President Duterte will not protect cop who killed mother, son in Tarlac — Malacañang
Double Murder Charges without Bail
The Paranaque crime laboratory cop gets double murder charges without bail recently. This is after he killed a mother and her son over a New Year improvised gun noise in Paniqui, Tarlac. The trigger is the families’ previous quarrel that involves’ payment for the right of way lot in the neighborhood. The policeman was off duty. So, this is not about police brutality in the line of duty. The President said that he is crazy and he has a point there.
Crazy Cop, Not Police Brutality
President Rodrigo Duterte said that the killer cop’s action is not normal. He cannot protect him because he was not in the line of duty during the incident. Only a deranged man can kill two people in front of his daughter, added the president. The Filipino leader is very mad about what he did. Even an insanity plea won’t work for him. He’s a dangerous man and must be taken away from society without any chance of bail.
CHR on the Daughter’s Welfare
The people are so enranged with the daughter who provoked the unfortunate incident. Many critize her over social media to the verge of bullying her. It is the CHR’s mandate to implement the child protection law. Her face must not be shown in public. Filipinos must know that the child’s hatred can make her become worst than her father someday.
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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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.
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.
The Sandiganbayan voted 3-2 to allow former Senator Jinggoy Estrada to post bail. This is in connection with the plunder case filed against him for allegedly misusing P183 million in pork barrel funds. That left Bong Revilla alone as the prisoner of the previous administration for the same case. His lawyers are now working to follow suit as he entrusted everything to prayers.
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Change of Heart
Only a sudden change of heart would alter the voting and release of the decision. The ruling is to be executed soon. This is if there is no “supervening event.” As Revilla said; It looks like Estrada is already packing up his things to go home. He is very happy for him but also a bit sad that he will be left behind for the time being.
Estrada, who is detained at the Philippine National Police Custodial Center at Camp Crame in Quezon City, already filed an omnibus motion before the anti-graft court. He seeks his release from detention. Estrada’s impending freedom follows that of former Senate president Juan Ponce Enrile, who was granted bail in August 2015 for humanitarian reasons. The President supports this development because he believes that if posting bail must be available to all the accused in that particular case.
Grateful to the President
Estrada expresses his appreciation to the President whom he thinks only applies his knowledge as a former prosecutor. He is confident that Du30 studied their cases. That’s why he knows what he’s talking about. However, this worries the Sandiganbayan as Revilla could follow the same path. Also, this can lead to the acquittal of Senator Juan Ponce Enrile and Atty. Gigi Reyes’ cases.
Revilla to Follow Suit
The development leaves Revilla as the only former Senator in jail for the priority development assistance fund or PDAF scam. Several lawmakers were accused of funneling money for years to fake nongovernment organizations set up by businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles in exchange for huge commissions. Perhaps a good sign that Aquino’s influence now starts to fade.