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Saklolo! Trillanes may ask for court protection amid alleged surveillance

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By Xave Gregorio

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV may ask for protection from a court against alleged military surveillance operations on him and his family.

Trillanes said Friday (September 14) that his camp is collecting evidence of the supposed surveillance operations to eventually file a writ of amparo when the need arises.

“The appropriate time, kung kailangan, we might go to court with it,” said Trillanes’ abogado Reynaldo Robles. “But as of this time, I think ang desisyon ni Senator kaya hindi siya tumuloy is iniiwasan pa niyang magkaroon ng insidente baka may madamay pa.”

According to rules set by the Supreme Court in A.M. No. 07-9-12-SC, the writ of amparo “is a remedy available to any person whose right to life, liberty and security is violated or threatened with violation by an unlawful act or omission of a public official or employee, or of a private individual or entity.”

It may be filed at any time and at any court and may lead to a temporary protection order.

On Wednesday and Thursday, plainclothesmen, who Trillanes said are military men, supposedly tailed Trillanes’ vehicle when it left the Senate to fetch things for the senator and get refueled.

He added that a vehicle was also making rounds near his family’s residence.

Despite these, Trillanes would not file a petition for a writ of amparo anytime soon and is instead banking on the rejection of Makati Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 148 and Branch 150’s motion of the Department of Justice (DOJ) for an alias warrant for him and the Supreme Court’s nullification of President Rodrigo Duterte’s Proclamation No. 572.

“I was advised by my lawyers to just wait for the final resolution of the courts nullifying ‘yung proclamation of Duterte nullifying the amnesty,” Trillanes said. “Matutuldukan na ‘yun. There won’t be any ambiguity anymore.”

In a report by GMA News Online, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana denied that there is an arrest order or surveillance order against Trillanes.

However, Trillanes is still not buying this statement and is opting to extend his stay in his office at the Senate amid the incoming onslaught of Typhoon Ompong.

“Regardless of their media pronouncements, but there is an actual order on the ground,” he said.

Trillanes has been holed up in the Senate for a week and three days following the voiding of his amnesty.

The Makati RTC Branch 148 gave Trillanes 10 days to file a rejoinder to a new pleading by the DOJ, while the Makati RTC Branch 150 ordered the DOJ to respond to Trillanes’ opposition and gave the latter’s camp five days to file a rejoinder to the DOJ’s reply.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court would still rule on the constitutionality of Duterte’s proclamation.