Duterte critic arrested as 'darkness and evil' prevail in Philippines

Police take mugshots of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV at the Makati City Police headquarters on Tuesday. Eric Dastas ABS-CBN News

Police take mugshots of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV at the Makati City Police headquarters on Tuesday. Eric Dastas ABS-CBN News

Once Soriano orders Trillanes's arrest, the senator could no longer post bail, unlike what happened Tuesday when he paid P200, 000 for his temporary liberty on his rebellion case at Branch 150.

"Trillanes is a threat as I am a threat, as free speech and democracy are a threat to Duterte", she wrote TIME from her cell days after the president revoked his amnesty.

The court also gave weight to the online news report published on January 5, 2011 which was presented by the prosecution to prove that Trillanes failed to expressly admit his guilt for the crimes committed during the Oakwood mutiny and manila Peninsula incident.

Senator Antonio Trillanes's mugshot was taken at Makati police headquarters, Sep 25, 2018. Rogelio Simon, were tasked to effect the arrest warrant, according to Albayalde.

It's now up to Soriano whether he would put Trillanes behind bars.

In a separate interview over CNN Philippines, Albayalde assured that maximum tolerance will be observed in serving the arrest warrant against Trillanes. He had been holed up in the Senate building for three weeks following a presidential proclamation ordering the immediate revocation of amnesty granted under a previous administration.

But the President himself said it was Calida who discovered flaws in the grant of Trillanes' amnesty.

Trillanes and fellow Magdalo soldiers were jailed but walked free when they were granted amnesty. "Trillanes failed to comply with the minimum requirement of expressly admitting his guilt for the offenses committed during the Oakwood Mutiny and the Manila Peninsula incident", Alameda explained.

"Darkness and evil have prevailed in the country", Senator Antonio Trillanes IV said before walking out of the Senate, where he has has been living in his office since 4 September when, in an unprecedented legal move, the rebellion charges against him were revived by Duterte.

The trial court said with Trillanes' amnesty being declared void "ab initio", it has regained jurisdiction to hear and resolve the case despite its dismissal on September 7, 2011.

Trillanes and his supporters claim the voidance of his amnesty was part of the government's crackdown against its staunch critics. Trillanes has proved to be one of Duterte's most vocal critics, accusing the president and his son of large-scale corruption and involvement in illegal drugs, which Duterte has denied.

The arrest of Trillanes follows the incarceration past year of another vocal Duterte critic, Senator Leila de Lima, who is now in jail on drugs charges she vigorously denies and which human rights organisations have accused of being trumped up.

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