News – PH – Philippines: Appeals court rejects rebellion case against Duterte Foe


The Philippine Court of Appeal announced Tuesday that it would reject a ruling by a lower court that would have revived a riot brought against Antonio Trillanes A former senator and leading critic of the Duterte administration who served as a military officer in a 2007 riot

In a 59-page decision from 1 On March 8th, which was released Tuesday, the Court’s Sixth Division ruled in favor of the ex-senator’s motion to overturn a lower court ruling that revived a rebellion case related to his role in a failed siege of a hotel in the financial district 14 years ago Makati in ManilaTrillanes was granted amnesty in 2011

“The rule of law prevailed today,” Trillanes told BenarNews. “I thank the CA judges for this decision, I hope all judges have this kind of justice to review the authoritarianism prevailing in the country”

The court overturned the rulings of a lower court in September and December 2018, found that the lower court never held a full evidence hearing and only relied on affidavits and documents to revoke the amnesty order

“The judicial investigation can not only be summary and fleeting, but should give the parties ample opportunity to be heard about their respective evidence,” said the appeals court thus displaced jurisdiction when it avoided testimonies

“About a decade earlier he was granted an amnesty, so the rebellion charges brought against him were dismissed in 2011, only to tear the carpet under his feet for allegedly violating the terms of the amnesty.” processed many years earlier, “said the court

The Trillanes court victory came less than a month after yet another critic from President Rodrigo Duterte, Sen. Leila de Lima was acquitted on one of three drug charges against her. De Lima, who remains in the Senate despite four years in prison, is behind bars on the other charges

Duterte’s predecessor, Benigno Aquino III, granted amnesty to Trillanes in 2011, who as a lieutenant in the Navy led two uprisings – one in 2003 and the attempted siege in 2007

Trillanes, who left the Senate in 2019, hid in the Senate building in September 2018 to defy an arrest warrant after Duterte revoked his amnesty.Trillanes surrendered to authorities about three weeks later and was charged with rebellion

Duterte spokesman Harry Roque declined to comment on the decision, saying he had “no idea” of the details of the case

Trillanes, who has drawn Duterte’s wrath, most recently accused him of mass murder and warned that the “time for reckoning was near” after the International Criminal Court declared in December that there was reason to believe that ” Crimes Against Humanity “occurred during the President’s drug war

“Duterte may try to ignore the ICC’s jurisdiction over him, but deep down he knows he cannot get away from it,” Trillanes had said

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News – PH – Philippines: Court of Appeal rejects rebellion proceedings against Duterte Foe