LOOK: Trillanes shows documents saying coup, rebellion raps dismissed


Posted at Sep 05 2018 12:34 PM

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MANILA - Senator Antonio Trillanes IV on Wednesday showed documents revealing the coup d'etat and rebellion cases against him were already dismissed in 2011.

Speaking to reporters, Trillanes said the documents he showed are certified true documents obtained from the court. He said this means authorities cannot arrest him for these charges.

"Dismissed na," he said, showing two documents. "Certified true copy ito. Kahapon namin ito kinuha sa Branch 148 (Makati court). September 21, 2011. Ang hawak nila 2010."

"Aarestuhin nila ako. Ano ngayon ang kaso ko? Magpipiyansa ako?Saan? Anong korte? Magkano? Sasabihin nila non-bailable? Bakit? Paano mo nasabi e dismissed na ang kaso e," he added.

Trillanes showed the documents after a Makati court sought his comment on the motion for an arrest warrant filed by the Department of Justice against him.

The senator added that when the dismissal order was issued, the prosecution was given 15 days to question it. However, prosecutors in-charge at the time did not avail of this remedy.

"Noong hindi nila finile, ibig sabihin noon they are not questioning it. Si Fadullon at si Navera, sila rin ang prosecutors noon," he said, referring to Acting Prosecutor General Richard Fadullon and Senior Assistant State Prosecutor Juan Pedro Navera.

In a press conference Tuesday, Fadullon said cases against Trillanes were already up for promulgation when the amnesty was granted to him.

Trillanes said he is alarmed by the "level of stupidity" of those who are defending the proclamation of President Rodrigo Duterte to void his amnesty.

In the proclamation issued August 31, Duterte voided Trillanes' amnesty for his alleged failure to formally apply for one and for his supposed failure to admit guilt.

The senator, who is one of Duterte's loudest critics, has already denied these claims, even playing a video in the Senate to prove he formally applied for amnesty.

Guevarra said Trillanes should prove his claim in court. But Trillanes said the burden of proof is on the administration because they were the ones who lost his document.