Davao court orders arrest of Trillanes for libel

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Antonio F. Trillanes IV

A DAVAO City court has issued a warrant of arrest against Sen. Antonio F. Trillanes IV for his libel case filed by former Davao City Vice Mayor and presidential son Paolo Z. Duterte.

Judge Melinda Alconcel-Dayanghirang of Davao City Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 54 ordered Mr. Trillanes’s arrest but allowed him to post bail of P24,000.

The bond for the bail may be paid through depositing the amount to the nearest collector of the Bureau of Internal Revenue or Provincial, City or Municipal Treasurer.

The bail may be approved by any judge of any regional trial courts in Davao City, Metropolitan of Municipal Trial Judge or Municipal Circuit Trial Judge.

“The Officer making the arrest is hereby authorized to discharge the accused from custody after said accused has furnished the bail and duly approved and ordered released by the propped court,” the warrant read.

Mr. Duterte on September 2018 charged Mr. Trillanes with libel after the senator linked him and his brother-in-law Manases Carpio to corruption and extortion involving ride-hailing services.

Justice Secretary Menardo I. Guevarra said on Dec. 6 that the prosecution filed a motion for the issuance of a hold-departure order against the senator. — Vann Marlo M. Villegas