Court sustains arrest warrant issued vs Trillanes
MANILA, Philippines — The warrant of arrest issued against Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV will stay after the Makati City Regional Trial Court Branch 150 dismissed the appeal filed by the senator.
Makati RTC Branch 150 is handling the rebellion case filed against Trillanes in connection with the 2007 Manila Peninsula siege.
Last Sept. 25, 2018, Makati RTC Branch 150 Judge Elmo Alameda ruled that there was “factual and legal basis” for the Proclamation No. 572 issued by President Rodrigo Duterte revoking the amnesty given to Trillanes by then President Benigno Aquino III.
Aquino’s amnesty led to the dismissal of the rebellion case against Trillanes in 2011.
“This court found the granted amnesty to former Lieutenant Senior Grade [now Senator] Antonio Trillanes IV. This court found the existence of factual and legal basis for the issuance of said proclamation by President Duterte,” the court said in the Sept. 25 order issued by Alameda.
“With the revocation of the amnesty to Sen. Trillanes, the resulting consequence is that the Order issued on September 7, 2011 dismissing the case of rebellion becomes void ab initio,” the court further stated.
Trillanes filed a motion for reconsideration.
In dismissing the motion, the court said Trillanes failed to raise new issues that would warrant a reversal of its Sept. 25, 2018 order.
“The matters raised therein have been thoroughly and exhaustively passed upon by this court,” the court said.
The court earlier ordered Trillanes’ arrest but allowed him to post bail.
It also allowed the senator to travel abroad to attend some speaking engagements.
The court’s ruling in effect reopened the rebellion case, but the court has yet to set a trial date.