Trillanes airs hope for ‘righteous’ ruling

Antonio Trillanes IV

OPPOSITION Senator Antonio “Sonny” Trillanes IV yesterday expressed confidence that Makati City Regional Trial Court Branch 148 Judge Andres Soriano would do what is right in deciding on the revival of the coup d'etat case against him.

Trillanes, in an interview with dzBB, said that all the evidence presented by the Department of Justice have been debunked, and hoped Judge Soriano would stand for what is right.

"Sa gitna ng mga pressure, I hope maging isa si Judge Soriano sa mga taong gagawa ng tama upang makabangon ang bayan," Trillanes said.

Trillanes coup’ de etat case was revived after President Rodrigo Duterte revoked his amnesty given by former President Benigno Aquino III in relation to the failed destabilization attempts in 2003 and 2007.

The DoJ then filed a motion for the arrest and hold-departure order (HDO) at Branch 148 against the senator.

Judge Soriano then held a hearing last week, admitted most of Trillanes evidence and considered the DoJ motion submitted for resolution.

Trillanes, who holed up inside the Senate building for almost three weeks, insisted that all the evidence submitted by the DoJ were defective.  The government is claiming that Trillanes did not submit his amnesty application and that there was no admission of guilt on his part.

"Walang testigo na nagsasabi na hindi ako nag-apply ng amnesty. Hindi mag-a-apply ang primary evidence rule sa kasong ito,” Trillanes stressed.

Earlier, the senator’s camp headed by lawyer Reynaldo Robles said that testimonies are better evidence in court than the actual amnesty application form which the Department of National Defense said is missing.

Trillanes also claimed that right now, he is the “symbol of democracy” and if his case will lose, “wala nang rule of law, may erosion, o wala nang demokrasya.”