Trillanes camp mulls plea vs arrest warrant


Posted at Sep 26 2018 09:38 AM | Updated as of Sep 26 2018 09:43 AM

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MANILA - The camp of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV on Wednesday said it is considering filing a motion for reconsideration seeking to overturn the arrest order against him following the withdrawal of his amnesty over 2 failed uprisings.

Trillanes was arrested Tuesday for the 2007 Manila Peninsula siege. He walked free on the same day after posting bail of P200,000.

The warrant of arrest against him was issued by the Makati Regional Trial Court Branch 150, some 3 weeks after President Rodrigo Duterte voided Trillanes' amnesty due to his alleged failure to file an application form and express guilt for his crime.

"Kakakuha lang namin kahapon ng resolusyon ng husgado. Pinag-aaralan namin ngayon at titingnan namin kung kailangan mag-file ng motion for reconsideration para marekonsidera iyung naging basehan ng pag-i-issue ng warrant," Trillanes' lawyer Reynaldo Robles told radio DZMM.

(We only received a copy of the court resolution yesterday and we are studying it. We will look into whether we need to file a motion for reconsideration against the basis for the issuance of the warrant.)

Their camp, he said, presented 4 witnesses who said they saw Trillanes filing his application for the amnesty that was eventually granted to him in 2011 by President Benigno Aquino III.

Those seeking amnesty are not given a copy of their application form, Robles noted.

The Department of Defense has said Trillanes' amnesty documents are "missing."

Trillanes will stay at his Senate office, where he has been holed up since Sept. 4, when the withdrawal of his amnesty was made public, said Robles.

The senator is facing separate coup d'état charges for his 2003 Oakwood mutiny, a case of inciting to sedition for allegedly prodding soldiers to revolt against Duterte, and libel charges for his allegations against the President's son, former Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte.

DZMM, 26 September 2018