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Malacañang respects court’s junking of Trillanes arrest

by admin   |   Posted on Monday, 22 October 2018 09:31 PM

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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7 cops arrested over alleged kidnapping for ransom

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, 7 March 2019 02:22 PM

File photo: Police officers during a flag ceremony at the PNP headquarters

The Philippine National Police (PNP) has nabbed seven police officers on Wednesday at Camp Bagong Diwa for the crime of kidnapping for ransom.

The arrested officers are:

  • Police SSgt Joel Lupig
  • Police Corporal Vener Gunalao
  • Police Corporal Jayson Arellano
  • Patrolman Jeffrey De Leon
  • Patrolman Mark Jeffreson Fulgencio
  • Patrolman Raymart Gomez
  • Patrolman Erickson Rivera

They have been slapped with charges of kidnapping for ransom with serious illegal detention, and an administrative case of grave misconduct for attempting to extort money from the relative of a detained suspect.

The accused, who were at the time assigned at Las Piñas City Police Station Drug Enforcement Unit (LPCPS-SDEU), attempted to extort money from Shelane Lugutan on November 21, 2018. This is in exchange for the release of her brother, Cyrus Wency Lugutan, who was arrested during an alleged anti-illegal drugs operation.

Lugutan immediately reported the incident which prompted authorities to immediately conduct an entrapment operation. The suspects eluded the arrest but surrendered on November 29, 2018.

The PNP sees the arrest as a strong positive impact of the ongoing PNP campaign on internal cleansing. —Aileen Cerrudo

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PRRD wants Trillanes’ mom subpoenaed

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, 27 February 2019 04:48 PM

(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, 26 February 2019 10:03 PM

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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