SOLICITOR General Jose Calida will appeal the Makati Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 148 ruling denying the Justice department’s motion to issue a warrant of arrest against Senator Trillanes IV over coup d’etat charges before the Court of Appeals.
At a press conference yesterday presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said: “We will not file a motion for reconsideration [before the Makati RTC]. The Solicitor General will directly go to the Court of Appeals, and even all the way to the Supreme Court. Our theory from the very start is that the President can void any amnesty granted to anyone, and this [authority to revoke an amnesty] was upheld by the court.”
Panelo was referring to Proclamation 572 issued by President Rodrigo Duterte last September 25 which voided the amnesty granted to Trillanes in 2011 on the grounds that he did not apply for amnesty and did not admit guilt.
The Makati RTC Branch 148, however, ruled that former mutineer Trillanes applied for amnesty and admitted guilt in all violations of crime in his application.
Not waste of time
Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra yesterday defended the government’s move to pursue the rebellion and coup d’etat cases of Trillanes.
In a statement, Guevarra pointed out the government’s perseverance in going after Trillanes would send a clear message to anyone or groups who would want to overthrow the government through unconstitutional means.
“With all due respect, pursuing one to answer for the crime of rebellion or coup d’ etat is not a useless exercise, as it sends a warning signal to all similarly minded persons who have dubious plans of endangering the security of the republic,” Guevarra said.
The DoJ chief issued the statement in response to Caloocan Rep. Edgar Erice’s pronouncement that the government should let go of the charges against Trillanes following the Makati RTC’s ruling denying the government’s motion for the issuance of arrest warrant against Trillanes.
Erice said pursuing these cases against the opposition senator was just a waste of time and government resources.
With Hector Lawas