AFP Can Arrest Sen. Trillanes Without Warrant of Arrest

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) may arrest the controversial lawmaker Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV anytime even without a warrant of arrest. The AFP's possible arrest of Trillanes is based on rules of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

The possible arrest of Trillanes by the AFP is for them to resume the court martial's hearing of administrative cases against Trillanes for violation of Articles of War 96 (Conduct Unbecoming an Officer and a Gentleman) and Articles of War 97 (Conduct Prejudicial to Good Order and Military Discipline) which were suspended by the amnesty in 2011.

Department of National Defense (DND) Internal Audit Service Chief Atty. Ronald Patrick Rubin said the voiding of the amnesty granted to Trillanes authorizes provost marshals of the AFP to arrest him under the military court.

“The acts for which he was charged happened while he was in active service. So although he is a civilian now the jurisdiction of the court martial was acquired while he was an active officer of the armed forces,” said Atty. Rubin.

The AFP clarified that out of respect for the Senate, the military police tasked to arrest Trillanes remain outside the premises of the Senate building while higher AFP officials continue to negotiate with Senate President Tito Sotto on voluntarily turning over Trillanes.

Atty. Rubin assured fair treatment from arresting officers when the time comes for the arrest, but they have an officer present there together with MPs and the AFP trust that they will exercise good judgement in handling the situation.

The Armed Forces of the Philippines is currently forming a five-member general court martial that will hear the case of Trillanes. At present, Andolong said Trillanes should prove that he submitted an application for amnesty because DND could not find a copy of it in their records.

Atty. Andolong also mentioned the video taken in 2011 that showed Trillanes swearing an oath and presenting a filled out application form but the granting of amnesty was not based on said video as it may have been a photo op only and the documents may not have been submitted at all.

The AFP also said that the senator's detention facility has been prepared at the AFP Custodial Center inside Camp Aguinaldo and assured that he will not be accorded any special treatment.

Source: UNTV

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