THE Department of Justice has asked the Makati regional trial court to reconsider its recent ruling allowing opposition Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV to travel abroad this month and the next.
According to Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra, the motion for reconsideration was filed before Makati regional trial court Branch 150 Judge Elmo Alameda who was handling Trillanes’ rebellion case for the Manila Peninsula siege in 2007.
“An MR does not have to raise new arguments. All you need to do is reemphasize to the court that in fact there is a reason why the subject of the motion should not be allowed to travel abroad. Its a mere attempt to impress upon the court the urgency or the necessity. You don’t need to raise new arguments all the time in a MR, that is precisely the purpose of an MR to allow the judge to think again and review what he has resolved or ordered,” Guevarra said.
Alameda allowed Trillanes to travel to Europe and United States noting that the lawmaker was not a flight risk, contrary to the prosecution’s claim that he may not return if allowed to leave the country.
But, 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.