DOJ wants court to junk Tril­lanes’ plead­ings

Manila Bulletin - - National News - By JEF­FREY G. DAMICOG

The Depart­ment of Jus­tice (DOJ) has asked a Makati City Re­gional Trial Court (TRC) to ex­clude ad­di­tional plead­ings filed by Sen­a­tor An­to­nio Tril­lanes IV con­cern­ing the is­sue of his amnesty.

The DOJ has filed be­fore the Makati RTC Branch 148 an op­po­si­tion and ex-parte mo­tion seek­ing to ex­punge the mem­o­ran­dum filed by Tril­lanes.

The Depart­ment re­minded that the court con­ducted an Oc­to­ber 5 hear­ing over the re­cep­tion of ev­i­dence con­cern­ing whether or not Tril­lanes com­plied with the re­quire­ments in the grant of his amnesty in­clud­ing the fil­ing of the ap­pli­ca­tion and his ad­mis­sion of guilt over his par­tic­i­pa­tion in the 2003 Oak­wood mutiny.

“In the same pro­ceed­ings, both par­ties agree not to file any more plead­ings as this Hon­or­able Court would like the case as there are sen­si­tive con­sid­er­a­tions to be made,” the DOJ said.

Af­ter the Oc­to­ber 5 hear­ing, the DOJ re­counted the court only gave Tril­lanes more time to file a writ­ten for­mal of ev­i­dence on Oc­to­ber 9.

While, the court only al­lowed the DOJ 24 hours to file its com­ment over the Tril­lanes for­mal of­fer of ev­i­dence.

“In ad­di­tion, a pe­rusal of the Mem­o­ran­dum filed by ac­cused Tril­lanes shows that it is noth­ing but a mere re­hash of the ar­gu­ments raised in his plead­ings, as well as in open court,” the DOJ said.

The hear­ing con­ducted by the RTC stemmed from the mo­tion filed by the DOJ seek­ing for the is­suance of an ar­rest war­rant and hold de­par­ture or­der (HDO) against Tril­lanes.

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