Makati court orders Trillanes' arrest

Police take mugshots of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV at the Makati City Police headquarters on Tuesday. Eric Dastas ABS-CBN News

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said it was time for Trillanes to stop grandstanding. "This is clearly Mr Duterte silencing his political critics, those who tell the truth".

The trial court said with Trillanes' amnesty being declared void "ab initio", it has regained jurisdiction to hear and resolve the case despite its dismissal on September 7, 2011. "Whatever happens in the future will be in the hands of the Filipino people".

"However, Senator Trillanes thru his counsel failed to convince this Court that he indeed complied with the minimum requirement to personally fill-up and file the official amnesty application form as required in Section 5,6, and 11 of DND (Department of National Defense) Amnesty Committee Circular Dated December 21, 2010", Judge Alameda pointed out.

Trillanes, a former naval officer, was involved in the Oakwood mutiny in July 2003, the Marines standoff in February 2006, and the Manila Peninsula incident in 2007 - which were all against then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra welcomed the order of the Court, saying that the DOJ was confident from the very start that its bid to bring Trillanes back to jail will be granted by the court. Duterte has denied the allegations.

Senator Antonio Trillanes was arrested on charges of rebellion outside of the Senate building in the Philippine capital Manila hours after a warrant for his capture was issued by a court.

In a separate interview over CNN Philippines, Albayalde assured that maximum tolerance will be observed in serving the arrest warrant against Trillanes.

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Trillanes has strongly denied the president's claims and has provided news reports and defence department documents to counter them.

The arrest of Trillanes follows the incarceration previous year of another vocal Duterte critic, Senator Leila de Lima, who is now in jail on drugs charges she vigorously denies and which human rights organisations have accused of being trumped up.

Legal experts and the Integrated Bar of the Philippines, the country's largest lawyers' group, have expressed alarm over the legal moves against Trillanes for offenses that were canceled by the 2011 amnesty.

Trillanes had long provoked Duterte's ire, condemning his drug war - which human rights groups say is responsible for at least 12,000 deaths - accusing him, his son, and members of his administration of corruption, and supporting the International Criminal Court's preliminary examination into alleged extrajudicial killings.

Trillanes is the second senator critical of Duterte's drug war to be detained.

Trillanes posted bail of 200,000 pesos ($3,770).



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