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The Palace Plays with the Yellow’s Destabilization Efforts using Senator Trillanes’ Limelight

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By: Elena Grace Flores

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque questions how could there be persecution when Senator Antonio Trillanes IV receives more airtime and “the palace gets 30 percent by way of reply?” “He loves it because he’s now in the center stage. This is not political persecution. This is a gift for him because we’ve given him the limelight,” Roque said. The yellow’s destabilization efforts together with the Communist Party of the Philippines may be real. But it is evident that the government is confident with the military’s loyalty. The AFP is bigger than its officers and men, as Col. Edgard Arevalo responds to Senator Risa Hontiveros’ badmouthing the President. Hontiveros calls Du30 as the country’s ultimate destabilizer. However, Arevalo confirms that the military is loyal to the constitution. He also adds that the opposition cannot persuade the uniformed soldiers to turn against the elected leader.



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[VIDEO]: Malacañang: ‘We’ve given Trillanes the limelight’




Intelligent and Mature Organization

With the word war about the soldier’s loyalties between President Durterte and Senator Trillanes, Gen. Carlito Galvez Jr. comments. To quote him, “While I am aware that the troops have individual views on many issues, those merely are hallmarks of an intelligent and mature organization like the AFP. But we always put the interest of the organization and the nation above our own.”

The Senator is Lying

Galvez is dissuading people from attempting to divide the AFP. To quote him, “Let me take this occasion to warn persons or groups that attempt to divide the AFP by sowing intrigues and discord among its officers and enlisted personnel. You will not succeed.” He also reminds the soldiers to not involve themselves with politics after the issuance of Proclamation 572.




The Lapse on Senator Trillanes’ Amnesty

Presidential spokesperson, Harry Roque, argues that only a president can grant or sign an amnesty. He argues that tsk of signing an amnesty cannot be delegated. He also comments that Trillanes should be jailed sooner rather than later. National Security Adviser, Hermogenes Esperon Jr. says, that a “specific amnesty” should have been issued by Aquino.



Temporary Freedom

As a sudden turn of events, the Makati Regional Trial Court issued a warrant against Trillanes. The senator yielded when the warrant was served to him at the Senate Lounge. He was able to post bail, however, and was given a release order. Consequently, he went back to the Senate.




Coup d’Etat is Non-Bailable

With his amnesty nullified, Senator Trillanes’ rebellion cases are pushing through. He was able to post bail from the warrant that was served to him by Makati RTC Branch 150, which handled his case over the Manila Peninsula Siege. However, if branch 148 comes out with a warrant for him over his Coup d’Etat case on the Oakwood Mutiny, he will no longer be able to post bail as it isn’t bailable under court-martial. For the meantime, the RTC defrays its decision to issue an arrest warrant. The Senator is back to his house and has been very quiet since then. The DOJ said that they are relieved that the court at least already did something and not just ignore their plea to address Trillanes’ fate following the rule of law.



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President Du30’s Strong Alliance Triumphs Over the Libelous Opposition Senator Trillanes

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By: Elena Grace Flores

The police collect Senator Antonio Trillanes IV from the Senate and he has gone through the booking procedure already. This is after the Makati City Regional Trial Court Branch orders his arrest for the 2007 Manila Peninsula siege. Trillanes is facing a case for rebellion before Branch 150 Judge Elmo Alameda. The RTC allows a temporary freedom for the Senator after paying the Php 200,000 bail.  However, if the warrant for the Coup d’Etat from branch 148 comes out for the Oakwood mutiny, it is not anymore bailable under the court-martial. The former President Benigno Aquino III granted him amnesty without the proper documentation.



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[VIDEO]: Atty. Trixie Cruz Angeles’legal insights on Senator Trillanes’ detention possibilities.




Arrest Warrant Ordered from Branch 150

A Makati court recently orders the arrest of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV. This is weeks after President Rodrigo Du30 voided his amnesty for his non-compliance to his amnesty’s conditions. It revives charges against him for the unsuccessful uprisings in 2003 and 2007.  The Makati Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 150, handles the rebellion case against Trillanes over the 2007 Manila Peninsula siege. Whereas, the branch 148 has the jurisdiction over Trillanes on the non-bailable Coup d’Etat case. It issued the arrest warrant 21 days after the issuance of the President’s Proclamation 572 that made the Navy officer’s 2011 amnesty void.



Hold Departure Order Against the Senator

The court, in a 2-page order by Judge Elmo Alameda, also bans the Senator from leaving the country without its permission. It sets bail at P200,000 for Trillanes’ temporary liberty. Police officers and court sheriff, Bong Carreon delivers the resolution to the Senate, where Trillanes seeks refuge since September 4. At the time of writing, the noisy lawmaker has paid his bail and now back at the Senate.

