Robin Padilla dares Trillanes to come out of Senate sanctuary, face court

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 05 2018 05:49 PM

MANILA- Actor Robin Padilla dared Senator Antonio Trillanes IV on Wednesday to come out of the Senate building, where the lawmaker has been staying in protest of President Rodrigo Duterte's order voiding his amnesty and directing his arrest. 

Padilla, who said he has been at the Senate grounds since Tuesday, asked Trillanes to face the "real court" over the latter's amnesty woes.

"Ako may trabaho din ako, di ako makapagtrabaho eh kasi gusto ko makita 'yung katapangan mo (Trillanes) na haharapin mo 'yung kaso sayo," Padilla told reporters.

(I have work too but I can't do it because I want to see how brave you are in facing the case against you.) 

"Humarap ka naman sa totoong korte," he added.

(Face the real court.)

In a proclamation made public Tuesday, Duterte invalidated the amnesty granted the former Navy officer in 2011, ordering the military and police to apprehend him for uprisings he led against government in 2003 and 2007. 

A defiant Trillanes has been asserting that criminal cases against him had been dismissed by virtue of his amnesty and that he could no longer be placed under military jurisdiction as he is already a civilian

Asked to comment about Padilla's statements, Trillanes said: "Sobra-sobra na 'yung quota niyang attention for the day."

(He's had enough attention for the day.)

Padilla, a staunch Duterte supporter, earlier challenged Trillanes to face arrest over his role in military uprisings. The senator, however, simply shrugged off the actor's challenge.

"Parang bata (He's like a kid), it's too petty," Trillanes said. "We're dealing with national problems here tapos (then) you have immature people like that."

In a Facebook live video on Wednesday, Padilla hit back, saying Trillanes is the one who's acting like a child.

 

"Senador ka pero nagtatago ka. Nakikipagtaguan ka sa batas, eh parang bata ka nga," Padilla said.

(You're a senator but you're hiding. You're playing hide-and-seek with the law like a child.)

Trillanes was granted amnesty in 2011 by then President Benigno Aquino III over his role in the 2003 Oakwood Mutiny and the 2007 Manila Peninsula uprising.

Padilla, on the other hand, was granted absolute pardon by President Rodrigo Duterte in 2016 for his conviction for illegal possession of firearms in 1994, for which he served time.

Trillanes spent the night at the Senate building Tuesday after the proclamation voiding his amnesty was made known.

The senator on Wednesday said he would not leave the Senate building even if a warrant of arrest has yet to be issued against him.

Police have reportedly been deployed outside the Senate building. They are barred from making arrests within Senate premises. 

The Department of Justice has asked a Makati court to issue an arrest warrant and hold departure order against Trillanes. 

-- with a report from Mike Navallo, ABS-CBN News