Trillanes can't be arrested in his office, says Sotto


Posted at Sep 25 2018 02:44 PM | Updated as of Sep 25 2018 03:31 PM

MANILA - Officers who will serve an arrest warrant against Senator Antonio Trillanes IV will have to wait for the opposition lawmaker to step out of the legislative building, Senate President Vicente Sotto III said Tuesday.

The Senate Sergeant at Arms will not allow them to enter the Senate, especially if session is on going, Sotto told reporters in a chance interview hours after a Makati court ordered for the arrest of the former Navy lieutenant over a withdrawn amnesty that revived rebellion charges against him.

"Hindi mangyayari 'yun at hindi namin papayagan na mangyari 'yun. Napakapangit naman tingnan sa amin (Senate) nun," Sotto said when asked if Trillanes will be arrested in his office.

"He will have to go outside the Senate premises, outside the Senate building [before he can be arrested]," he said.

Trillanes has holed up in his office for 3 weeks to avoid "illegal arrests" after President Rodrigo Duterte's Proclamation 572 became public.

The proclamation voided an amnesty granted to Trillanes by the Aquino administration over 2 failed uprisings against former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in 2003 and 2007.

Trillanes "knows what to do," Sotto said.

The Senate President was momentarily speechless when asked how he felt that 2 senators have already been jailed under the current administration.

Opposition Senator Leila de Lima was arrested in February 2017 over her alleged involvement in the proliferation of illegal drugs inside the national penitentiary when she was still Justice secretary.

"Ganun talaga life goes on. We just have to move on, we just have to do our job," Sotto said.