Makati court admits most of Trillanes' evidence in coup d'etat case

Jasmin Romero, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 12 2018 08:47 PM

MANILA - The Makati City court handling coup d'etat charges against Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV has admitted most of the evidence he submitted last week.

The senator is facing non-bailable coup d'etat charges before the Makati Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 148 in connection with the Oakwood mutiny in 2003.

It is one of two criminal cases revived against Trillanes after President Rodrigo Duterte voided his 2011 amnesty for allegedly failing to comply with application requirements. 

On Sept. 25, Trillanes was arrested on orders of the Makati RTC Branch 150 for separate rebellion charges over his role in the 2007 Manila Peninsula siege. He made bail on the same day and has a pending plea against his arrest. 

In an Oct. 11 order signed by Judge Andres Soriano, the court admitted the following pieces of evidence:

  • Trillanes' certificate of amnesty
  • Affidavits of witnesses Lt. Col. Josefa Berbigal, former Defense Undersecretary Honorio Azcueta, and Trillanes' Magdalo colleagues Dominador Rull Jr. and Emmanuel Tirador
  • Printed photograph of Trillanes' application for amnesty as part of Rull's affidavit
  • Printed photographs of Trillanes and Tirador as part of the latter's testimony
  • Photocopy of Memorandum dated January 5, 2011 signed by Lt. Col. Berbigal
  • Blank amnesty application form
  • Department of National Defense (DND) Amnesty Circular No. 1
  • DND Department Order No. 323 dated December 22, 2010
  • Former Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin's Memorandum dated May 23, 2011 
  • Certification dated August 30, 2018
  • The Original Manifestation and Ex-Parte Motion to Dismiss and Certificate of Amnesty
  • Original Copy of the Order dated September 21, 2011

The court, meanwhile, did not accept as evidence printouts of the official Facebook page of the Department of National Defense and printouts of an old picture of Trillanes since they “have not been duly authenticated and were never identified by any defense witnesses during their testimonies" in the hearing on Oct. 5.

While some of the evidence submitted were not authenticated, the court admitted them “in the interest of prudence and in consonance [with] the ruling of the Supreme Court."

The court is expected to rule on the Department of Justice's plea for the issuance of a warrant of arrest and hold departure order against Trillanes.