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DOJ clears air with OSG over Trillanes case

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By Jeffrey Damicog

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has cleared the air with the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) as to which one will seek the reversal of the Makati court ruling which denied the issuance of a warrant of arrest and hold departure order (HDO) against Senator Antonio Trillanes IV.

Senior Deputy Executive Secretary Menardo Guevarra (TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra
(TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra disclosed that Acting Prosecutor General Richard Anthony Fadullon met Tuesday afternoon (Oct. 23) with Solicitor General Jose Calida to clarify which agency will be filing the appeal.

“PG Fadullon, upon my instruction, discussed the matter with SolGen,” said the DOJ chief.

During the meeting, Guevarra said Fadullon and Calida reached an agreement that the DOJ will file within the week a motion for reconsideration before the Makati City Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 148.

The meeting took place after Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo said Calida intends to elevate the case of Trillanes before the Court of Appeals to reverse the lower court’s decision.

Last Monday, Judge Andres Soriano of Makati RTC Branch 148 issued an order which denied the DOJ’s motion seeking the issuance of an arrest warrant and HDO against the Trillanes.

The DOJ filed the motion after President Rodrigo Duterte issued Proclamation No. 572 which declared as “void ab initio” or void from the beginning the amnesty of Trillanes over his participation in the 2003 Oakwood mutiny and 2007 Manila Peninsula siege.

Makati RTC Branch 148 is handling the coup d’etat case against Trillanes concerning his participation in the Oakwood mutiny.

On the other hand, Judge Elmo Alameda of Makati RTC Branch 150, which is handling the rebellion case concerning the Manila Peninsula siege, has already granted the motion separately filed by the DOJ. Because of this, Trillanes posted a P200,000 bail bond.

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