Davao, Pasay courts urged to stop Trillanes departure
Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Thursday said government prosecutors have asked regional trial courts (RTCs) in Davao City and Pasay City to issue a hold departure order (HDO) against Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV.
Trillanes, who is facing an inciting to sedition case in Pasay and a libel suit in Davao, earlier secured a travel permit from the Makati City RTC, which is hearing a rebellion case against him.
The senator has asked to be allowed to travel to the Netherlands, Spain and United Kingdom from Dec. 11 to Jan. 12, 2019, and the United States from Jan. 27 to Feb. 10, 2019 to meet with different groups and attend activities as part of his official duties.
Last November 29, Makati Judge Elmo Alameda gave Trillanes permission to travel but required him to post a P200,000 travel bond.
Guevarra said the filing of the new motions for HDO in Pasay and Davao had nothing to do with the Makati case and was “coincidental” and part of procedure.
HDO is SOP
“A motion for the issuance of a HDO is something that is SOP (standard operating procedure). It has nothing to do with a denial of the motion for HDO in the Makati cases,” he told reporters in an interview on Thursday, during the 4th International Dialogue on Human Trafficking at the Philippine International Convention Center.
Guevarra said the rebellion and coup d’etat charges against Trillanes in the Makati RTC were “independent” of the Pasay and Davao cases.
“Just like in any case where the jurisdiction belongs to the RTC, it is the right and prerogative of the prosecution to ask for the issuance of an HDO,” he said.
Guevarra said the Davao RTC would hear the motion for HDO on Friday. The case involved the libel case filed against Trillanes by the President’s eldest son, resigned Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte.
The case in Pasay stemmed from the privilege speech delivered by Trillanes at the Senate which supposedly suggested that the military might use an M60 machine gun against President Rodrigo Duterte for allegedly amassing hidden wealth.
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