A LOCAL court will hear the coup d’etat charges filed against Sen. Antonio Trillanes 4th on Friday, which will be used as basis to determine whether a warrant of arrest should be issued against him or not.
Makati Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 148 will preside over Trillanes’ case amid allegations that the senator did not apply for amnesty and did not admit his guilt for leading a plot to oust then president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo for corruption.
The senator underwent a similar process during the first and last hearing of his rebellion case at Makati RTC Branch 150 last September 14, the results of which led to the judge’s decision to order his arrest on September 26.
Branch 150 Judge Elmo Alameda said that the arrest was ordered after the former Navy lieutenant failed to present his amnesty application form bearing a receiving stamp — a document, which the judge insisted was the “best proof” that he applied for amnesty.
Trillanes’ lawyer Reynaldo Robles would again present evidence which, he hoped, the court would consider as having probative weight.
Asked if he was worried he could be arrested if he could not find the application form, Sen. Trillanes said that he would point to the Department of National Defense (DND) as it should have been maintaining proper custody of such documents.
“I implore the court to turn its attention to DND for the application form. All application forms for any document is submitted to the office where we applied for it. It’s a massive stupidity if you’ll look for it from the person who applied,” he said.
The senator said he would not be appearing at the hearing, but expressed confidence in his legal team.
He added that even the court knows “we do not keep our application forms.”
Trillanes also disputed the article published by GMA News in 2011, which Makati RTC Branch 150 Judge Elmo Alameda used as evidence in ruling that Trillanes did not admit his guilt.
“In the first part of the proceedings for application for amnesty, I admitted guilt. But what the Aquino administration and the DND asked for was a general admission of guilt, and not for a specific crime,” he said.
“For a court that has an open mind and fair, it should be clear,” he added. NEIL JAYSON N. SERVALLOS
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