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Embattled Senator Antonio “Sonny” Trillanes IV hopes and prays for a “miracle” as he awaits the final ruling of another court in Makati on the non bailable coup d’ état charge against him.
In a press conference at the Senate, Trillanes said, “Milagro ang hinahantay natin from Branch 148. Kumbaga slightly more hopeful but we have to expect for the worst.”
The senator posted P200,000 bail and was granted temporary liberty by Makati Regional Trial Court Branch 150 for the charges of filed against him in connection with the 2007 Manila Peninsula siege.
While he may be the one facing jail this time, the Senator believes that President Duterte will also have his time behind bars after his term. He also called the President “obsessed” with him.
When asked if the arrest order was a prelude for another arrest order from Makati RTC Branch 148, Trillanes said, “Well, sa ganitong bakbakan, you have to expect for everything. You have to expect the worst.”
“Ang kalaban mo demonyo eh, so lahat ng kasamaan i-expect-in mo. Alam naman natin ang panlaban sa demonyo ay panalangin at maraming kababayan tayong nanalangin… ‘Yun ang nagbibigay sa atin ng lakas,” he further said.
Trillanes admitted he was disappointed by the issuance of an arrest order against him, lamenting that the judiciary has already succumbed to the pressure from the tyrant President Duterte.
Trillanes lamented, “Talagang nakakadismaya na itong hudikatura ay tumiklop sa pressure nitong diktator na si Mr. Duterte.”
The charges against the senator have been revived following Duterte’s decision to revoke his amnesty and ordered for Trillanes’ arrest via Proclamation No. 572 signed last August 30.
Meanwhile, Presidential mouthpiece Harry Roque said, “The court has spoken. As the President has said, we will respect the decision of the judiciary.Whatever Senator Antonio Trillanes IV has to say can be addressed to the court. Let us stop the drama by press con and allow the legal process to take its course.”
The advocacy group Human Rights Watch on the other hand issued their statement by saying, “Senator Trillanes has proven to be the biggest thorn in the side of President Duterte. Therefore, the arrest today of Senator Trillanes is part of the persecution of critics of the Duterte administration, the latest in the relentless campaign to silence those who dared to challenge the president’s murderous ‘drug war.’”