Ex-solon files charges against Trillanes over threats

Labor Undersecretary Jacinto “Jing” Paras filed on Wednesday a complaint for grave threats against Sen. Antonio Trillanes.

In a six page complaint, Paras, a former congressman representing Negros Oriental, claimed that Trillanes threatened his life when he attended a Senate hearing last May 29, 2018

Under the Revised Penal Code, elements of grave threat include: 1. the offender threatens another person of committing harm against him or his family; the threat amounts to a crime and lastly, the threat is not subject to any condition.

On the first element, Paras said while attending a Senate hearing last May 29, Trillanes confronted him and told him “ang lakas ng loob mo. Hindi magtatagal ang amo mo. Matatapos din yan. Yayariin kita. Mercenaryo ka. yayariin kita.”

He said he just smiled opting not to respond to the threat but the senator came back and told him “tatawa tawa ka pa. May araw ka din. Yayariin kita.”

Paras is one of the complainants who initiated an inciting to sedition against the Senator.

Trillanes already denied threatening and cursing at Paras saying he only told Paras that he had guts to offer a handshake when he filed a criminal complaint against him.

On the second element, Paras said “yayariin kita [I will finish you]” “may amount to homicide or murder depending on the circumstances.”

Describing Trillanes as a “notorious troublemaker,” Paras said “I have every reason to believe that respondent Sen. Trillanes was determined with his threat in view of his past involvement with certain public disruptions.”

“And with respondent Sen. Trillanes’ resources as a senator, and his connections with the military being a retired Navy officer, his threat against me can be easily be realized by him,” Paras said.

“As to the third element, the threat of respondent Sen. Trillanes was apparently not subject to a condition,” he added. /cbb

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