Trillanes posts bail for sedition charges

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 18, 2020   •   223

Former Senator Antonio Trillanes IV posted bail for the conspiracy to commit sedition case immediately after returning to the Philippines on Tuesday (February 18).

Fresh from the United States, the former senator went straight to the Quezon City Metropolitan Trial Court, Branch 138 to pay the P10,000 bail.

Trillanes said he is ready to face the charges and has been expecting this kind of treatment when he criticized “a dictator”, referring to President Rodrigo Duterte.

“Tinanggap ko na na ganito ang mangyayari kapag tumindig ka laban sa isang diktador kagaya ni Duterte. Ganito ang isa sa mga kakaharapin mo at hindi tayo natitinag diyan (I accept this situation. This is what happens if you stand against a dictator like Duterte. This is one of the things you will face and we are unfazed by that),” he said.

Trillanes along with 10 others were charged with conspiracy to commit sedition over the controversial “Ang Totoong Narcolist” videos.

The former senator also warned those who are filing these cases against him.

“Sana ay huwag rin kayong matakot balang araw kasi talagang hindi ko rin kayo titigilan (I hope you won’t be afraid also because someday, I will also be relentless),” he said.

Malacañang had previously brushed off Trillanes’ challenge.

“We will not waste our time responding to nonsense, that’s his problem. We don’t interfere with cases filed before the courts,” according to Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo.

The arraignment and pre-trial conference of the case is scheduled on March 17.—AAC (with reports from Vincent Arboleda)

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