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Guevarra welcomes SC decision junking TRO sought by Trillanes

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Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra has lauded the decision of the Supreme Court (SC) to turn down temporary restraining order (TRO) sought by Senator Antonio Trillanes IV against the presidential proclamation which voided the lawmaker’s amnesty.

“The DOJ (Department of Justice) is very happy to know that the Supreme Court has denied Sen. Trillanes’ application for a restraining order,” he told reporters.

“There is really no extreme urgency to speak of, as the trial courts have set the DOJ’s motions for alias warrant of arrest and HDO (hold departure order) for hearing, thereby giving Sen. Trillanes an opportunity to be heard,” he pointed out.

The DOJ filed the motions after President Rodrigo Duterte issued Proclamation No. 572 which voided the amnesty of Trillanes over the senator’s involvement in the 2003 Oakwood mutiny and 2007 Manila Peninsula siege.

“More significantly, the Supreme Court has recognized that the issue of validity of proclamation 572 involves factual questions that only the trial courts may properly resolve,” Guevarra said.

“In the process, the Supreme Court has also acknowledged the trial courts’ continuing jurisdiction over the coup d’etat and rebellion cases, notwithstanding the alleged ‘finality’ of the orders of dismissal based on the grant of amnesty to Sen. Trillanes,” he added.