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AFP can arrest Trillanes without warrant

by admin   |   Posted on Wednesday, 5 September 2018 03:26 PM


Military police tasked to arrest Sen. Antonio Trillanes wait outside the Senate building

Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) may arrest Sen. Antonio Trillanes any time even without a warrant of arrest.

This is to resume the court martial’s hearing of administrative cases against the senator for violation of Articles of War 96 (Conduct Unbecoming an Officer and a Gentleman) and Articles of War 97 (Conduct Prejudicial to Good Order and Military Discipline) which were suspended by the amnesty in 2011.

Department of National Defense (DND) Internal Audit Service Chief Atty. Ronald Patrick Rubin said the voiding of the amnesty granted to Trillanes authorizes provost marshals of the AFP to arrest him under the military court.

“The acts for which he was charged happened while he was in active service. So although he is a civilian now the jurisdiction of the court martial was acquired while he was an active officer of the armed forces,” said Atty. Rubin.

However, Andolong clarified that out of respect for the Senate, the military police tasked to arrest Trillanes remain outside the premises of the Senate building while higher AFP officials continue to negotiate with Senate President Tito Sotto on voluntarily turning over Trillanes.

“Nirerespeto naman namin ang Senado, we are a civilized people first of all,” he said.

Rubin assured fair treatment from arresting officers when the time comes for the arrest.

“We have an officer present there together with MP’s and we trust that they will exercise good judgement in handling the situation. This organization is a very professional organization,” he said.

The AFP is currently forming a five-member general court martial that will hear the case of Trillanes.

At present, Andolong said Trillanes should prove that he submitted an application for amnesty because DND could not find a copy of it in their records.

“May ceremonial na ginawa dito sa Aguinaldo, nagkapirmahan sila ng form, unfortunately we don’t have a copy of that and of the form; kahit blangko. Eh this was a unique case that was applied to their group,” he said.

Andolong also mentioned the video taken in 2011 that showed Trillanes swearing an oath and presenting a filled out application form.

“I was told that his note of allegiance na pinakita niya doon sa video, yung picture, unfortunately mukhang siya lang ata ang may hawak ng original, dahil we cannot locate it at the moment. Kung he submitted it to the committee o Malacañang, hindi namin alam. Only he can answer that,” he said.

Andolong added that the granting of amnesty was not based on said video as it may have been a photo op only and the documents may not have been submitted at all.

He also said that the senator’s detention facility has been prepared at the AFP Custodial Center inside Camp Aguinaldo and assured that he will not be accorded any special treatment. — Lea Ylagan

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Duterte slams Trillanes for nitpicking his drug war, Hong Kong trip

by admin   |   Posted on Wednesday, 20 February 2019 08:52 PM

(L-R) Senator Antonio Trillanes IV and President Rodrigo Duterte

QUEZON CITY, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte hit Senator Antonio Trillanes IV anew following the latter’s criticism of his controversial war on drugs and recent trip to Hong Kong.

In a statement last Sunday, Trillanes said that many Filipinos believe there are now fewer drug addicts in the Philippines because the government killed many of them without due process and opportunity for rehabilitation. The Senator was referring to a recent survey which revealed that majority of Filipinos said that they now see fewer drug addicts on the streets.

In a speech during the 9th Anniversary of the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDa) in Davao City on Wednesday, Duterte lashed out at Trillanes for believing more the figures coming from the critics of his administration and other countries.

“A stupid senator. Trillanes said, ‘Oh they are dead, they are no more — because they are dead.’ And so? Are you not happy that I’m doing it for you instead of you, a military idiot?” Duterte said.

“You do not even know how to count. And you kowtow to the figures of foreigners. You go to America, Trillanes,” he added.

Duterte also slammed Trillanes’ claim that he went to Hong Kong to allegedly undergo a medical check up or to transfer funds in his bank accounts.

