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Pakinggan niyo muna! Trillanes camp wants Makati court to hold evidentiary hearing

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By Xave Gregorio

The camp of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV would be asking the Makati Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 150 to hold a hearing to allow them to present evidence and witnesses to disprove claims made in President Rodrigo Duterte’s Proclamation No. 752 which voided the opposition senator’s 2011 amnesty.

Trillanes’ abogado Rey Robles told Branch 150 Judge Elmo Alameda that the Supreme Court ordered the two Makati courts hearing the senator’s case to resolve factual issued and would require a full hearing.

“For these issues to be fully ventilated would require a full evidentiary hearing,” Robles said Friday (October 12).

However, Alameda said Trillanes and the prosecution have been able to present their evidence in support of their claims.

Assistant State Prosecutor Josee Christine Dugay also said that “both parties were given time to argue their case” and another hearing is not needed.

Alameda also brought up that all he wanted Trillanes’ camp to do was to submit is his original amnesty application form, which cannot be found by the military.

“All that the Court wanted was for you to present and that would have ended the proceedings,” Alameda said.

But Robles insisted that an evidentiary hearing is necessary.

“Hindi naman nagkaroon ng pagkakataong mag-presenta ng mga testigo ‘yung mga partido,” Robles said.

“Mayroong nire-refer ang Supreme Court (SC) na factual issues. At hindi pwedeng tapusin ‘yun sa isang summary hearing,” he added.

In its September 11 ruling, the SC said it is “appropriate” to allow Makati RTCs Branch 148 and Branch 150 to “resolve the pleadings/motions filed by the parties as regards the legality of Proclamation No. 572.”

A revived rebellion case is being heard by Branch 150, while Branch 148 is yet to rule whether to grant the Department of Justice’s bid for the issuance of an arrest warrant and hold departure order against Trillanes in connection with an already-dismissed coup d’etat case.

Both cases were dismissed in 2011.

The resurrection of the cased stem from Duterte’s voiding of Trillanes’ amnesty through Proclamation No. 572, on claims that he failed to file for amnesty and did not admit guilt to participation in two failed mutinies against former President, now Speaker, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.