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Ayaw tigilan! DOJ asks other courts to stop Trillanes from traveling

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Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra has assured that it is just “coincidence” that state prosecutors have sought the issuance of hold departure orders (HDO) against Senator Antonio Trillanes IV before other courts.

Guevarra has confirmed that state prosecutors have filed motions before the Pasay City and Davao City courts seeking the issuance of HDOs against Trillanes after the Makati Judge Elmo Alameda gave the senator permission to travel abroad.

Trillanes has pending inciting to sedition and libel cases in Pasay and Davao cities, respectively.

“I would say that that is merely coincidental,” Guevarra assured.

The Secretary explained “a motion for the issuance of a HDO is something that is SOP (standard operating procedure).

“It has nothing to do with a denial of the motion for HDO in the Makati cases,” he stated

Almeda, who handling the rebellion case concerning the senator’s participation in the 2007 Manila Peninsula siege, had already issued an HDO against Trillanes but later granted his motion to travel in spite opposition from the Department of Justice (DOJ).

In his motion to travel, Trillanes sought permission to travel to Spain, Netherlands, and United Kingdom from December 11, 2018 to Jan. 11, 2019; and to the United States from Jan. 27 to Feb. 10, 2019.

On the other hand, Makati Judge Andres Soriano, who is handling the coup d’etat case against Trillanes concerning his participation in the 2003 Oakwood mutiny, has denied the DOJ’s motion asking for the issuance of an arrest warrant and HDO against the legislator.

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