MANILA- Philippine police on Tuesday arrested a lawmaker who is among President Rodrigo Duterte‘s most vocal critics, just minutes after a court issued a warrant on revived charges of rebellion that were dropped in 2011 after an amnesty.
The arrest of Senator Antonio Trillanes is the latest round in his sparring with Duterte, whom he accuses of hiding wealth and being responsible for alleged executions of thousands of suspected criminals and drug dealers, which Duterte denies.
Trillanes has backed several complaints to the International Criminal Court (ICC) seeking the president‘s indictment for crimes against humanity and has protected people willing to testify against Duterte.
"This is a debacle and a defeat of democracy," Trillanes, a former navy officer, told reporters.
Duterte‘s critics have accused him of trying to distract the public and prioritizing a settling of scores rather than tackling problems like inflation, which his office rejects.
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