OPPOSITION Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV yesterday suffered a legal setback after the Court of Appeals (CA) junked his plea to stop his trial for rebellion before the Makati City regional trial court.
This means Makati RTC Branch 150 can now start Trillanes’ trial in connection with the Manila Peninsula siege in 2007.
“We may not temporarily restrain or preliminarily enjoin the prosecution of the criminal action for rebellion at this stage because to do so would be to grant the principal prayer for certioari, prohibition and/or injunction without the benefit of a hearing,” the CA said in a three-page resolution.
Trillanes went to the CA after Branch 150 Judge Elmo Alameda set the resumption of trial to yesterday, March 20, with the prosecution presenting its evidence.
The rebellion case was dismissed by the Makati Court on Sept. 7, 2011 after then President Benigno Aquino III granted Trillanes amnesty.
However, the amnesty was revoked by President Rodrigo Duterte’s Proclamation 572 stating that Trillanes failed to comply with the requirements to enjoy the benefits of an amnesty — filing an application form and admitting his guilt.
On Sept. 25, 2018, the Makati court granted the Department of Justice’s (DoJ) plea to reopen the rebellion case and order his arrest.
Trillanes filed an appeal but Judge Elmo Alameda denied it and set the resumption of trial with the prosecution’s turn to present evidence on March 20.
The senator then went to the CA saying Alameda’s decision is a “whimsical and arbitrary act of ignoring established jurisprudence.”