Duterte to wait for order from Makati court before arresting Trillanes – Roque

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 7) — There will be no military arrest for Senator Antonio Trillanes IV as President Rodrigo Duterte has deferred to the civilian court hearing petitions filed by the Justice Department, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said on Friday.

"He will allow the judicial process to proceed and he will wait for the issuance of an appropriate warrant of arrest," he said in a media briefing in Jordan.

Roque said Duterte ordered the military not to arrest Trillanes until the case is resolved in court.

"Gusto niya civilian courts, abide by the rule of law. Maski mas matagal iyan, let it be because that's the rule of law," he said.

Roque said the decision was made during a mini-Cabinet meeting held in Jordan.

The Justice Department has filed motions at Makati Regional Trial Court Branches 148 and 150, asking the courts to issue alias warrants and a hold departure order against Trillanes. A court issues an alias warrant if the original warrant of arrest has been returned by the peace officer and the case has been archived.

Trillanes may finally catch up on sleep this weekend as Judge Andres Soriano of Branch 148 is not expected to issue a warrant prior to the hearing on September 13, while the Clerk of Court said Judge Elmo Alameda of Branch 150 will not issue any order today.

Branch 150 dismissed the rebellion charges against Trillanes, while Branch 148 dropped the coup charges in line with the amnesty granted to Trillanes in 2011.

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said his department is not into forum shopping but is just exhausting all remedies to comply with President Rodrigo Duterte's Proclamation 572, which invalidated Trillanes' amnesty and ordered his immediate arrest. Guevarra earlier said Trillanes can be arrested anytime with the nullification of his amnesty, but his department also sought an arrest warrant from the court.

Meanwhile, the Armed Forces of the Philippines is constituting a general court martial to comply with Duterte's proclamation.