Trillanes catches cold in Senate sanctuary - ally


Posted at Sep 09 2018 01:38 PM

MANILA - An "exhausted" Senator Antonio Trillanes caught a cold amid his nearly week-long stay at the Senate, following the withdrawal of his amnesty by President Rodrigo Duterte, an ally said Sunday. 

Duterte, in a proclamation made public last Tuesday, withdrew the amnesty that absolves Trillanes of charges over 2 failed mutinies. 

"Si Senator Trillanes, medyo not feeling well lang dahil he has to talk to so many people and groups hanggang gabi kaya medyo napagod din talaga... Medyo sinisipon," Magdalo Party-list Rep. Gary Alejano told reporters. 

(Senator Trillanes is not feeling well because he was exhausted after talking to so many people and groups since last night. He has a cold.) 

As a Navy lieutenant, Trillanes and his Magdalo band of soldiers and junior officers occupied the Oakwood Hotel in 2003 to protest alleged corruption under then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

Trillanes won a seat in the Senate in 2007, campaigning from detention. 

In November 2007, Trillanes and the Magdalo walked out of their coup d'etat hearing and occupied the Manila Peninsula Hotel to press Arroyo to resign.

He was granted amnesty in 2011 under then President Benigno Aquino III. He was reelected in 2013.

Trillanes said the withdrawal of his amnesty was meant to silence the Senate inquiry he was leading about government contracts bagged by a security firm connected to Solicitor General Jose Calida. 

The senator has petitioned the Supreme Court to block the voiding of his amnesty. 

Trillanes will remain in his office at the Senate until the high court issues a decision, said Alejano. 

Alejano added that they don't trust the President's statement that he would let the Supreme Court decide on the validity of his proclamation voiding Trillanes' amnesty.

"Iba naman sa umaga, iba sa gabi ang sinasabi ng Pangulo. You cannot really trust the President," he said, adding that arresting officers have not been ordered to leave their posts around the Senate building. 

(What the President says in the morning is different from what he would say come evening.)