DOJ Opposes Sen. Trillanes Evidence in Coup Raps Presented at RTC Branch 148 (Photos)

The national government lawyers have filed their formal objection before the Makati Regional Trial Court Branch 148 to the documentary evidence filed by Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV on defects in the amnesty the controversial senator he availed of in connection with his pending coup d'etat charges against him.

In a 10-page comment presented by the Department of Justcie (DOJ) prosecution panel, led by Senior Deputy State Prosecutor Richard Anthony Fadullon, filed its objection to the documentary exhibits of Sen. Trillanes.

Pending before the Makati RTC Branch 148 is the prosecution panel's motion for the issuance of a hold departure order and a warrant of arrest against the embbattled lawmaker, whom state lawyers argued, had failed to comply with all the requirements for a valid gant of amnesty for acts he committed when he was still in the military during the failed Oakwood Mutiny.

Among the challenged documents of the DOJ was the original copy of the affidavit of Lt. Col. Josefa C. Berbigal of the Judge Advocate General Services of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) dated September 20, 2018.

“Instead during her cross examination, she testified that accused Trillanes only admitted guilt to the incidents but not the offenses for which he is being charged,” the prosecution noted, adding that Berbigal’s statement that the application for amnesty was in order, complete and in compliance with all the requirements of Proclamation No. 75 is “misleading.”

The prosecution added that during her testimony, Berbigal could not confirm this allegation by presenting the original, duplicate or photocopy of the application.

The DOJ added that Berbigal had “no authority to administer oath to accused Trillanes because Department of National Defense (DND) Department Order No. 323 specifically provides for a notary public to be assigned at the secretariat who will duly administer the oath of the amnesty applicants.”

They further objected to the testimony of former DND undersecretary Honorio S. Azcueta, noting that the latter “failed to substantiate his claim that he caused the strict compliance with all the requirements set forth by Proclamation No. 75 and DND Circular No. 1.”

Here's the Complete Documents Presented by DOJ:

Source: PTVNews

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