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SC won’t stop Duterte order against lawmaker
By Manolo B. Jara September 12, 2018
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MANILA: The Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday rejected a petition of an outspoken opposition lawmaker to stop a proclamation signed by President Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte revoking the amnesty granted to him as a former military rebel as well as ordering his arrest.

Lawyer Cleo Guevarra, the acting SC spokesman, however, said that in turning down the petition of Senator Antonio Trillanes, the SC cited the assurance of Duterte that the senator would be accorded due process and that he would not be arrested without an order from the regional court.

“There is no extreme and urgent necessity for the court to issue an injunctive relief considering the respondents have acknowledged Senator Trillanes’ right to due process,” Guevarra said, reading a significant portion of the SC ruling.

In addition, Guevarra said the SC left it to the regional courts in suburban Makati City, Metro Manila to determine whether or not to grant the petition of government lawyers to arrest Trillanes as well as ban him from leaving the country.

Last week, Trillanes petitioned the High Court to issue a temporary restraining order to stop the Duterte proclamation voiding the amnesty granted him for his involvement, along with other military rebels, in at least two failed attempts to oust then president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo for alleged unabated high-profile graft and corruption in 2003 and 2007.

Duterte signed the proclamation on Aug.21 but about 40 soldiers and policemen tried to implement especially the arrest order only on Sept.2 when they went to the Senate building in Metro Manila while the president was abroad for official visits to Israel and Jordan.

Fellow senators crossed party lines and provided sanctuary to Trillanes at the Senate building where he continued to wage a “word war” with Duterte and his aides and while plotting legal moves with his lawyers to stop his arrest.

One such move was the filing by Trillanes lawyers of a petition before the High Court which questioned the constitutionality and legality of the Duterte proclamation.

The petition asked the tribunal to stop the implementation of the Duterte proclamation for allegedly violating the Constitution like due process, equal protection, right against double jeopardy and power of the judiciary to order arrests.

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