A group of lawyers has filed criminal charges against Senator Antonio Trillanes IV for allegedly encouraging the military to kill Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte.
The complainants, led by Atty. Manuel Luna, filed inciting to sedition, proposal to commit coup d’etat, and graft raps against the senator before the Pasay City Prosecutor’s Office on Thursday, Nov. 16.
Other complainants were lawyers Louise Biraogo, Eduardo Bringas, Glenn Chong, Nestor Ifurung, Eligio Mallari, and Nasser Marohomsalic.
In their complaint, the group claimed that Trillanes “committed conspiracy or proposal to commit coup d’etat” when he supposedly provoked the military to use an M-60 machine gun against Duterte in a speech last month.
“Trillanes not only repeatedly uttered seditious words or speeches and unabatedly circulated scurrilous libels against the president, which tend to disturb the public peace, but also repeatedly incited others to inflict any hate or revenge upon his person,” the lawyers said.
They also accused the opposition senator of causing undue injury against the Duterte administration “through evident bad faith or gross inexcusable negligence.”
“(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,” they added.
Trillanes, a staunch critic of Duterte, has repeatedly accused the president and his family of having an almost two billion pesos worth of undeclared wealth in three bank accounts from 2006 to 2015.
While the senator cited the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC)l as his source, AMLC denied that it provided documents and information related to Duterte’s finances.
In a privilege speech last October 3, the opposition senator said the “military should shoot Duterte with an M-60 machine gun for his alleged hidden wealth.”
“When the very existence of the State is in peril and the Presidency is being undermined, the Government is not powerless to contain the threat or meet the danger with everything at its disposal. After all, the first business of the Philippine government is the preservation of the State as well as the promotion of the welfare of all the people,” the complaint read.
“Having endangered the life of State and its people, Trillanes should bear all the probable and logical consequences of his acts.He who is the cause of the cause is the cause of the evil caused,” it added.
But Trillanes downplayed the complaint, calling the lawyers who filed raps against him as “minions” of the president.
“These Duterte minions are doing all sorts of harassment against me in the hope that they would be able to divert my attention,” the senator said in a statement released by his office.
“I remain focused on finding ways to continue to expose Duterte’s murders, corruption and secret bank accounts; as well as Polong’s (Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte) BOC smuggling and involvement in the P6.4-billion shabu shipment,” he added.