MANILA - Senator Antonio Trillanes IV left the country for the Netherlands early Tuesday morning, just a day after he posted bail for libel charges.
Trillanes boarded EVA airlines flight 262 bound for Netherlands via Taipei after nearly one hour with Immigration authorities at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1.
The senator flew to Europe with close-in security. He was sent off by a private lawyer who was given departure access pass at the Manila airport.
He is bound for the Netherlands, Spain and the UK from December 11, 2018 to January 12, 2019. He will also leave for the US on January 27, 2019 to February 10, 2019 as part of his official duty.
On Monday, the prosecutor handling the inciting to sedition case against Trillanes withdrew the Department of Justice's motion for the issuance of a hold departure order for "lack of witness."
On that day too, Trillanes also posted a total of P96,000 bail before a Pasay court for 4 counts of libel filed by President Rodrigo Duterte's son, Paolo.
The libel case stemmed from the senator's accusation that the younger Duterte and the President's son-in-law, Manases Carpio, of being involved in a scheme to extort money from ride-hailing firms.
Trillanes, Duterte's leading critic, has been a subject of legal troubles recently, especially after the President withdrew his amnesty over 2 failed military uprisings he led in 2003 and 2007.
The senator is currently out on bail on a rebellion charge that stemmed from the takeover of the Manila Peninsula Hotel in 2007.
Another court that heard a coup d'etat case over an earlier hotel siege in 2003 refused to order his arrest.--report from Raoul Esperas, ABS-CBN News