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Hintay na lang: Guevarra respects Makati court’s decision to hold hearing for issuing warrant vs. Trillanes

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Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said he has no problem with Makati City Judge Elmo Alameda with not yet granting Department of Justice (DOJ) request for the issuance an arrest warrant and hold departure order against Senator Antonio Trillanes IV.

“We respect the order of RTC-Makati branch 150 to set the prosecution’s urgent motions for hearing,” Guevarra said.

“After all, Sen. Trillanes has indicated that he will remain inside the Senate until the courts act on the pending matters,” he added.

Instead of granting the request of the DOJ, Alameda has preferred hearing first its motion which sought for the issuance of a warrant of arrest and hold departure order (HDO) against Senator Antonio Trillanes IV.

“While the motion has been denominated as ex-parte, the court after thoroughly considering the grounds and arguments raised therein, is of the view that acting on the motion without setting it for hearing would definitely prejudice the right of the accused to due process,” read his order.

The DOJ filed the motion after President Rodrigo Duterte issued Proclamation No. 572 which declared as void the amnesty granted to Trillanes.

Alameda added that Trillanes also filed a petition before the Supreme Court (SC) questioning the voiding of the amnesty.

Because of this, Alameda said this could be “a ground for this court to wait for the ruling of the Honorable Supreme Court because of the presence of strong possibility that the issues raised therein would be rendered moot if this court would proceed to act on the Omnibus Motion.”

Duterte voided the amnesty granted to Trillanes under Proclamation No. 75 in 2010 by then President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III over the senator’s involvement of Trillanes and a number of others in the 2003 Oakwood mutiny and 2007 Manila Peninsula siege.

Almeda is handling the rebellion case regarding the Manila Peninsula siege.