Court to decide on Trillanes’ coup d’etat case anytime soon

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Mugshot of Senator Antonio Trillanes during his booking procedure at Makati Police Station on September 25, 2018 | Photo courtesy of NCRPO

 

MAKATI CITY, Philippines – The Makati Regional Trial Court 148 ended on Friday (October 12) the proceedings on the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) request to issue a warrant of arrest and hold departure order against Senator Antonio Trillanes IV.

The case is now considered submitted for resolution according to Presiding Judge Andres Bartolome Soriano.

“The factual issues as specified in the order dated September 28, 2018, and the issue on the ‘legality’ of Proclamation No. 572, series of 2018 based on the pleadings/motions filed by the parties – as they may bear upon the prosecution’s urgent ex-parte motion… – are now considered submitted for resolution,” Soriano said in an order dated October 11.

With this development, the decision on whether to arrest Trillanes or not is expected to come out anytime soon.

The Court has admitted as evidence the documents filed by Trillanes including the copy of the certificate of amnesty, sworn statements of those who processed Trillanes’ application and two of his aides; the photograph taken during the day of filing; and memorandum circulars issued by the Department of National Defense (DND).

However, the court rejected as evidence the printouts of the DND’s Facebook page and a throwback picture of Trillanes.

Meanwhile, the Makati RTC Branch 150 has given Trillanes’ camp five days to submit a reply to the DOJ’s objection on the court’s previous decision which allowed Trillanes temporary liberty despite arrest because of the P200,000 bail. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Mai Bermudez)

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