“You take on every issue. I [went] to Hong Kong to celebrate the birthday of my wife because that was the order of my daughter. And the order of my daughter, just like the order of the mayor here, I follow,” he said.

On Friday, Duterte went to Hong Kong with his partner, Cielito ‘Honeylet’ Avanceña, and their teenage daughter, Veronica. The President said they went there to celebrate Avanceña’s birthday.

The President also berated the opposition senator for nitpicking on his administration.

Trillanes is among the staunch critics of the Duterte government.

“You know what, this Trillanes, you are paying a public servant who was just there to nitpick issues.” – Robie de Guzman (with reports from Marisol Montaño)

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As nations turn on Maduro, Venezuela leader parades with military

by admin   |   Posted on Monday, 28 January 2019 11:23 AM

President Nicolas Maduro with military for exercises in Carabobo, Venezuela on January 27, 2019 | Reuters

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro oversaw a display of the army’s Russian hardware on Sunday (January 27), with anti-aircraft flak and tank rounds pounding a hillside to show military force and loyalty in the face of an international ultimatum to call fresh elections.

Maduro, 56, is confronting an unprecedented challenge to his authority after opposition leader Juan Guaido declared himself interim president citing a fraudulent election. Guaido has won wide international support and offers amnesty to soldiers who join him. On Sunday, Israel joined the countries backing the 35-year-old leader.

Early on Sunday, flanked by Defence Minister Vladimir Padrino, Maduro watched a platoon of soldiers release volleys of rocket-propelled grenades, machine gun anti-aircraft fire and tank rounds at hillside targets, the Russian ordnance kicking up clouds of dust at the Fort of Paramacay, an armoured vehicle base.

Maduro said the display showed the world he has the backing of the military, and that Venezuela’s armed forces are ready to defend the country. Maduro says Guaido is taking part in a coup directed by U.S. President Donald Trump’s hardline policy advisers, who include Cold War veterans John Bolton and Elliott Abrams.

Venezuela has sunk into turmoil under Maduro with food shortages and protests amid an economic and political crisis that has sparked mass emigration and inflation that is seen rising to 10 million percent this year.

Britain, Germany, France and Spain all said they would recognise Guaido if Maduro failed to call fresh elections within eight days, an ultimatum Russia said was “absurd” and the Venezuelan foreign minister called “childlike.”

Washington, Canada, most Latin American nations and many European states say Maduro stole his second-term election win last May. The former bus driver and union leader cruised to victory after blocking the main opposition candidates from running. Turnout was low. — Reuters

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‘Not a flight risk’ – Court denies motion for HDO vs. Trillanes

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Tuesday, 15 January 2019 01:34 PM

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV

DAVAO CITY, Philippines – The Davao City Regional Trial Court Branch 54 denied the motion of the Department of Justice (DOJ) seeking for the issuance of a hold departure order (HDO) against Senator Antonio Trillanes IV.

In an order released to media on Tuesday (January 15), Presiding Judge Melinda Alconcel-Dayanghirang ruled that Trillanes is not a flight risk.

“To the Court’s mind, the immediate voluntary surrender of the accused to the court upon his knowledge from media accounts of the warrants of arrest issued against him indicates that the risk of his flight or escape from this jurisdiction are highly unlikely,” Dayanghirang said in the five-page decision.

“His voluntary surrender and placing himself under the jurisdiction of the court is a demonstration of his utter respect for the legal processes of this country,” he added.

The decision was in relation to the four counts of libel filed against Trillanes by former Davao City vice mayor and presidential son, Paulo Duterte and Mayor Sarah’s husband, Atty. Mans Carpio after the senator accused the two of extortion with ride-sharing firm Uber and other private companies.

For the first time since he was declared ‘persona non grata’ in Davao City in February 2018, Trillanes stepped foot on its soil to attend his arraignment.

Trillanes maintained he will not run away from the charges. In fact, he traveled to Davao to show up in court. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Mai Bermudez)

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