THE trial of opposition Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV’s rebellion case in connection with the 2007 Manila Peninsula siege will now proceed.
This was after the Makati City regional trial court denied his appeal on its decision last year reviving the criminal case against him after President Duterte voided his amnesty.
In a ruling, Judge Elmo Alameda denied the motion for reconsideration filed by Trillanes for lack of merit, and instead affirmed his order for the senator's arrest and issuance of hold departure order against him.
The RTC stood firm in its finding that the senator failed to prove that he has complied with the minimum requirements when he applied for amnesty during the previous administration.
"Unfortunately, Sen. Trillanes failed to prove that the original of the alleged application form exists. Sen. Trillanes even failed to explain his failure to locate or find the copy thereof," read the six-page order received by the Department of Justice yesterday.
The court also cited the senator's failure to prove the contents of his application.
"Since the existence of the fact of his admission of guilty of the crime he committed, the substitutionary evidence presented by Sen. Trillanes is considered hearsay evidence and cannot be admitted as evidence to prove compliance with the minimum requirement set forth in Proclamation No. 75 (Amnesty Grant)," it stressed.
Trillanes posted bail amounting to P200,000 before the RTC branch 150 and was granted temporary liberty. The same court also allowed him to travel abroad when it granted last November his motion seeking to temporarily lift the HDO and allow him to attend various engagements abroad from Dec. 11, 2018 to Jan. 12, 2019, and from Jan. 27 to Feb. 10, 2019.