MANILA - Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV on Saturday said he will continue to stay at the Senate as law enforcers still have orders to arrest him despite Malacañang's statement that he will not be apprehended without a warrant.
A fierce critic of President Rodrigo Duterte, Trillanes has been holed up in his Senate office since Sep. 4 after the chief executive voided his amnesty. He has challenged Duterte's order in court.
Trillanes said he has received information that an arrest will be undertaken once he steps out of the Senate.
"Nabisto natin kaya pala panay ang sabi ng ‘pwede kang lumabas, di ka aarestuhin’ yun pala iniindahan niyo akong lumabas nang sa ganun aarestuhin ako sa labas," the senator said in an interview with DWIZ.
"Ang nakuha namin ay diretsong information from the arresting units na aarestuhin ako."
Trillanes said he confirmed this information when his vehicle was allegedly tailed by 2 motorcycles on Thursday, thus cancelling his plan to return home.
"Maliwanag yan kasi nga nung nagpa-gasolina lang yung aking sasakyan ay talagang nakita yung mga nagbuntot na intelligence operatives," he said.
"Tapos nag-augment sila ng mga PNP units dito sa labas ng gate ng Senado. Mukhang plano nila paglabas ko, hindi na nila pababalikin. Sasarahan na nila."
Trillanes said the courts might decide on pending motions related to his case within the next two weeks.
Two Makati courts have yet to rule on the justice department's petition for an arrest warrant on Trillanes.