Trillanes: Justice, rule of law, democracy won today

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 22) — Senator Antonio Trillanes IV lauded the decision made by a Makati Regional Trial Court (RTC) judge Monday, junking Justice Department's petition to have him arrested.

Trillanes spoke to the media Monday after receiving the resolution from Judge Andres Soriano of Makati RTC Branch 148.

The senator thanked God and Soriano whom he said "single-handedly... upheld justice and the rule of law in our country despite extreme pressure coming from the Duterte regime."

Trillanes went on to say Soriano personified hope "at this point."

Branch 148 of the Makati Regional Trial Court rejected the Justice Department's petition for an alias arrest warrant and travel ban against Trillanes.

The cases against Trillanes stemmed from Proclamation No. 572 issued by President Rodrigo Duterte in August which voided amnesty given to the senator by former President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III.

Trillanes called today's events a "very critical period" in the nation's history.

The resolution stated, "The court finds and so holds that Trillanes did file his amnesty application in the prescribed form in which he also admitted guilt for his participation in the Oakwood Mutiny, among others, and in which he further recanted all previous statements that he may have made contrary to said admission."

In the resolution, Soriano did, however, state Proclamation No. 572 was "a purely executive act and prereogative."

He said Trillanes failed to prove it was unconstitutional.

The senator's camp has 10 days to comment on the proclamation.

Trillanes, however, said he would continue to do his job.

"I will not be driven by hate. Nothing changes. I will be the same critic as I was before. I'm just upholding my role in the... in our democracy as a member of the opposition," he said.

Malacañang issued a statement on the decision of the RTC saying they respected the court's decision on the denial of DOJ motion on Trillanes' arrest.

At the same time, the Palace said and welcomed the "affirmation of the validity of the proclamation issued by the President as it signifies that this administration is not engaged in the political persecution of its critics but is only enforcing the law against anyone who goes against its command."

Meanwhile,Integrated Bar of the Philippines President Abdiel Fajardo told CNN Philippines News Night the RTC decision affirms the doctrine of "immutability of judgement."

Meaning the decision, because it was made final, cannot be disturbed.