As the Makati RTC delays his warrant of arrest on his amnesty fiasco, a fresh complaint is heading Senator Antonio “Sonny” Trillanes IV’s way. Labor Undersecretary Jacinto Paras files inciting to sedition charges against Trillanes. The rebellious Senator is still under Senate custody due to his inexistent amnesty application – making it void. Paras files the new complaint at the Pasay City Prosecutor’s Office.
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[VIDEO]: Labor Undersecretary Jacinto Paras filed on Friday a case of inciting to sedition or inciting to coup d’etat against Senator Antonio Trillanes IV.
Inciting to Sedition Case
As written in our country’s Revised Penal Code, inciting to sedition is defined as crime made by a person who “incites others to the accomplishment of any of the acts which constitute sedition, by means of speeches, proclamations, writings, emblems, cartoons, banners, or other representations tending to the same end.”
Inciting to Sedition also covers “uttering seditious words or speeches, writing, publishing, or circulating scurrilous libel against the Republic of the Philippines or any of the duly constituted authorities thereof, or which tend to disturb or obstruct any lawful officer in executing the functions of his office, or which tend to instigate others to cabal and meet together for unlawful purposes, or which suggest or incite people against the lawful authorities or to disturb the peace of the community, the safety and order of the Government.”
Piled Up Cases
Senator Trillanes is currently facing legal woes with President Du30’s Proclamation No.572. If implemented, this will make his amnesty null and void ab initio (from the beginning). However, to add to this is the undersecretary’s complaint. He is citing Trillanes for seditious remarks made against the President, Rodrigo Du30, as well as the current administration.
Deferred Warrant of Arrest
The Senate leadership allows Trillanes to stay within the Senate premises to avoid any possible arrest. Consequently, he had been staying there since the proclamation was published in the newspapers. However, the Makati Regional Trial Court is deferring his arrest and travel ban order. Judge Elmo Alameda of Branch 150 is asking the DOJ of a reply within 5 days on the comments of Senator Trillanes.
Due Process of Law
Judge Andres Soriano of Branch 148 has already ordered Trillanes earlier in the week. He is to file within 10 days of his rejoinder to the new pleading of the Department of Justice (DOJ). All legal means follow through the lengthy process. Therefore, no one could accuse the administration of authority abuse. Let alone call the President a dictator.