Trillanes' camp confident against coup d'etat case

Anjo Bagaoisan, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 28 2018 05:57 AM

MANILA - Senator Antonio Trillanes IV's legal team is confident that they have a good case against the coup d'etat charge being revived by state prosecutors.

"We're very confident about our case. Of course, we're always on guard kung anumang puwedeng mangyari, dahil maraming puwedeng nakakagulat na mangyari," former Solicitor General Florin Hilbay said Thursday.

Trillanes' camp had a meeting until late Thursday night at the Senate to prepare for any outcome.

"In case something happens, we have to act immediately. We're hoping that nothing happens, para Sen. Trillanes remains free," Hilbay said.

"Of course the primary goal is to protect the liberty of Sen. Trillanes and we'll do everything in our power to keep him free."

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has a pending motion for an arrest warrant against Trillanes at the Makati Regional Trial Court Branch 148, which handled the senator's coup d'etat case over the 2003 Oakwood Mutiny. The court has yet to issue a resolution.

Hilbay said they are hoping for a favorable outcome.

"I think it reflects the difficulty that's been placed on Judge (Andres) Soriano. He needs all the time in the world to think about the consequences of what he might or might not do. We remain hopeful that Judge Soriano will do the right thing. And the right thing to do is very obvious here," he said. 

Hilbay also advised Trillanes to remain in his office.

"So long as there is no definite decision, he should stay inside the Senate since this is the safest place to be," he said.