THE PNP yesterday said it expects former Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV to return to the country to face charges of inciting to sedition stemming from a series of videos that linked President Duterte’s family and friends to the illegal drugs trade.
“If he will not return…then that’s the time we are going to coordinate with our foreign counterparts, the International Police, and inform them of the standing warrant of arrest against a Filipino national,” said PNP spokesman Brig. Gen. Bernard Banac.
Banac said PNP operatives have gone to Trillanes’ “last known address” to serve the warrant issued by a Quezon City court last Friday but were told Trillanes is abroad.
Trillanes, a known critic of President Duterte,has said he is abroad and will return later this week to face the “harassment” case and post the P10,000 bail.
“We are waiting for his return and we are expecting him to return and face the charges filed against him. Anyway, the case against him is bailable,” said Banac of Trillanes.
Nine others were ordered arrested by the Quezon City court, including estafa convict Peter Joemel Advincula, alias “Bikoy” who appeared in the viral video titled “Ang Totoong Narcolist.”
In the video, Advincula linked the President’s son Paolo, his partner Honeylet Avanceña, his son-in-law Mans Carpio, and then presidential assistant now Sen. Bong Go to the illegal drugs business
Advincula later retracted his statement in the video, saying he was promised P500,000 by the political opposition to malign the President’s family and his friends.
Advincula later linked Trillanes and several opposition figures to the video, which he said was part of an ouster plot hatched by the opposition.
Vice President Leni Robredo, senators Leila de Lima and Risa Hontiveros, and former senator Paolo Benigno Aquino IV were also linked by Advincula to the ouster plot but were cleared recently by the justice department.
Banac said four of the respondents in the sedition case have posted bail before the Quezon City court “so we need not arrest them.”
Trillanes, Advincula and three other respondents have yet to submit themselves to authorities.
As to Advincula, Banac said, “At present, we are trying to find him, coordinating with our contacts and we also have his (phone) number. At present, our operations to locate himare ongoing.”
Reports quoting Advincula’s brother, Joseph, said Advincula will turn himself in to the Quezon City court today and post bail.
Joseph said his brother is a victim of those who are really behind the video.