Malacañang respects court’s junking of Trillanes arrest
admin • October 22, 2018 • 2206
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
Alleged Manila ‘drug queen’ Guia Gomez Castro is facing three warrants of arrest according to the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO).
NCRPO Director PMaj.Gen. Guillermo Eleazar said they will arrest Castro if she returns to the Philippines.
One of the warrants Castro is facing, according to the NCRPO, is for violating Section 15 of the Republic Act 6425 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.
The other two warrants are for violating Batas Pambansa (BP) 22 or the Bouncing Check Law.
The Philippine National Police (PNP) is currently confirming if there is an extradition treaty in the country where Castro is currently staying.
“Alamin natin kung nasaan talaga siya kung ma-find out natin at mayroon tayong extradition treaty (We will determine her whereabouts. Once we find out the location and there is an extradition treaty) we will request her to be returned her back here,” Eleazar said.
He also warned other individuals involved in Castro’s alleged illegal drug trade.—AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)
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)
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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