MANILA - Senator Antonio Trillanes IV has asked the court that ordered his arrest for permission to travel to parts of Europe and the United States.
In a motion filed Nov. 20, Trillanes asked the Makati City Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 150 to allow him to travel to the Netherlands, Spain and United Kingdom from Dec 11, 2018 to Jan 11, 2019, and the US from Jan 27 to Feb 10, 2019 to meet different groups and attend various activities.
The court had ordered the lawmaker's arrest in September over rebellion charges against him for the 2007 Manila Peninsula siege and banned him from leaving the country without its permission. Trillanes posted bail on the same day.
The Department of Justice (DOJ) sought the issuance of an arrest warrant and hold departure order against Trillanes after President Rodrigo Duterte voided his amnesty over his alleged failure to comply with application requirements.
The DOJ pleaded for the same before the Makati RTC Branch 148, which handled the coup d'etat case against Trillanes for leading the 2003 mutiny at the Oakwood Premier hotel in Makati City, but it was denied.
- report from Mike Navallo, ABS-CBN News