Staying overnight at Senate, Trillanes expresses hope, reveals plan to pursue TRO


Posted at Sep 05 2018 12:50 AM

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Mike Navallo, ABS-CBN News

MANILA—Facing arrest after the government voided the amnesty granted to him in 2011, Senator Antonio Trillanes IV remained inside the Senate building in Pasay City on Tuesday night and past midnight Wednesday. 

He insisted he will stay in the custody of the Senate and will not turn himself in to the arresting authorities waiting for him. 

The mutineer-turned-lawmaker stepped outside his personal office on a few occasions to face the press and greet his supporters along the hallway.

Trillanes said his lawyers will file a petition for a temporary restraining order on Wednesday.

Describing President Rodrigo Duterte's proclamation voiding his amnesty as "political persecution," Trillanes is confident he can surpass this "darkest moment." 

"I'm confident having gone through, even worst, acts of persecution. 'Yung ganitong darkest moment normally susunod nito ang liwanag. I can feel malapit na itong si Duterte," he told reporters.

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Trillanes said he believes he is doing the right thing. 

"Every day that passes is a day closer na mananagot siya (Duterte) sa taong bayan," he said.

The senator, a former Navy lieutenant, also lamented that uniformed services are being used for political ends.

"It's unfortunate nagagamit ating uniformed services to pursue political ends, pero magba-backfire 'yang ganiyan," he said.

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He earlier said he will not turn himself over to the arresting authorities waiting for him outside the Senate. 

Meanwhile, Col. Serme Legaspi Ayuyao, judge advocate general of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), visited Trillanes office past 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Sought for reaction regarding his visit, if it's in the performance of his official function, Ayuyao declined to comment.

— With reports from Mike Navallo, ABS-CBN News