Police takes Trillanes into custody


Posted at Sep 25 2018 03:22 PM | Updated as of Sep 25 2018 04:12 PM

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV at the Makati Police headquarters after police took him into custody. Photo courtesy of NCRPO

MANILA -- Police took custody of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, President Rodrigo Duterte's most vocal critic, on rebellion charges Tuesday, nearly three weeks since his amnesty over two failed military uprisings was voided.

Police officers led by Metro Manila Police chief Guillermo Eleazar, fetched Trillanes at the parking lot of the Senate, where he had been holed up since Duterte nullified his amnesty. 

The development came after the Makati Regional Trial Court Branch 150 granted the Department of Justice's request for an arrest warrant against the senator for his role in the 2007 Manila Peninsula Siege. 

Police take mugshots of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV at the Makati City Police headquarters on Tuesday. Eric Dastas, ABS-CBN News 

Trillanes is the second opposition senator to be arrested under Duterte after Senator Leila de Lima was taken into police custody in early 2017 on drug-dealing charges, which she denied and decried as political persecution.

Duterte had withdrawn the amnesty that former President Benigno Aquino III granted Trillanes in 2011 due to his alleged failure to file an application form and express guilt for his crime. 

Trillanes has asserted that he followed proper procedure in applying for and securing amnesty. 

He has been holed up in his office at the Senate building since the President's August 31 proclamation was made public on September 4. 

The senator had long accused Duterte of keeping secret bank accounts, which the President has repeatedly denied.

Aside from rebellion charges, Trillanes was also charged with coup d'etat before another Makati court and violation of Articles of War 96 (conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman) and 97 (conduct prejudicial to good order and military discipline) before a military court. 

The cases stemmed from the Magdalo group's takeover of the Oakwood luxury apartments in Makati City on July 27, 2003. Four years later, the group walked out of their Makati court hearing and occupied the Manila Peninsula hotel.

In both instances, the Magdalo protested alleged corruption under then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

Trillanes won a seat in the Senate in 2007, campaigning from detention and was reelected in 2013.

This is a developing story. More details to follow.