Trillanes stays in Senate until courts resolve amnesty case

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 14) — Senator Antonio Trillanes IV will stay longer in the Senate premises to avoid a possible arrest pending the ruling on his cases at the lower courts.

The senator on Friday said his lawyers advised him to remain in the Senate. He has been there since September 4 when news broke out President Rodrigo Duterte voided his amnesty and ordered his arrest.

"The decision is to stay here in the Senate until ma-resolve ang court cases," he said in an interview.

Trillanes is inclined to follow the advise of his legal team composed of Rey Robles, former Solicitor General Florin Hilbay, Pacifico Agabin, and Joselito Chan.

"Ang sinasabi (ng lawyers), kapag ginawa mo iyan, they take you in and baka may untoward incident pang mangyari, tapos pwedeng wala ka nang platform, hindi ka na maririnig. Tapos at the same time, maaapektuhan ang mga kaso namin. What is there to gain?" he said.

The senator has two pending cases before Makati Regional Trial Court branches where the Justice Department filed the urgent motion to get an arrest warrant and travel ban order for him.

On Thursday, Trillanes told the media he is considering leaving the premises that night. But he retracted his statement when his car was allegedly tailed by unidentified motorcycle-clad men. He said he was also cautioned by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) arresting units that he will be detained if ever he leaves Senate.

On the same day, Duterte said he wasn't interested to order Trillanes' arrest without a court warrant, but Trillanes does not believe the statement.

"It will not be the first time Duterte flip flops... Kahit sabihin nilang walang order ngayon, pero kapag ni-report nang lumabas ako, sabihin ni Duterte 'Hulihin iyan based on the proclamation.' Mawawala, mane-negate ang previous statements nila," he said.

Trillanes said he won't be surprised if Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana's word that he won't arrest Trillanes will be overruled by Duterte's order.

"You can see the obsession of this guy sa akin, noong Tuesday. Gigil na gigil ito. Hindi ko padadaliin ang pantasya niya. Galit na galit siya sa akin. The first opportunity he will get, gagawin niya," he said.