Trillanes not flight risk, no need for hold departure order — court

January 15, 2019
Antonio Trillanes IV
Antonio Trillanes IV

THE Davao City Regional Trial Court yesterday denied the Department of Justice’s motion for the issuance of a hold departure order against Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV over a libel complaint lodged against him by former vice mayor and presidential son Paolo Duterte.

In a five-page order, the Davao RTC noted that Trillanes was not a flight risk as “he voluntarily surrendered shortly after a warrant of arrest was issued against him.”

Also, the court noted that the Senate leadership has allowed Trillanes to leave for abroad.

“To the Court’s mind, the immediate voluntary surrender of the accused upon his knowledge from media accounts of the Warrants of Arrest issued against him indicates that the risk of his flight or escape from this jurisdiction is highly unlikely,” the court said.

“His voluntary surrender and placing himself under the jurisdiction of the court is a demonstration of his utter respect for the legal processes of this country,” it added.

In its motion, the DoJ said that Trillanes’ foreign trips would give him an opportunity to abscond and avoid the Philippine court’s jurisdiction over him.

The libel charges against Trillanes were filed by presidential son Paolo Duterte.