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Makati RTC wraps up proceeding on Trillanes coup d’ etat arrest

Philippine Senator Antonio Trillanes speaks during a hearing at the Senate, in Pasay City, Metro Manila in the Philippines, September 4, 2018. REUTERS/Czar Dancel

The Makati Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 148 on Friday wrapped up the proceedings on the motion filed by the Department of Justice over the charges of coup d’ etat for the 2003 Oakwood mutiny headed by Senator Antonio Trillanes IV.

In the order dated October 11, Branch 148 Presiding Judge Andres Bartolome Soriano addressed “The factual issues as specified in the order dated September 28, 2018 and the issue on the ‘legality’ of Proclamation 572 based on the pleadings/motions filed by the parties–as they may bear upon the prosecution’s Urgent Ex-Parte Motion for Issuance of Hold Departure Order and Issuance of Alias Warrant of Arrest against Antonio Trillanes IV are now considered submitted for resolution.”

The court ruled to deny outright the admission of two exhibits marked “9” and “12”, which are printouts of the Facebook page of the Department of National Defense and printouts of ‘throwback’ photographs of Trillanes.

Meanwhile, Judge Elmo Alameda of the Makati Regional Trial Court Branch 150 hearing the rebellion charges against the lawmaker said it is giving Trillanes’ lawyer, Reynaldo Robles, five days to file a reply to the prosecution’s opposition to the motion for reconsideration filed by the defense on the issuance of the arrest warrant against the lawmaker in that case.

Among the evidence admitted by the court is Trillanes’ certificate of amnesty, the affidavits of Col. Josefa Berbigal, Honorio Azcueta, Dominador Rull and Emmanuel C. Tirador. Berbigal is the head of Ad Hoc Amnesty Committee Secretariat that received the amnesty application while Azcueta is a former Undersecretary of the Department of National Defense and head of the ad-hoc committee. Rull and Tirador were present when Trillanes submitted his amnesty application form and submitted photographs as proof.

The court also admitted Exhibit 4, the printed photograph of Trillanes’ application for amnesty. The court said it is admitted despite object from the DOJ because it is part of Rull’s testimony.

The form, the prosecution said, “cannot prove the admission of guilt by the accused Trillanes… because the same document requires the submission or attachment of a separate narration of facts of his involvement/participation in the offenses by which he is charged.”

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