Makati court denies Trillanes, DOJ appeals to coup d'etat case ruling

Mike Navallo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 23 2018 08:59 PM

Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV. ABS-CBN News/File

MANILA - A Makati court has denied appeals separately filed by opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV and the Department of Justice (DOJ) on its ruling on the lawmaker's coup d'etat case.

The Makati Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 148 denied both motions for partial reconsideration due to rehashed arguments.

"A perusal of the respective motions of the People (represented by DOJ) and Trillanes show that they are mere rehash of the issues and arguments which have already been exhaustively threshed out, passed upon and discussed in the assailed order," Makati RTC Branch 148 Judge Andres Soriano said in a joint order.

Soriano handles Trillanes' coup d'etat case for his role in the 2003 Oakwood mutiny, which was revived after President Rodrigo Duterte voided his 2011 amnesty in September.

In the ruling dated Nov. 22 and released Friday, Soriano junked the DOJ's plea against his rejection of its bid for an arrest warrant and hold departure order against Trillanes on Oct. 22.

Trillanes, meanwhile, contested the court's move to uphold the constitutionality of Presidential Proclamation No. 572, which voided his amnesty.

In its Oct. 22 ruling, the court had explained that the senator's coup d’ etat case had long been dismissed and noted that Trillanes did apply for amnesty and admitted his guilt. In the same breath, it upheld the legality of Duterte's proclamation.

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra, meanwhile, said Friday he would "discuss further [legal] strategy" with Solicitor General Calida. It was Calida who had sought a review of Trillanes' amnesty.

"[C]ertainly, this is not the end of the saga. More to unfold!" Guevarra said.

Apart from the Makati RTC Branch 148, Branch 150 of the same court is handling a rebellion case against Trillanes over the 2007 Manila Peninsula siege, also revived in the wake of Duterte's order.

Duterte had voided Trillanes' amnesty saying he failed to comply with application requirements, including admitting guilt. The lawmaker, among the President's staunch critics, has maintained he followed procedure.