No arrest

October 22, 2018
Antonio Trillanes IV

Makati judge junks DoJ motion for an arrest order against Trillanes

THE Makati City regional trial court yesterday junked the Department of Justice’s motion for the issuance of an arrest warrant and hold departure order against opposition Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV on non-bailable coup d’etat charges.

While Judge Andres Soriano of Branch 148 denied the motion, he however upheld the validity of President Duterte’s Proclamation 572, which revoked the lawmaker’s amnesty on the ground that he supposedly failed to meet the minimal requirements.

Soriano pointed out that 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 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.

Historic day’

Trillanes hailed the decision of Makati City Judge Soriano not to issue a warrant of arrest against him as a “historic day” for democracy.

In an ambush interview with the media shortly after the court released the decision against the DoJ petition for his arrest, Trillanes praised Judge Soriano for upholding justice and the rule of law despite what he claimed extreme pressure from the administration.

“Ginawa niya (Soriano) ang tama, nagwagwi ang tama, nagwagi ang hustisya, nagwagi ang rule of law, nagwagi ang demokrasya. At isang tao lang ang gumawa niyan — si Judge Soriano. Kung kagaya niya ang mga nasa hudikatura, mapapanatag ang loob ng mga Pilipino,” Trillanes blurted out as he heaved a sigh of relief after weeks of tension waiting for the release of the order of the lower court.

Trillanes averred that the court confirmed that he really applied for an amnesty and admitted his guilt which was the main argument of the government prosecutor’s against him.

He added that he had psyched himself into accepting whatever decision the court would hand out but was relieved after learning of the verdict.

“Punung-puno tayo ng energy ngayon. Bantay lang sila at makakabuwelo na tayo ngayon,” he jested.

Next for Trillanes is responding to the order of the Supreme Court to comment within 10 days on the issue of his amnesty. 

With Marlon Purificacion