Trillanes cancels plan to go home, says car being tailed

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 13 2018 07:34 PM

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV in his office at the Senate on Friday, Sept. 7, 2018. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

MANILA- Senator Antonio Trillanes IV canceled Thursday his plan to return home after claiming that his car was tailed by 2 motorcycles.

A fierce critic of President Rodrigo Duterte, Trillanes has been holed up in his Senate office since Tuesday last week after the chief executive voided his amnesty. He has challenged Duterte's order in court.

The opposition senator earlier bared plans to go home by Thursday night even as the Supreme Court denied his petition for a preliminary injunction.

Trillanes welcomed the top court's denial of his plea, explaining that it means "the bottomline is hindi mae-effect yung arrest (the arrest cannot be effected)."

On Thursday, the former Navy lieutenant changed his tune, saying he will postpone plans of leaving his Senate sanctuary after his vehicle was supposedly tailed.

Two motorcycles allegedly followed Trillanes' vehicle when it went out to refuel at a gasoline station. The senator's staff was able to take photos of the motorists dressed in civilian clothing.

Trillanes said his staff is already working on identifying the motorists and are tracing their plate numbers.

"It's more prudent to stay here in the meantime," said Trillanes.

Duterte on Thursday however said “nobody’s interested” to arrest Trillanes, when asked if there was an urgency to arrest the senator.

“The military does not have the interest. I don’t have the interest. He can stay there as a boarder,” Duterte told reporters.

“I said, don’t arrest until there’s a warrant. It’s only the civilian courts [which can order the arrest], but there is nor order yet. So if there’s no order, huwag pakialaman (let him be).”

-report from Mike Navallo and Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News