AFP can arrest Trillanes without warrant

admin   •   September 5, 2018   •   12027

 

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

Trillanes, 3 others face kidnapping case

Robie de Guzman   •   August 30, 2019

Former Senator Antonio Trillanes IV

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) has filed a kidnapping with serious illegal detention charges against former Senator Antonio Trillanes IV and three others before the Department of Justice (DOJ).

Based on a copy of a complaint filed August 15, the complaint stemmed from the affidavit of Guillermina Lalic Barrido, a 43-year old businesswoman from Davao City.

Barrido claimed she was detained for nearly two weeks in two convents in Makati and Quezon City in December 2016, and forced to sign a document linking President Rodrigo Duterte to corruption and illegal drugs.

In 2017, Barrido accused Trillanes of trying to bribe her to make derogatory statements against Duterte.

The PNP-CIDG said in its complaint that “It is clear from the foregoing that herein respondents feloniously, maliciously and intentionally put the complainant under detention for 14 days in order to force her to do something against her will.”

Aside from Trillanes, also named as respondents to the complaint were lawyer Jude Sabio, a certain Sister Ling, and priest Albert Alejo.

It can be recalled that Sabio was the one who filed a communication with the International Criminal Court (ICC) against Duterte campaign against illegal drugs.

In a statement, Trillanes denied Barrido’s allegation, insisting that he does not know the complainant.

“Never ko na-meet ‘yan si Guillerma Arcillas or Barrido. San ka makakita na pari at madre daw ang kasama ko sa pagkidnap at sa kumbento pa daw sya dinetain?” he said.

“Bukod pa dyan, 2016 pa raw sya kinidnap pero ngayon lang nag-file ng kaso,” he added.

Trillanes, a staunch critic of the Duterte administration, said that based on the information he received, Barrido allegedly volunteered to testify against Duterte in exchange for money.

“Ang impormasyon ko d’yan ay isa siyang nagboluntaryong mag-testigo laban daw kay Duterte pero butas-butas ang kwento at nanghihingi diumano ng pera kapalit ng kanyang salaysay kaya hindi tinanggap bilang testigo. Tapos ng hindi nabigyan ng pera, bumaliktad,” he said.

The former lawmaker also called the kidnapping charge against him as “clear harassment” and “persecution” against the administration’s critics.

Sabio, Alejo and “Sister Ling” have yet to issue any statement on the issue as of posting. RRD (with details from Correspondent April Cenedoza)

Outgoing senators reveal plans after Senate

Marje Pelayo   •   May 22, 2019

Upper row: (L-R ) Senators Antonio Trillanes IV, Bam Aquino, Francis Escudero Lower row: (L-R) Senators Gringo Honasan, Joseph Victor Ejercito, Loren Legarda

MANILA, Philippines – Six senators of the 17th Congress are soon to leave the Senate.

Senators Francis Escudero, Gringo Honasan, Loren Legarda and Antonio Trillanes IV have until June 30 to serve their last term.

Senators Bam Aquino and Joseph Victor Ejercito, meanwhile, needed to leave following their defeat in the 2019 midterm polls.

Escudero may be leaving the Senate but he remains in public office after winning as governor of Sorsogon.

Legarda, likewise, is shifting to local governance after being proclaimed as the new representative of Antique.

For his part, Honasan said he is still hoping for President Rodrigo Duterte’s appointment of him as head of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT).

“It’s up in the air. That will be decided after June 30 by the appointing authority,” Honasan said.

Meanwhile, Senators Aquino and Ejercito said that their next plan to enjoy their private lives with their respective families.

“Ngayon ang ating destiny ay maiba hindi man magpatuloy dito. I guess na mahalaga right now just to take steps back. Spend more time with your kids and try to determine how to help the country in other ways,” Aquino said.

“Maraming paraan para tumulong sa ating bayan,” he added.

“Tulungan ko muna ang wife ko sa mga businesses naming,” Ejercito said when asked about his plans following his exit from Senate.

He admitted, however, that he regretted the outcome of running against his brother Jinggoy Estrada.

“Ang regrets ko…ang pinakamabigat kong problema yung dalawa kaming magkapatid na tumakbo,” Ejercito said.

“Sana kinausap ko na lang. Nag-usap kami ng father ko, ng pamilya na nasabi ko na sana ang aking concern. Ilang beses ko sinabi na ito ang mangyayari na pwede kaming mahila lahat pababa. Exactly ito  na nga ang nangyari,” he added.

Trillanes, meanwhile, said he is thinking of going back to school.

The controversial senator earlier said he will remain critical of the Duterte administration even outside of Senate. — Marje Pelayo (with reports from Nel Maribojoc)

CA denies Trillanes’ motion; trial on rebellion raps to proceed

Marje Pelayo   •   March 20, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Trial will proceed against opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV after the Court of Appeals (CA) turned down his plea to stop his indictment for rebellion.

CA’s Ninth Division Associate Justice Apolinario Bruselas Jr. in a resolution dated March 18, denied Trillanes’ application for a temporary restraining order (TRO) at the Makati Regional Trial Court Branch 150.

In the three-page resolution, the CA ruled that they “may not temporarily restrain or preliminarily enjoin the prosecution of the criminal action for rebellion at this stage because to do so would be to grant the principal prayer for certiorari without the benefit of hearing.”

The rebellion charges against Trillanes was reopened after President Rodrigo Duterte revoked the amnesty granted to him in 2010 through Proclamation 572.

The trial was supposed to proceed on Wednesday (March 20) but Judge Elmo Alameda deferred the hearing to May 27. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Mai Bermudez)

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