- Posted September 21, 2012 by
Treason filed vs Phl president, senator
A former lawyer of the Marcos family on Friday charged with treason Philippine President Benigno Aquino III and Senator Antonio Trillanes IV in connection with the country’s territorial dispute with China over the Scarborough Shoal.
Lawyer Oliver Lozano, in his five-page complaint-affidavit filed with the Office of the Ombudsman, said Aquino gave Trillanes the go-signal to surreptitiously negotiate with Chinese officials regarding the territorial dispute between China and the Philippines.
"I, Atty. Oliver O. Lozano, hereby charge [Aquino and Trillanes] for treason, by way of test case, committed as follows: With alleged go-signal of President Aquino, Senator Trillanes surreptitiously negotiated with Chinese officials regarding the Philippines-China Sea Dispute in order to benefit China to the prejudice of the Philippines amounting to treason," Lozano said in his complaint.
Lozano, who is also known for filing alleged bogus impeachment complaints against former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, used as basis for his complaint the "media accounts" on Trillanes’ recent verbal joust with Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile.
Not one of the complaints, however, was successful, and the Arroyo camp branded the complaints as “weak” and “bogus” designed to trigger off the one-year ban in filing impeachment complaints against an official.
During a Senate session last Wednesday, Trillanes told his colleagues that he was leaving the majority bloc because he no longer trusts Enrile as Senate President and even accused him of being a “lackey” of Mrs. Arroyo.
Quoting a newspaper report, Trillanes claimed that Arroyo was responsible for influencing Enrile to "railroad" a House bill seeking the division of Camarines Sur into two districts.
Fighting back, Enrile accused Trillanes of being a "fraud" and even of undermining the Philippines’ interest in his talks with Chinese officials.
Malacañang had earlier confirmed Trillanes' "backdoor negotiations" but stressed it was the lawmaker who volunteered for the job.
Contrary to that claim, however, Trillanes maintained it was Executive Secretary Pacquito Ochoa Jr. who offered him the job during a social event in the Palace last May.
In an interview with reporters, Lozano said he filed the complaint to close the Enrile-Trillanes controversy through due process... instead of protracted worsening word-war in Tri-media that may lead to ugly violence."
Aquino has already barred Trillanes from speaking on the issue.