Trillanes camp defers filing of 'urgent motion' before Makati court

Sherrie Ann Torres, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 27 2018 01:56 PM

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV gives a press briefing at the Philippine Senate in Pasay, on Wednesday. Trillanes went back to work at the Senate a day after posting bail at the Makati Regional Trial Court for his 2007 rebellion case. He anticipates another arrest warrant for his coup d'etat case which may be revived by the court. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - The camp of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV has deferred the filing of an "urgent motion" before the Makati court that issued an arrest warrant against him, the lawmaker's lead counsel said Thursday. 

Asked why the camp decided to defer the move, lawyer Reynaldo Robles said, "there is still no urgency to do so."

The Makati Regional Trial Court Branch 150 has issued an arrest warrant against Trillanes last Tuesday, weeks after President Rodrigo Duterte voided his amnesty.

Branch 150 handled rebellion charges against Trillanes for his role in the 2007 Manila Peninsula siege, a case supposedly dismissed by virtue of the amnesty he got. 

Police had taken custody of Trillanes following the arrest order but the senator immediately posted a P200,000 bail for his temporary liberty.

The Justice Department has a pending motion for an arrest warrant against Trillanes at the Makati RTC Branch 148, which handled his coup d'etat case for his role in the 2003 Oakwood Mutiny. The court has yet to issue a resolution.

Robles said they will file an urgent motion if Branch 148 will issue an arrest warrant. What's important right now to them, he said, is that Trillanes has posted bail and will remain in his office while waiting the court's ruling.

Shortly before noon today, a smiling Trillanes went out of his room to face the media. 

Asked about his possible arrest and detention if the court orders his arrest, the senator said, "Okay lang. Ano ba naman 'yung ilang araw ka lang na andun?"

Trillanes said he will be meeting with his lawyers today to further discuss his case. He told reporters that everything has been readied in case the arrest really takes place.

"Naka-ready na 'yung timba at tabo.. just in case wala doon," he joked. "O chill lang muna ha?"

Trillanes was supposed to deliver his privilege speech on the arrest order against him but later canceled the schedule.