Thinking Pinoy Reveals Why Trillanes' Future Seems to Get Dimmer by the Second

One of the country's most prominent blogger and social media personality supporter of Pres. Rody Duterte revealed the reasons why the future of Sen. Trillanes' future seems to get dimmer by the second.


Based upon the report made by Jomar Canlas of The Manila Times, Supreme Court Justices Tijam, Gesmundo, and Leonen will be out of town during the Tuesday Supreme Court en banc session, while Justice Carpio is on wellness leave.



Thinking Pinoy explained that with four justices away and two more seats vacant, it leaves only 9 Associate Justices to decide upon the fate of Sen. Trillanes' petition for a Temporary Restraining Order against Pres. Duterte's Proclamation 572, which declared Trillanes' 2011 amnesty void from the beginning.

The veteran blogger identified the 9 justices are: De Castro, Peralta, Bersamin, A. Reyes, Jardeleza, Del Castillo, Perlas-Bernabe, J. Reyes and Caguioa.

Thinking Pinoy reveals the fact why the future os Trillanes seems to get dimmer because of the following facts presented through the latest post of the blogger.

Here's the Complete Explanations of Thinking Pinoy:

TRILLANES' FUTURE SEEMS TO GET DIMMER BY THE SECOND.

Jomar Canlas of The Manila Times reports that Justices Tijam, Gesmundo, and Leonen will be out of town during the Tuesday Supreme Court en banc session, while Justice Carpio is on wellness leave [https://bit.ly/2MeURjR].



With four justices away and two more seats vacant (one after Justice de Castro's promotion to CJ and another after Justice Martires became the new Ombudsman), that leaves only 9 Associate Justices to decide upon the fate of Sen. Antonio "Sonny" Trillanes IV's petition for a Temporary Restraining Order against Pres. Rody Duterte's Proclamation 572, which declared Trillanes' 2011 amnesty void from the beginning.

The nine (9) justices are:

1. De Castro
2. Peralta
3. Bersamin
4. A Reyes
5. Jardeleza
6. Del Castillo
7. Perlas-Bernabe
8. J Reyes
9. Caguioa

Now, here are more facts:

FIRST: In April 2018, Trillanes was quoted as having called four of the nine voting justices, along with Justice Tijam, "kakapal ng mukha", after they refused to inhibit from the Sereno quo warranto case.

"Itong lima na ito, halos murahin na si Sereno, eh ayaw mag-inhibit. Grabe naman, kakapal ng mukha na ‘yan," Trillanes said in an interview with DWIZ 882 [https://bit.ly/2Mkptk4].



SECOND: In August 2018, Trillanes party-mate Gary Alejano co-filed with two other LP congressmen impeachment cases against seven justices, five of which are voting on his petition for TRO.

This appears to be a clear follow-up to Trillanes' March 2018 threat against SC justices who would vote in favor of the Quo Warranto petition, where he said that voting in favor of the petition "can be used as a ground for impeachment against them later on under a different administration." [https://bit.ly/2wYfR9v]

Trillanes even went as far as threatening retiring SC justices with graft cases in line with the Quo Warranto petition.

THIRD: In a brazen display of defiance against the Judiciary in late August 2018, Trillanes said even a Supreme Court TRO won't stop him from summoning Solicitor General Calida to a Senate Hearing.

Now, here's the thing:

In an ideal world, all SC Justices should decide on any given issue based solely on its merits. However, let's not forget that SC Justices are also human beings.

Now, Trillanes and his closest allies have threatened and filed impeachment cases against five of the nine justices who will be voting on his petition for TRO. If I were one of those five, would I favor Trillanes or not?

Trillanes will need five votes out of nine to secure a TRO, so he needs to sway at least one of the five mentioned above to vote in his favor. Again, if I were one of those five, would I favor Trillanes or not? If I were one of those five, why would I stick my neck out for this mutineer and risk incurring the wrath of the four that I'll be leaving behind?

I think the issue of whether or not to grant a TRO goes beyond mere vengeance on the part of the five justices, as granting the TRO will not only provide some level of relief for Trillanes, but it will also give a layer of legitimacy on Trillanes' cause, whatever it is.

A TRO will also be a serious blow against the credibility of the Executive Branch... and clashing against the Executive is something that the Judiciary tends to avoid.



With that said, MT's Canlas reported that the SC may likely take either of the following courses of action:

1. Give due course to the petition and issue an order directing the respondents to submit their comment or,

2. Dismiss the case outright and let the Makati City Regional Trial Court handle the case.

Now, [1] says nothing about whether the SC will TRO Proc. 572 or not, i.e. it's possible for the High Court to hear the case without issuing a TRO, and that'll be a problem for Trillanes should any of the two Makati RTCs issue an arrest warrant against him.

Meanwhile, [2] will also be tricky.

Will an RTC judge refuse to recognize a Presidential Proclamation?

With all due respect to the whoever the RTC judges are, let's face the fact that a vast majority of RTC judges have hopes and dreams of rising to, say, the SandiganBayan or the Court of Appeals, something that's possible only through a presidential appointment.

Now, will an RTC judge throw those hopes and dreams away just for Trillanes' sake?

If the judges and justices will somehow find just cause to favor Trillanes based solely on the merits of the respective cases, then I sincerely commend them for their integrity.

But then again...

Source: Thinking Pinoy FB Page

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