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Trillanes finds surprising ally in Binay over amnesty ordeal

Nov 14, 2018 - 2:46 PM

Former vice president Jejomar Binay says there should not have been an attempt to revoke the amnesty of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, one of his most vicious critics

NO VINDICATION. Ex-vice president Jejomar Binay counts Senator Antonio Trillanes IV as among his most vicious critics during the 2016 presidential campaign. File photo by Hensell Hebaya/Rappler

Amnesty International strips Aung San Suu Kyi of highest honor

Nov 13, 2018 - 10:45 PM

'Amnesty International cannot justify your continued status as a recipient of the Ambassador of Conscience award and so with great sadness we are hereby withdrawing it from you,' says the group

Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi speaks at a business forum on the sidelines of the 33rd Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in Singapore on November 12, 2018.  Roslan RAHMAN / AFP

More than half of Filipino amnesty grantees prefer to stay in UAE

Nov 09, 2018 - 12:28 PM

Of the 6,810 OFWs who availed of the UAE's amnesty program, 4,343 or 64% have opted to stay, according to records of the Philippine Consulate General’s office

STAY. Many overstaying OFWs in the UAE preferred to not leave the country after being granted amnesty. Photo from The Filipino Times

Trillanes wants Makati Judge to reverse ruling on legality of Proclamation 572

Oct 30, 2018 - 12:05 PM

The plan to appeal comes even as the Supreme Court is currently discussing a petition by Trillanes questioning the same thing – the constitutionality of Proclamation No. 572

AMNESTY. Senator Antonio Trillanes at the Senate on October 22, 2018, after receiving the decision of Makati RTC Branch 148 that kept his freedom. Rappler screenshot

Calida defers to DOJ on handling of Trillanes case

Oct 24, 2018 - 4:00 PM

Solicitor General Jose Calida will wait for the Department of Justice to file a motion for partial reconsideration, instead of going straight to the Court of Appeals as earlier announced by Malacañang

Solicitor General Jose Calida prior to the start of the Supreme Court oral arguments on same sex marriage on June 19, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

DOJ contradicts Panelo in Trillanes plan, no going to CA for now

Oct 23, 2018 - 6:34 PM

Contrary to the statement of Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo, the justice department will file a partial motion for reconsideration with Makati RTC Branch 148

LEGAL PLAN. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said it is the DOJ which will decide the legal plan in the presidential directive to arrest and jail Senator Antonio Trillanes IV. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

EXPLAINER: What Judge Soriano means in saying Duterte's Proclamation No. 572 is 'legal'

Oct 23, 2018 - 2:28 PM

Law professor Ted Te downplays fears of a possible effect of Judge Soriano's ruling, simply because ‘a trial court is not binding’

'GUTSY' Makati RTC Branch 148 Judge Andres Soriano is hailed by law professors for his "gutsy" decision that allows opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV to keep his freedom. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

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Oct 23, 2018 - 1:06 PM

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Senators praise judge's ‘courage’ in junking Trillanes arrest

Oct 22, 2018 - 8:35 PM

Judge Soriano 'chose to uphold the rule of law and refused to embrace tyranny, as every judge ought to do if they are to be true to their oath,' says opposition Senator Francis Pangilinan

PRAISED. Makati RTC Branch 148 Presiding Judge Andres Soriano in his office. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

With court victory, Trillanes 'more energized' to attack Duterte, Calida

Oct 22, 2018 - 7:55 PM

'So 'yung mga medyo napapagod sa akin, 'wag kayo mapagod,' says Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, as he vows to continue criticizing President Rodrigo Duterte and his allies

Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV holds a press briefing on October 22, 2018, on the resolution of Judge Andres B. Soriano on the DOJ’s request to issue arrest warrant to Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV. Judge Soriano of Makati RTC Branch 148 denied DOJ’s request but upheld Presidential Proclamation 572. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Malacañang insists it can still void Trillanes' amnesty with Makati court ruling

Oct 22, 2018 - 7:27 PM

The Palace says Judge Soriano’s conclusion that it was within President Duterte’s powers to issue Proclamation No. 572 means the administration can resort to legal remedies to ensure Trillanes’ arrest

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte discusses the pressing concerns of the country during a dialogue with Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo at the Malacañan Palace on September 11, 2018. VALERIE ESCALERA/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Guevarra to Trillanes: This is just the start, let’s go to Supreme Court

Oct 22, 2018 - 7:17 PM

The justice secretary says there's still an opportunity for the Supreme Court to 'forge a new judicial principle'

'UMPISA PA LANG ITO.' Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra says that the Supreme Court still has the final say on Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, even as he loses at the trial court level to send the opposition senator to jail. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

