By Jeffrey Damicog
Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said he does not mind if the Makati City Regional Trial Court (RTC) is taking its time before deciding on whether or not to issue an arrest warrant and hold departure order (HDO) against Senator Antonio Trillanes IV for as long as the senator will not escape from his liability over his involvement in the 2003 Oakwood mutiny and the 2007 Manila Peninsula siege.
“For as long as we are assured that the risk of flight is minimal, the DOJ (Department of Justice) does not mind if the trial court wants more time to resolve the pending motions,” the Secretary told reporters Thursday (Sept. 13).
Guevarra reacted to the decision as Judge Andres Soriano of Makati RTC Branch 148 has yet to act over the DOJ’s motion which sought the issuance of an arrest warrant and HDO against Trillanes.
Soriano held a hearing of the motion Thursday but instead of ruling on it, issued an order for Trillanes to file a rejoinder within 10 days to give him the opportunity the raise his arguments against the DOJ’s motion.
Branch 148 is handling the coup d’etat case against Trillanes over his involvement in the Oakwood mutiny.
The DOJ filed the motion after President Rodrigo Duterte issued Proclamation No. 572 which declared as “void ab initio” or void from the start the amnesty given to the senator over his involvement in the Oakwood mutiny and the Manila Peninsula siege.
The DOJ also filed a similar motion before Makati RTC Branch 150 which is handling the rebellion case of Trillanes concerning the Manila Peninsula siege.
Branch 150 is set to hear the motion tomorrow (Sept. 14).