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Senator Trillanes to face inciting to sedition and other complaints before the DOJ

by admin   |   Posted on Friday, November 10th, 2017


MANILA, Philippines —A group of lawyers is set to file five charges, including inciting to sedition, against Senator Antonio Trillanes IV before the Department of Justice (DOJ).

The lawyers said the charges stemmed from one of his Senate privilege speeches describing a scenario of a rebellion against President Rodrigo Duterte.

“He issued the statement among others, na barilin ng mga sundalo (that soldiers shoot) using their M60 machine guns ang Presidente pag nakita nila na mayroon (if they see that the President has) P40 million or above, or an amount greater that than that. That privilege speech is not protected by the speech and debate clause because he is committing a crime,” said Atty. Manuelito Luna, legal counsel of the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC).

Atty. Luna claims Trillanes also lied when he said he has documents proving the hidden wealth of the President.

Former Congressman Jacinto “Jing” Paras noted that based on records that the lawyers have gathered from the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC),  the agency did not release copies of the President’s bank account to the senator.

“Ang ginawa ni Trillanes gumawa siya ng mga dokumento, pinapalabas niya na ang ating Pangulo ay may ganyang bank account,” said the former congressman.

(What Trillanes did was, he created documents that would make it look like the President has this particular bank account.)

Aside from the sedition complaint, the group will also file other charges against the senator for violating the AMLC law, the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act, proposal to commit coup d’etat and an ethics case.

The lawyers plan to file the complaints on Friday or next week.

For his part, Trillanes said that he welcomes this development as it can also be a way for him to prove his claims regarding President Duterte’s hidden wealth.

He plans to ask the court to issue a subpoena to allow disclosure of the President’s bank accounts. — Grace Casin | UNTV News & Rescue

 

 

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Former Senator Alvarez withdraws from congressional race

by Maris Federez   |   Posted on Sunday, May 12th, 2019

Former Senator Heherson Alvarez (Photo courtesy: Dayao Ti Amianan)

Former Senator Heherson Alvarez has withdrawn his bid for a congressional seat in the 4th congressional district of Isabela, two days ahead of the May 13 Midterm Elections.

In his statement released on Saturday (May 11), Alvarez who “had hoped that this election would have been (his) last effort to render public service after several decades of cumulative experience,” said that the blatant practice of vote-buying had led to his decision to withdraw.

The former lawmaker claimed that “the massive and overwhelming vote-buying makes the electoral process a sham.”

He added that “vote-buying is vote-killing and it is as destructive to our democracy as drug is as destructive to our physical well-being.”

Alvarez also said that he “cannot continue in this political exercise that violates (the) precious political freedom of choice of leaders.”

He called on the public to renounce, denounce and withdraw tolerance on vote-buying lest the country withers away because of it.

He also cited President Rodrigo Duterte’s warning to jail the perpetrators of vote-buying and to “make those who undermine our free suffrage accountable to our laws and constitution.”

The former senator also thanked the President for his endorsement as the standard bearer of Partido Demokratikong Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) in Isabela’s 4th congressional district.

He also made an appeal for the people to “stand up and assist the President to strengthen our democratic system.” /mbmf

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Duterte advises Filipinos to ‘follow rules’ on Election Day

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Friday, May 10th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The 2019 Midterm polls is only three days away, and with this, President Rodrigo Duterte reminds all political candidates and voters to “just follow (election) rules” on Monday (May 13).

The last day of campaigning is on Saturday (May 11) and the President is expected to join the meeting de avance of his party Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) in Pasig City.

“I promised the people that this election and every other election that will take place during my time, or (under) my watch — you just follow rules. It’s when you start to break rules (that’s when problems start). Sundin mo lang ang batas at walang problema, (Abide by the law and (we’ll) have no problem),” the President stressed.

The Chief Executive also advised both admin and opposition candidates to respect each other’s respective ideals and positions on public issues.

“This is for my candidates and for the opposition. Everybody’s stand or position must be respected. That is the rule in this country. This is democracy,” he emphasized.

President Duterte is likely to stay in Davao City on the day of the election on Monday where he is also expected to cast his vote.

The President said he leaves it to the people to decide on the election day emphasizing that he has no intention of convincing anyone to vote for the candidates he endorses.

“Let’s talk about national candidates. It’s up to you if you believe it or not. I won’t try to convince you. I’m not going to say, ‘vote for these candidates,’” he said.

President Duterte believes that not all of his senatorial bets will win the election but he reiterates to all Filipino voters to think it over and carefully list down their preferences before they go out to vote.

“I know you have about 12. I do not think that… Well, on the law of averages, I do not think that this 12 will make it,” President Duterte said.

“But kung ito lang man ipalit ninyo, you better think, please. (But if you would replace them with just anyone, you better think, please.) Think hard and sleep on it tonight. It’s (the election is) just around the corner,” he concluded. – Marje Pelayo (with details from Rosalie Coz)

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Duterte, no interest in filing cases vs alleged ‘matrix’ plotters

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Thursday, May 9th, 2019

President Rodrigo Duterte has no interest in filing charges against the alleged plotters included in the “ouster” matrix.

READ: DOJ to look into Malacañang’s new oust Duterte matrix

On Wednesday (May 8), the Malacañang released a new ouster matrix linking the Liberal party, Magdalo group, and several media outfit in an attempt to discredit the president.

Duterte also said there is a non-Filipino intelligence community.

“Now their Otso [Diretso] has created another black propaganda. So I revealed it. There is an intelligence community but it’s not Filipino. Actually, you would know who it is if you try to read my character. That was revealed in the matrix. They released black propaganda that included my daughter. I’m not interested to file cases,” he said.

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