FILE PHOTO: Senator Antonio Trillanes IV
MAKATI CITY, Philippines – Senator Antonio Trillanes IV will seek the court’s reversal of the Makati court’s resolution declaring President Rodrigo Duterte’s Proclamation 572 as valid.
The said proclamation declared the amnesty granted to Trillanes as “void ab initio” or invalid from the outset.
Makati Regional Trial Court Branch 148 Presiding Judge Andres Soriano in a ruling dated October 22, denied the petition filed by the Department of Justice (DOJ) asking the court to issue an alias warrant of arrest and a hold departure order against Trillanes. The local court, however, upheld the President’s proclamation.
“The senator is contemplating on filing a partial motion for reconsideration to ask the court to nullify the proclamation (572) since they are now trying to use it to undermine or nullify an existing court decision,” explained Atty. Rey Robles, Trillanes’ legal counsel.
Robles argued that the said proclamation was the administration’s tactic to nullify a court decision that has been ruled as final and executory.
The lawyer said such a proclamation is setting a “dangerous precedent” because it seems that the President is being given the power to veto a court decision.
“This couldn’t be allowed because this is setting a dangerous precedent. Imagine if the president has the power to issue proclamation that can nullify long final and executory decisions? It’s like giving the president the power to veto court decisions,” Robles said.
Meanwhile, Malacañang in a statement Tuesday (October 30) said the administration respects the opinion of Trillanes’ camp and will let the court decide on the matter.
“That is his right. We will leave it to the court to decide. We abide by the rule of law,” said Presidential Spokesperson & Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo.
On Tuesday, Judge Soriano gave Trillanes 15 days to reply to the appeal of the DOJ seeking Branch 148 to reverse its decision not to issue a warrant of arrest and HDO against the senator. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Mai Bermudez)