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

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Wednesday, March 20th, 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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Outgoing senators reveal plans after Senate

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Wednesday, May 22nd, 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)

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PRRD wants Trillanes’ mom subpoenaed

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, February 27th, 2019

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

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte wants the mother of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV to be subpoenaed.

This is in connection with the alleged anomalous transaction of the senator’s mother with the Philippine Navy as one of its suppliers.

The Chief Executive made the announcement on Tuesday night at the League of Municipalities national assembly.

Following the President’s decision to nullify the amnesty given to Trillanes by the Aquino Administration, the Chief Executive had alluded to the purportedly anomalous transaction that the senator’s mother entered into with the Philippine Navy while Trillanes and his father were still at the Philippine Military Academy.

Senator Trillanes, on the other hand, said the move will put the administration in an embarrassing situation especially when the President has not shown any piece of evidence to back up what the senator claims as baseless allegations. — Maris Federez (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

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Pasay Prosecutor’s Office indicts Sen. Trillanes on inciting to sedition rap

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, February 26th, 2019

FILE PHOTO: Senator Antonio Trillanes

MANILA, Philippines – Opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV is facing another legal challenge after he was indicted for inciting to sedition over a speech where he allegedly urged soldiers to shoot President Rodrigo Duterte.

The Pasay City Prosecutor’s Office found probable cause to charge Trillanes for the remarks he made at the Senate last September 2018 after the President revoked his amnesty grant for his alleged failure to admit guilt and properly follow the procedure.

“After carefully evaluating the evidence on hand, this Office finds the same sufficient to establish the existence of probable cause against herein respondent [Trillanes] for the crime of inciting to sedition,” read the resolution released on Tuesday.

The complaint, filed by Labor Undersecretary Jacinto Paras, Anti-Corruption Commissioner Manuelito Luna, Atty. Nasser Marohomsalic and Atty. Eligio Mallari last February 11, 2018, stemmed from Trillanes’ statement allegedly prodding the military and police to disobey Duterte’s directives.

Complainants claimed that Trillanes issued the statement, “haharapin ko ito… Lalo ako gaganahan [tumira]. ‘Di ako matatakot, ‘di ako aalis.”

In a separate statement, complainants quoted the lawmaker as saying “Duterte will not be there for long, please do not do anything illegal or unconstitutional,” while addressing the military and police.

Trillanes had previously sought for the dismissal of the complaint of inciting to sedition and proposal to commit coup d’etat, arguing that his statements were covered by parliamentary immunity.

He also said that the complainants failed to establish the venue of the alleged offenses, as well as his purported acts that incited the public “to rise publicly or tumultuously for the accomplishment of any of the objects of sedition under Article 142 of the Revised Penal Code.”

But the Pasay City Prosecutors office dismissed Trillanes’ defense because his statements were made to the media and not while the Senate was in session and in connection with the discharge of his official duties as a Senator.

The resolution also noted some of Trillanes’ remarks to media with regard to the voiding of his amnesty such as calling Duterte ‘diktador’ (dictator) which tends to “incite feelings of hatred and distrust toward the President of the Philippines and the government of the Philippines he represented.”

The Pasay Prosecutors, however, dismissed the complaint for proposal to commit coup d’etat as Trillanes’ statements were “obviously intended to remind military and police personnel concerned to act within bounds of the law.”

Trillanes has yet to issue any statement on the issue, as of posting time. – Robie de Guzman

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