Sen. Antonio Trillanes going through booking procedures at the Makati Police Station
MAKATI CITY, Philippines – It was a sudden turn of events for Senator Antonio Trillanes IV after the Makati Regional Trial Court Branch 150 issued a warrant of arrest against him on Tuesday (September 25).
After days of confinement in the Senate building, the senator yielded to his arresting officer and batch mate, Makati Police Chief PSSupt. Rogelio Simon who was accompanied by National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) Chief Guillermo Eleazar.
The warrant was served to him at the Senate Lounge and it was there that the standard procedure of reading the Miranda Rights was held.
Trillanes was then escorted to Makati City Police Headquarters to undergo booking procedure where his mug shots and fingerprints were recorded.
Around 4:00 p.m., he proceeded to the Makati RTC to post a P200,000 bail for his temporary liberty.
After he was given a release order, Trillanes went back to the Senate.
According to Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Jose Balajadia Jr., everything went well and according to the procedure.
“Nasunod ang proseso at saka hindi siya inaresto ng pulis ditto. Ibinigay lang ang arrest warrant tapos sinamahan ko siya pababa. Kusa siyang sumama,” the retired general said.
According to the clerk of court, Atty. Diosfa Valencia, the main reason why Judge Elmo Alameda heeded to the motion filed by the Department of Justice (DOJ) was that Trillanes failed to submit the original copy of his alleged application for amnesty to the Department of National Defense (DND) in 2011.
“Based sa findings po niya kasi factual kami di po ba? Wala po kasing na-present si Senator Trillanes na hard copy of the amnesty application which is the basis of President Duterte on the revocation of the amnesty granted by former President Aquino so iyon po ang naging basis…Iyong other exhibits presented by the senator parang wala daw pong probative value,” the clerk of court explained.
This was despite Trillanes’ camp having submitted the day before the arrest, the affidavit of Colonel Josefa Berbigal who supported the senator’s claim.
Berbigal was the head of the secretariat of the DND Ad Hoc committee on amnesty and the one who administered the oath taking of military rebels for amnesty, including Trillanes, in 2011.
Upon arrival at the Senate, the embattled senator aired a strong message directly to President Rodrigo Duterte.
“Kay Mr. Duterte baluktutin mo na ang kailangan mong baliktutin. Isagasa mo na ang lahat isagasa pero iyong kasamaan na pinaghahari mo dito sa bayan ay hindi mananaig. Kung maililigpit mo man ako mayroon at mayroong papalit sa akin,” he said.
As of this writing, there was no information as to what happened to the “missing” document of Senator Trillanes’ amnesty application.
One thing is for sure, now that his amnesty is nullified, his rebellion cases will push through “as it were” in September 2011.
The court ordered the prosecution’s initial presentation of evidence against Trillanes on November 21, 2018. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Mai Bermudez)
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