Trillanes' amnesty revoked, arrest ordered but placed under Senate custody

Tuesday September 04, 2018 ()

Antonio Trillanes IV may now face arrest following the revocation of the grant of amnesty after the senator failed to comply with its minimunm requirements.

Antonio Trillanes IV
(Antonio Trillanes IV)

According to Malacanang, President Rodrigo Duterte has revoked the grant of amnesty and the Department of Justice and the Armed Forces court martial were instructed to "pursue all criminal and administrative cases" against Trillanes over military uprisings in 2003 and 2007, according to a copy of Duterte's proclamation, which was confirmed by Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra.

The military and the police were also ordered to "employ all lawful means to apprehend Trillanes" so that he could be detained.

Senate President Vicente Sotto III however said:

"To preserve the dignity of the Senate, we have to not allow any senator to be arrested within the Senate premises, outside, that's no longer our concern."

While under Senate custody, Sotto said Trillanes could seek redress in the proper courts.

Trillanes was granted amnesty by former President Benigno Aquino III for involvement in a failed 2003 coup and mutiny in 2007. Both incidents were against then-President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.


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