No Trillanes arrest yet

December 08, 2018
Antonio Trillanes IV

NO Saturday or Sunday arrest for Senator Antonio Trillanes IV.

The National Capital Region Police Office is waiting for a copy of the warrant of arrest for libel issued against the opposition lawmaker before serving it in his office.

According to NCRPO chief Director Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar, they are already monitoring the whereabouts of Trillanes and are coordinating with his office so they can make all the necessary preparations in case they get the copy of the warrant issued by a Davao City court in connection with a libel complaint from presidential son former Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte.

"Ang pinakamagandang gawin natin is monitor his whereabouts so that 'pag magkaroon na tayo ng hawak na warrant, we can inform him na meron tayong ganoon," Eleazar said.The official said they expect to get a copy of the warrant tomorrow.

Judge Melinda Alconcel-Dayanghirang of the Davao City Regional Trial Court Branch 54 set Trillanes’ bail at P24,000.

According to Eleazar, Trillanes, as a member of the Senate has invoked his right not to be arrested in cases punishable by less than six years imprisonment while Congress is in session.

He however said they have received words that Trillanes will voluntarily surrender to them.

“Ang maganda naman po niyan ay nagpahayag din siya at nakarating sa atin na siya po ay kusang-loob din naman na magsu-surrender or magvo-voluntarily undergo ng process para siya ay humarap sa korte at mag-post ng bail just like what he has done nu'ng magkaroon ng warrant of arrest du'n sa coup d‘etat case na hinarap niya noong isang buwan," Eleazar  said.

President Duterte’s son Paolo filed a libel case against Trillanes after the lawmaker linked him to drugs and extortion, which the younger Duterte strongly denied.