DoJ seeks hold or­der vs Tril­lanes from Davao court

Business World - - The Nation - Vann Marlo M. Vil­le­gas

THE DE­PART­MENT of Jus­tice (DoJ) has asked a Davao City Court to is­sue a hold­de­par­ture or­der (HDO) against Sen. An­to­nio F. Tril­lanes IV, Jus­tice Sec­re­tary Me­nardo I. Gue­varra said. The mo­tion to ban the op­po­si­tion se­na­tor from leav­ing the coun­try is set for hear­ing on Dec. 7, Fri­day, he added. Mr. Tril­lanes is fac­ing li­bel complaints in Davao City filed last Sept. 6 by pres­i­den­tial son and for­mer vice-mayor Paolo Z. Duterte and his brother-in-law, Manases R. Car­pio, hus­band of Mayor Sara Duterte-Car­pio. For his re­bel­lion case over the 2007 Manila Penin­sula siege, Judge Elmo M. Alameda of Makati City RTC Branch 150 granted the se­na­tor’s mo­tion to lift the HDO on Nov. 29, al­low­ing him to at­tend var­i­ous meet­ings and in­vi­ta­tions abroad from Dec. 11 to Jan. 12, and from Jan. 27 to Feb. 10, 2019. Mr. Gue­varra de­nied that the HDO re­quests against Mr. Tril­lanes in other courts have any con­nec­tion with the or­der of the Makati Court. “(T)hese are not re­lated at all. There are dif­fer­ent com­plainants here and they are pend­ing in other courts. And just like in any case where the ju­ris­dic­tion be­longs to the re­gional trial court, it is the right of and pre­rog­a­tive of the pros­e­cu­tion to ask for the is­suance of an HDO,” he said. —

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