Department of Justice files petition against court ruling on Trillanes arrest

October 26, 2018

THE Department of Justice (DoJ) has filed a motion for reconsideration before the Makati regional trial court asking it to reconsider its ruling junking the government’s motion for the issuance of a warrant of arrest against Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV for the crime of coup d’etat.

The motion for reconsideration was filed before Branch 148 Judge Andres Soriano last Thursday.

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra stressed the DoJ wants Judge Soriano to reconsider his ruling that Trillanes applied for amnesty, and that he admitted his guilt.

In his recent decision, Judge Soriano stressed he dismissed the DoJ motion for the issuance of an arrest warrant because the same court in 2011 had already dismissed Trillanes’ coup d’etat charges, and such decision “has become final and executory.”

The judge said that he just merely accommodated the Supreme Court order to review the case.

Trillanes, a former naval officer, was 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 when they were granted amnesty by former President Benigno Aquino III.