INSTEAD of issuing a warrant of arrest against opposition Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV, whose amnesty was recently revoked under President Duterte’s Proclamation No. 572, Judge Andres Soriano of Branch 148 gave Trillanes and the government additional time to submit more evidence.
Atty. Reynaldo Robles, counsel of Trillanes, also sought 10 more days to answer the prosecution’s reply to his opposition against the motion for the issuance of a warrant of arrest.
The plea for 10 days was granted.
Trillanes’ camp was given the same period of time to submit a supplemental comment/opposition to the motion of government prosecutors, while the latter were given five days to answer.
Branch 148 handled the coup d’etat case against Trillanes, while Branch 150 handled the rebellion case.
Meanwhile, Trillanes IV formed his legal team to represent him in cases pending before the Supreme Court and lower courts.
Trillanes filed a petition before the SC challenging the legality of Proclamation No. 572 that voided his amnesty given to him in 2010.
“While I believe that the illegal voiding of my amnesty and the cases filed before the Makati Regional Trial courts related to this are part of Duterte’s political harassment, I have talked to some of the best legal minds in the country who are willing to stand for the rule of law. They believe that if this illegal act would not be corrected, our country’s democracy would be in peril,” Trillanes said.
Among the lawyers who will represent Trillanes are former University of the Philippines College of Law Dean Pacifico Agabin, Former Solicitor General Florin Hilbay, Law Professor Joselito Chan, and Trillanes’ Chief Legal Counsel Reynaldo Robles.
Their services are pro bono, according to the lawmaker.
“I put my trust in our courts that they will correct this executive overreach and adhere to the rule of law despite Duterte’s twisting of laws just to achieve his aim of silencing his critics,” Trillanes added.