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For the win! Kiko lauds SC for giving Trillanes due process

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Every day that Senator Antonio Trillanes IV is not in jail following the revocation of his amnesty “is a victory” for him and a victory for the rule of law.

Senator Kiko Pangilinan stressed this on Wednesday in response to Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque’s claim that Malacanang scored a victory after the Supreme Court decided not to grant Senator Antonio Trillanes IV a temporary restraining order (TRO) to stop the implementation of Proclamation 572.

President Rodrigo Duterte on Aug. 31 issued Proclamation 572 revoking the amnesty granted to Trillanes in 2011 by then president Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino.

Asked to comment on Roque claims that there is no more legal impediment to enforce Proclamation 572, Pangilinan said, “Is Senator Trillanes in jail? No.”

“So, I think every day that he is not in jail because of this proclamation is a victory for Senator Trillanes and a victory for the rule of law,” he said in a television interview.

“This is not just about Sen. Trillanes, this is about the rule of law. Our courts are functioning,” Pangilinan said.

He added, “The courts have said, he is entitled to due process. Due process is a fundamental right in our constitutional democracy.”

The Department of Justice (DoJ) earlier filed separate petitions before the Makati Regional Trial Court Branches 148 and 150 seeking the issuance of an arrest warrant as well as hold departure order (HDO) against Trillanes. But the lower courts instead directed the senator to comment on the DoJ’s petition.

“It is a part of our bill of rights and therefore due process is also being upheld here and therefore this is a victory for the citizens, this is a victory for all of us,” Pangilinan said.

“You are entitled to due process, all our viewers are entitled to due process, and due process is being upheld here and therefore this is a victory of the Filipino people against abusive exercise of power,” th opposition senator said.

Asked whether the Supreme Court in a way washed its hands over deciding on the Trillanes issue by passing it to the lower court, Pangilinan said, “Well, for as long as Sen. Trillanes’ rights are respected, I think I’m okay with that.”

“And I’m thankful that the Supreme Court acted and specified, they clearly spelled it out that the President himself said that he will respect the courts and that there will be no arrest unless the court issues an arrest warrant,” he said.

“Sinabi ‘yun ng Supreme Court. So in that regard, we’re thankful na ito ang naging posisyon ng Korte Suprema,” he