DOJ seeks another arrest warrant, hold departure order vs Trillanes

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 07 2018 03:26 PM | Updated as of Sep 07 2018 06:15 PM

Senator Antonio Trillanes delivers a privilege speech at the Senate on Sept. 4, 2018. The lawmaker faces arrest after President Rodrigo Duterte voided amnesty that he secured in 2011. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

MANILA (UPDATE) - The Department of Justice on Friday sought another arrest warrant and hold departure order against Senator Antonio Trillanes IV after President Rodrigo Duterte withdrew his amnesty.

The DOJ earlier asked the Makati Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 148 to order Trillanes' arrest and bar his departure from the country, arguing that the nullification of his amnesty means all cases against the senator must be pursued and that he must be arrested.

On Friday, it asked the Makati RTC's Branch 150 to issue the same orders.

The Makati RTC Branch 148 is the court that handled the coup d'etat case against Trillanes and his fellow mutineers over the 2003 mutiny at the Oakwood Premier hotel in Makati City. 

Branch 150 meanwhile handled the rebellion case of Trillanes and his fellow mutineers over the 2007 Manila Peninsula Siege.

Both courts dismissed the charges against Trillanes after then President Benigno Aquino III granted him amnesty.

Branch 150 clerk of court Diosfa Toledanes-Valencia said the court could not yet release an arrest order on Friday since the records of the case are still kept in a warehouse. 

“We have to retrieve the records of the case considering this is already included in our disposal records. Although we retained some residual records for our files, of course the important one is the order," she said.

She explained that cases dismissed with finality at the Supreme Court are disposed of after 5 years.

Since Trillanes’ case was dismissed on Sep. 7, 2011, it was already subject for disposal.

In an interview, Branch 150 Judge Elmo Alameda indicated that he may rule on the plea for an arrest warrant and hold departure order next week, possibly on Monday.

“I will act on the motion," he told reporters in a doorstop interview. 

Trillanes also faced a separate trial before the military tribunal for leading the 2003 mutiny, when he was a Navy officer.

The former Navy lieutenant won a seat in the Senate in 2007, campaigning from detention, and was reelected in 2013. 

In 2016, while running for vice president, he campaigned against then Davao City Mayor Duterte and has since become among the latter's fiercest critics.

- Report from Ina Reformina and Jasmin Romero, ABS-CBN News