No arrest warrant for Trillanes yet as Makati court sets hearing

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 5) — No arrest warrant yet for Senator Antonio Trillanes IV after a Makati court on Wednesday decided to hold a hearing first before it responds to the motion of the Department of Justice.

Makati Regional Trial Court Branch 148 is set to hold a hearing on the DOJ request on September 13, 9 a.m.

Judge Andres Soriano gave Trillanes five days to file a comment on the "very urgent" motion of the Department of Justice for the court to issue an alias warrant and hold departure order against the senator.

 

An alias warrant is issued when the subject fails to appear in court for a scheduled date before any plea has been set. DOJ on Tuesday said their motion for an alias warrant is valid since President Rodrigo Duterte voided the amnesty granted to Trillanes by then President Benigno Aquino III.

Meanwhile, the hold departure order will bar Trillanes from leaving the country.

The police and military cannot arrest Trillanes until Soriano issues a warrant.

Soriano said he still has to review 53 volumes of records of the case. He will also evaluate the many legal issues that may arise from Trillanes' case, such as the question of double joepardy - prosecuting a person more than once for the same crime - and the legality of Duterte's proclamation, among others.

Duterte on August 31 signed Proclamation Order No. 572, saying the amnesty given to Trillanes in 2011 was void from the very beginning for his failure to personally apply for amnesty and for never admitting his guilt in trying to topple the government.

Trillanes provided the evidence in a privilege speech on Tuesday. Before his colleagues in the chamber, the senator showed pictures of his amnesty application, his certificate of amnesty, and a video where he admitted to his guilt.

During the administration of former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, Trillanes was involved in three coup attempts: the so-called Oakwood mutiny in July 2003, the Marines stand-off in February 2006, and the Manila Peninsula incident in 2007.