Thursday, September 20, 2018

No arrest warrant, hold departure order vs Trillanes yet

MANILA. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV shows to reporters a copy of his amnesty documents outside his office where he remains holed up in the Philippine Senate in Pasay City on Tuesday, September 11, 2018. (AP)

THE Makati Regional Trial Court Branch 150 has delayed the issuance of an arrest warrant and hold departure order against opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV.

Instead, Branch 150 Judge Elmo Alameda, in an order dated September 14, gave the Department of Justice (DOJ) five days to reply to the comment of Trillanes belying the allegations in the motion filed against him.

Alameda's order was issued a day after Branch 148 also deferred the resolution of DOJ's motion seeking an alias warrant and hold departure order against Trillanes.

In his order, Alameda said that upon submission of the DOJ's comment, Trillanes will have five days to file a rejoinder.

Following his submission, the case will be submitted for resolution.

Last Thursday, September 13, the Makati Regional Trial Court Branch 148 also gave Trillanes' camp more time to comment on the claims of the DOJ.

The DOJ filed the motion in compliance to Proclamation 572, which declared the amnesty granted to Trillanes as void from the beginning.

Proclamation 572, which was signed by President Rodrigo Duterte on August 31, also ordered the arrest of Trillanes and directed the DOJ and the Armed Forces of the Philippines Court Martial to pursue the criminal and administrative charges against Trillanes.

The two Makati courts tried in the past the rebellion and coup d'etat charges against Trillanes over his involvement in the Oakwood Mutiny in 2003 and the Manila Peninsula Siege in 2007.

Duterte on Thursday said neither he nor the military were interested in effecting an immediate arrest.

The President reiterated that he will wait for and respect the court's decision.

The lower courts' decision to defer the resolution on the DOJ's motion came days after the Supreme Court ruled that they should be given leeway to exercise their jurisdiction to handle the pleadings filed by the Justice department.

The High Court issued the ruling in relation to the pleading filed by Trillanes for a temporary restraining order against Proclamation 572. (Keith A. Calayag/SunStar Philippines)