Facing arrest for 'Bikoy' videos, Trillanes returns to PH

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Posted at Feb 18 2020 10:47 AM

MANILA - Former Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV, who is facing arrest for a conspiracy to commit sedition charge, has returned to the Philippines on Tuesday morning.

He 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 and 10 others were charged with conspiracy to commit sedition over the viral "Ang Totoong Narcolist" videos that tagged President Rodrigo Duterte's family in the narcotics trade.

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, Feb. 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.

- With a report from Raoul Esperas