Makati court handling Trillanes' nonbailable case nears decision

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 12) — The Makati court handling Senator Antonio Trillanes IV's dismissed coup d'etat case may soon reach a decision into the urgent motion filed by the Justice Department to issue an arrest warrant and travel ban against the senator.

Makati Regional Trial Court Branch 148 Judge Andres Soriano, in an order dated October 11 and released on Friday, concluded its proceedings on the DOJ motion.

"The factual issues as specified in the order dated September 28, 2018 and the issue on the 'legality' of Proclamation No. 572, series of 2018 based on the pleadings/motions filed by the parties — as they may bear upon the prosecution's urgent ex-parte motion for issuance of hold departure order and issuance of alias warrant of arrest against Antonio Trillanes IV — are now considered submitted for resolution," the order read.

The judge said the court has admitted most of the evidence presented by Trillanes, except for the printouts of the Department of National Defense official Facebook page and the printouts of the "throwback" picture of Trillanes. Soriano said these two evidences were not duly authenticated by any witness during the October 5 hearing.

Should Judge Soriano decide to issue a warrant of arrest against Trillanes, the senator wouldn't be able to file a bail for his temporary release. The nonbailable coup d'etat charges were dismissed in September 2011 after he was granted amnesty by former President Benigno Aquino III. President Rodrigo Duterte, through Proclamation No. 572, voided the granted amnesty on August 31.

Meanwhile, Makati RTC Branch 150 heard the appeal of Trillanes to reverse the court's decision to issue an arrest warrant against the senator. On September 25, Judge Elmo Alameda ordered Trillanes' arrest but allowed him to post a P200,000 bail on a separate case of rebellion.