Former senator Antonio Trillanes IV slammed the sedition charges lodged against him and several other opposition figures, including Vice President Leni Robredo, and urged public prosecutors not to allow themselves to be used in politics.
Trillanes labeled the filing of instances in a declaration Thursday as a definite act of political persecution and harassment by the Duterte administration to stifle democratic dissent.
Trillanes said he was prepared to face the charges. He released the declaration hours after the charges were filed before the Department of Justice (DOJ) by the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) in connection with the internet videos that connected First Family members to illegal medicines.
Police researchers have obviously abused and misused the subpoena authority lately granted them, according to Trillanes, to identify critics of the Duterte administration.
Advincula was appointed as both the respondent and the witness in the complaint.