Trillanes forms legal team for amnesty battle

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 13) — Senator Antonio Trillanes IV is tapping more prominent names in the legal profession to help him win his amnesty cases before the Supreme Court and civilian courts.

The senator on Thursday revealed that some of the lawyers who will represent him are former Solicitor General Florin Hilbay, former University of the Philippines College of Law Dean Pacifico Agabin, and law professor Joselito Chan. They will be supported by Trillanes' chief legal counsel Reynaldo Robles.

Trillanes said the lawyers volunteered to represent him for the pending cases before the Supreme Court and two Makati Regional Trial Court branches regarding President Rodrigo Duterte's Proclamation No. 572, which voided the amnesty granted to him in 2011.

"I have talked to some of the best legal minds in the country who are willing to stand for the rule of law. They believe that if this illegal act would not be corrected, our country's democracy would be in peril," he said in a statement.

Makati RTC Branch 148 will hold a hearing on Thursday on the Justice Department's urgent motion for the court to issue an arrest warrant and hold departure order against the senator. Meanwhile, Makati RTC Branch 150 will hold a hearing on Friday.

"I put my trust in our courts that they will correct this executive overreach and adhere to the rule of law despite Duterte's twisting of laws just to achieve his aim of silencing his critics," Trillanes said.