Senator Trillanes arrested

Rambo Talabong

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Senator Trillanes arrested
(UPDATED) Senator Antonio Trillanes IV is the second opposition senator to be arrested under the presidency of Rodrigo Duterte. He posts a P200,000-bail.

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Senator Antonio Trillanes IV on Tuesday, September 25, became the second opposition senator to be arrested under the Duterte presidency.

A team led by Makati police chief Senior Superintendent Rogelio Simon confirmed that the police served the arrest warrant on Trillanes for the charge of rebellion, hours after the document was released by Makati Regional Trial Court Branch 150 Executive Judge Elmo Alameda.

Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Jose Balajadia told reporters that the police followed protocol. He said that National Capital Region Police Office director Chief Superintendent Guillermo Eleazar served the warrant on Trillanes.

Eleazar said in an interview on ANC that Trillanes voluntary went with the arresting team. The senator earlier said he would not resist arrest for as long as police presented a the proper warrant.

Trillanes was brought to the Makati City Central Police Station for booking procedures.

Trillanes was brought to Makati RTC Branch 150 after the booking procedure to post the P200,000-bail. He was accompanied by fellow opposition senators Kiko Pangilinan, Paolo Benigno Aquino IV, and Risa Hontiveros; as well as his Magdalo party mates.

The judge signed Trillanes’ release order before 5 pm.

The rebellion charge against Trillanes was revived after President Rodrigo Duterte issued Proclamation No. 572,  revoking  the amnesty granted to the senator in connection to the 2003 Oakwood mutiny and the 2007 Manila Peninsula siege. (READ: INSIDE STORY: How Duterte handled Trillanes fiasco from Israel, Jordan)

Another opposition senator, Leila de Lima, also Duterte’s fierce critic, has been detained in Camp Crame since February 2017, for drug charges. (READ: Why the Senate backed Trillanes but not De Lima vs Duterte) –

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Rambo Talabong

Rambo Talabong covers the House of Representatives and local governments for Rappler. Prior to this, he covered security and crime. He was named Jaime V. Ongpin Fellow in 2019 for his reporting on President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs. In 2021, he was selected as a journalism fellow by the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics.