Trillanes condemns arrest of 41-year-old salesman who called Duterte “buang” in a post

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Former senator Antonio Trillanes has condemned the arrest of a 41-year old salesman in Agusan del Norte as he urged the police to practice “restraint and sound judgment” whole doing their job.

Trillanes, the ever-critic of President Rodrigo Duterte, said the arrest of a citizen for criticizing the president is illegal under the Constitution.

“I strongly condemn the warrantless arrest of the person who called Duterte ‘buang’ in a social media post. That is clearly illegal and against the constitutional guarantee of freedom of speech and of expression. Besides, telling the truth is never libelous,” Trillanes, said in a statement

“I call on the PNP to exercise due restraint and sound judgment in the performance of their duty, especially in these trying times,” he added

The said salesman was apprehended by the authorities for allegedly posting libellous statements violating the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 (Republic Act No. 10175).

The police arrested Reynaldo Orcullo, 41, from Nasipit town in Agusan del Norte province after he cursed at President Duterte in a social media post.

Earlier, a teacher in Zambales, a construction worker in Aklan and a woman in Cebu were also arrested after they offered a supposed reward of P50 million to P100 million for those who would kill the president.

Human rights lawyer Chel Diokno also called out the police for coming after the ordinary Filipinos critical of Duterte.

“Pano aarestuhin ng PNP itong salesman na minura ang Pangulo kung Pangulo nga mismo e minura ang senador, Santo Papa, ang Simbahan, at napakarami pang iba? Hindi trabaho ng PNP protektahan ang Pangulo sa opinyon ng taumbayan. Ang trabaho nyo e protektahan ang taumbayan.” Diokno said

He also reminded the Philippine National Police (PNP) that their job is to protect the Filipinos not the president.

Diokno also pointed out that even the president himself has publicly criticized and cursed the Pope and clergies.

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