No hurt feelings? Palace respects dismissal of plea for Trillanes’ arrest
By Prince Golez
Malacañang said on Monday it respects the Makati court’s denial on the motion of the Department of Justice to issue arrest order and travel ban against Senator Antonio Trillanes.
The case was related to Trillanes’ coup d’etat case over his involvement in the 2003 Oakwood mutiny.
“The Palace respects the constitutional independence of the Judiciary and it will continue to do so. As we have said, the Executive Branch has and will always bow down to the majesty of the law, and it will not think twice in doing the same for this particular case. Compared to those personalities in the opposition, we will not unfairly appeal to the pity of the public but will address this matter head on in the proper forum,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said.
Panelo also said they welcome the Makati Regional Trial Court Branch 148’s ruling upholding the legality of President Rodrigo Duterte’s Proclamation No. 572.
The resolution revokes the amnesty that was granted to the former Navy officer by then President Benigno Aquino III in 2010.
“[I]t signifies that this administration is not engaged in the political persecution of its critics but is only enforcing the law against anyone who goes against its command,” Duterte’s mouthpiece said.
Panelo said the chief executive leaves it up to the Department of Justice or the Office of the Solicitor General to decide what legal remedies to take in response to the latest Makati court ruling.
“The Office of the President will not preempt the Department of Justice or the Office of the Solicitor General from deciding which legal course it deems necessary to undertake relative to the case. Accordingly, we will leave it to these offices to evaluate the available remedies, as well as to determine which steps may be endeavored, before the appropriate courts of law,” the chief legal counsel said.