Makati Regional Trial Court Branch 150 on September 14 deferred the decision on whether it will issue a warrant for the arrest of Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV, whose amnesty for mutinies against the Arroyo administration has been voided by President Rodrigo Duterte's Proclamation 572.
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Makati court wants authenticated copy of 2011 article on Trillanes' filing of amnesty
Kristine Joy Patag ( - September 19, 2018 - 3:51pm

MANILA, Philippines — The Makati court handling the government’s plea for a warrant against Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV over a rebellion case has ordered GMA News to provide a copy of a news article that was marked as evidence in the hearing last week.

Judge Elmo Alameda of Makati Regional Trial Court Branch 150 ordered the executives of GMA Network News TV to produce the “duly authenticated copy”
 of a GMA News report published in 2011.

The court specifically issued a “subpoena duces tecum,” a summon to a person to bring relevant documents, for GMA News to give an authenticated copy. Inparticular, the board of the news firm was directed to furnish an authenticated copy of the story titled “Trillanes avails of amnesty, admits ‘breaking rules.’”

The said article was published on Jan. 5, 2011, and was written by Mark Meruenas.

The article was in the footnotes of Proclamation 572, which voided the amnesty granted to Trillanes based on his alleged failure to file an application form and admit guilt.

The senator has disputed the basis of the proclamation.

September 14 hearing

During the hearing on September 14, state prosecutors and Reynaldo Robles, legal counsel of Trillanes, each presented pieces of evidence that might be used in supporting their arguments in court.

Acting Prosecutor General Richard Fadullon cited the news article as one of the pieces to be marked as evidence in the case.

In the said news article, Trillanes was quoted as saying: “I would like to qualify that we did not admit to the charge of ‘coup d’etat’ or anything na finile sa amin because we believe hindi iyon ang nararapat na charge sa ginawa sa amin.”

Fadullon said to the court that “the article will be authenticated.”

Robles, for his part, wanted to submit a video showing his client, Trillanes, filed an application form and that it was received by a certain Josefa Berbigal as evidence.

But Alameda pointed out that the video is not authenticated.

The judge also stressed: “The court needs the actual application form,” as it would be the primary evidence in the case.

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Robles said that they would try to secure an affidavit from Berbigal, in relation to the video of Trillanes’ filing.

Alameda signed the order on September 18.

The news company is ordered to submit a copy to the court and the Office of the Prosecutor General at the Department of Justice not later than Wednesday, September 19.

Makati RTC Branch 150 has also allowed both parties time to expound on their arguments by filing additional pleadings.

The DOJ was given five days to file their reply on Trillanes camp’s opposition to their motion on the issuance of a warrant and hold departure order. While Robles was also given five days to file their rejoinder on the DOJ’s reply.

State prosecutors also failed to secure a warrant and travel ban last Thursday, September 13. Makati RTC Branch 148 Judge Andres Soriano also gave both parties time to submit pleadings.

As It Happens
LATEST UPDATE: October 22, 2018 - 3:49pm

President Rodrigo Duterte has revoked amnesty granted to Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV in 2011 in relation to his involvement in mutinies against the administration of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in 2003, 2006 and 2007.

Duterte claims in Proclamation 572 that Trillanes "did not comply with the minimum requirements to qualify under the Amnesty Proclamation."

President Benigno Aquino III granted the amnesty through a proclamation in 2010 that Congress concurred in.

The amnesty proclamation covered active and former police and military personnel and "[extinguished] any criminal liability for acts committed in connection, incident or related to the July 27, 2003 Oakwood Mutiny, the February 2006 Marines Stand-Off and the November 29, 2007 Peninsula Manila Hotel Incident without prejudice to the grantee’s civil liability for injuries or damages caused to private persons."

Trillanes, a lieutenant, senior grade, at the time of the Oakwood Mutiny, applied for amnesty in 2011. 

October 22, 2018 - 3:49pm

Lawyer Rhodora Peralta, Makati RTC Br148 clerk of court, confirms that Judge Andres Soriano has issued a resolution on a Department Justice plea to issue a warrant of arrest against Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV.

She says they will not give out copies until parties of the case receive the resolution first.

She refuses to give details on what the resolution says.

October 19, 2018 - 5:20pm
A week since proceedings have been wrapped up, Makati Regional Trial Court Branch 148 Clerk of Court Rhodora Peralta is quoted in a report by PTV4 as saying that the resolution may be released “most likely Monday” (October 22). Judge Andres Soriano is determining—pursuant to a ruling by the Supreme Court—the factual issues involved in President Rodrigo Duterte’s Proclamation 572 that declared Trillanes’ amnesty “void from the beginning” due to the senator’s alleged non-compliance with requirements.
October 17, 2018 - 2:22pm
After hours of anticipation that included police going to Makati RTC 148, Clerk of Court Rhodora Peralta says no ruling will be issued on Wednesday, October 17, on a government plea for a warrant against Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV.
October 14, 2018 - 2:21pm

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra "takes very strong exception" to a claim by Rep. Gary Alejano (Magdalo party-list) that the government is pressuring Makati RTC Judge Andres Soriano to rule against Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV.

"The DOJ does not interact with the judge excpet through the pleadings filed and arguments raised in open court," Guevarra says in a statement to reporters that was written entirely in upper case.

"Rep. Alejano's allegations tend to impede the orderly administration of justice, unfairly cast aspersion on the integrity and professionalism, of the Department of Justice and its prosecutors, and constumaciously influence Judge Soriano's decision-making process," he also says.

October 5, 2018 - 1:22pm

Trillanes' camp has presented Lt. Col. Josefa Berbigal as their first witness. 

Berbigal was the head secretariat of the AdHoc committee on amnesty applications.

She earlier signed an affidavit saying she received Trillanes' application.

During the hearing, Berbigal said that those who applied for amnesty were "only given one form to file."

Reynaldo Robles, Trillanes' lawyer, asked: "No copy anymore?"

Berbigal replied: "Yes, sir."

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