The Court of Appeals (CA) has thrown out the “revived” rebellion case against former Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV, one of the most ardent critics of President Duterte.
Accordingly, the CA reversed two separate arrest orders against him in this regard from the Makati Regional Trial Court for abuse of discretion.
The rebellion charges were in connection with Trillanes’ participation, while still a Philippine Navy officer, in the so-called Oakwood mutiny in 2003 and the Manila Peninsula hotel siege in 2007, when he was already a senator.
Trillanes was amnestied in 2010 by former President Noynoy Aquino, but in Aug. 31, 2018, this order was revoked by President Duterte via Proclamation No. 572.
So, this was the reason used by the Makati RTC in issuing the arrest orders, after granting the motion of the Department of Justice to re-open the case.
However, the CA made sure it didn’t address the issue of Proclamation 572 in deference to Mr. Duterte, which now leaves the door open for the Office of the Solicitor General to re-file the rebellion charges against the oppositionist.
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