Trillanes to be given Senate security if arrested, says Sotto

Adrian Ayalin, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 16 2018 03:53 PM

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV leaves the Makati City Police headquarters after being arrested and booked for rebellion charges over the 2007 Manila Peninsula siege, Sept. 25, 2018. Noel Celis, Agence France-Presse

MANILA- The Senate is willing to provide additional security detail to Senator Antonio Trillanes IV should an arrest warrant be issued against him, Senate President Vicente Sotto III said Tuesday.

The additional security will be provided from the time of Trillanes' possible arrest up to his detention, Sotto said.

“Kung ire-request niya, we will allow it," he said.

(If he will request for it, we will allow it.)

“I'm sure if that (arrest) happens, Sen. Trillanes has promised that he will face the warrant so I do not expect anything untoward,” Sotto added.

Sotto's remarks come ahead of a court ruling on the Department of Justice’s motion for the issuance of arrest warrant and hold departure order in connection with the coup d’etat case filed against Trillanes over his participation in the Oakwood mutiny in 2003.

The case against Trillanes has been revived following President Rodrigo Duterte's withdrawal of his amnesty due to his alleged failure to apply for it properly and express guilt for his crime.

The senator, known to be critical of the present administration, is facing a separate rebellion case over his 2007 Manila Peninsula siege against then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

The court handling Trillanes' rebellion case ordered his arrest last month but the senator was immediately released after posting bail.