Senator Antonio Trillanes IV will be arraigned on 15 February over the grave threat complaint filed against him by Labor Undersecretary Jacinto Paras before the Pasay City Metropolitan Trial Court.
Judge Joeven D. Dellosa directed Trillanes to appear before his sala on the said date for his plea and the holding of a preliminary conference between the contending parties.
The case stemmed from utterances made by Trillanes referring to Paras, a former congressman whom the senator lambasted and allegedly threatened to kill at the sideline of a Senate hearing in May 2018.
“Ang lakas ng loob mo. Hindi magtatanggol ang amo mo. Matatapos din yan. Yayariin kita. Mersenaryo ka. Yayariin kita (You’re fearless. Your master can’t protect you. I will kill you. You’re a mercenary. I will kill you),” Trillanes was quoted as saying in the complaint.
Dellosa issued the order to Trillanes on 14 December but it was only made available to media yesterday.
Trillanes’ statement “created fear and anxiety on the mind of Paras that the threats will be carried out,” read the indictment signed by Assistant City Prosecutor Janette Herras-Baggas.