Revoked Amnesty

Early this month, the President issued Proclamation 572 that revokes the amnesty given to Trillanes for being void ab initio or void from the beginning. Proclamation 572 says Trillanes failed to submit an application form. Meaning, he did not admit his guilt in the crimes covered by the amnesty which is a requirement of the Presidential provision.



The DOJ’s Hand

With the amnesty revocation, the Department of Justice (DOJ) filed an ex-parte motion seeking a warrant of arrest and a hold departure order against Trillanes. The DOJ also asked the court to resume the trial with the prosecution presenting its evidence. It said that with the amnesty declared as void from the beginning, the dismissal of the case is also void. Therefore, the presumptive Vice President Leni Robredo is wrong when she said that the cases against him were already dismissed. This is because they can be reactivated once the amnesty is deemed unexistent.




The Court’s Decision Shows the Restoration of Democracy

Presidential Spokesperson Atty. Harry Roque stated that: “The court has spoken. As the President has said, we will respect the decision of the judiciary.” It is but natural for the opposition to use this incident for the benefit of their intentions. They again stressed that the administration’s actions are undemocratic. Contradictory to that, most Filipinos feel that democracy is actually restored. The lengthy process of his possible detention clearly follows the rule of law. Former Vice President Jojo Binay, Former Davao Vice Mayor Paolo Du30, Senators Richard Gordon, Manny Pacquiao, Migz Zubiri, and many other pro-administration stalwarts now start to see the fall of the most irritating detractor.



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Supreme Court Leaves Trillanes at the RTC as Enrile Reveals to Marcos Smartmatic’s Yellow Control

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By: Elena Grace Flores

Former Senator Juan Ponce Enrile warns Bongbong Marcos that as long as Smartmatic controls the election, the Yellow’s dominance stays. Enrile reveals that the late President Cory had no clue when it comes to governance. However, the people around her who are anti-Marcos made sure to consolidate power through the important branches of government by installing a revolutionary constitution. To this date, they still have a stronghold over the important branches of government including the Supreme Court. Meanwhile, Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, a known Yellow ally is now at the hands of the RTC. The court takes at least 30 days to resolve a motion. If the case is urgent enough, a judge can resolve it sooner. Judges Andres Soriano and Elmo Alameda, of the Makati Regional Trial Court, are under pressure when state prosecutors stormed to their sala. This is when the SC pushed Senator Trillanes’ petition back to the local courts.



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Proclamation No. 572

Proclamation No. 572 revokes Trillanes’ amnesty. It also orders his arrest for his role in the Oakwood Mutiny of 2003 and the Manila Peninsula Siege of 2007. It was dated on the 31st of August but was only made public on the 4th of September through a newspaper publication. Despite the presidential order, the rebel senator is still seeking refuge at the Senate.



The DOJ

The Department of Justice then filed separate motions for the Judges of the Makati RTC to order Trillanes’ immediate arrest. However, the judges instead ordered a series of hearings. This is to allow both Trillanes and the state prosecutors to present their sides. The court’s proceeding allows a delay to the Senator’s arrest for at least 30 days.

Convicted Magdalos

Judge Soriano granted interviews and welcomed reporters after the DOJ filed their motion. The judge did not grant the DOJ’s request to immediately file a warrant of arrest, instead, he gave 10 days to Trillanes’ lawyers to comment, and 5 days for the prosecutors to file their rejoinder. People can just sense the power struggle through these agencies.



Aquino’s Amnesty Grant

During an interview, Soriano acknowledges that Trillanes and the Magdalo group’s’ rebellion case was dismissed on Sept. 21, 2011. It was dismissed by Judge Ma. Rita Sarabia, to follow the amnesty that was granted to them by President Aquino. Nevertheless, this does not mean that Trillanes can escape the imprisonment. The debate on his military status is still ongoing that can dispute the court-martial proceedings.




Sure Conviction Outside of Supreme Court

However, Soriano convicted First Lieutenants San Juan and Rex Bolo, as they did not avail of the amnesty. Consequently, the Court of Appeals cleared them both of their charges in April 2015. Furthermore, Soriano also ignored Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra’s pronouncement that the government’s application does not need a hearing. All these developments are clear proof that there’s no way current President Rodrigo Du30 can be a dictator.



