From posh hotels to the Senate: The 3 times Senator Trillanes was arrested

MANILA, Philippine – Senator Antonio Trillanes IV was arrested on Wednesday, September 25, for the charge of rebellion, a case that he was already given amnesty under the Aquino administration.

He became the 2nd opposition senator arrested under President Rodrigo Duterte. The controversy was sparked by issuance of Proclamation No. 572 which revoked the amnesty granted in connection to the 2003 Oakwood mutiny and the 2007 Manila Peninsula siege. (TIMELINE: Trillanes, from mutiny to amnesty)

But this is not the first arrest of Trillanes. The latest development raises his arrest counter to 3 – all in relation to calling the ouster of then president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. 

Oakwood mutiny – July 2003

The year 2018 saw Trillanes arrested again after Duterte revoked the amnesty granted to him for the failed coup attempts he previously staged under Arroyo. 

After weeks of waiting, Makati RTC Branch 150 Executive Judge Elmo Alameda  released an arrest warrant for Trillanes who was holed up in his Senate office.

In his order, Alameda said he finds that “it has now becoming glaringly clear that Senator Trillanes failed to substantiate his claim that he filed his application for amnesty.”

This time, however, Trillanes will not be spending a night in jail since he was allowed to post bail amounting to P200,000. 

The question of whether the Duterte government will allow one of its harshest critics free is another matter. –

Jodesz Gavilan

Jodesz Gavilan is a writer and researcher for Rappler and its investigative arm, Newsbreak. She covers human rights and also hosts the weekly podcast Newsbreak: Beyond the Stories. She joined Rappler in 2014 after obtaining her journalism degree from the University of the Philippines.