Trillanes: PNP, AFP told to arrest me even sans warrant

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Posted at Sep 07 2018 10:01 PM

MANILA - Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV on Friday night said the police and military still have orders to arrest him despite Malacañang's earlier announcement.

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque earlier said President Rodrigo Duterte will wait for the issuance of an arrest warrant against Trillanes from the courts.

"The instruction is to abide with the rule of law. Pag walang warrant of arrest from any court, do not apprehend Senator Trillanes. That is what he means by abiding by the rule of law,” Roque told reporters in Jordan.

But the mutineer-turned-senator belied Roque's statement.

"This is not true. The AFP and PNP still have orders to have me arrested even without a warrant," he said.

Trillanes has not left his office at the Senate after Duterte invalidated his amnesty grant through a proclamation released Tuesday.

The Department of Justice has sought arrest warrants and hold departure orders against the senator from Makati Regional Trial Court branches 148 and 150.

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.