DOJ asks another judge to issue arrest warrant vs. Trillanes

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 7) — The Justice Department on Friday asked another judge to order the arrest of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV.

The government turned to Makati Judge Elmo Alameda for an alias arrest warrant and a hold departure order barring Trillanes from leaving the country.

"The Department of Justice and Court Martial of the Armed Forces of the Philippines are ordered to pursue all criminal and administrative cases filed against former LTSG (Lieutenant Senior Grade) Antonio Trillanes in relation to the Oakwood Mutiny and the Manila Peninsula Incident," the four-page document read.

The "very urgent motion," was in response to President Rodrigo Duterte's Proclamation 572, which invalidated the amnesty granted to Trillanes in 2011.

The move was separate from a similar petition the government filed on Tuesday before another Makati court under Judge Andres Bartolome Soriano.  Instead of issuing a warrant, Soriano set a hearing on the petition on September 13, saying he still had to review about 53 volumes of records on the case.

READ: Who is the Makati judge handling Trillanes' amnesty case?

Alameda had dismissed the rebellion charges against Trillanes while Soriano dropped the coup d'etat case in line with the amnesty granted to the former naval officer.    

Trillanes, once a military rebel, was involved in the Oakwood mutiny in July 2003, the Marines stand-off in February 2006, and the Manila Peninsula incident in 2007, all launched against former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said his department was not into forum shopping, but simply exhausting all remedies to comply with Duterte's proclamation.

Guevarra earlier said Trillanes could be arrested any time with the nullification of his amnesty, but Malacañang on Friday said the President had decided to wait for an arrest warrant from the court.

"Ako mismo I felt that we should ask the military court to issue a warrant of arrest. Ayaw ni Presidente. Gusto niya civilian courts, abide by the rule of law," Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a press briefing in Jordan, where Duterte was on an official visit. 

The arrest is not likely to happen this weekend as Alameda, like Soriano, said he still has to review case records.

“I directed my branch clerk of court to retrieve the records,” Alameda told reporters in a chance interview on Friday. He refused to give more details but said the review may be finished by Monday.

CNN Philippines' Anjo Alimario contributed to this report.