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Trillanes seeks reversal of arrest, HDO order; hearing set Oct. 12

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SENATOR ANTONIO F. TRILLANES IV

SENATOR ANTONIO F. Trillanes IV has filed an appeal before the Makati City Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 150, seeking to set aside its Sept. 25 order for a warrant of arrest and Hold Departure Order against him. A copy of the appeal, which was filed Oct. 1, was released by the court yesterday. Mr. Trillanes posted a bail bond of P200,000 on Sept. 25. In his motion, Mr. Trillanes also sought the denial of the motion of the Department of Justice (DoJ) “for lack of jurisdiction and/or lack of merit.” He cited that his rebellion case in connection with the 2007 Manila Peninsula siege has long been dismissed, and that the Sept. 7, 2011 decision was “final and executory.” He also asserted that the prosecution’s basis on his alleged non-admission of guilt is “strained and/or twisted interpretation” of what he said in a news report. Under existing jurisprudence, Mr. Trillanes cited that it is considered not only as “hearsay” but “double hearsay.” A hearing on the motion is set Friday, Oct. 12, at 9 a.m. — Vann Marlo M. Villegas