Court orders Trillanes arrest


Posted at Sep 25 2018 01:51 PM | Updated as of Sep 25 2018 03:47 PM

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MANILA (4th UPDATE) - A Makati court on Tuesday ordered the arrest of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, weeks after President Rodrigo Duterte voided his amnesty, reviving charges against him for failed uprisings in 2003 and 2007. 

The Makati Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 150, which handles the rebellion case against Trillanes over the 2007 Manila Peninsula siege, issued the arrest warrant 21 days since Duterte voided the former Navy officer's 2011 amnesty. 

The court, in a 2-page order by Judge Elmo Alameda, also banned the lawmaker from leaving the country without its permission. 

The Department of Justice earlier asked the court to order Trillanes' arrest and bar his departure from the country, arguing that the nullification of his amnesty meant that all cases against the senator must be pursued. 


Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque urged Trillanes to respect the court order.

"That warrant of arrest is immediately executory and he should show respect for our court processes, voluntarily surrender and face the charges against him," Roque told ANC. 

"Whatever Senator Antonio Trillanes IV has to say can be addressed to the court. Let us stop the drama by presscon and allow the legal process to take its course," he added in a statement. 
Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra, in a separate statement, said it was "significant to note that the court recognizes that the case is still very much alive." 


Trillanes, for his part, claimed democracy was "defeated" as he insisted that the amnesty granted to him was valid and that he followed procedure. 

"Natalo po ang demokrasya ngayong araw na ito. Officially ay wala na po tayong demokrasya. This case goes beyond me," he told reporters. 

(Democracy lost today. Officially, we no longer have democracy.) 

Trillanes' camp will post bail, his lawyer Reynaldo Robles said. 

Trillanes has been holed up the Senate building since September 4, when the withdrawal of his amnesty was made public. 

He left the Senate on board a police vehicle around 3 p.m. and arrived shortly at the Makati police headquarters.

Trillanes, a fierce administration critic, is facing a separate coup d'etat case at the Makati RTC Branch 148 for leading the 2003 mutiny at the Oakwood Premier hotel in Makati City. 
Duterte, in a proclamation dated August 31, voided the amnesty granted by former President Benigno Aquino III to Trillanes for his alleged failure to file an application form and admit guilt for his crime. 

The senator has insisted that his amnesty is valid and that he followed procedure. 

- Reports from Arra Perez and Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News