Makati court concludes hearing on Trillanes coup charges

Bianca Dava, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 05 2018 08:39 PM

MANILA - The hearing on coup d’etat charges against Senator Antonio Trillanes IV at the Makati Regional Trial Court (RTC) was concluded Friday after some seven hours. 

Makati RTC Branch 148 ended proceedings past 4:30 p.m. on the case filed against the former Navy official for his alleged role in the 2003 Oakwood mutiny, which was revived after President Rodrigo Duterte voided his amnesty last month. 

Trillanes’ camp led by lawyer Reynaldo Robles presented four witnesses, while the prosecution led by Acting Prosecutor General Richard Anthony Fadullon presented five witnesses.

Both parties also presented their respective evidence in court.

During the hearing, Makati RTC Branch 148 Judge Andres Soriano tackled the Department of Justice’s motion to issue an arrest order against the senator. 

Also discussed were factual issues of the case, such as whether or not Trillanes really filed an amnesty application and if there was an admission of guilt at the time he applied and was granted amnesty in 2011.

The judge ordered the defense to file its formal written offer of exhibits on Tuesday, and the prosecution on Wednesday next week.

Upon submission of the offers, the matter before the court shall be submitted for resolution.

Should Soriano issue an arrest order against Trillanes, the senator may not be able to elude detention as the crime of coup d’etat is non-bailable.

On September 25, Makati RTC Branch 150 Judge Elmo Alameda issued an arrest warrant and hold departure order against the senator for rebellion.

The senator’s camp had tried to convince the court by presenting documentary evidence that included his certificate of amnesty, but Alameda did not accept this. 

Trillanes was arrested but posted bail on the same day.