NATIONAL Capital Region Police Office chief Director Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar yesterday said they have gotten a copy of the warrant of arrest for libel issued against opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV but will abide by the Constitution in serving the court order.
“Yes, the NCRPO, on our initiative, secured copies of the 4 warrants of arrest for Sen. Trillanes, pertaining to a case of 4 counts of Libel in Regional Trial Court Branch 54 in Davao City, so that we may be on top of the case and its detail,” he said.
“As published in Media, Sen. Trillanes is invoking his constitutional privilege to being arrest free while Congress is in session. The provision in the Philippine Constitution that the Senator invokes is found in Article VI, Section 11, 1987, that is:
“A Senator or Member of the House of Representatives shall, in all offenses punishable by not more than six years imprisonment, be privileged from arrest while the Congress is in session. x x x”
In this regard, our legal office at the NCRPO says that we have to abide by the Constitution,” Eleazar said.
“However, in his media statement, Sen. Trillanes also said that he is willing to turn himself in on Monday so he can post bail. As such, we shall be coordinating with the office of the Senate Sergeant at Arms on this matter. If the Senator wishes to turn himself to us, then we will get him from the Senate,” the Metro Manila police director said.