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Trillanes’ Inciting to Sedition Case on the Way as Warrant of Arrest is Delayed

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By: Elena Grace Flores

As the Makati RTC delays his warrant of arrest on his amnesty fiasco, a fresh complaint is heading Senator Antonio “Sonny” Trillanes IV’s way.  Labor Undersecretary Jacinto Paras files inciting to sedition charges against Trillanes. The rebellious Senator is still under Senate custody due to his inexistent amnesty application – making it void. Paras files the new complaint at the Pasay City Prosecutor’s Office.

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[VIDEO]: Labor Undersecretary Jacinto Paras filed on Friday a case of inciting to sedition or inciting to coup d’etat against Senator Antonio Trillanes IV.




Inciting to Sedition Case

As written in our country’s Revised Penal Code, inciting to sedition is defined as crime  made by a person who “incites others to the accomplishment of any of the acts which constitute sedition, by means of speeches, proclamations, writings, emblems, cartoons, banners, or other representations tending to the same end.”



Destabilizing Actions

Inciting to Sedition also covers “uttering seditious words or speeches, writing, publishing, or circulating scurrilous libel against the Republic of the Philippines or any of the duly constituted authorities thereof, or which tend to disturb or obstruct any lawful officer in executing the functions of his office, or which tend to instigate others to cabal and meet together for unlawful purposes, or which suggest or incite people against the lawful authorities or to disturb the peace of the community, the safety and order of the Government.”

Piled Up Cases

Senator Trillanes is currently facing legal woes with President Du30’s Proclamation No.572. If implemented, this will make his amnesty null and void ab initio (from the beginning). However, to add to this is the undersecretary’s complaint.  He is citing Trillanes for seditious remarks made against the President, Rodrigo Du30, as well as the current administration.

 



Deferred Warrant of Arrest

The Senate leadership allows Trillanes to stay within the Senate premises to avoid any possible arrest. Consequently, he had been staying there since the proclamation was published in the newspapers.  However, the Makati Regional Trial Court is deferring his arrest and travel ban order. Judge Elmo Alameda of Branch 150 is asking the DOJ of a reply within 5 days on the comments of Senator Trillanes.




Due Process of Law

Judge Andres Soriano of Branch 148 has already ordered Trillanes earlier in the week. He is to file within 10 days of his rejoinder to the new pleading of the Department of Justice (DOJ). All legal means follow through the lengthy process. Therefore, no one could accuse the administration of authority abuse. Let alone call the President a dictator.



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Senator Trillanes’ Amnesty: Media Showdown Cannot Cover Up the Invalid Facts

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By: Elena Grace Flores

Government Presidential Spokesperson, Atty. Harry Roque urges Senator Antonio Ttillanes IV to stop talking nonsense. He must deal with the facts by submitting his duly approved Amnesty application. Aside from that, the law as conferred with international standard states that only a President can grant and sign an amnesty. Contrary to wrong media impressions, it is not the former President Benigno Simeon Aquino III who signed Trillanes’ amnesty grant but the former Secretary of National Defense, Voltaire Gazmin. Roque insists that instead of catering to Trillanes’ gossips, Filipinos better prepare for the upcoming typhoon.




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Void Amnesty Due to the Wrong Signatory

The president cannot delegate the power to grant amnesty to anyone according to Du30. He is insisting that PNoy himself should have signed the document. However, Trillanes’ certificate of amnesty was signed by former defense secretary Voltaire Gazmin. This renders it void according to the President. Furthermore, this also makes other certificates of amnesty questionable, if Gazmin is the only signatory.



The Shallow Defense of Senator Trillanes

Trillanes argues that it is absurd to think of the President to have to sign probably thousands of certificates of amnesty. Consequently, he believes that the president can delegate such administrative tasks to a secretary serving as the alter ego.


SolGen Calida’s Hand

Solicitor General Jose Calida and Senator Trillanes were already not on good terms. Furthermore, Trillanes investigated government contracts entered into Calida’s family business to the ire of the Solicitor General. Calida personally called Defense Secretary Lorenzana for the documents relating to Trillanes’ amnesty. However, Malacañang is insisting that Du30’s proclamation was not colored by politics.



Proclamation 572

Roque is saying that this line of reasoning voiced by Du30 serves as additional grounds for voiding the amnesty. To quote Roque, “This is an additional ground he is invoking, not including the grounds being cited by Solicitor General Calida.”




Facts on the Evidence

Roque is saying that for Trillanes to prove the validity of his amnesty application, he should provide a copy of the acknowledgment of his amnesty application form. If the Department of National Defense could not find a copy, Trillanes will have to prove that a form was submitted to be able to dispute such a claim instead of the staging a word war with the President.