NCRPO has copies of Trillanes' arrest warrants for libel

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NCRPO Chief Guillermo Eleazar. (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 9) — The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) confirmed Sunday it has copies of the four arrest warrants issued by a Davao court against Senator Antonio Trillanes IV for libel.

NCRPO Director Guillermo Eleazar said they obtained the warrants on their own initiative so they could be “on top of the case and its details.”

The Davao Regional Trial Court Branch 54 on Friday ordered Trillanes' arrest following a complaint filed by Presidential son and former Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte in September.

The local court set Trillanes' bail at  ₱24,000 for each of the four counts of libel.

Eleazar also said Trillanes was invoking Article VI, Section 11, which states the senator be free while Congress is in session.

"In this regard, our legal office at the NCRPO says that we have to abide by the Constitution," Eleazar said.

Eleazar, however, said, given Trillanes' statement that he would post bail before the court on Monday, they would be coordinating with the Office of the Senate Sargeant at Arms on the issue.

"If the senator wishes to turn himself to us, then we will get him from the Senate," Eleazar said.

On Friday, Trillanes said he was ready to face arrest, slamming the justice system for being turned upside down in President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration.

In a separate statement on Sunday, Presidential Spokesperson and Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo said the senator was "out of his wits."

"His latest remarks prove once and for all that he is an incorrigible rabble rouser and perennial whiner, a false accuser who, when hailed to court, cries like a baby reminiscent of staging a coup and surrenders instantly even without a gun being fired from the government forces," Panelo said.