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Inciting to sedition: Charges filed vs Trillanes over anti-Duterte speech

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The Pasay City Prosecutor’s Office filed charges of inciting to sedition against Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, lawyer Manny Luna confirmed on Thursday, March 15.

The charges stem from the complaint filed in November 2017 by Luna and fellow lawyer from the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) Jacinto Paras, who is now labor undersecretary.

Senior Assistant City Prosecutor Joahna Gabatino-Lim, however, said the charge of conspiracy and proposal to commit to coup d’etat “cannot prosper” because the acts committed by the senator do not show he was proposing other people to seize power or overthrow the government.
Basis of the complaint: Trillanes delivered a privilege speech on October 3, 2017, accusing Duterte of having P2 billion worth of transactions in his bank account that were not reflected in his Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN).

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