Without a doubt, Senator Antonio Trillanes IV is one of the fiercest critics of President Rodrigo Duterte, the other one is Senator Leila de Lima. And although the soldier-turned-politician does not belong to Liberal Party (LP), he is obviously an ally of the former administration. Nevertheless, many people believe that he will also end up in jail soon.
A week before the May 2016 presidential election, Sen. Trillanes accused then-Mayor Rody Duterte of having bank transactions amounting to P2.407 billion. He also helped Sen. Leila de Lima in reviving the issue of alleged EJK (extra-judicial killings) in Davao City. Meanwhile, here are the five possible cases he might face and will led him to prison.
#5 Sen. Trillanes is accused of coddling Edgar Matobato, SPO3 Arturo Lascañas
Both Matobato and Lascañas testified at the Senate inquiry last year. Matobato accused Duterte of being the mastermind of several killings, allegedly done by the so-called DDS (Davao Death Squad). Lascañas denied it, but recently reversed his testimony. This Monday, Solicitor General Jose Calida said he will sue Sen. Trillanes for coddling criminals.
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#4 Sen. Trillanes may have violated the bank secrecy law
Whether or not Sen. Trillanes used genuine bank documents for his accusations against President Duterte, he could be charged of violating RA 1405, also known as the bank secrecy law once he make a sworn affidavit. Violators can be jailed of not more than 5 years or a fine of not more than P20,000 or both, depending on the discretion of the court.
#3 Perjury and libel cases from BPI and President Duterte, respectively
But if Sen. Trillanes used fake bank documents and issued a sworn affidavit, the concerned bank can sue him of perjury. Nevertheles, bank officials can also charge him of business sabotage. On the other hand, President Duterte can file libel charges against him not only for the money issue but also for calling him names, such as ‘mass murderer.’
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#2 Re-opening of cases in line with his failed coup attempts
As we all know, Trillanes was among the armed soldiers who took over Oakwood Premier Ayala Center tower in Makati in July 2003 during the Arroyo administration. As a result, he was jailed for 7 years, and was released in 2010 under Proclamation 75, signed by then-President Benigno ‘Noynoy’ Aquino III. However, the public now wants to re-open his case.
#1 Treason charges vs Sen. Trillanes as China backdoor negotiator
Back in 2012, then-Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile publicly accused Trillanes of making a deal with China over the disputed South China Sea. Later, he admitted making several trips to China, and the orders came from President Noynoy Aquino. Trillanes could be charged of treason if his trips has proven to have caused Philippines to lost Scarborough.