Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo announced that Senator Antonio Trillanes IV may be charged with inciting to sedition for his verbal attacks against President Rodrigo Duterte.
"From what I hear on his declarations, he is effectively inciting the people to hate the President," said Secretary Panelo.
Asked if Trillanes could be charged over his remarks, Panelo said, "Definitely."
"Inciting to sedition is one of them. When you incite people to hate a particular public official, that's inciting to sedition without going through the requirements of sedition where there is armed uprising against the government," Panelo added.
Panelo said Trillanes abused his freedom of expression when he kept on throwing allegations at Duterte without evidence.
"If you keep on repeating the same allegations like he is a murderer, he is corrupt without presenting evidence, I don't think you're doing it as a public service, because if it is a public service what you should do is to file a case," he said.
"Not just besmirch the reputation of a particular public official that's beyond the mantle of freedom of expression," he added.
Panelo said that these repeated allegations could influence the people to hate Duterte.
"It will influence or persuade the people to hate a particular public official and that is one requirement in inciting to sedition not sedition itself but inciting to sedition," the chief legal counsel said.