Court resets hearing on reinstated rebellion rap vs Trillanes

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 18 2019 04:06 PM

The Makati Regional Trial Court Branch 150 deferred Monday the resumption of court proceedings on the reinstated rebellion case against former senator Antonio Trillanes IV. 

Branch 150 Judge Elmo Alameda granted the motion of government prosecutors to reset the hearing to January 27, 2020, 2 p.m. 

Trillanes was charged with rebellion in connection with the 2007 Manila Peninsula siege but the court dismissed the case after he was granted amnesty by then President Benigno Aquino III in 2011. 

Alameda, however, upheld Proclamation No. 572 by President Rodrigo Duterte, which revoked the amnesty granted to Trillanes.

In his ruling, Alameda said Trillanes failed to substantiate his claim that he filed an application for amnesty when he was unable to present the “original hard copy, a duplicate copy, or even a photocopy showing that he personally accomplished and filed with the DND (Department of National Defense) Amnesty Committee his Official Amnesty Form duly acknowledged and stamped marked received…”

Alameda did not consider the pictures and documents Trillanes presented, including affidavits of former Department of Defense undersecretary Honorio Ascueta and Col. Josefa Berbigal, the Chairman and Head of Secretariat, respectively, of the DND Amnesty Committee.

Instead, he relied on the certification from the Armed Forces of the Philippines that it has no copy of the senator’s amnesty application, to conclude that Trillanes did not file any application.