NATIONAL Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) Director Guillermo Eleazar said Sunday, December 9, they already received the arrest warrant against Senator Antonio Trillanes IV but they still have to locate him.
Eleazar said they have coordinated with the Senate Seargent-at-Arms to know about Trillanes’s whereabouts, although communication sent by the senator stated that he will settle things on Monday, December 10.
"Nakipag-ugnayan tayo sa Sergeant-at-Arms. Wala siya doon sa Senado nu'ng last Friday...Wala rin siya doon (sa bahay),” he said.
(We coordinated with the Sergeant-at-Arms. He was not in the Senate on Friday. He was not also in his house.)
"Ako ay naniniwala na bukas (Monday, December 10) mareresolba natin ito dahil gaya rin ng parating ng kanyang kampo, aayusin niya itong kaso na ito initially through posting of bail tomorrow sa anumang korte na gusto niya dito sa Metro Manila," added Eleazar.
(I believe this will be resolved Monday, December 10, as Trillanes's camp said they will settle the case by posting bail tonorrow in any court in Metro Manila.)
On Friday, December 7, Judge Melinda Alconcel-Dayanghirang of the Davao City Regional Trial Court Branch 54 issued four arrest warrants against Trillanes over the libel charges filed against him on September by presidential son Paolo Duterte and Mans Carpio, husband of presidential daughter Sara Duterte.
The case stemmed from the claims of Trillanes linking Duterte and Carpio to the smuggling of shabu through the Bureau of Customs and the extortion in the ride-hailing company Uber.
Dayanghirang set the bail to P24,000 for each arrest warrant, which Trillanes can deposit to any office of the Bureau of Internal Revenue or municipal and city treasurer’s office where he can secure a certificate of deposit “written as undertaking.”
Dayanghirang said Trillanes can be presented and post bail to any court in the vicinity where he will be arrested.
In September, Trillanes, one of President Rodrigo Duterte’s staunch critics, was ordered arrested following the issuance of Proclamation 572, which ordered the revocation of the amnesty bestowed to him in 2011 by then President Benigno Aquino III.
The revocation of the amnesty resulted in the revival of the rebellion charges filed against Trillanes before two Makati courts—Branch 148 and Branch 150.
Earlier, the Makati RTC Branch 150 issued an arrest warrant against Trillanes and set bail at P200,000.
Trillanes, along with several other soldiers, was charged with rebellion over their involvement in the Oakwood Mutiny in July 2003, the Marine standoff in February 2006, and the Manila Peninsula Siege in November 2007, during the leadership of then President now House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. (SunStar Philippines)