Former Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, currently facing arrest for a conspiracy to commit sedition charge, has returned to the Philippines on Tuesday.
The former senator was turned over to the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) after his arrival at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3 at 8 a.m. onboard a Qatar Airways flight.
Trillanes posted bail to remain free while he awaits trial for a criminal case over an alleged plot against President Rodrigo Duterte.
Trillanes posted P10,000 as bail for a conspiracy to commit sedition case government prosecutors filed against him and 10 others for allegedly agreeing to spread allegations that Duterte and his family are involved in the illegal drug trade.
Aside from Trillanes, Peter Joemel Advincula alias Bikoy, former police official Eduardo Acierto, Jonnel Sangalang, Yolanda Ong, Fr. Flaviano Villanueva, Fr. Albert Alejo, Vicente Romano III, Joel Saracho, Boom Enriquez, and one alias “Monique” were also charged.
They face two to four years in prison if convicted.
Advincula, the man who claimed to be the narrator of the “Ang Totoong Narcolist” videos and then accused the Liberal Party of producing them as part of an anti-Duterte plot, posted bail on Monday.
The former senator and prominent administration critic returned from abroad on Tuesday morning and went to the Quezon City Metropolitan Trial Court to post bail.
The senator had said he was out of the country when the arrest warrants were issued, but he would face the case.
“I am out of the country as of the moment for a series of engagements. But I intend to post bail once I arrive in Manila late next week,” he said in a statement issued Friday, February 14.
“I will face this case just as I have faced all the other harassment cases Duterte’s minions have filed against me,” Trillanes added.
The Department of Justice (DOJ) had alleged that Trillanes and 10 others were involved in “circulating malicious and scurrilous libels,” “to inflict an act of hate” against Duterte.
Prosecutors found that they did not incite the public to rise against the government and thus cleared them of the graver offenses of sedition or inciting to sedition, but still charged them with conspiracy because the law punishes “mere agreement.”
Trillanes faces two inciting to sedition cases before the Pasay courts over his statements against Duterte.
Trillanes also faces a revived rebellion case before the Makati Regional Trial Court./Stacy Ang