Court defers arrest warrant, HDO vs. Trillanes

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No warrant of arrest and hold departure order (HDO) against Senator Antonio Trillanes lV was issued by the court on Thursday.

The Makati City Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 148 has deferred the issuance of the warrant and HDO requested by the Department of Justice (DoJ) pending the senator’s comment on the latter’s motion. Judge Andres Soriano also ordered the DoJ to submit a reply to Trillanes’ comment in five days.

The DoJ is seeking the arrest of Trillanes following President Rodrigo Duterte proclamation voiding the amnesty granted to the senator by former president Benigno Aquino III in 2011.
Proclamation 572 states the senator failed to comply with the basic requirements of submitting an amnesty application form.

The proclamation also states that Trillanes failed to comply with the requirement to admit his guilt in relation to instigating and leading the July 2003 Oakwood Mutiny, the February 2006 Marines stand-off and the November 2007 Manila Peninsula incident.

Meanwhile, Makati RTC Branch 150 Judge Elmo Alameda, who is handling Trillanes’ Manila Peninsula siege case, will hear the DoJ’s motion for a warrant and HDO on Friday at 9 a.m.

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