- The Makati court did not issue an arrest warrant against Trillanes
- Instead, it set the hearing for the DOJ motion next week
- Justice Secretary Guevarra said they will file a motion before another couirt
MANILA, Philippines – The Makati Regional Trial Court Branch 148 has not issued a warrant of arrest against Senator Antonio Trillanes IV but instead set the hearing for the motion filed by the Department of Justice on September 13.
The DOJ filed the motion seeking an arrest warrant against Trillanes after President Rodrigo Duterte revoked the former soldier’s amnesty granted by the previous administration.
But Judge Andres Soriano set the hearing for the DOJ’s motion and even gave Trillanes 5 days to comment.
It was before Branch 148 that Trillanes was charged with coup d’ etat in connection with the Magdalo group’s mutiny against the administration of former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. He faced the rebellion charges before the Branch 150.
Both courts, however, dismissed the charges in September 2011 after former president Benigno ‘Noy’ Aquino granted Trillanes and other Magdalo soldiers amnesty via a proclamation.
Trillanes even showed a copy to reporters on Wednesday showing that both charges were already dismissed by the courts.
Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra earlier said they will be filing a new motion before another court after failing to seek a warrant against Trillanes at Branch 148. However, he believes a military arrest would have been faster since there is no warrant needed in a court martial.
But Trillanes also showed another clearance from the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) certifying that he was officially separated from the military service.
However, Guevarra maintained that in Trillanes’ case, “the court martial proceedings were merely suspended because of the amnesty proclamation.”
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