Gov’t as­sures due process for Tril­lanes

Manila Bulletin - - National News - By GENALYN D. KABILING

The gov­ern­ment con­tin­ues to re­spect Se­na­tor An­to­nio Tril­lanes IV's con­sti­tu­tional right to due process amid the pur­suit of crim­i­nal cases against him, Mala­cañang said Fri­day.

Pres­i­den­tial Spokesman Sal­vador Panelo made the re­mark while try­ing to de­fend the le­gal­ity of the procla­ma­tion that nul­li­fied Tril­lanes' amnesty for fail­ure to meet cer­tain re­quire­ments.

"Se­na­tor Tril­lanes can­not claim any de­nial of his right to due process since he was and is be­ing given his day in court," Panelo said in a state­ment.

"As the gov­ern­ment pros­e­cutes the crim­i­nal charges against Se­na­tor Tril­lanes through proper le­gal channels, it will con­tinue to re­spect the in­de­pen­dence of the Ju­di­ciary in de­cid­ing his cases, as well as af­ford him his con­sti­tu­tional right to due process," he said.

Panelo also said there was no threat of il­le­gal ar­rest of Tril­lanes since Pres­i­dent Duterte has di­rected law en­force­ment agen­cies to wait for any is­suance of war­rant from the courts.

"Se­na­tor Tril­lanes' con­tin­ued free­dom from ar­rest and abil­ity to present his ar­gu­ments be­fore the court are tes­ta­ments of the gov­ern­ment's re­spect for his con­sti­tu­tional right to due process," he said.

Tril­lanes has ap­pealed to the Makati Re­gional Trial branch 148 to re­con­sider its de­ci­sion up­hold­ing the va­lid­ity of Pres­i­dent Duterte's Procla­ma­tion No. 572 that re­voked his amnesty last Septem­ber.

His camp raised a num­ber of ar­gu­ments in­clud­ing the claim that such procla­ma­tion vi­o­lated his right to due process and equal pro­tec­tion when it was used by au­thor­i­ties in try­ing to ar­rest him.

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