By Jeffrey Damicog
The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Wednesday prodded another Makati City court to issue an arrest warrant and hold departure (HDO) against Senator Antonio Trillanes IV.
In its seven-page reply, the DOJ told the Makati City Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 148 that Trillanes had failed to comply with the amnesty requirements, and should be prosecuted for coup d’etat over his participation in the 2003 Oakwood mutiny.
The reply was filed in connection with the DOJ’s pending motion before Branch 148, which is handling the coup d’etat case, asking for the issuance of an arrest warrant and HDO.
“The People reiterate that, to avail of the benefits of an amnesty proclamation, one must admit his guilt of the offense covered by the proclamation. To this date, accused Trillanes has not done so,” read the reply submitted by the DOJ before Makati Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 148.
The reply was signed by Acting Prosecutor General Richard Anthony Fadullon and Assistant State Prosecutors Mary Jane Sytat, Josie Christina Dugay and Evee Eunice Keyser.
The DOJ also cited that during the hearing of Branch 148 last Sept. 14 the camp of Trillanes admitted the senator could not find his application for amnesty.
“With this admission, as well as the certification issued by Lt. Col. Thea Joan Andrade that no copy of accused Trillanes’ application for amnesty can be found in the records , the factual basis for the issuance of Proclamation No. 572 dated August 31, 2018 is established,” the DOJ said.
President Rodrigo Duterte issued Proclamation No. 572 which declared as “void ab initio” or void from the start the amnesty given to Trillanes over his participation in the 2003 Oakwood mutiny and the 2007 Manila Peninsula siege.
Last Tuesday, Makati RTC Branch 150, which is handling the rebellion case concerning the Manila Peninsula siege, granted the DOJ petition for the issuance of an arrest warrant and HDO against Trillanes.