Trillanes hopes for ‘miracle’ as Makati RTC 148 resolution on coup charge looms

Published September 27, 2018, 9:39 AM

by iManila Developer

By Vanne Elaine Terrazola

Amid the looming resolution of his non-bailable coup d’etat charge, Senator Antonio Trillanes IV he still holds a “glimmer of hope” that the Makati Regional Court Branch 148 will issue a favorable ruling on his case.

Senator Antonio Trillanes speaks to the media at the Senate in Pasay City Senate, September 10,2018. (Czar Dancel/ MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)
Senator Antonio Trillanes (Czar Dancel/ MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

Trillanes, in a press briefing Wednesday, even managed to make light of his situation as he told members of the media not to pre-empt his arrest.

“Huwag naman nating ipanalangin. Sinabi ko nga, there is still a glimmer of hope. ‘Wag tayong masyadong ‘nega.’ Masyadong negative ang energy dito. (Let’s not pray for my arrest. Like I said, there is still a glimmer of hope. Don’t be too negative. I sense a negative energy here),” Trillanes said, eliciting laughter from the press.

The Makati RTC Branch 148 — which dismissed his coup d’etat case in 2011 — is expected to decide anytime soon on whether or not to order his arrest after receiving the Department of Justice’s comment on his case earlier Wednesday.

But Trillanes said he hopes for a “miracle” that Makati RTC Branch 148 Judge Bartolome Soriano will favor him over the government that sought to put him in jail after voiding his amnesty, which he insisted was unjust.

“Malay niyo, itong si Judge Soriano, disenteng tao, na alam niya anong tama at mali, gagawin niya ‘yong tama. There is always hope (Maybe, Judge Soriano is a decent person, that he knows what is right and wrong, and that he will do what is right. There is always hope),” he said.

The embattled senator said he is leaving his fate up to God as he reiterated that he has prepared for any eventuality.

“Kung submitted for resolution na, ibig sabihin maghihintay na lang tayo kung ano ang magiging desisyon ng korte. Sa atin, ipapasa-Diyos na lang natin kung anuman ang magiging resolution (If it is already submitted for resolution, that means we would only have to wait for the decision of the court. I will leave it up to God whatever the resolution may be),” he said.

He repeated that he will submit to the authorities should he be taken into custody.

On Tuesday, Trillanes was allowed to post a P200,000 bail by the Makati RTC Branch 150 which granted the DOJ’s motion in their move to revive his rebellion case.

Unlike rebellion, however, Trillanes’ coup d’etat charge is non-bailable, which means he may be sent to detention right away once an arrest warrant is issued, unless the court recommended a bail.

Trillanes said his lawyers are planning to file anew a petition before the Supreme Court (SC) on the voiding of his amnesty.

Echoing Sen. Francis Escudero who appealed to the High Court to meddle in the issue, he said, “It is incumbent on the SC to rule whether or not they agree if the proclamation of Duterte is valid or invalid.”

He said they will also file a motion for reconsideration regarding the Makati RTC Branch 150’s decision.