DOCUMENT: Makati Judge Andres Soriano's decision keeping Trillanes free

Oct 22, 2018 - 7:09 PM

Soriano contradicts President Rodrigo Duterte and says Trillanes filed his application form and admitted guilt to be eligible for the amnesty eventually granted to him in 2011

TRILLANES DECISION. Makati RTC Branch 148 Judge Andres Soriano hands down the highly-anticipated decision on Senator Antonio Trillanes IV on October 22, 2018. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Trillanes hails Makati judge for 'single-handedly' restoring rule of law

Oct 22, 2018 - 6:35 PM

'Tayo po ay nabubuhayan ng loob na meron pong pag-asa sa ating bayan. He is personified by Judge Soriano at this point,' opposition Senator Trillanes says of the Makati RTC Branch 148 presiding judge

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Makati judge contradicts Duterte, says Trillanes filed for amnesty

Oct 22, 2018 - 5:41 PM

Judge Andres Soriano of Makati Regional Trial Court Branch 148 says Duterte is within his power to issue the proclamation, but its factual basis is wrong

JUDGE ON SPOTLIGHT. Makati RTC Branch 148 Judge Andres Soriano junks a government request to send back to jail Senator Antonio Trillanes IV. Photo of Soriano by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler, and photo of Duterte by Simeon Celi Jr/Presidential photo

'Prying' of global lawmakers into Trillanes case an 'affront' – Malacañang

Oct 22, 2018 - 2:24 PM

Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo accuses the Inter-Parliamentary Union for intervening in Philippine domestic affairs

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV during the Senate Finance Subcommittee “E” hearing scrutinizing the P251 billion proposed 2019 budget of the Department of National Defense and its attached agency on October 2, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Judge Soriano of Makati is at 'last stage’ of deciding Trillanes case

Oct 18, 2018 - 5:15 PM

The Makati judge skips a conference in Tagaytay to finish what is arguably the biggest legal battle of the opposition this year

SPOTLIGHT ON ONE MAN. Makati RTC Branch 148 Judge Andres Soriano stands to decide on the biggest legal battle of the opposition this year. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Amnesty International condemns US-led coalition over Raqa civilian killings

Oct 15, 2018 - 9:11 AM

'The US-led coalition's ongoing failure to admit to, let alone adequately investigate, the shocking scale of civilian deaths and destruction it caused in Raqa is a slap in the face for survivors,' Amnesty International says in a statement

RAQA. A member of the first response team tours the courtyard of the National Hospital building in the northern Syria city of Raqa, which was the final bastion of IS fighters, on October 13, 2018. Photo by Delil Souleiman/AFP

2nd Makati court's decision on Trillanes' case out anytime

Oct 12, 2018 - 12:52 PM

Makati Regional Trial Court 148 Presiding Judge Andres Bartolome Soriano says the case is now considered submitted for resolution

ANYTIME. The decision on the Department of Justice's very urgent motion with Makati RTC Branch 148 to issue an arrest warrant and a hold departure order against Senator Antonio Trillanes will be released anytime. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Trillanes camp insists on proper hearing at Makati court

Oct 12, 2018 - 11:27 AM

(UPDATED) Trillanes' lawyer Rey Robles says that testimonial evidence should be considered by the Makati Regional Trial Court during the proceedings

PROPER HEARING. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV's camp argues there should be a proper hearing of the factual issues of the case. File photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

Judge Alameda's siblings get Customs promotion before Trillanes arrest

Oct 10, 2018 - 6:29 PM

Customs Special Police Chief Marlon Alameda says there is nothing irregular here. He and his sister have been in service for decades and went through the process.

NO DECISION. Makati Regional Trial Court Branch 150 Judge Elmo Alameda says no decision will be made today regarding DOJ's petition against Senator Trillanes. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Calida, DOJ inconsistent on amnesty review: Just for Trillanes or all?

Oct 09, 2018 - 4:57 PM

Solicitor General Jose Calida admits he sought permission to review all amnesties but the presidential proclamation that came out covered only Senator Antonio Trillanes IV

'AND OTHERS.' Solicitor General admits to calling Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana "permission" to look into the amnesty applications of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV "and others. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Guevarra: Up to Duterte if he wants to review other amnesties

Oct 06, 2018 - 2:11 PM

'For now, the focus is on Senator Trillanes,' says the justice secretary

Secretary Menardo Guevarra during the Senate hearing on the 2019 budget of the Department of Justice and its attached agency on October 3, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Reporter testifies with amnesty officials: I saw Trillanes apply

Oct 05, 2018 - 7:06 PM

GMA News Online news editor Mark Merueñas, who was a defense reporter in 2011, takes the stand before Makati Judge Andres Soriano

