MANILA - (2ND UPDATE) The Makati Regional Trial Court (RTC) branch handling Senator Antonio Trillanes' coup d'état case has deferred ruling on an arrest warrant and set a hearing next week, his lawyer said Friday.
Trillanes announced that he will return home on Saturday after the decision by presiding Judge Andres Bartolome Soriano of Makati RTC Branch 148.
The court set a hearing on October 5 at 9 a.m., said Rey Robles, Trillanes' counsel.
Trillanes' camp is expected to present evidence on whether or not the lawmaker filed his application for amnesty, and whether or not there was an admission of guilt on his part.
In its order, the court pointed out that this does not mean the case has been reopened or that the Department of Justice motion is being given due course.
"Between now and the hearing, we do not foresee [any] basis for issuance of a warrant of arrest," Robles said.
Robles said this means their camp will be given an opportunity to present witnesses and documents to prove their case.
A separate branch on Tuesday ordered the former mutineer's arrest over rebellion charges. Trillanes posted bail and returned to the Senate.
The lawmaker has been holed up in the Senate for 3 weeks since President Rodrigo Duterte voided his amnesty and ordered the military and the police to "employ all lawful means to apprehend" him so that he could be detained.
"Nanaig po ang tama at kabutihan. Nailagay sa lugar si Duterte at ang kanyang angkan at sana maguloy-tuloy ito," he told reporters after Robles announced the RTC decision.
- report from Mike Navallo, ABS-CBN News