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Robredo says courts failed Filipinos after arrest order vs Trillanes

/ 04:09 PM September 26, 2018
Vice President Leni Robredo

Vice President Leni Robredo. INQUIRER.net file photo

Vice President Leni Robredo on Wednesday claimed that the courts failed the trust of Filipinos after the Makati Regional Trial Court Branch 150 issued the arrest warrant of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV.

“Ang mga korte ang inaasahan nating maging matibay at patas na sandigan, lalo na sa laban para sa ating mga karapatan,” Robredo said in a statement, a day after Trillanes was arrested by the elements of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO).

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“Nabigo ang tiwalang ito sa utos ng Makati Regional Trial Court Branch 150 na arestuhin si Senator Trillanes, sa kabila ng malinaw na pagbigay sa kaniya ng amnestiya,” she added.

Robredo also asked what would a poor’s chances be, if a senator could be easily arrested to the point of allegedly twisting the law?

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“Kung ang batas ay kayang baluktutin laban sa isang miyembro ng Senado, ano na lang ang posibleng gawin sa ating mga mas mahihirap na kababayan?” she noted.

On Tuesday, three weeks after Malacañang released a proclamation voiding his amnesty, Trillanes surrendered to authorities.  He went through the booking procedure, before posting a bail of P200,000.

READ: Arrest Trillanes – Makati court

According to the Vice President, President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision to revoke the amnesty does not show the power of the government and instead reeks of weakness.

READ: Trillanes back at Senate after posting P200,000 bail

“Ang desisyon ng Pangulo na bawiin ang amnestiyang naipagkaloob na kay Senator Trillanes ay hindi pagpapakita ng lakas,” Robredo said.

“Bagkus, sinasalamin nito ang kahinaan ng administrasyon—na takot ito sa sarili niyang anino, at hindi kayang tumanggap ng pagpuna, kahit pa iyong naghahangad na makabuti para sa bansa,” she explained.

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She then called on the government to stop focusing on its critics and provide solutions for the problems of the country.

“Sa pilit nitong paggamit sa oposisyon bilang panakip-butas sa maraming kapalpakan, nailalagay sa alanganin ang taumbayan,” she noted.

“Hindi natutugunan ang mga suliraning pinapasan ng ating mga kababayan: ang pagtaas ng presyo ng mga bilihin, ang kakulangan sa supply ng bigas, ang korapsyon mula mismo sa mga kaalyado ng Pangulo, ang pang-aagaw sa ating mga teritoryo, at iba pa,” she added. /jpv

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