Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) Undersecretary Jacinto “Jing” Paras on Saturday threated to file sedition charges against Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV for telling the military not to follow President Rodrigo Duterte’s order to arrest him.
“Ito pong past few days, parang nasiraan yata ng bait itong si Trillanes, kung ano-ano na ang pinagsasabi. Unang-una, binabastos niya ang ating pangulo. Pangalawa, sinabi niya ‘wag sundin ang legal orders ni Duterte,” said Paras.
(This past few days, Trillanes seemed to have lost his sanity. He was saying anything. First, he is disrespecting our president. Second, he said not to follow the legal orders of Duterte.)
“Itong mga similar statement na ganito is trying to incite the people and the military to go against the government. Klarong-klaro po ‘yan sa Revised Penal Code na bawal po ‘yan,” he added.
(These statements are trying to incide the people and the military to go against the government. It’s very clear in the Revised Penal Code that it is prohibited.)
Paras’ threat came as Duterte had ordered the military and police to arrest Trillanes for failing to comply with his amnesty conditions and requirements.
Trillanes is holed up in the Senate as he waits for the Supreme Court’s answer to his petition to void Duterte’s proclamation that declared his amnesty void ab initio which subjects him to court martial for the rebellions he led in 2003 and 2007.