TRILLANES AMNESTY. Former DND ad hoc committee secretariat head Colonel Josefa Berbigal is the one of the main defense witnesses to attest that Senator Antonio Trillanes IV filed his application form for amnesty. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

DOJ on Trillanes amnesty: Application form itself is defective

Oct 05, 2018 - 6:06 PM

(UPDATED) Trillanes’ lawyer Rey Robles says it’s ‘unjust’ to put at risk the liberty of more than 250 individuals who applied for the same amnesty

DEFECTIVE FORM. Acting Prosecutor General Richard Fadullon denies that the amnesty of the more than 250 amnesty grantees under the Aquino administration would be risked by their new argument that the application form in itself is defective. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

[ANALYSIS] At stake in Trillanes amnesty case

Oct 05, 2018 - 11:32 AM

One can only hope the judiciary, through Judge Andres Soriano and eventually through the Supreme Court, draw the line here and save the country from a future without the possibility of peace and national reconciliation

DOJ's latest proof vs Trillanes: No minutes of all amnesty deliberations

Oct 05, 2018 - 11:00 AM

In court, the justice department initially says there are no minutes for the Trillanes amnesty, but a cross-examination of the witness shows there are no minutes for everyone

A group of rebel troops and officers belonging to elite mililtary units face journalists as they wait for the 5:00 pm (0900 GMT) deadline for their surrender inside the Oakwood Hotel in the suburban financial district of Makati in Manila, 27 July 2003. Rebel troops demanding Phiippine President Gloria Arroyo's resignation defied a second ultimatum to surrender and remained holed up in the high rise building wired with explosives. AFP PHOTO/Jimin LAI / AFP PHOTO / JIMIN LAI

Albayalde orders recall of Trillanes' police detail over amnesty issue

Oct 04, 2018 - 8:18 PM

The recall was ordered on the same day President Rodrigo Duterte's Proclamation 572 was published in a national newspaper

Senate President Vicente C. Sotto III listens as PNP Dir. Guillermo Eleazar presents the arrest warrant being served by Makati police chief Superintendent Rogelio Simon to Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV. Makati RTC Branch 150 Executive Judge Elmo Alameda ordered the arrest of Sen. Trillanes based on rebellion charges. (Photo: JOSEPH VIDAL/SENATE PRIB)

Trillanes faces Guevarra after amnesty row: DOJ must have courage to say no

Oct 03, 2018 - 4:22 PM

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra tells the senator that he agrees the justice department 'should not be a weapon to persecute political opponents'

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Roque on Trillanes amnesty: Why take word of AFP chief over 'learned judge'?

Oct 02, 2018 - 3:42 PM

Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque responds to the statement of AFP chief General Carlito Galvez Jr that Senator Antonio Trillanes IV applied for amnesty, contrary to the government's position

DUTERTE SPOKESMAN. Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque answers questions from the Malacanang Press Corps. File photo from Malacanang/Presidential Photo

AFP suspects 'lapses' in turnover of Trillanes' amnesty papers

Oct 02, 2018 - 12:15 PM

'Nag-apply ba ako ng amnesty?' Senator Antonio Trillanes IV repeatedly asked defense and military officials during the budget briefing of the Department of National Defense at the Senate

MISSING. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV's amnesty application. Photo from Trillanes' office

Court sentences Egypt activist who slammed sexual harassment

Sep 30, 2018 - 1:30 AM

Amnesty International denounces the 'disgraceful' verdict against Amal Fathi who, it says, is sentenced 'simply for her courage to speak out against sexual harassment'

Meet the other family members at Trillanes' homecoming

Sep 29, 2018 - 7:09 PM

Furry members of the Trillanes family steal the spotlight from the opposition senator

HOME AT LAST. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV is met by his dog, Bruno. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

[OPINION] Trillanes amnesty is valid

Sep 29, 2018 - 4:30 PM

Judge Alameda’s ruling is incongruous and legally absurd. If we are to follow his logic, then any other public document will have to be subject to an inquiry as to the existence of a prior application form.

Back home, Trillanes tells Duterte gov’t: 'Itodo 'nyo na'

Sep 29, 2018 - 4:20 PM

'Hindi kayo mananalo kung kayo ang mali,' says Senator Antonio Trillanes IV who is finally home after spending over 3 weeks in the Senate

HOME. Senator Antonio Trillanes€™ IV takes questions from the media as he arrived in his home. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Newsbreak Chats: Trillanes' amnesty revocation and arrest

Sep 29, 2018 - 12:22 PM

The Newsbreak team discusses on Thursday, September 27, the arrest of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV and its effect on the military, rule of law, and the opposition

[OPINION | NEWSPOINT] Power trumps rights

Sep 29, 2018 - 11:20 AM

What are the rest of us only too quick to profess righteous resistance actually lending to this moral fight?

