Sen. Trillanes Back at Senate After Posting P200K Bail for His Rebellion Case

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Senator Antonio Trillanes, one of the most vocal critics of Pres. Rody Duterte is now back at the Philippine Senate, the place where he was holed up since September 4, after posting a P200,000 bail for his rebellion case.

The Senator how has been holed up inside the Senate left the Senate building after an arrest warrant was presented to him by National Capital Region Police Office Director Guillermo Eleazar.

Sen. Trillanes left the Senate Building in Pasay City past 3:00 PM to post bail at a Makati Court which issued the arrest warrant over his involvement in the 2007 Manila Peninsula Siege. He went out of the Senate and posted a P200K bail before Makati Regional Trial Court Brarnch 150, and then went back to the Senate past 5:00 PM.

Prior to formally posting a bail on his rebellion case, Trillanes underwent booking procedures at the Makati Central Police Station. Due to the arrest of Trillanes, his co-senators and members of the opposition, Sen. Bam Aquino, Sen. Pangilinan and Sen. Hontiveros visited Trillanes at the Makati RTC to support the senator.

The senator’s decision to be back at the Senate instead of going home is an option made by the lawmaker which is the same with his option earlier that he will stay at the Senate after Pres. Duterte revoked his amnesty and ordered his arrest via Proclmation No. 572 issued last August 30, 2018.

The controversial senator and considered as the most vocal critics of the Duterte administration tried to stop the implementation of the Presidential directive by seeking reprieve from the Supreme Court.

The high tribunal however junked the petition of Trillanes camp and has let the lower courts deal with his case. Makati RTC Branch 150 then released an arrest warrant to Sen. Trillanes and only allowed for his temporary release once he can post a P200,000 bail.

Aside from the rebellion case faced by Trillanes, the senator is also facing a separate case, RTC Branch 148 which is handling the coup d’etat charges against Trillanes over the Oakwood Mutiny in 2003, has yet to issue an arrest warrant.

Source: PNA

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