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Lalabanan! Trillanes to challenge Duterte proclamation before SC

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By Xave Gregorio

Opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV is readying a petition before the Supreme Court (SC) to temporarily halt the enforcement of President Rodrigo Duterte’s voiding of his amnesty.

Trillanes told reporters Wednesday midnight (September 5) that his legal team is preparing a temporary restraining order (TRO) against Duterte’s Proclamation No. 572.

While the senator said they are yet to decide on where they would file the TRO, one of his aides say it would be filed before the SC.

Trillanes’ abogado, Rey Robles, in a media briefing Tuesday evening (September 4) said they may file it either before the Regional Trial Court, the Court of Appeals or the Supreme Court.

Robles insisted that the rebellion and coup d’etat charges against Trillanes have been dismissed after he was granted amnesty by former President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III.

“More than 10 years has passed since the dismissal, paanong may pending case pa?” Robles said.

Trillanes may face arrest if the Makati Regional Trial Court Branch 148 grants the Department of Justice’s motion for an alias arrest warrant against him.

The opposition senator said he would not resist arrest once the warrant is served, but has submitted himself under the Senate’s custody to evade arrest.

As police and military remain in the Senate compound, senators stand united on the opinion that Trillanes could not be arrested inside the upper house’s premises to preserve the dignity of the chamber.

In his proclamation, Duterte ordered the police and the military to arrest Trillanes and put him back behind bars in Camp Crame, almost nine years after he was freed following the grant of amnesty, concurred to by Congress.

Trillanes’ partymate, Magdalo party-list Rep. Gary Alejano decried the order as “political persecution” and called on the Philippine National Police and the Armed Forces of the Philippines to defy Duterte’s proclamation.

“I am reminding them that they are not the private army of this President. They are the army of this people,” Alejano said.