Trillanes: Arrest will be military 'gift' to Duterte

Davinci Maru, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 07 2018 01:04 AM

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MANILA - Amid his reported impending arrest following President Rodrigo Duterte's nullification of his amnesty, Senator Antonio Trillanes IV said Thursday night that he trust the military will not follow an "illegal order."

"I still believe in the professionalism of the Armed Forces. Hindi sila gagawa ng isang illegal order," he said during a live interview with "Bandila".

Trillanes said the reason for the haste in his arrest is to make it "a gift" for Duterte upon his return.

If the military will insist on arresting him, Trillanes said the Senate, where he is holed up since Tuesday, will not allow it.

"Rerespetuhin ng Senado ay ang warrant from a civilian court. Hindi pupuwede ang proclamation ni Mr. Duterte. 'Yan ang instruction, 'yan ang aming susundin," he said.

Trillanes also believed his arrest would only mean that democracy doesn't work anymore in the current administration.

"Kung gagawin nila, kung anong gusto nilang gawin, walang makakapigil. Pero magiging maliwanag ito sa taong-bayan na wala na tayong demokrasya," he said.

"I believe it will lead to something na sila rin po ang tatamaan," he added.

The soldier-turned-lawmaker also hoped the high court will be enlightened after his camp filed a petition for certiorari, prohibition, and injunction against Duterte's revocation of his amnesty.

"Kapag inaffirm nila 'yan, ibig sabihin, binibigyan nila nang kapangyarihan ang presidente na mag-issue ng warrant by virtue of proclamation," he added.

Trillanes says he is confident that he presented a strong legal case at the Supreme Court. "Once pinagbigyan nila ito (presidential proclamation), kakainan sila ng poder," he said.

Trillanes said they’ve been receiving information since Tuesday about his possible arrest, adding that they’ve set arrangements. He said his family is coping with the situation.

'Stand with Trillanes'

Meanwhile, opposition Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan on Thursday night called on the public to show their support to Trillanes over the latter's looming arrest.

"We call on everyone who values democracy to come to the Senate and show their support for Sen. Sonny. Our presence there will hopefully make those effecting the illegal arrest think twice," he said.

Another opposition lawmaker, Senator Bam Aquino, echoed his statement. 

"Ngayong matindi ang banta sa mga tumututol sa gobyerno, lalong hindi tayo aatras. Suportado natin si Sen. Trillanes. Tuloy ang laban. #StandWithTrillanes," Aquino said.

Trillanes said he is appreciative and grateful to opposition senators for their support. He said the detained Sen. Leila de Lima even sent food. 

He said the Senate is protecting an institution and not a person.

He also thanked civil society groups and private individuals for their support.

President Rodrigo Duterte earlier this week issued Proclamation 572, voiding the amnesty given to Trillanes for taking part in 2 coup plots against the administration of then president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. - with reports from Mike Navallo and Zhander Cayabyab, ABS-CBN News