AFP defers Trillanes court martial pending Supreme Court decision

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 10) — The Armed Forces is holding in abeyance military trial proceedings against now Senator Antonio Trillanes IV pending a Supreme Court (SC) ruling on the legality of a presidential proclamation that withdrew the former Navy officer's amnesty and in line with a recent pronouncement fom Malacañang.

"Our loyalty is to the Constitution. With the recent pronouncement of the Chief Executive, GCM (general court martial) proceedings will be held in abeyance until the SC has ruled on the legality of Proclamation No. 572," AFP chief Gen. Carlito Galvez, Jr. said in a statement on Sunday.

Trillanes on September 6 asked the Supreme Court to nullify President Rodrigo Duterte's order that voided his amnesty and ordered for his arrest.

Malacañang on September 7 said Duterte has deferred to the civilian court hearing petitions filed by the Justice Department before arresting Trillanes. Two cases are pending before separate Makati Regional Trial courts. The President ordered the military not to arrest Trillanes until the case is resolved in court.

"He will allow the judicial process to proceed and he will wait for the issuance of an appropriate warrant of arrest. Gusto niya civilian courts, abide by the rule of law. Maski mas matagal iyan, let it be because that's the rule of law," Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said.

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

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court issues an alias warrant if the original warrant of arrest has been returned by the peace officer and the case has been archived.

Duterte on August 31 voided Trillanes' amnesty for alleged failure to comply with the minimum requirements to qualify under the Amnesty Program. It said Trillanes never admitted guilt for the coup attempts and failed to formally apply for amnesty. Duterte also ordered his staunch critic's arrest.