Atty. Panelo: AFP Can Now Court-Martial Trillanes After Issuance of Arrest Warrant

Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Atty. Salvador Panelo said in an interview with the media that the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) could now reconvene a general court-martial to try Senator Antonio Trillanes IV for his past military offenses.

Atty. Panelo made the statement about the possibility of a Court Martial proceedings for Sen. Trillanes, after the Makati Regional Court ordered the arrest of the former rebel soldier-turned lawmaker, in connection with a rebellion case.

Sen. Trillanes, whose amnesty has been revoked by Pres. Rody Duterte, has posted bail worth P200,000 to secure his temporary freedom from the case he is facing at the Makati RTC Branch 150.

In an interview with the media, Atty. Panelo was quoted as saying "Hindi ba sinabi ng AFP, kung walang warrant ay hindi sila gagalaw. Ngayon may warrant, siguro ay puwede na nilang i-reconvene iyong kanilang (court martial) [Didn’t the AFP say if there is no warrant, they will not move. Now that there is a warrant, maybe they can reconvene their (court martial)],” he said in a radio interview when asked if the military can arrest Trillanes to face court martial proceeding.

Although Atty. Panelo made the statement of the possibility of Trillanes' Court Martial proceedings, he however, deferred tot he military to decide on the possible military trial of Trillanes, saying he was not the proper person to respond to the matter.

Before the surrender of Trillanes and posting of bail, early this month, the military already decided to hold in abeyance the general court-martial proceedings against Trillanes pending the decision of the Supreme Court on the legality of the presidential proclamation that declared Trillanes' amnesty void ab initio (void from the beginning).

Sen. Trillanes, a former Navy Officer, earlier asked the Supreme Court to nullify President Rody Duterte's Proclamation No. 572 that voided his amnesty for two coup attempts years ago. The Supreme Court decided to let the RTC decide the cases of Trillanes, so the RTC decided to issue a warrant of arrest to the senator after he failed to present material evidence of his amnesty application.

Atty. Panelo also urged Sen. Antonio Trillanes to "face the music," saying the senator has a chance to clear his name in court. He also denied Trillanes' claim that 'democracy has died after his rebellion case was revived in court, saying he was actually being given due process.

“The living proof that democracy is alive is Trillanes himself. Look what he is doing, he is maligning the government and nandiyan pa rin siya,” he said.

“Kung walang demokrasya dito, di either na-salvage na iyan, nakulong na iyan o pinatay na iyan ‘di ba? Hindi totoo kasi nandyan pa rin siya [If there is no democracy, he could have been salvaged, jailed or killed right? It’s not true because he is still there],” he said.

Source: PNA

Atty. Panelo: AFP Can Now Court-Martial Trillanes After Issuance of Arrest Warrant Atty. Panelo: AFP Can Now Court-Martial Trillanes After Issuance of Arrest Warrant Reviewed by Phil Newsome on September 26, 2018 Rating: 5
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