Makati court firm on ruling not to issue arrest warrant for Trillanes
The Makati City Regional Trial Court Branch 148 has affirmed its decision not to issue an arrest warrant for Senator Antonio Trillanes IV.
In an order released on Friday, the court denied the partial motions for reconsideration filed separately by the government and Trillanes.
The government sought a reconsideration and insisted that the coup d’etat case should be revived and an arrest warrant be issued against Trillanes.
Trillanes, on the other hand, filed a partial motion for reconsideration to reconsider the court’s decision that affirmed the legality of Proclamation 572 that revoked the amnesty given to the Senator.
“The Court has thoroughly reviewed all the evidence and pleadings presented and submitted by the parties snd it finds no reason to reverse or modify its findings, both factual and legal,” the court said.
The Makati Court denied the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) motion to order the senator’s arrest following the issuance of Proclamation 572 that nullified the amnesty given to Trillanes by then President Benigno Aquino III.
Proclamation 572, the court said, is constitutional in as much as it was issued pursuant to the power of the President under the Administration Code of 1987 and that no right to due process was violated and that it was discriminatory.
However, the court struck down the factual basis of Proclamation 572, saying that the government failed to provide evidence to prove that Trillanes failed to comply with the basic requirement of filing an application and admission of guilt to. avail of amnesty./ac
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