan Trial Court Branch 45 for his remarks on Duterte’s hidden wealth. He was also charged with the same offense for his remarks against the president over the revocation of his amnesty.

The senator is also facing a libel charge filed by former Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte and Manases Carpio, the president’s son and son-in-law, respectively, before a Davao court the national daily said. (iam/

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