Senate issues 12-hour visiting period for Trillanes

Katrina Domingo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 07 2018 06:31 PM

MANILA - The Senate Office of the Sergeant at Arms on Friday said a 12-hour visiting period will be implemented for supporters and guests of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV starting September 7.

Supporters and visitors of Senator Trillanes may only go to his office between 7 a.m. And 7 p.m. due to security concerns, the office said.

Under the new policy, only Trillanes’ immediate family, lawyers, staff, and the media will be allowed to stay at his office and along the corridors beyond the cut-off period.

The new policy was announced to reporters barely an hour after Senate President Vicente Sotto III said Trillanes’ supporters will be banned from convening in the Senate building over the weekend.

The former Navy lieutenant has holed up in his office since Tuesday after President Rodrigo Duterte issued Proclamation 572, an order that voided an amnesty for the opposition senator.

The proclamation directed soldiers and police to arrest the senator who participated in failed military uprisings against former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in 2003 and 2007.

Duterte's predecessor, former President Benigno Aquino, granted amnesty to Trillanes and several other military rebels in 2011, leading to his release from detention.

Trillanes won a seat in the Senate in 2007, campaigning from detention. He was reelected in 2013. In 2016, while running for vice president, he campaigned against then Davao City Mayor Duterte.

He has since become Duterte's fiercest critic, calling on the chief executive to undergo drug tests, psychological assessments, and to bare his state of health and wealth.