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Ano na mangyayari? Trillanes arrest bid up for Makati court’s decision again

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By Xave Gregorio

The Makati Regional Trial Court Branch 148 has wrapped up hearing the voiding of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV’s amnesty, restarting the waiting game for his possible arrest.

With Branch 148 Judge Andres Soriano ruling Thursday (October 11) on the pieces of evidence submitted by Trillanes’ camp, a decision on the senator’s case may be released anytime soon.

“The factual issues … and the issue on the ‘legality’ of Proclamation No. 572, series of 2018 based on pleadings/motions filed by the parties – as they may bear upon the prosecution’s urgent ex-parte motion for issuance of hold departure order and issuance of alias warrant of arrest against Antonio F. Trillanes IV – are now considered submitted for resolution,” Soriano said.

In his order, Soriano admitted all the evidence submitted by Trillanes’ camp, except for printouts of the official Facebook page of the Department of National Defense and the “throwback picture of accused Trillanes” as these were not authenticated and not identified by witnesses.

Should Soriano issue a ruling in favor of the Department of Justice’s motion for an alias warrant of arrest and a hold departure order in connection with an already-dismissed coup d’etat case, Trillanes would be arrested for the second time after President Rodrigo Duterte’s issuance of Proclamation No. 572.

But unlike his first arrest on the orders of Branch 150, Trillanes would not be able to post bail with Branch 148.

Robles said that it is an option for Trillanes to return to the Senate if Branch 148 issues a warrant of arrest against him.

“Kung sakali man pipiliin niyang sa Senado manggaling, it’s just to save his family from the trauma ng aarestuhin siya sa bahay,” Robles said.

The possible arrest order against Trillanes still stems from Proclamation No. 572, which declared void from the start his amnesty for supposedly failing to file for amnesty and for not admitting guilt to participation in two failed mutinies against former President, now Speaker, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

Trillanes’ camp previously presented witnesses before Branch 148, who all told the court that the senator did apply for amnesty.

A witness for the prosecution, GMA News Online News Editor Mark Merueñas, who was there when Trillanes applied for amnesty in 2011, also testified that the senator did file for amnesty.