By Jeffrey Damicog
The Department of Justice (DOJ) does not expect that the Makati City court handling the 2003 Oakwood mutiny case will resolve within the week the motion seeking the issuance of an arrest warrant and hold departure order (HDO) against Senator Antonio Trillanes IV.
Acting Prosecutor General Richard Anthony Fadullon believes Makati Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 148 Judge Andres Soriano might resolve the DOJ’s motion by next week.
“The court will have to first resolve the formal offer of evidence filed by the accused (Trillanes) taking into consideration the comments and the objections of the prosecution,” Fadullon explained Thursday (Oct. 11).
“After it is resolved, that’s the only time that the court can consider all the evidence submitted by both parties for the purposes of resolving the urgent ex parte motion for the issuance of the alias warrant of arrest and the issuance of the hold departure order,” he added.
Soriano is handling the coup d’etat case against Trillanes concerning his involvement in the Oakwood mutiny.
Judge Elmo Alameda of Makati RTC Branch 150 has already granted the DOJ motion seeking the issuance of an arrest warrant and HDO against Trillanes. Alameda is handling rebellion case against Trillanes concerning his participation in the Manila Peninsula siege.
The senator has already posted a P200,000 bail and has filed a motion for reconsideration (MR) before RTC Branch 150 against the granting of the DOJ motion.
Fadullon disclosed that DOJ prosecutors will file it comment today (Oct. 12) its comment to the MR of Trillanes.
The DOJ filed the motions before the Makati RTC as it sought to revive the cases against Trillanes after President Rodrigo Duterte issued Proclamation No. 572 which declared as “void ab initio” or void from the start the amnesty given to the lawmaker over his participation in the Oakwood mutiny and Manila Peninsula siege.