'Flight risk': DOJ asks court to block Trillanes travel plea


Posted at Nov 28 2018 02:54 PM

MANILA - The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Wednesday asked a Makati court to block Senator Antonio Trillanes IV's planned travels to Europe and the United States. 

In response to Trillanes' travel plea filed Nov. 20, prosecutors told the Makati Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 150 that the senator, a former rebel, continues to be a "flight risk." 

Trillanes is facing a rebellion case at the court for his role in the Manila Peninsula siege and a separate coup d'etat case before the Makati RTC Branch 148 for leading the Oakwood mutiny. 

Both cases were revived after President Rodrigo Duterte voided his amnesty in September. 

In his motion, Trillanes sought the court's nod to travel to the Netherlands, Spain and United Kingdom from December 11, 2018 to Jan 11, 2019, and the US from January 27 to February, 10, 2019. 

The senator told the court that he would meet different groups and attend various activities in these countries. 

The court had ordered the lawmaker's arrest on Sept. 25 and banned him from leaving the country without its permission. 

Trillanes posted bail on the same day. 

The 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, but it was denied. -- report from Dexter Ganibe, ABS-CBN News