Malacanang is telling Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV to leave the Senate premises and return home.
During a press briefing in Malacanang on Wednesday, September 12, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque called the stay of Trillanes in the Senate compound as ‘drama’ and ‘over-acting’.
Roque also denounced Trillanes’ stay in the Senate premises since the public pays for his board and lodging.
“Drama na po iyang pag-iistay sa Senado. OA iyan,” Roque said in front of reporters.
“Uwi na kayo dahil hindi naman tama na ang taong-bayan ang nagbabayad ng inyong board and lodging diyan sa Senado. Tanging ang Presidente lamang ang may libreng board and lodging, and I think the Vice President in her budget,” Roque added.
The spokesperson also believes that the senator and his supporters no longer has any reason to stay in the Senate compound except due to politics.
Trillanes has never left the Senate premises since the publication of Presidential Proclamation No. 572.
Thru the proclamation, President Rodrigo Duterte declared the amnesty granted to the lawmaker as void ab initio, and ordered his arrest due to his involvement in failed coup d’ etat attempts on 2003 and 2007.
The Senate has a tradition of not allowing the arrest of a senator inside their premises.
After the Supreme Court junked the motion of the senator for a Temporary Restraining Order, Trillanes aired the possibility of him leaving the Senate premises, but decided to stay inside the compound due to the advise of fellow lawmakers.
President Rodrigo Duterte, the Philippine National Police, and the Armed Forces of the Philippines already assured that Trillanes will not be arrested without an arrest warrant.
The Department of Justice has already requested for the Makati Regional Trial Courts branch 148 and 150 to issue an arrest warrant.
However, both courts decided to set a hearing before releasing a arrest warrant and a hold departure order against Trillanes.