MANILA, Philippines – Nobody in their right mind would arrest someone without a court-issued warrant.
This was emphasized by Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Oscar Albayalde in his Camp Crame press conference on Monday, September 10.
"Nobody would probably dare to arrest Senator Trillanes without any basis. I don't think kahit sino siguro (anybody), not even a senior police officer in his rightful mind, would arrest anybody without a warrant of arrest and without probably authority from the court," Albayalde told reporters.
Why does this matter? Albayalde's comment shows that the PNP recognizes that a presidential order, like Duterte's proclamation against Trillanes, cannot be used as the sole basis to arrest anybody – at least not yet.
The validity of Duterte's proclamation is up for discussion before the Supreme Court (SC), as pointed out by police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) chief Director Roel Obusan.
CIDG operatives, however, remain in the Senate compound. According to Albayalde and Obusan, they ordered CIDG operatives to stay for "peace, security, and support." – Rappler.com
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