MANILA, Philippines – Trial will proceed against opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV after the Court of Appeals (CA) turned down his plea to stop his indictment for rebellion.
CA’s Ninth Division Associate Justice Apolinario Bruselas Jr. in a resolution dated March 18, denied Trillanes’ application for a temporary restraining order (TRO) at the Makati Regional Trial Court Branch 150.
In the three-page resolution, the CA ruled that they “may not temporarily restrain or preliminarily enjoin the prosecution of the criminal action for rebellion at this stage because to do so would be to grant the principal prayer for certiorari without the benefit of hearing.”
The rebellion charges against Trillanes was reopened after President Rodrigo Duterte revoked the amnesty granted to him in 2010 through Proclamation 572.
The trial was supposed to proceed on Wednesday (March 20) but Judge Elmo Alameda deferred the hearing to May 27. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Mai Bermudez)
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