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Makati court to hear Trillanes’ appeal vs. issuance of arrest warrant, HDO

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Makati City Judge Elmo Alameda is set to hear this Friday (October 12) the motion for reconsideration of Senator Trillanes IV who sought the withdrawal of the arrest warrant and hold departure order (HDO) issued against the lawmaker.

Alameda set the hearing after Trillanes filed a motion for reconsideration against the order of the magistrate which granted the motion of the Department of Justice (DOJ) which asked for the issuance of the arrest warrant and HDO.

The DOJ sought the arrest warrant and HDO after President Rodrigo Duterte issued Proclamation No. 572 which declared as void the amnesty of Trillanes over his participation in the 2003 Oakwood mutiny and the 2007 Manila Peninsula siege.

Alameda is handling the rebellion case against Trillanes concerning the Manila Peninsula siege.

In his motion for reconsideration, Trillanes, who already posted a P200,000 bail, pointed out it was still premature for Alameda to issue the arrest warrant and HDO against the lawmaker.

“To put it simply, the assailed ruling of the Honorable Court is tantamount to a total and complete surrender of the independence of the judiciary and a tragic capitulation to the President of the judicial power lodged upon the Courts by the Constitution,” the senator said.