MANILA - The Department of Justice on Sunday denied Magdalo party-list Rep. Gary Alejano's claim that the government is pressuring a Makati judge to rule against his ally, Senator Antonio Trillanes, in a coup d'etat case.
Alejano has claimed that Makati Regional Trial Court Branch 148 Judge Andres Soriano is under "intense" pressure to grant the DOJ's petition to issue a warrant of arrest against Trillanes for leading the 2003 Oakwood mutiny, after his amnesty was revoked by President Rodrigo Duterte.
The DOJ, in a statement, said it does not interact with Soriano, except through the pleadings filed and arguments raised in open court.
"Rep. Alejano’s allegations tend to impede the orderly administration of justice, unfairly cast aspersion on the integrity and professionalism of the Department of Justice and its state prosecutors, and contumaciously influence Judge Soriano’s decision-making process," it said.
Duterte withdrew Trillanes' amnesty due to his alleged failure to apply for it properly and express guilt for his crime.
The senator is facing a separate rebellion case over his 2007 Manila Peninsula siege with Alejano and other Magdalo soldiers against then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
He was arrested over the rebellion charge last month, but was immediately released after posting bail.