Trillanes camp still hopeful, also plans to seek SC if Makati RTC 148 orders his arrest - The Daily Sentry

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Trillanes camp still hopeful, also plans to seek SC if Makati RTC 148 orders his arrest

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV with his legal team headed by Reynaldo Robles, Florin Hilbay also joined the team

The camp of embattled Senator Antonio Trillanes IV plans to seek anew the Supreme Court (SC) should the Makati Regional Trial Court 148 rules to order the arrest of the senator fir his coup d'├ętat case.

Trillanes’ legal counsel, Atty. Reynaldo Robles, said on Thursday that their camp might raise the decision of the Makati court to the SC.

“It depends on how the court will rule. It may deny or grant [the DOJ motion]. If they grant it, based on the grounds of the court, if we feel that there is grave abuse of discretion, we might consider elevating the case [to the SC],” Robles said, addressing the Senate reporters.

He confirmed that the RTC Branch 148 is expected to release anytime soon its ruling on the coup d’├ętat case of his client which is non-bailable.

Meanwhile, former Solicitor General Florin Hilbay, also one of Trillanes counsel said that they are still confident that RTC Branch 148 will not grant the motion filed by the Department of Justice (DOJ) to issue the arrest warrant against the senator.

“We remain confident that he will do the right thing and the right thing is very obvious here which is 
to deny the motion of the Department of Justice for the issuance of a warrant of arrest,” Hilbay said

“This is quite outrageous that you have a senator of the public hiding in the office simply because the president has decided to have him arrested even without a warrant and has placed upon the judges the burden of having to validate a patently unconstitutional order,” the former solicitor general also said*

Hilbay also advised Trillanes not to lose hope and to remain calm amid the challenges coming against him.

Earlier today, a team from the Philippine National Police's Civil Disturbance Management Units arrived in Makati court to ensure the public order and safety just in case the arrest warrant for the lawmaker will be released soon.

On Tuesday, the Makati Regional Trial Court Branch 150 has ordered the arrest of Trillanes for his rebellion case, but the senator was able to post bail of P200, 000 immediately on the same day.

Robles, however, clarified that they do not see the urgency yet to seek assistance from the SC regarding the RTC Branch 150’s decision since the senator was able to post bail for it.

Trillanes has been holed up in Senate for several weeks since President Rodrigo Duterte nullified the amnesty granted to him for his involvement in the 2003 Oakwood mutiny and the 2007 Manila Peninsula siege.

Senator Antonio Trillanes with his opposition colleagues face the media after the news that the president voided his amnesty came out