‘Tril­lanes case judge be­ing pres­sured’

The Philippine Star - - NEWS - By EM­MANUEL TUPAS

Mag­dalo party-list Rep. Gary Ale­jano bared yes­ter­day that Makati City Re­gional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 148 Judge An­dres So­ri­ano is be­ing pres­sured by the govern­ment with re­gard to the case of his ally, Sen. An­to­nio Tril­lanes IV.

“We have in­for­ma­tion that the pres­sure on him is re­ally in­tense,” Ale­jano said in Filipino at a news fo­rum at the Univer­sity of the Philip­pines Ho­tel in Que­zon City.

So­ri­ano is set to rule on the pe­ti­tion of the De­part­ment of Jus­tice’s pe­ti­tion to is­sue an ar­rest war­rant against Tril­lanes for his coup d’etat case over the Oak­wood mutiny dur­ing the time of former pres­i­dent and now Speaker Glo­ria Ma­ca­pa­gal-Ar­royo.

The govern­ment is push­ing for Tril­lanes’ ar­rest af­ter the Pres­i­dent Duterte, on the prodding of So­lic­i­tor Gen­eral Jose Cal­ida, re­voked his amnesty.

Ale­jano re­fused to give de­tails on the sup­posed pres­sures that So­ri­ano is re­ceiv­ing.

“We know that the cur­rent at­mos­phere is in­still­ing fear among the peo­ple so that is where they are com­ing from – do not op­pose us, do not step on us be­cause we can al­ways get back at you,” he said in Filipino.

How­ever, Ale­jano ex­pressed con­fi­dence that So­ri­ano will not give in to pres­sure and will base his de­ci­sion solely on the ev­i­dence pre­sented by the pros­e­cu­tion and Tril­lanes’ camp.

Based on So­ri­ano’s back­ground, Ale­jano said the judge is an up­right per­son.

“As far as we know and based on in­for­ma­tion that we have gath­ered, Judge is re­ally up­right. He is up­right and he has faith in God and his work,” he said.

“All we want is for Judge So­ri­ano and other judges to re­ally look at the law and be fair,” Ale­jano said.

Unlike Makati RTC Branch 150 Judge Elmo Alameda who is­sued an ar­rest war­rant against Tril­lanes over re­bel­lion charges in con­nec­tion with the Manila Penin­sula siege also dur­ing the time of Ar­royo for sup­pos­edly fail­ing to present his ap­pli­ca­tion for amnesty, So­ri­ano de­ferred the is­suance of an ar­rest war­rant against the se­na­tor to de­ter­mine first whether he in­deed filed for amnesty and ad­mit­ted guilt for his of­fenses as or­dered by the Supreme Court.

So­ri­ano’s order prompted Tril­lanes to leave the Se­nate where he had sought sanc­tu­ary for sev­eral weeks fol­low­ing threats of ar­rest af­ter his amnesty was re­voked.

In his case be­fore Alameda’s court, Tril­lanes posted P200,000 bail bond.

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