Trillanes to post bail, says lawyer


Posted at Sep 25 2018 02:54 PM | Updated as of Sep 25 2018 04:38 PM

MANILA - (2nd UPDATE) Opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV will post bail Tuesday after a Makati City court ordered his arrest on 2007 rebellion charges, his lawyer said.

Lawyer Reynaldo Robles made the remark just hours after the court issued an arrest warrant and hold departure order (HDO) against Trillanes over his role in the 2007 Manila Peninsula Siege. 

Robles said Trillanes might return to the Senate after posting bail.

"Pero kami ang balak namin, kung matapos po tayo dito nang maaga babalik pa tayo sa Senado dahil may session pa naman," he told radio DZMM.

(We plan to go back to the Senate if we finish here early because there's still a session.)

Trillanes in a press conference Tuesday said he would go with the arresting officers and would post bail.

"Gaya ng sinabi ko, sasama ako sa arresting team pagka may warrant, no matter how unjust the warrant may be. Pero 'yun 'yon. After this dere-deretso na kaming magpo-post ng bail," he said.

(Like I said, I will go with the arresting team if there is a warrant, no matter how unjust the warrant may be. But that's it. After this I will proceed to post bail.)

The Makati Regional Trial Court Branch 150 set Trillanes' bail at P200,000.

In its resolution, the court granted the Department of Justice's request for a warrant of arrest and HDO against Trillanes after President Rodrigo Duterte voided Trillanes' amnesty that former President Benigno Aquino III had granted him in 2011. ​

In nullifying the amnesty, Duterte cited Trillanes' alleged failure to file an application form and express guilt for his role in the 2007 siege and the 2003 mutiny at the Oakwood Premier luxury hotel in Makati City. 

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

The senator has been holed up in his Senate office since Duterte's August 31 proclamation was made public on September 4. ​

This is a developing story. More details to follow.