Published: Tuesday 11 September, 2018

SC Denies Trillanes TRO Request on Revocation of Amnesty, Can be Arrested ‘Anytime’

Trillanes TRO

No TRO from Supreme Court for Trillanes. (Twitter)

Senator Antonio Trillanes’ request fro a temporary restraining order (TRO) from the Supreme Court has been denied. Trillanes wanted the SC to stop Malacanang from revoking his amnesty but the high court en banc voted against it.

In a statement by the Court’s acting spokesperson, Maria Victoria Gleoresty Guerra, the Supreme Court said it found “no extreme and urgent necessity for the Court to issue an injunctive relief”.  Thus, without the TRO, Trillanes can be arrested if the Makati court favors a Department of Justice (DOJ) petition for a warrant of arrest.

The SC also ruled that the Makati courts are the appropriate venues to rule on the legality of Duterte’s proclamation revoking the amnesty.

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“Preliminarily, the issues of whether or not Senator Trillanes filed an application for amnesty and whether or not he admitted his guilt for the crimes subject thereof appear to be factual in nature,” said the ruling.

“Only a trial court, and in certain cases, the Court of Appeals, are trier of facts,” it adds, according to Guerra.

The decision is a big blow for Trillanes who was counting on the high court to stop Malacanang from revoking his amnesty. But all is not lost, yet. The SC ordered the Office of the President, the Department of National Defense (DND) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to comment on the petition of Trillanes within ten days.

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