THE Makati City regional trial court hearing Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV’s rebellion case for the Manila Peninsula siege in 2007 yesterday allowed the opposition lawmaker to travel to Europe and the United States.
Branch 150 Judge Elmo Alameda noted Trillanes’ past actions that indicated he was not a flight risk, contrary to the prosecution’s claim that he may not return if allowed to leave the country.
“As shown by his past actions, he voluntarily surrendered and posted bail in this case immediately upon service of the warrant for his arrest and that he has always returned to this country in those instances where he was permitted by the courts to travel abroad. Foremost is that, he is not a flight risk,” said the court.
Nonetheless, Judge Almeda required the lawmaker to post a P200,000 travel bond.
In his motion for leave of court to travel abroad, Trillanes asked the court to allow him to travel from Dec. 11, 2018 to Jan. 12, 2019 and from Jan. 27 to Feb. 10, 2019.
Trillanes’ counsel, Atty. Reynaldo Robles said the Senator was invited by various groups to attend several activities in Amsterdam, Barcelona and London from Dec. 11, 2018 to Jan. 11, 2019.
On Jan. 27 to Feb. 10, 2019, the senator will be meeting with officials from various groups, organizations and institutions in California, Washington D.C. and Maryland.
Trillanes is currently on temporary liberty after posting bail for charges of rebellion.