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Malacañang respects court’s junking of Trillanes arrest

by admin   |   Posted on Monday, October 22nd, 2018

Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV during a press conference at the Senate after the decision of Makati RTC was released on Monday, October 22, 2018.

 

Malacañang on Monday (October 22) said it respects the decision of Makati RTC Branch 148 to deny the motion submitted by the Department of Justice for the arrest of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV in connection with his criminal charge for coup d’etat.

In his ruling, Judge Andres Soriano referred to the doctrine of immutability wherein a decision that has acquired finality may no longer be modified.

The court noted records that show the coup d’état case against Trillanes has already been dismissed in September 21, 2011 and that the decision was final and executory.

Nevertheless, the court upheld the validity of Proclamation No. 572 which voids the amnesty given to Trillanes in 2010.

The Palace welcomed the affirmation of the proclamation issued by the President.

“It signifies that this administration is not engaged in the political persecution of its critics but is only enforcing the law against anyone who goes against its command,” Presidential Spokesperson & Chief Presidential Legal Counsel, Salvador Panelo said in a statement.

The Palace reiterated that it will continue to respect the constitutional independence of the Judiciary and assured that the Executive Branch will always “bow down to the majesty of the law.”

Panelo also said that Malacañang will not “unfairly appeal to the pity of the public but will address this matter head on in the proper forum.”

He also noted that “The ruling of the court already suggests that this case is unique,” and that “the first jeopardy has not yet been validly terminated since the dismissal of the case for coup d’etat was based on a void executive grant.”

This would mean “existing legal remedies under the law may be availed of,” particularly since the court confirmed the legality of Presidential Proclamation No. 572.

Panelo said the Office of the President will leave it to the Department of Justice or the Office of the Solicitor General to decide which legal course to take in relation to the case. — Chato Alonsagay

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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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PNP conducts manhunt vs Acierto, 7 others

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Thursday, April 25th, 2019

Former police official Eduardo Acierto

The Philippine National Police (PNP) Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) has conducted a manhunt against ex-policeman Eduardo Acierto and seven others.

This was after they received the warrant of arrest ordered by the Supreme Court on Wednesday (April 24). Acierto and seven others were indicted due to their alleged involvement in the smuggling of billions worth of illegal drugs concealed inside magnetic lifters.

According to PNP Chief PGen. Oscar Albayalde, the tracker team of the CIDG has begun searching possible areas where they can find Acierto.

The seven individuals are former Customs Intelligence Officer Jimmy Guban and former Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Deputy Director for Administration Ismael Fajardo; importers Chan Yee Wah, alias KC Chan; Zhou Quan, alias Zhang Quan; consignees Vedasto Cabral Baraquel Jr. and Maria Lagrimas Catipan of Vecaba Trading; and Emily Luquingan.

They are facing charges for unlawful importation of illegal drugs pursuant to Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

READ: Acierto releases matrix showing Michael Yang’s links to drug trade

Acierto linked former presidential economic adviser Michael Yang, and his business partner, Allan Lim to illegal drug trade in the country.—Aileen Cerrudo (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

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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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