Trillanes leaves Senate, heads home


Posted at Sep 29 2018 10:53 AM | Updated as of Sep 29 2018 12:14 PM

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV stands at the doorway of his Senate office, September 28, 2018. The lawmaker, facing revived criminal charges for leading two uprisings more than a decade ago, heads home Saturday after 25 days in his office. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - Senator Antonio Trillanes IV left his Senate office past 10 a.m. Saturday morning after staying there for 25 days as he faced arrest following President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision to void his amnesty. 

This after a Makati court on Friday deferred issuing an arrest warrant against the former Navy officer for coup d'etat charges filed against him for his role in the 2003 Oakwood mutiny.

"For now, magpapahinga ako (I will rest) and I'll try to be with my family. We'll see within the next few days, I'll visit my mother who is confined [in a hospital] right now," Trillanes told reporters before leaving the Senate. 

He said he would immediately go back to work on Monday and talk to fellow lawmakers about his resolutions involving corruption allegations against the administration.

"Starting Monday, I will resume my work. Ako ay makikiusap sa liderato ng iba't ibang mga komite na may pending resolutions kami ng mga anomalya ng administrasyong ito. 'Yung mga corruption allegations kay (Solicitor General Jose) Calida, 'yung mga corruption allegations kay Bong Go at 'yung involvement sa illegal drugs ni [President Rodrigo] Duterte mismo," Trillanes said.

(Starting Monday I will resume my work. I will talk to the leaders of different committees about my pending resolutions regarding anomalies involving this administration. The corruption allegations against Solicitor General Jose Calida, corruption allegations against Bong Go, and Duterte's involvement in illegal drugs.)

Trillanes' convoy left the Senate at 10:40 a.m. 

The senator, a fierce administration critic, earlier said he would make the most out of his temporary victory but would prepare for the October 5 hearing before the Makati Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 148.

On Tuesday, Trillanes was arrested 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.