Sec. Guevarra Dares Trillanes: "Prove Dismissal of Raps in Court"

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra, the officer-in-charge of the government while Pres Duterte is on official state visit, dares Senator Antonio Trillanes IV to prove in court his claim that the charges against him in connection with the 2003 Oakwood Munity were already dismissed.

Secretary Guevarra said in a text message "Sa court niya sabihin (Prove it to the court)," when asked by the Philippine News Agency to comment oon the issue involving Sen. Trillanes.

Sen. Antonio Trillanes has been insisting that he cannot be arrested since the cases against him at the Makati Regional Trial Court (RTC) have been dismissed on the basis of the amnesty granted to him in 2011 by then President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III.

The DOJ tried to asked Makati RTC Branch 148 Judge Andres Bartolome Soriano to issue a warrant of arrest and Hold Departure Order (HDO) against Sen. Antonio Trillanes but the RTC decided not to issue a warrant of arrest and HDO. Instead of warrant and HDO, Judge Soriano set the hearing on the motion filed by DOJ for the issuance of an alias warrant of arrest and hold departure order (HDO) against Sen. Trillanes this coming September 13, 2018.

Judge Soriano has also ordered Trillanes to file a comment within five days from the receipt of the order. Sen. Trillanes received the order yesterday, September 6, 2018. Upon the issuance of the RTC, Sec. Guevarra stated that the court has issued certain orders, the case has in fact been revived," Sec. Guevarra noted.

“The RTC has set a hearing on Sept. 13. Doon niya sabihin yan (Tell it to the RTC). He said he will go to the Supreme Court, doon niya rin sabihin yan (tell it to the SC),” the Justice Secretary added.

Acting Prosecutor General Richard Anthony Fadullon echoed Guevarra's remarks, stressing that Trillanes cannot rely on the dismissal of the case at the RTC.

Based upon the proclamation signed by Pres. Rody Duterte last August 31, 2018, Trillanes has no pending application for amnesty granted to all active and former personnel of the AFP and supporters who joined the July 27, 2003 Oakwood Mutiny, the February 2006 Marines stand-off and November 29, 2007 Manila Peninsula incident.

This, in effect, voided the amnesty extended to him by former president Benigno S. Aquino III through Proclamation 75 issued in November 2010.

In seeking the issuance of an HDO and an alias warrant, the DOJ noted that the case of coup d'├ętat 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. The coup d'├ętat case that was filed against the senator is a non-bailable offense and has a penalty of life imprisonment.

Source: PNA

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