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Trillanes yields to arrest

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Tuesday, September 25th, 2018

Mugs shot of Sen. Antonio Trillanes after going through booking procedures at the Makati Police Station following his arrest on September 25, 2018 | Courtesy: NCRPO


MANILA, Philippines – The Makati Regional Trial Court Branch 150 ordered on Tuesday, September 25, the arrest of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV over a rebellion case following the nullification of his amnesty through President Rodrigo Duterte’s Proclamation 572.

Judge Elmo Alameda granted the motion of the Department of Justice (DOJ) to issue an alias warrant of arrest and hold departure order against the senator.

The order, however, read: “Bail for temporary liberty of the accused is fixed at P200,000.”

Senator Trillanes yielded to the arresting officers as he promised Senate President Tito Sotto he would.

Trillanes has been staying inside the Senate office since September 4 after the Proclamation 572 was issued on August 30.

The senator filed a petition in the Supreme Court (SC) seeking to stop the implementation of the proclamation but SC junked the petition. —  Marje Pelayo




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Court to decide on Trillanes’ coup d’etat case anytime soon

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Friday, October 12th, 2018

Mugshot of Senator Antonio Trillanes during his booking procedure at Makati Police Station on September 25, 2018 | Photo courtesy of NCRPO


MAKATI CITY, Philippines – The Makati Regional Trial Court 148 ended on Friday (October 12) the proceedings on the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) request to issue a warrant of arrest and hold departure order against Senator Antonio Trillanes IV.

The case is now considered submitted for resolution according to Presiding Judge Andres Bartolome Soriano.

“The factual issues as specified in the order dated September 28, 2018, and the issue on the ‘legality’ of Proclamation No. 572, series of 2018 based on the pleadings/motions filed by the parties – as they may bear upon the prosecution’s urgent ex-parte motion… – are now considered submitted for resolution,” Soriano said in an order dated October 11.

With this development, the decision on whether to arrest Trillanes or not is expected to come out anytime soon.

The Court has admitted as evidence the documents filed by Trillanes including the copy of the certificate of amnesty, sworn statements of those who processed Trillanes’ application and two of his aides; the photograph taken during the day of filing; and memorandum circulars issued by the Department of National Defense (DND).

However, the court rejected as evidence the printouts of the DND’s Facebook page and a throwback picture of Trillanes.

Meanwhile, the Makati RTC Branch 150 has given Trillanes’ camp five days to submit a reply to the DOJ’s objection on the court’s previous decision which allowed Trillanes temporary liberty despite arrest because of the P200,000 bail. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Mai Bermudez)

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Trillanes’ arrest due to ‘missing’ amnesty application

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, September 26th, 2018


Sen. Antonio Trillanes going through booking procedures at the Makati Police Station


MAKATI CITY, Philippines – It was a sudden turn of events for Senator Antonio Trillanes IV after the Makati Regional Trial Court Branch 150 issued a warrant of arrest against him on Tuesday (September 25).

After days of confinement in the Senate building, the senator yielded to his arresting officer and batch mate, Makati Police Chief PSSupt. Rogelio Simon who was accompanied by National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) Chief Guillermo Eleazar.

The warrant was served to him at the Senate Lounge and it was there that the standard procedure of reading the Miranda Rights was held.

Trillanes was then escorted to Makati City Police Headquarters to undergo booking procedure where his mug shots and fingerprints were recorded.

Around 4:00 p.m., he proceeded to the Makati RTC to post a P200,000 bail for his temporary liberty.

After he was given a release order, Trillanes went back to the Senate.

According to Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Jose Balajadia Jr., everything went well and according to the procedure.

“Nasunod ang proseso at saka hindi siya inaresto ng pulis ditto. Ibinigay lang ang arrest warrant tapos sinamahan ko siya pababa. Kusa siyang sumama,” the retired general said.

According to the clerk of court, Atty. Diosfa Valencia, the main reason why Judge Elmo Alameda heeded to the motion filed by the Department of Justice (DOJ) was that Trillanes failed to submit the original copy of his alleged application for amnesty to the Department of National Defense (DND) in 2011.

“Based sa findings po niya kasi factual kami di po ba? Wala po kasing na-present si Senator Trillanes na hard copy of the amnesty application which is the basis of President Duterte on the revocation of the amnesty granted by former President Aquino so iyon po ang naging basis…Iyong other exhibits presented by the senator parang wala daw pong probative value,” the clerk of court explained.

This was despite Trillanes’ camp having submitted the day before the arrest, the affidavit of Colonel Josefa Berbigal who supported the senator’s claim.

Berbigal was the head of the secretariat of the DND Ad Hoc committee on amnesty and the one who administered the oath taking of military rebels for amnesty, including Trillanes, in 2011.

Upon arrival at the Senate, the embattled senator aired a strong message directly to President Rodrigo Duterte.

“Kay Mr. Duterte baluktutin mo na ang kailangan mong baliktutin. Isagasa mo na ang lahat isagasa pero iyong kasamaan na pinaghahari mo dito sa bayan ay hindi mananaig. Kung maililigpit mo man ako mayroon at mayroong papalit sa akin,” he said.

As of this writing, there was no information as to what happened to the “missing” document of Senator Trillanes’ amnesty application.

One thing is for sure, now that his amnesty is nullified, his rebellion cases will push through “as it were” in September 2011.

The court ordered the prosecution’s initial presentation of evidence against Trillanes on November 21, 2018. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Mai Bermudez)

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Malacañang on Trillanes arrest: ‘The court has spoken’

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Tuesday, September 25th, 2018

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque


MANILA, Philippines – Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a statement that Malacañang respects the order of the court to arrest Senator Antonio Trillanes IV.

The Makati Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 150 on Tuesday, September 25, issued an arrest warrant and hold departure order (HDO)  against Trillanes after the revocation of  the amnesty granted to him in 2010 revived his  rebellion cases.

“The court has spoken. As the President has said, we will respect the decision of the judiciary. Whatever Senator Antonio Trillanes IV has to say can be addressed to the court. Let us stop the drama by presscon and allow the legal process to take its course,” said Roque. —  Marje Pelayo.



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