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Independent consultant: ‘Trillanes should be arrested even though he's inside the Senate Building’




Senator Antonio Trillanes IV / Photo from GMA Network
An independent consultant by the name of Toby Jamilla shared his unsolicited opinion through a Facebook post on Wednesday, September 5, about the likelihood that Senator Antonio Trillanes should be arrested despite securing refuge within Senate building premises.

Similar to that of former Senate Minority Floor Leader Juan Ponce Enrile’s predicament for being a key opposition leader to the late Corazon Aquino, Jamilla asked, “why can’t the arresting officers arrest Antonio Trillanes inside the Senate building?”


Toby recounted a time when the subversive Enrile, known for being a Marcos protégé and Aquino’s political foe, also took ‘refuge’ inside the office of former Senate President Jovito Salonga in the Senate building prior to his arrest by NBI’s arresting officers led by the then NBI Director Alfredo Lim.

“KUNG SI SENATOR JUAN PONCE ENRILE AY INARESTO SA LOOB NG SENADO, BAKIT HINDI PWEDENG GAWIN KAY ANTONIO TRILLANES????” Toby said in his post.
Toby Jamilla / Photo from Facebook
He also integrated in his post, the entire news article of Enrile’s ‘surprise’ arrest courtesy of Los Angeles Times (LA Times) issued February 28, 1990 which outlines the rationale leading to his arrest which stemmed from incarcerating Cory Aquino’s prominent husband, the late Ninoy Aquino Jr for almost 8 years in the 1970’s.

Enrile was charged with coup attempts with the aim to topple the Aquino government, including harboring rebel leaders during the height of the coup. He delineated his arrest as a ‘blow against freedom and democracy’ cautioning Aquino will eventually have to “answer to God and history”.

"I really hope that history will remember that there was one soul who lit a candle of freedom and hoped it would flicker. And that one soul is named Juan Ponce Enrile,” the article wrote.

"They are giving me a rare opportunity to bring to public attention the corruption, the oppression and the lack of justice in our lives," Enrile said.
Juan Ponce Enrile / Photo from mb.com.ph
Here is the excerpt of the issue that persisted in the article written by Bob Drogin, an LA Times Staff writer:

“Others charged were retired Brig. Gen. Felix Brawner and retired Lt. Col. Billy Bibit, who the government alleges were key coup leaders. Charges were also filed against a Manila hotel owner, Rebecco Panlilio, and his wife, Erlinda. Prosecutors said they provided food for a party that Enrile threw for Honasan and 100 armed rebel troops during the first night's fighting.

A 25-page court document filed with the charges alleges that Enrile also met with coup leaders at the Hotel Inter-Continental in Makati while rebel troops were occupying the swanky financial district of the capital.

At a press conference, senior state prosecutor Aurelio G. Trampe said Enrile is considered a "participant" rather than a coup sponsor.

"We charge conspiracy," Trampe said. "When there is a conspiracy, the act of one is the act of all. The guilt of one is the guilt of all in this conspiracy."

Under that theory, Enrile is charged with murder in the death of Rolando Estrada, who died when a rebel T-28 "Tora-Tora" plane tried to bomb the government-run Channel 4 television complex in suburban Quezon City and instead hit several houses. Four other people were wounded in the blast.


Justice Secretary Franklin Drillon said prosecutors recommended against granting bail, but a department spokesman said later that a judge could overrule the recommendation when Enrile is arraigned. No date was set.

Aquino issued no comment, but her spokesman, Tomas Gomez, praised the prosecutors' action. “WHAT WE ARE WITNESSING TODAY IS THE EFFECTIVE OPERATION OF OUR CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM UNDER A CONSTITUTIONAL DEMOCRACY," Gomez said. "CRIMES HAVE BEEN COMMITTED, CRIMINALS HAVE BEEN IDENTIFIED, AND THEREFORE, CASES HAVE TO BE FILED.

Meanwhile, Toby’s post quickly gained ample amount of feedback from other Netizens with one by the name of Ey La A Lcontin commented, “Hulihin na. Kung pwede nung time ni cory, pwede din dapat ngayon.”

Read some reactions from netizens below:

Carlos Liwanag: Bakit di pwedeng arestuhin ang rice soldier ibig bang sabihin ng senado ni soto ay mas mahusay si trillanes kay Juan Ponce Enrile atdapat proteksyonan? O baka nmn may lihim na nalalaman si trillanes laban sa mga senador kaya takot ang mga ito na kumanta si rice soldier?? Nagtatanong lang po, dahil kahit si gordon ay walang imik pati na si Paquiao.

Lotti Dilag: What is stopping the AFP from doing their job?!? Arrest the asshole already!! If you need to crash-tackle Sotto and the minority senatongs, do it! Mas mataas ba ang rango ng mga senate security?😠😠😠

Jenny Nakamori: Oh kala q b ndi k natatakot!?eh bkit nsgtatago k jan sa loob ng senado !??? Ijo de puta ka!!!🖕🖕🖕🖕🖕😤 lumabas k jan animal ka!!!

Red B. Ballesteros: Sila kc ang may ari ng batas at pilipinas kaya pagdating sa katulad natin baka pinatay na tayo dahil ayaw sumuko pero pag senador ang may sala pinaglalaban pa nila di ba pinagloloko lng tayo ng mga senador so ibig sabihin ang batas na yan ay para sa atin lng hindi para sa government officials


Reynaldo Adriano: Kapag ordinaryong tao pwedeng arestuhin kahit nga barilin pwede. Pero pag Senador, sila lang pwedeng magpahiya sa iyo sa Senado. Iba rin ang kulungan. Malaking pera ang natatanggap. PDAP at DAP or Pork Barrel. Sila gumagawa ng batas kaya di sila sumusunod sa batas. Only in the Philippines mabuhay ang mga Senador! Kaawa awang Juan dela Cruz.

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Source:  Toby Jamilla / Facebook