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SolGen Calida seeks CA reversal on Makati court’s dismissal of Trillanes’ case

Solicitor General Jose Calida

Malacañang on Tuesday, October 23 has not given up on the case against Senator Antonio Trillanes.

In an interview, Presidential Spokesperson and Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo addressed that Solicitor General Jose Calida will be going to the Court of Appeals to seel a reversal on the decision of the Makati Regional Trial Court (RTC) to reject the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) plea to issue arrest warrant against Senator Antonio Trillanes IV.

“I just talked with the SolGen, he will be going to the Court of Appeals to make a reversal of that decision,” Panelo said.

On Monday, the much-anticipated decision on the coup d’etat case of Trillanes turned the other way around when Makati RTC  Judge Andres Soriano denied the motion of the DOJ and had given Trillanes a temporary liberty. However, Panelo said Trillanes should not celebrate as the decision is just good for an “empty victory” and “only delayed the case from going to its ultimate end.”

Panelo also added that he is confident that the CA will take on the reversal of the non-bailable case of the senator.

“Precisely, the court said the proclamation voiding his amnesty is valid. What will be the legal basis for Trillanes to be shouting with joy?” he said.

Meanwhile, acting prosecutor general Richard Fadullon said the DOJ and the Office of the Solicitor General are studying their next move.

“It’s more on the aspect na hindi pagbukas ng coup d’etat case kasi kung titignan po natin yung order ni Judge Soriano, I would say na it’s neither here nor there. You’re saying the proclamation 572 is valid and subsisting, but at the same time saying I cannot do anything because it is final and immutable already executory,” Fadullon said in an interview.

He added, “Ang punto namin, if it emanates from a judgment which was not able to comply with certain requirements, then naturally the decision would be void. And that being the case, he can never attain finality. ‘Yun po ang bagay na gusto nating iakyat sa Supreme Court.”

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