'He upheld justice': Trillanes thanks Judge Soriano for upholding rule of law

Rose Carmelle Lacuata, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 22 2018 06:03 PM | Updated as of Oct 22 2018 09:13 PM

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV answers questions during a press briefing on October 22, 2018. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - Senator Antonio Trillanes IV expressed his gratitude to Judge Andres Soriano for upholding the rule of law and justice when he denied the Department of Justice's (DOJ) motion to have Trillanes arrested for coup d'etat.

"Tayo po ay nagpapasalamat sa Panginoon na pinagbigyan niya ang mga kahilingan ng lahat ng nananalangin na manaig ang tama," he told reporters Monday.

(We thank God for answering the prayers of all those who prayed for truth to prevail.)

"Nais rin po nating pasalamatan si Judge Soriano na single-handedly, he upheld justice and the rule of law in our country despite the extreme pressure coming from the Duterte regime," the senator added.

(We also want to thank Judge Soriano for single-handedly upholding justice and rule of law in our country despite the extreme pressure coming from the Duterte regime.)

With his recent victory, Trillanes said he will continue his job as part of the opposition.

"I will just continue to do my job...Nothing changes, I'll be the same critic as I was before. I'm just upholding my role in our democracy as a member of the opposition," he said.

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In the decision penned by Soriano, the court cited records that show the coup d'etat case against Trillanes has been dismissed in September 21, 2011, and that the dismissal was "final and executory."

"Well established is the doctrine that a final and executory judgement shall be immutable. The court, in fact, loses jurisdiction over the case when its decision has become final and executory," the decision read.

However, the court sustained the "factual bases for the issuance of Proclamation No. 572" of President Rodrigo Duterte and Solicitor General Jose Calida revoking the amnesty of Sen. Trillanes. 

"Given its findings, both on the legality of proclamation no. 572 and its factual bases, the Court finds no reason to disturb the doctrine of immutability of a final and executory judgment," the court said. 

Trillanes was arrested nearly a month ago for rebellion, on orders of the Makati RTC Branch 150 over the 2007 Manila Peninsula siege. He posted bail on the same day. 

The 2 cases were revived after President Rodrigo Duterte voided his 2011 amnesty for allegedly failing to comply with application requirements.

The Department of Justice earlier asked the 2 Makati courts to order Trillanes' arrest and bar his departure from the country, arguing that the nullification of his amnesty meant that all cases against the senator must be pursued. 

The senator has insisted that his amnesty is valid and that he followed procedure. 

A former Navy lieutenant, Trillanes won a seat in the Senate in 2007, campaigning from detention, and was reelected in 2013.