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Trillanes asks CA: Halt rebellion trial

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Senator Antonio Trillanes IV has asked the Court of Appeals (CA) to stop Makati City Judge Elmo Alameda from resuming the trial of the lawmaker’s rebellion case.

Trillanes has filed petition before the CA which it asked to issue a temporary restraining order against Alameda who is handling the case concerning the senator’s participation in the 2007 Manila Peninsula siege.

The case was revived after President Rodrigo Duterte issued Proclamation No. 572 which voided the amnesty given to Trillanes over his participation in Manila Peninsula siege and 2003 Oakwood mutiny.

In his petition, Trillanes reminded that the same judge issued a Sept. 7, 2011 ruling which dismissed the case due to the amnesty issued also in 2011 by then President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III.

“With the finality and immutability of the order dated Sept. 7, 2011 dismissing the case, the Makati court, with all due respect, had already completely lost its jurisdiction thereover and, thus, no longer exercise jurisdiction over herein Petitioner and/or the previous case against him,” Trillanes said in his petition.

Alameda has already issued an order which set the resumption of the trial this March 20.

“Considering that there is not more legal hindrance such as TRO (temporary restraining order) or injunction that enjoins this court from continuing with the hearing of the case, the court hereby sets the continuation of the presentation of prosecution evidence on March 20, 2019 at 2:00 o’clock in the afternoon,” read Alameda’s order.

The magistrate cited that the trial was supposed to have resumed back in November 21 but had to cancel it due to pending motion for reconsideration of Trillanes and reconstitution of the court records of the case.

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