Court defers ruling on Trillanes’ arrest warrant

  • The Makati Court still did not issue an arrest warrant against Trillanes
  • Instead, it gave both parties several days to respond to each other’s pleadings
  • However, Trillanes is still facing another petition for arrest warrant before another court which is due to be heard on Friday

MANILA, Philippines – The state prosecutors failed to get an arrest warrant against embattled Senator Antonio Trillanes after the Makati court deferred its ruling on the government petition seeking the lawmaker’s arrest.

On Thursday, September 13,  Judge Andres Bartolome Soriano of Branch 148 of the Makati City Regional Trial Court conducted the hearing on the petition but simply allowed both parties more time to submit their respective pleadings.

Soriano granted the request of Trillanes’ lawyer, Reynaldo Robles, for 10 days to reply to the newly-submitted pleadings from the Department of Justice (DOJ) justifying why an arrest warrant against the senator must be issued.

Another 5 days was given to the DOJ to reply to Trillanes’ rejoinder after that; allowing for at least two weeks more before the court finally hand its decision.

This comes more than a week since President Rodrigo Duterte nullified Trillanes amnesty granted by the previous administration.

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However, Trillanes will still have to contend with another arrest warrant petition filed separately before Branch 150 which is due to be heard on Friday, September 14.

It was before Branch 148 that Trillanes was charged with coup d’ etat in connection with the Magdalo group’s mutiny against the administration of former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. He faced the rebellion charges before the Branch 150.

Branch 150 Judge Elmo Alameda did not require Trillanes to make a comment on the DOJ’s pleadings in his initial order, according to Rappler; opening for the possibility that the court may come up with an instant decision.

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However, it is also very likely that the court may defer its ruling for several more days, as in Branch 148, since Trillanes is allowed to make a manifestation on the spot to file his pleadings.

Early this week, the Supreme Court recognized the authority of the lower court to try the facts of the case after Trillanes questioned the constitutionality of Duterte’s Proclamation No. 527 which nullifies the former soldier’s amnesty.