Trillanes vows to expose Duterte's drug links despite sedItion raps

Former opposition Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV photo from abs-cbn (ctto)

Manila, Philippines - Former opposition Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV is one of the personalities involved in the sedition case filed by the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) over "Ang Totoong Narcolist" video, promised to expose President Duterte’s involvement in the illegal drug trade.

“Sana lang ay mag-isip nang malalim at hindi magpagamit sa pulitika ang mga DOJ (Department of Justice) prosecutors na mag-iimbestiga nitong kasong ito. Bagkus ay gawin ang nararapat para lumabas ang katotohanan,” Trillanes mentioned in a statement late Thursday night.

“Anu’t-ano pa man, haharapin ko ito at gagamitin kong pagkakataon na mailabas ang kaugnayan ni Duterte sa iligal na droga,” he added.

Trillanes also emphasized that the sedition and other cases filed against key members of the opposition is a “clear acts of political persecution and harassment by the Duterte administration” intended to “stifle democratic dissent”.

The former senator also mentioned the PNP-CIDG investigators “abused and misused the subpoena power recently bestowed on them to single out critics of the Duterte administration.”

He said that these cases filed against them were just backed by baseless allegations of Peter Joemel Advincula who constantly lied to the public.

“Alam nila na wala silang hawak na ebidensya kundi ang salaysay ng isang testigo na ilang ulit nang nagsinungaling sa publiko, pero tinuloy pa rin ang pag-file ng kaso,” Trillanes added.

“Ang libu-libong homicides under investigation na suspected EJKs (extrajudicial killings) ay hanggang ngayon ay hindi nila malutas at hindi umuusad pero pag oposisyun, dali-dali sila,” the former  senator said.

The PNP-CIDG filed before the Department of Justice (DOJ) on Thursday the sedition, cyber libel, libel, estafa, harboring a criminal and obstruction of justice against Trillanes, Vice President Leni Robredo, opposition senators Leila de Lima and Risa Hontiveros, former senator Bam Aquino, and members of the Otso Diretso candidates, and members of Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP).

On May 6, Advincula, who claimed to be “Bikoy” of the controversial video series, alleged that members and allies of the Duterte family had been receiving money from a drug syndicate.

But Advincula reappeared later on May 23 claimed his Bikoy videos against the Dutertes were staged and allegedly instructed by Trillanes and the Liberal Party (LP) to overthrow the President and install Robredo as the new one. Trillanes and the LP have already denied these accusations.

 Source: Inquirer

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