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Sayang ang laway! Trillanes snubs Robin Padilla’s Senate stunt


by Xave Gregorio

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV has this to say about actor and possible 2019 senatorial bet Robin Padilla trooping to the Senate to witness his arrest: Absolutely nothing.

Trillanes refused to comment on Padilla’s presence in the Senate premises Wednesday (September 5), saying he has had his fair share of the spotlight today.

“Sobra na siya sa quota ng atensyon ngayong araw,” Trillanes said.

Padilla said he ditched some of his obligations just to witness Trillanes get arrested, following President Rodrigo Duterte’s voiding of the amnesty granted to the opposition senator.

He added that he wants to make a citizen arrest on Trillanes once a court issues an arrest warrant.

“Alam naman namin na walang warrant eh. Kasi kung may warrant, nandoon ho ako sa loob,” Padilla said in a chance interview outside of the Senate building. “Aba may citizen’s arrest. May citizen’s arrest ‘di ba? Kahit ngayon pwede ko siyang arestuhin, ayaw niyo?”

Under the Rules of Court, citizen’s arrest, or a warrantless arrest, can only be enforced when a criminal is caught in the act, when a crime has just been committed, and when running after a fugitive.

But in 2013, Senator Leila de Lima, then Justice Secretary, urged the public to carry out a citizen’s arrest against alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles after an arrest warrant was issued against her.

In a Facebook live video on Tuesday (September 4), Padilla, who was apparently parked outside of the Senate building, challenged Trillanes to quit “hiding under chamber’s skirt.”

“Dito po sa loob ay nagtatago ang isang senador na mismong hindi ho sumusunod sa batas,” Padilla said.

In response, Trillanes said Padilla should talk to him when he has matured.