Palace: Law is now catch­ing up on Tril­lanes

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MALA­CAÑANG wel­comed Tues­day, Jan­uary 8, the move of the Makati Re­gional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 150 to deny Sen­a­tor An­to­nio Tril­lanes IV’S mo­tion for re­con­sid­er­a­tion on the ar­rest or­der is­sued fol­low­ing the re­vo­ca­tion of his amnesty.

In a state­ment, Pres­i­den­tial Spokesper­son Sal­vador Panelo said the Makati court’s de­ci­sion only demon­strates that the law is fi­nally catch­ing up on Tril­lanes.

“The Makati Re­gional Trial Court Branch 150 has up­held its ear­lier de­ci­sion to is­sue a war­rant of ar­rest against Sen­a­tor An­to­nio Tril­lanes IV. The Palace re­spects this de­ci­sion of the trial court in find­ing suf­fi­cient grounds to deny Sen­a­tor Tril­lanes’ mo­tion for re­con­sid­er­a­tion,” Panelo said.

“While cur­rently at lib­erty af­ter post­ing bail, Sen­a­tor Tril­lanes must still come to grips with the crim­i­nal trans­gres­sions he com­mit­ted as an in­grate and rene­gade mil­i­tary of­fi­cer. He may have suc­ceeded in evad­ing his ac­count­abil­ity be­fore the law but the law is now catch­ing up on him,” he added.

In an or­der dated De­cem­ber 18 but re­leased on Jan­uary 7, the Makati RTC Branch 150 stood by its Septem­ber 25, 2018 rul­ing, order­ing the ar­rest of Tril­lanes for the crime the for­mer Navy of­fi­cer com­mit­ted dur­ing the 2007 Manila Penin­sula siege.

The court, in its lat­est de­ci­sion, main­tained that there was “fac­tual and le­gal ba­sis” for Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte to is­sue Procla­ma­tion 572, which re­voked the amnesty granted to Tril­lanes by the Aquino gov­ern­ment for sup­posed fail­ure to com­ply with the re­quire­ments needed for the va­lid­ity of amnesty.

Panelo said the court’s rul­ing should be a re­minder to “de­part­ing” Tril­lanes and oth­ers who are prone to chal­lenge the majesty of the law that “it is no re­specter of any­one re­gard­less of the po­lit­i­cal and so­cial sta­tus of the vi­o­la­tor.”

“Sen­a­tor Tril­lanes’s come­up­pance is fi­nally knock­ing at his door, and he can only blame him­self for the sit­u­a­tion he em­broiled him­self in for he cre­ated his own quag­mire,” he said.

“What’s hap­pen­ing to him should strike fear in the hearts of those who af­ter be­ing fi­nanced by the tax­pay­ers’ money for their ed­u­ca­tion will plot against the gov­ern­ment that nur­tured them, as well as those who use their po­lit­i­cal power to shield them from ac­count­abil­ity as they ma­lign and sow in­trigues against per­sons they dislike even in­cit­ing the cit­i­zenry to hate duly con­sti­tuted au­thor­i­ties,” he added./

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