DILG wants Sotto to turn over Trillanes to authorities in case of arrest

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 11) — Interior and Local Government Officer-in-Charge Eduardo Año on Tuesday said instead of an arrest, he prefers that Senate President Tito Sotto turn over Senator Antonio Trillanes IV to authorities to avoid commotion at the Senate in case a warrant is issued by a court.

He said, when the lower courts issue an arrest warrant and hold departure order against Trillanes, the senator will be treated like a regular citizen. Trillanes remains holed up in the Senate premises amid his amnesty battle.

"If ever magkaron ng warrant of arrest, it will just be a very simple arrest. Or serving of warrant. In fact, we encourage na kung magkasakali na magkaganon, si Senate President na lang maghatid sa Crame. Ganon lang kasimple. There's nothing special in this actually. And pakinggan natin yung karapatan ni Sen. Trillanes," Año said.

He added, "'Yung mga kapulisan natin, nagbigay na ako ng advise na you don't have to put a strong presence there." On September 4, the first day Trillanes sought refuge in the Senate, several PNP-CIDG personnel were seen waiting outside the premises.

Año assured Trillanes will be treated fairly by the arresting authorities.

He added they will await the decision of the Supreme Court before arresting the senator. He shares the same sentiments as Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana.

Makati Regional Trial Court Branch 150 on Monday also deferred to the Supreme Court before issuing their decision on the Department of Justice's urgent motion to issue an alias warrant and hold departure order following the voiding of his amnesty.

Meanwhile, opposition senators filed a resolution to probe the "fraudulent and erroneous basis" of President Rodrigo Duterte's proclamation that voided the amnesty given by former President Benigno Aquino III to Trillanes in 2011.

It said the resolution aims to prevent and avert the possible abuse of presidential powers in the future.

Duterte on August 31 voided Trillanes' amnesty for alleged failure to comply with the minimum requirements to qualify under the Amnesty Program. It said Trillanes never admitted guilt for the coup attempts and failed to formally apply for amnesty.

CNN Philippines senior correspondent David Santos contributed to this report.