DoJ says Trillanes evidence too weak

September 22, 2018
Antonio Trillanes IV

THE Department of Justice has belittled the evidence submitted by opposition Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV before the Makati regional trial court in connection with the lawmaker’s amnesty which was recently revoked by President Duterte for the senator’s alleged failure to meet the minimal requirements.

Antonio Trillanes IV
Antonio Trillanes IV

In a reply-affidavit filed before Branch 150, the DoJ described as “self-serving and deserving little attention” the lawmaker’s evidence consisting of media reports, photographs, and videos.

“Since Proclamation No. 572 declared void ab initio the amnesty granted to accused Trillanes for being flawed and/or defective for reasons solely attributable to him, it is as if no amnesty was granted to him,” the DoJ said.

“With Trillanes’ misrepresentation of his compliance, the Honorable Court as well as the State was misled into believing that the grant of amnesty to him was valid and the dismissal of the case against him proper,” it added.

Also, the DoJ inisted that the Makati RTC has jurisdiction to rule on its motion for the issuance of an arrest warrant and hold departure order against Trillanes.