THE rebellion case against Senator Antonio Trillanes IV will now go to trial, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said on Wednesday, September 26.

On the other hand, the Department of Justice (DOJ) motion for the issuance of a warrant of arrest against Trillanes in relation to the coup d' etat case will be submitted for resolution after the DOJ filed its reply before the Makati Regional Trial Court Branch 148 Wednesday afternoon.



The rebellion case, which was dismissed after Trillanes was granted amnesty, was revived following the issuance by President Rodrigo Duterte of Proclamation 572.

“The court has set aside the order of dismissal and effectively revived the rebellion case. This means that the case will go to trial,” Guevarra said in a text message Wednesday.

Trillanes was arrested, booked for rebellion and allowed to post bail after the Makati RTC Branch 150, which handled the case, issued a warrant for his arrest, all in one day on Tuesday, September 25.



(Interview with Senator Gregorio Honasan on Trillanes's case by Al Padilla.)

According to the decision of the Makati RTC Branch 150, with the revocation of the amnesty of Trillanes pursuant to Proclamation No. 527, the order issued on September 7, 2011 dismissing the rebellion case filed against him becomes void ab initio.

“The Court on the basis of the motion, pleadings and hearing conducted upon directive of the Supreme Court finds factual and legal basis for the issuance of Proclamation 572 on August 31, 2018 by President Rodrigo Duterte,” Branch 150 Judge Elmo Alameda stated in the decision.

The said court junked the rebellion case against Trillanes on September 7, 2011 after President President Benigno Aquino III issued Proclamation 75 which granted Trillanes’ amnesty, along with the other Magdalo soldiers who staged the Oakwood Mutiny in 2003 and the Manila Peninsula Siege in 2007.

According to Guevarra, the case in Branch 150 will be tried as it never got to reach the trial stage.

This will not be the case for the coup d’ etat charges filed against Trillanes in relation to the Oakwood Mutiny in 2003.

According to Guevarra, there will be no forthcoming trial in the event that the Makati RTC Branch 148 Judge Andres Soriano issues a warrant of arrest.

Guevarra said the Makati RTC Branch 148 has already completed the trial in the coup d’ etat case and was about to promulgate its decision when the amnesty proclamation was issued.

“Tapos na ang trial sa 148. Back to promulgation of judgment agad doon (Trial has been completed. Back to promulgation of judgment immediately),” Guevarra said.

Asked if the said court found Trillanes guilty of coup charges then, he said: “we don’t know the contents of the decision.” (SunStar Philippines)