MANILA - Malacañang on Tuesday expressed elation after a Makati court denied Senator Antonio Trillanes IV's motion for reconsideration over his arrest following the revocation of his amnesty.
In a 6-page order dated December 18, 2018 but released to the media only on Monday, Makati Regional Trial Court Branch 150 Judge Elmo Alameda stood by his September 25, 2018 ruling which ordered the senator’s arrest for a rebellion case.
Trillanes posted bail on the same day of his arrest and sought a reversal of the decision reviving the rebellion case against him, which resulted from President Duterte’s revocation of his amnesty.
“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,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in a statement.
“It should dawn on the departing Senator and to 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.”
In his ruling, Alameda clarified that the court did not nullify Proclamation No. 75, which was the basis of then Pres. Benigno Aquino III’s grant of amnesty to Trillanes and his colleagues, but only ruled on the existence of factual and legal bases for the issuance of Proclamation No. 572 by Pres. Rodrigo Duterte, which revoked the amnesty granted to the senator.
With this ruling, Makati RTC 150 is set to continue receiving evidence from the prosecution.