Tracing back Trillanes’ arrest
The Makati Regional Trial Court ordered on Tuesday the arrest of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV for the 2007 Manila Peninsula siege.
Here are the events that led to Trillanes’s arrest:
On August 31, President Rodrigo Duterte signed Proclamation 572, revoking Senator Trillanes’s amnesty given by former President Benigno Aquino III in 2010.
In the proclamation, Duterte claimed that Trillanes did not file an Official Amnesty Application Form as per certification dated August 30, 2018, issued by Lt. Col. Thea Joan Andrade, stating there is no copy of his application for amnesty in the records.
Duterte also ordered the Department of Justice and the Court Marshall of the Armed Forces of the Philippines “to pursue all criminal and administrative charges” against Trillanes.
Duterte also ordered the military and the police “to employ all lawful means to apprehend” Trillanes so that he can be recommitted to the detention facility where he had been incarcerated for him to stand trial for the crimes he is charged with.”
The proclamation was signed on August 31 but was made public on September 4.
Also on September 4, the Department of Justice filed separate motions before the Makati court seeking the issuance of an alias warrant of arrest as well as a hold departure order against Trillanes.
The Makati Court then ordered Trillanes to respond to DOJ’s motion within five days.
On September 5, former president Aquino confirmed his grant of amnesty to Trillanes saying he was willing to testify for the validity of the amnesty if needed.
Aquino said documents showed the application was filed and was approved by the Department of National Defense (DND) and concurred in by Congress in 2011.
On September 6, Trillanes filed a petition to the Supreme Court declare Proclamation No. 572 as “unconstitutional.”
He asked the High Court to issue a temporary injunction against the presidential proclamation, saying the order to arrest him was “clearly illegal” since the police did not have a warrant.
On September 11, the SC denied Trillanes’s petition to stop the implementation of Proclamation No. 572.
The High Court ordered the respondents, through Solicitor General Jose Calida to submit a comment within 10 days.
On September 24, Trillanes submitted the affidavit of Col. Josefa Berbigal, an officer at the Judge Advocate General’s office, to Makati RTC Branches 148 and 150.
Berbigal headed the secretariat of the temporary amnesty committee of the Department of National Defense (DND) that processed the applications in accordance with Proclamation No. 75 issued in 2010 by then President Benigno Aquino III granting amnesty to military officers and servicemen who took part in the 2003, 2006 and 2007 attempts to overthrow then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
Trillanes also submitted the affidavit of former Defense Undersecretary Honorio Azcueta stating that Trillanes’ amnesty application was among those recommended for approval by the committee, and which underwent the necessary procedures. /muf
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