‘Rule of law prevailed,’ Trillanes says after CA overturns rebellion case

Published March 2, 2021, 10:22 PM

by Vanne Elaine Terrazola

Former senator Antonio Trillanes IV lauded on Tuesday the Court of Appeals (CA) decision about the revival of his rebellion case in a Makati City court.

Former senator Antonio Trillanes IV

Reports said that the CA Sixth Division reversed the order of the Makati Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 150 which reinstated his rebellion case in connection with the 2007 Manila Peninsula Siege.

The appellate court said the Makati court committed “grave abuse of discretion” when it refused Trillanes’ testimonial evidence on the grant of his amnesty in 2011.

“Today, the rule of law prevailed,” Trillanes said in a text message, which he also posted on his Twitter account on March 2.

“Nagpapasalamat ako sa mga CA justices na gumawa ng desisyong ito. Sana all judges and justices ay may ganitong sense of justice to check the prevailing authoritarianism in the country (I thank the CA justices who are behind this decision. I hope all judges and justices have this sense of justice to check the prevailing authoritarianism in the country),” he added.

President Duterte, in a proclamation issued in August 2018, voided the amnesty granted by the Aquino administration to Trillanes for his coup d’etat and rebellion charges in relation to the 2003 Oakwood Mutiny and the 2007 Manila Peninsula Siege, respectively

Shortly after the Duterte order, the Department of Justice (DOJ) sought the arrest of Trillanes. The Makati RTC Branch 150 granted the agency’s petition but Trillanes posted bail.

The staunch Duterte critic stayed in the Senate for almost a month until the Makati RTC Branch 148, which handled his coup d’etat case, decided to defer decision on the DOJ’s move.