2nd Makati court to hear DOJ's plea for Trillanes' arrest Friday

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 4) — Where is Senator Antonio Trillanes' application for amnesty?

This an oft-repeated question that the lawyer of the embattled Senator should expect to hear from Judge Andres Soriano of Makati Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 148.

Soriano is set to tackle on Friday the Justice Department's motion to issue an arrest order against Trillanes. This comes a week after the same court deferred ruling  on the request.

The Senator previously tried to convince Makati RTC Branch 150 by presenting documentary evidence that includes his certificate of amnesty, but Judge Elmo Alameda didn't buy it.

The prosecution just had to present a certification stating that there is no copy of his application for amnesty in the records, a request made by Solicitor General Jose Calida.

This led to the issuance of an arrest warrant and hold departure order against Trillanes. However, the lawmaker posted P200,000 bail, which gave him a temporary liberty.

In his order, Alameda said the burden of proof of compliance of this amnesty requirement falls on Trillanes, so he disregarded the lawmaker's supporting documents including the affidavits of military officers who processed his application.

Alameda explained these papers are "barren of probative weight" to prove Trillanes' compliance.

Now, all eyes are on Soriano to see if he'll take the same path and issue another arrest order against Trillanes. This time the Senator won't be able to elude arrest as the crime of coup d'etat is non-bailable.

Still, Soriano can go against Alameda, and end up with two courts of opposing views.