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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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Trillanes posts bail for libel, sets to leave for U.S. and Europe

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, December 10th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines – Senator Antonio Trillanes IV has posted bail for the libel charges filed by presidential son and former Davao City vice mayor Paulo Duterte.

Trillanes posted P96,000 bail at the Pasay City Regional Trial Court Branch 118 on Monday (December 10) for four counts of libel.

The case stemmed from Trillanes’ statement to the members of the media last year accusing the younger Duterte of extortion involving ride-hailing firms.

Trillanes will be traveling on Tuesday (December 11) to attend a speaking engagement in the U.S. and Europe after the Makati City Regional Trial Court allowed him to leave the country.

Meanwhile, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said he already ordered the Bureau of Immigration (BI) to allow Trillanes to travel abroad.

‘My instruction to the BI is clear — if there’s no HDO issued by any court, let Senator Trillanes travel abroad,’ Guevarra said. – UNTV News and Rescue

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Trillanes to ask Makati court to nullify Proclamation 572

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Tuesday, October 30th, 2018

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)

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Duterte admin to bring Trillanes’ case to the Court of Appeals

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018

FILE PHOTO: Sen. Antonio Trillanes


MANILA, Philippines – The Duterte Administration has decided to bring the case of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV to the next level.

Instead of filing a motion for reconsideration on the recent ruling of Makati Regional Trial Court Branch 148, the Office of the Solicitor General acting as the government’s chief legal counsel, is preparing a petition which it intends to submit to the Court of Appeals.

Makati RTC Branch 148 Judge Andres Soriano on Monday (October 22) denied the request of the Department of Justice (DOJ) seeking for the arrest of Trillanes over charges of coup d’etat for his participation in the 2003 Oakwood Mutiny.

The same court dismissed the case in 2011 when former President Benigno Aquino III granted the senator an amnesty.

Presidential Spokesperson and Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo said the SolGen’s petition to the CA will focus on the denied motion for arrest and the local court’s alleged upholding of secondary evidence as well as if whether or not Senator Trillanes submitted appropriate application for amnesty.

“I’ve talked with SOLGEN and he said he will not file motion for reconsideration but go immediately to the Court of Appeals and appeal the ruling of the court with respect to the non-issuance of the warrant of arrest,” Panelo said.

The administration previously expressed its respect to the decision of the lower court. However, Panelo said, the Palace has identified flaws in the ruling of the Makati RTC Branch 148.

If necessary, Panelo added, the government is determined to elevate the case further to the Supreme Court (SC).

What is important to Malacañang and to President Rodrigo Duterte, for now, is that the court upheld Proclamation 572 which acknowledges the President’s power to declare null and void an amnesty declaration granted to an individual.

“There are procedural matters decided by the court which to my mind are erroneous. How it accepted evidence despite the fact that they are all secondary evidence. So there are questions na can be properly raised in the Court of Appeals and subsequently the Supreme Court,” Panelo concluded. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

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