MANILA - The Makati Regional Trial Court that issued an arrest warrant against opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV succumbed to "pressure" from the executive department, Magdalo Party-list Rep. Gary Alejano said Tuesday.
Makati RTC branch 150 issued the arrest order against the former Navy lieutenant, reviving Trillanes' rebellion case that had been dismissed for about a decade, said Alejano, who was alongside Trillanes during 2 uprisings against former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in 2003 and 2007.
Trillanes' rebellion case was revived after President Rodrigo Duterte issued Proclamation 572 that voided the former mutineer's amnesty for the lawmaker's alleged failure to file an amnesty application with a clear admission of guilt.
"It seems that somebody gave in to the pressures of Malacañang because as to the constitutionality of Proclamation 572, it is within the province of the Supreme Court," Alejano said.
The Supreme Court earlier ordered the Makati RTC "to receive information and conduct fact finding as to the requirements for amnesty" but the court instead issued the arrest order without resolving the constitutionality of the issue, he said.
Despite the "surprise" arrest order, Trillanes will face the charges "head on," Alejano said.
"We will face them head on. We will show to the Filipino people how this government is violating this constitution," he said.
"We are challenging the President to engage in a public debate on policies and not use government resources in getting back at your personal, political enemies," he said.
Trillanes, one of the fiercest critics of Duterte, earned the ire of the President after he alleged that the President has allegedly been keeping ill-gotten wealth in a bank account in Ortigas.
The opposition lawmaker also linked Duterte's son and son-in-law, former Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte and Mans Carpio to illegal drug shipments in the country.
The former Davao City vice mayor denied the allegations and filed a libel case against the senator.