MANILA - Senator Antonio Trillanes IV returned home Saturday after staying at his Senate office for nearly a month, relieved that he was back with his family.
Trillanes' convoy arrived at his home just outside Metro Manila less than an hour since leaving the Senate in Pasay City. He had spent 25 days holed up in his office following President Rodrigo Duterte's decision to void his amnesty.
He was welcomed by his family and close friend Magdalo Party-list Representative Gary Alejano. The lawmaker was also reunited with his dog Bruno.
"Siyempre malaking kaluwagan sa aking dibdib na I got to see my family at itong bahay namin," Trillanes said.
(Of course it's a huge relief that I got to see my family and our house.)
The senator, a fierce administration critic, said his safe arrival at his house was the completion of what he calls a "political miracle." He had bared threats to his family while he was staying at the Senate.
"Alam niyo po ito, itong pagdating ko dito, nakumpleto na, ito na 'yung political miracles na nasaksihan natin. 'Yung journey na 'to, up and down, parang rollercoaster siya," he told reporters.
(You know, my arrival here, this completes the political miracles we have witnessed. This journey has been up and down, like a rollercoaster.)
"Noong Thursday, noong Friday, nangangamba 'yung mga kababayan natin, 'yung mga taga-suporta, na magwawagi 'yung kadiliman. Pero nandito tayo ngayon at naging iba 'yung plano ng Diyos," Trillanes said.
(On Thursday and on Friday, our fellowmen, my supporters were worried that darkness will prevail. But we're here now and God's plan changed.)
Trillanes also thanked everyone who prayed for him.
"I attribute that to all those who prayed for my welfare and safety and na manaig 'yung katotohanan. So nagpapasalamat ako sa inyong lahat," he said.
(I attribute this to all those who prayed for my welfare and my safety, and for truth to prevail. I thank all of you.)
Trillanes left his senate sanctuary after the Makati City Regional Trial Court (RTC), which handles the coup d'etat case against him over the 2003 Oakwood mutiny, deferred the issuance of a warrant of arrest against him and set a hearing on Oct. 5.
He said he would make the most out of his temporary victory.
His homecoming ended a tumultuous week for the lawmaker, who was arrested on Tuesday on orders of the Makati RTC Branch 150 over his involvement in the 2007 Manila Peninsula siege.
He posted a P200,000 bail on the same day and returned to his Senate office awaiting Branch 148’s action on his other case. The Department of Justice had asked both Makati RTC branches to issue an arrest warrant and hold departure order against the senator.
Criminal cases against Trillanes were revived after Duterte voided his amnesty over his supposed failure to formally apply for one and admit guilt. The former Navy lieutenant, however, denied this and showed photos and videos of his application.
Trillanes took Duterte's proclamation to the Supreme Court and sought a temporary restraining order, which the court denied on Sept. 11.