MANILA - The National Capital Region Police Office said Sunday it has already secured the arrest warrant against Senator Antonio Trillanes IV who is facing libel charges.
Police have begun coordinating with the Senate sergeant-at-arms as they continue to follow up on the whereabouts of Trillanes, NCRPO Director Guillermo Eleazar said.
Libel charges against Trillanes were filed by President Rodrigo Duterte's son, Paolo, a year after the senator accused him of corruption.
The Davao City Regional Trial Court Branch 54 last Friday ordered the arrest of Trillanes. The court also set bail at P24,000 for each of the four cases of libel, bringing it to a total of P96,000.
Eleazar said Metro Manila police officers may arrest the senator as long as they have a copy of the warrant from the authorities in Davao City.
Trillanes, a leading critic of President Duterte, also cried foul over his latest legal problem. The senator said he would post bail for the case on Monday.
"Baliktad ang hustisya sa gobyerno ni Duterte. Ang mga mandarambong ay pinalaya na. Ang mga kritiko naman ay gagawan ng kaso para pilit na maikulong," he said earlier.
(Justice in the Duterte administration is lopsided. Corrupt officials are freed while critics are slapped with trumped up charges so they'd end up in jail.)
The arrest warrant comes after Trillanes paid a P200,000 travel bond at a Makati Court after it junked the DOJ's request for a hold departure order against the senator.
He is set to fly to the Netherlands, Spain and United Kingdom from Dec. 11, 2018 to Jan. 12, 2019, and the US from Jan. 27 to Feb. 10, 2019 to attend various activities as part of his official duties.
Trillanes was earlier arrested after Duterte invalidated his amnesty through Proclamation 572. The senator has been out on bail since September.
--report from Henry Atuelan, ABS-CBN News