[ANALYSIS] Philippine courts dribble, stall on Trillanes amnesty issue

Sep 28, 2018 - 7:50 PM

The persistent efforts to send Trillanes back to jail ends this September with the anticlimactic order of deferment by Makati RTC Judge Andres Soriano

Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Trillanes: I'm coming home

Sep 28, 2018 - 6:26 PM

'Lalasapin natin ang ating temporary victory with friends and family,' says Senator Antonio Trillanes IV

HOMEWARD BOUND. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV is finally going home after 3 weeks in the Senate. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Was revocation of amnesty legal? Trillanes camp might ask SC to decide

Sep 27, 2018 - 6:33 PM

Lawyer Rey Robles says they might also elevate the case to a higher court if they feel that Makati RTC Branch 148 exercised grave abuse of discretion

TEAM. Senator Antonio Trillanes, with his lawyer Rey Robles, arrives at the Senate after posting bail. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Calida to Trillanes: Apologize or I'll sue you for libel

Sep 27, 2018 - 2:27 PM

(UPDATED) 'He can do whatever he wants, I expect the worst out of him,' says Senator Antonio Trillanes IV in response to the threat of Solicitor General Jose Calida

AMNESTY PAPERS. Solicitor General Jose Calida says Senator Antonio Trillanes IV musty apoloigize for his accusation that the solicitor general stole the amnesty papers of the senator. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Noynoy Aquino hits Makati judge for ‘confused decision’ on Trillanes arrest

Sep 26, 2018 - 10:39 PM

Aquino, who granted the amnesty to Trillanes in 2011, says the decision violates the rule against double jeopardy

NO ONE APPEALED THE DECISION. Former president Benigno Aquino III said Alameda himself dismissed rebellion charges against Trillanes following the amnesty grant in 2011. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Trillanes accuses Calida of 'stealing' his amnesty application documents

Sep 26, 2018 - 7:10 PM

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV also asks the Department of National Defense 'why they allowed' Solicitor General Jose Calida to 'steal' his amnesty application form

'MAGIC.' Senator Antonio Trillanes IV says the Duterte administration performed magic tricks on his amnesty application forms for it to be missing. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Guevarra: Logical to start amnesty review with 'most vocal' Trillanes

Sep 26, 2018 - 1:39 PM

‘We're not saying the government is picking on him and being selective.... Just so happened that he's the most vocal and he's the leader of the pack,' says Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra

AMNESTY. DOJ Secretary Menardo Guevarra says other amnesty grantees will be reviewed for compliance and may 'suffer the same situation' as Senator Antonio Trillanes IV. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Trillanes to remain in the Senate after posting bail

Sep 26, 2018 - 7:26 AM

'I was advised not to go home yet...to wait for the ruling of Branch 148,' says opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV

Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV returns to the Senate after his arrest on September 25, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Bailable for now but Trillanes faces tough challenge at 2nd court

Sep 25, 2018 - 5:37 PM

(UPDATED) Senator Trillanes is not granted a petition for bail at Branch 148: 'We're slightly more hopeful but we have to expect for the worst'

DUTERTE CRITIC. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV  is surrounded by journalists as he posts bail at a Makati court on Septbember 25, 2018. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Makati court issues arrest warrant, HDO vs Trillanes

Sep 25, 2018 - 2:03 PM

(5th UPDATE) Branch 150 Judge Elmo Alameda grants the request by the Department of Justice for an arrest warrant and hold departure order on Tuesday, September 25

AMNESTY PROOF. Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV presents evidence and documents on his amnesty application during a press conference on September 24, 2018. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Calida tells Supreme Court to void Trillanes amnesty because Gazmin signed it

Sep 24, 2018 - 5:43 PM

It is an argument not cited in President Rodrigo Duterte’s Proclamation No. 572

GAZMIN ARGUMENT. Floated only after the publication of Proclamation No. 527, Solicitor General Jose Calida has now officially raised to the Supreme Court that the act of former defense secretary Voltaire Gazmin approving Senator Antonio Trillanes' amnesty papers is illegal and a valid ground to void the amnesty. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Ex-DND panel chair, official tell courts: Trillanes applied for amnesty in 2011

Sep 24, 2018 - 4:55 PM

Former defense amnesty panel chair Honorio Azcueta and head of secretariat Josefa Berbigal submit sworn affidavits saying Senator Antonio Trillanes IV complied with all the requirements in 2011

Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV presents media evidences and documents on his amnesty application during a press conference on September 24, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Why the Senate backed Trillanes but not De Lima vs Duterte

Sep 23, 2018 - 9:00 PM

Among the key factors are the senators' ties with their colleagues and the ratings of President Rodrigo Duterte