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Man up! Calida tells Trillanes to face pending charges

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Solicitor General Jose Calida has dared Senator Antonio Trillanes IV to face the charges concerning the lawmaker’s involvement in the 2003 Oakwood mutiny and 2007 Manila Peninsula siege.

Calida made the challenge after the Supreme Court (SC) had denied the appeal of Trillanes to issue a preliminary injunction or temporary restraining order against the presidential proclamation which junked the senator’s amnesty over the two incidents.

“The OSG (Office of the Solicitor General) welcomes the development that no temporary restraining order was issued and we nurture the hope that Mr. Trillanes, no matter how remote the possibility, will finally man up and face the charges against him for the unlawful actions he committed against the Filipino people,” Calida said in a statement.

Trillanes filed the petition against President Rodrigo Duterte’s Proclamation No. 572 which voided the senator’s amnesty over the Oakwood mutiny and Manila Peninsula siege.

Following the proclamation, the Department of Justice (DOJ) has sought before Makati City regional trial court (RTC) Branch 148 and 150 to issue arrest warrants and hold departure orders (HDO) against Trillanes.

The two RTC branches is handling the Oakwood mutiny and Manila Peninsula siege cases, respectively.

Calida also expressed elation that “the Supreme Court has acknowledged that Proclamation No. 572 afforded Mr. Trillanes due process.”

“Hence, the high court found that “there is no extreme and urgent necessity for the Court to issue injunctive relief,” he said.

“Clearly, the baseless and inflammatory statements of Mr. Trillanes are mere delusions of a grandiose man,” he added.