Trillanes asks Makati court to junk DOJ's petition against him

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 10) — Embattled Senator Antonio Trillanes IV is asking Makati Regional Court Branch 148 to junk the Justice Department's "very urgent ex-parte omnibus motion" for the court to issue an alias warrant of arrest and hold departure order against him.

Trillanes' comment filed Monday said he was asking for the denial of the motion "for lack of jurisdiction and/or lack of merit, pursuant to prevailing laws and/or jurisprudence."

Trillanes said the cases against him have been dismissed back in September 2011, adding the order in the case had "long become final and executory."

"Obviously, the order dismissing the case having already attained finality, the case cannot be revived or re-opened anymore, especially by mere ex-parte motion of the prosecution."

The Department of Justice (DOJ) made the motion on September 4.

Trillanes was granted amnesty by former President Benigno Aquino III in 2011.

President Rodrigo Duterte signed Proclamation No. 572 on August 31, voiding the amnesty.

 

It covered only Trillanes, excluding other individuals granted amnesty for committing similar acts.

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

Meanwhile, the Makati Regional Trial Court Branch 150, which handled Trillanes' rebellion case, on Monday said it deferred action on the DOJ's motion. Instead, it will wait for the high court's decision on the petition filed by Trillanes to nullify Duterte's proclamation.

Trillanes said it was a clear case of political prosecution.