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Military police in charge of Trillanes once arrested – DND spox

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV will be immediately turned over to the military police once he is arrested, following the invalidation of his amnesty which reverted his status to an active military personnel, according to Department of National Defense (DND) spokesperson Arsenio Andolong.

“Once he is apprehended, he will be turned over to the custody of the military police because he is already reverted to active military status. We at the DND/AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines) are ready to accept him. We have prepared his detention facility, I believe the same one where he was committed to before, but we will ensure that all of his rights are protected once he’s taken into custody,” Andolong said on Tuesday.

Prior to his election as senator in the 2007 polls, Trillanes was lieutenant senior grade of the Navy or equivalent to the Army rank of captain.

Based on President Rodrigo Duterte’s Proclamation No. 572 signed on August 31, Trillanes has no pending application for amnesty granted to all active and former personnel of the AFP and supporters who joined the Oakwood mutiny in July 27, 2003, the February 2006 Marines stand-off and the incident at the Manila Peninsula in Nov. 29, 2007.

The presidential proclamation essentially voided the amnesty extended to Trillanes by former President Benigno S. