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‘Wag epal, Calida! Guevarra: DOJ to decide on next steps in appealing Trillanes ruling

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Not so fast Solicitor General Jose Calida.

Justice Secretary Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said the Department of Justice (DOJ) still has control over what its next step will be after Makati Judge Andres Soriano refused to issue an arrest warrant against Senator Antonio Trillanes IV.

“It is the DOJ who will decide what legal steps to take,” said Guevarra.

Guevarra reacted after Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo declared that Solicitor General Jose Calida will elevate the before the Court of Appeals (CA).

In an order he released on Monday (Oct. 22), Soriano said the coup d’etat case against Senator Trillanes IV concerning his involvement in the 2003 Oakwood mutiny can no longer be revived.

“The records shows that this case has long been dismissed as per the Court’s Order dated September 21, 2011, by virtue of Proclamation No. 75 and the accused availment thereof. The dismissal, it appears, has become final and executory,” read Soriano’s order.

Because of this, the court denied the motion of the DOJ which sought the issuance of a warrant of arrest as well as hold departure order (HDO) against the senator.

“Wherefore, premises considered, the prosecution’s Very Urgent Ex-Parte Omnibus Motion for the Issuance of Hold Departure Order and Alias Warrant of Arrest against accused Antonio F. Trillanes IV is denied due course,” ruled the judge.

In 2011, the then presiding judge of the RTC Branch 148 dismissed the coup d’etat case against Trillanes after the senator was granted amnesty by then President Beningno “Noynoy” Aquino III over the lawmaker’s participation in the Oakwood mutiny as well as the 2007 Manila Peninsula siege.

However, the DOJ filed the motion after President Rodrigo Duterte issued Proclamation No. 572 which voided the amnesty due to the alleged failure of Trillanes to comply with the requisites.