Pasay RTC junks Trillanes plea to quash sedition charges

Pasay RTC junks Trillanes plea to quash sedition charges

Because the mid term election is just around the corner, this news tidbit was not given much attention.

In an order dated 22 February the Pasay City Regional Trial Court (RTC) dismissed Senator Antonio Trillanes IV’s motion to quash the inciting to sedition complaint filed against him.

RTC Branch 45 Judge Remiebel Mondia cited “lack of merit” prompting it to dismiss the quashal plea filed by Trillanes.

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV (photo credit to Daily Tribune)

“These arguments based on allegations that are purely evidentiary in nature, the truth of which can only be ascertained in a full-blown trial where the parties will be given equal opportunity to present proof that will support their respective claims,” Mondia said.

“It would be improper to quash the information solely on the ground that the alleged utterances of the accused were made during a privilege speech which is covered by his parliamentary immunity. (It) will totally disregard the other acts being imputed against the accused that are also included in the information,” she explained.
Lawyers of Trillanes came up with a reasoning that aside from his parliamentary immunity as senator, the utterances of the words “soldiers, machine gun and M60 in his utterances” the senator was merely resorting to hyperbole.

Trillanes apparently said, “So ito ngayon, kung nakikita ito ng mga sundalo, M60 machine gun ang gagamitin sayo. Marami-rami to. Mauubos magazine kung P40 million hinahanap mo, Mr. (President Rodrigo) Duterte (So now you see, if this is seen by soldiers, M60 machine gun will be used against you. The magazine will be used up if you are looking for PHP40 million, Mr. Duterte)”.

In the complaint against the opposition senator, it also state that Trillanes enticed the people to sign a petition to pressure President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and make it appear to the public that he amassed ill-gotten wealth of P2 billion.

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