Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Trillanes on arrest order: Natalo ang demokrasya ngayong araw. Officially wala na tayong demokrasya

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV | Photo from ABS-CBN

It was a big blow to democracy!

Opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV made this pronouncement after the Makati Regional Court (RTC) Branch 150 has ordered his arrest for rebellion case in relation to the 2007 Manila Peninsula siege.

"Natalo po ang demokrasya ngayong araw na ito." Trillanes told Senate reporters said during a press conference.

“Itong petition namin sa korte ay isang pagsubok sa tibay ng ating demokrasya, ng ating judicial system," he added

Trillanes, is one of the fiercest critics of Duterte administration, branded his arrest as the end of democracy in the country.

"Officially ay wala na po tayong demokrasya. This case goes beyond me. Dito nakikita wala po akong krimeng ginawa kasi nabigyan ako ng amnesty 7 taon na ang nakalilipas,"

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV | Photo from ABS-CBN

Exactly three weeks after opposition Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV has been holed up in the Senate building last September 4 when President Rodrigo Duterte orders through a Proclamation 572 invalidating his amnesty being void ab initio or void from the beginning.

He also said before the police officers took him into custody that he will submit himself to the arresting team no matter how unjust the arrest warrant is.

“Gaya ng sinabi ko, sasama ako sa arresting team pagka merong warrant, no matter how unjust that warrant may be,” he said

Trillanes again stressed out that this was a clear case of political persecution against of those critics of Duterte Dadministration.

"Ito ay maliwanang na pangginggipit ni Mr. Duterte sa mga kritiko niya sa politika, ‘yung mga nagsasabi ng totoo at hindi niya maharap,”

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV | Photo from ABS-CBN
Trillanes is also facing a separate coup d'etat case at the Makati RTC Branch 148 for leading the 2003 mutiny at the Oakwood Premier hotel in Makati City.

He was also involved in the Oakwood mutiny in July 2003, the Marines standoff in February 2006, and the Manila Peninsula incident in 2007 - which were all against then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. Trillanes and fellow Magdalo soldiers were jailed but walked free as Aquino granted them amnesty in 2011.


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Source: news.abs-cbn.com