JUST IN: DOJ asks Makati Court to issue an Alias Warrant of Arrest Against Trillanes - The Daily Sentry

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

JUST IN: DOJ asks Makati Court to issue an Alias Warrant of Arrest Against Trillanes

Senator Antonio Trillanes (Photo credit to Kami.com,ph)
On Tuesday, September 4, 2018, the Department of Justice (DOJ) has requested that a Makati court issue an alias warrant of arrest against Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, whose amnesty has recently been voided by President Rodrigo Duterte.

State prosecutors has been said to file an extremely dire ex-parte omnibus motion for the issuance of a hold departure order, which would block the senator from leaving the country, thus issue an alias warrant of arrest against the latter.

It can be recalled that Trillanes and a few others confronted coup d'etat charges before the Makati City Regional Trial Court's Branch 148 wherein the promulgation of the decision on the case was at first set for October 2010 and reset to December of that year.

Be that as it may, the DOJ motion said that former President Benigno Aquino III in November 2010 granted amnesty to active and former Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and police personnel and their supporters who may have submitted offenses regarding the Oakwood mutiny.

Senator Trillanes and Former President Noynoy Aquino (Photo credit to Rappler)
In the following month that time, Congress agreed with the proclamation of Aquino, likewise days after, the Makati court allowed Trillanes motion to drop the declaration because of the amnesty.

Then in January 2011, before the Department of National Defense, the senator applied for amnesty which was approved by the said department weeks later.

However, the DOJ pronounced that by this time, the senator's case is still pending and presently can't seem to be ended through a proclamation of judgment which was just suspended last 2010.

"It is clear that this instant case is still pending with this Honorable Court and has yet to be terminated through a promulgation of judgment which was merely suspended last December 16, 2010," the DOJ said.

Now, after almost 8 years, President Rodrigo Duterte signed a proclamation pronouncing Trillanes' amnesty void from the the start because of claimed non-compliance with two requirements, which has been said to be 1.an official application and 2. an admission of guilt.

President Rodrigo Duterte (Photo credit to Inquirer)
President Duterte then ordered the AFP and the Philippine National Police to immediately arrest Trillanes "so he can be recommitted to the confinement office where he had been imprisoned for him to stand preliminary for violations he is accused of."

Trillanes however in a privilege speech today, correspondingly presented video clips and online articles to prove he had filed an amnesty application and admitted guilt.

He likewise precluded the premise of the proclamation but said he would come with the arresting officers should he be seized but was later placed under the custody of Senate President Vicente Sotto III.

Source: GMA News