Makati RTC Sets Hearing on Arrest Warrant, HDO vs. Sen. Trilanes on September 13, 2018

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The Makati City Regional Trial Court decided to set the hearing on the motion filed by the Department of Justice for an “Alias Warrant of Arrest and Hold Departure Order (HDO)” against Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV, after the amnesty given to him by former Pres. Aquino was invalidated by Pres. Rody Duterte.

Makati RTC Branch 148 stated in a one-page order signed by Presiding Judge Andres Bartolome Soriano, the court has set the motion for hearing on September 13 and also ordered accused Sen. Trillanes to file a comment within five days from receipt of the order.

The order reads “Accused Antonio Trillanes IV is given a period of five days from receipt of this order within which to file comment to the motion. Let the motion be set for hearing on September 13, 2018 at 9 in the morning,” read the order.

Presiding Judge Soriano issued the order late Tuesday afternoon but was served to the parties concerned on Wednesday morning.

The Department of Justice earlier filed a four-page motion through officer-in-charge (OIC) Prosecutor General Anthony Fadullon, Assistant State Prosecutor Juan Pedro Navera and Assistant State Prosecutor Mary Jane Sytat following Duterte’s issuance of Proclamation No. 572, which revokes the Department of National Defense Ad Hoc Committee resolution insofar as the amnesty granted to Trillanes.

In seeking the issuance of an HDO and an alias warrant, the DOJ noted that the case of coup d’état against Trillanes has yet to be terminated by the court despite the issuance of Proclamation No. 75 issued by former President Benigno Aquino III which granted him amnesty.

The Makati RTC Branch 148 merely granted the motion of Trillanes to cancel the promulgation by reason of Proclamation No. 75, according to Navera.

Assistant State Prosecutor Pedro Navera said that once Sen. Trillanes is arrested, the DOJ would ask the court to set the date for the promulgation of the decision.

Sen. Antonio Trillanes, considered as one of the most vocal critic of Pres. Rody Duterte, is a former Navy Captain who is facing charges, including coup d’etat, for leading the uprisings against the government in 2003 and 2007 during the administration of then President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

Source: PNA

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