Court resets hearing on Trillanes rebellion case

The Makati regional trial court on Monday came up with an order resetting the hearing on the rebellion case filed against former senator Antonio Trillanes IV in connection with the 2007 Manila Peninsula siege.

This was after Branch 150 Judge Elmo Alameda noted that there was no available witness to testify for the prosecution.

Next hearing was reset on April 20.

The rebellion case has been dismissed by the Makati Court on Sept. 7, 2011 after then President Benigno Aquino III granted Trillanes amnesty.

However, the amnesty was revoked by President Rodrigo Duterte’s Proclamation 572 stating that Trillanes failed to comply with the requirements to enjoy the benefits of an amnesty–filing an application form and admitting his guilt.

On Sept. 25, 2018, the Makati court granted the DOJ’s plea to reopen the rebellion case and order his rearrest.

Trillanes filed an appeal but Alameda denied it and set the resumption of trial with the prosecution’s turn to present evidence.

Trillanes then went to the Court of Appeals, saying Alameda’s decision was a “whimsical and arbitrary act of ignoring established jurisprudence.”

But the CA junked his plea.

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