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Trillanes still safe from arrest in Senate even with order from court martial

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By Xave Gregorio

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV still cannot be arrested in the premises of the Senate even if the court martial issues an arrest order against him.

This was what Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III told reporters in separate text messages late Thursday evening (September 6) amid rumors that Trillanes may face arrest tonight until Sunday (September 9).

Asked if the military police would be able to enter the Senate premises to arrest Trillanes, Sotto said, “I doubt it.”

Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan, citing supposed media reports, said on Twitter that Trillanes would supposedly be arrested “either tonight or over the weekend when the weekend when the Courts are closed.”

“We call on everyone who values democracy to come to the Senate and show their support for Sen. Sonny. Our presence there will hopefully make those effecting the illegal arrest think twice,” Pangilinan said.

The senators have agreed that Trillanes would not be arrested inside the chamber’s premises, and that he would have to surrender to authorities once an arrest warrant is issued by a court.

In an ambush interview, Trillanes said senators would not recognize an arrest order from the military.

He also said he is preparing for a possible arrest, but said he believes the Armed Forces and the Department of National Defense would be “professional enough” to respect the decision of the Senate against arrests inside the chamber.

The Senate compound has been closed off since 11 p.m.