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Free for now: RTC defers ruling on motion seeking Trillanes’ arrest


Judge Andres Soriano of Makati Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 148 has decided not yet to resolve the motion seeking the issuance of a warrant of arrest and hold departure order (HDO) against Senator Trillanes IV.

Soriano, who is handling the coup d’etat case against Trillanes over his participation in the 2003 Oakwood mutiny, conducted a hearing on Friday (Oct. 5) concerning whether or not the lawmaker complied with his amnesty requirements.

Instead, Soriano gave an order directing the camp of Trillanes to submit a formal offer of his evidence.

“Meanwhile, counsel for Trillanes is given a period until Tuesday, October 9, 2018 within which to file its formal Offer of Exhibits, copy furnished by personal service the prosecution, which is given a period of 24 hours from receipt of the Offer to file Comment to the same thereafter, the Offer shall be considered submitted for resolution,” read the order.

“Upon resolution of the Offer, the matter before the Court shall be considered for consideration,” it added.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a motion before Soriano asking for the issuance of an arrest warrant and HDO against Trillanes after President Rodrigo Duterte issued Proclamation No. 572 which declared that the amnesty given to Trillanes has been voided concerning his participation in the Oakwood mutiny and 2007 Manila Peninsula siege.

Duterte said the amnesty was voided due to the failure of Trillanes to comply with the requirements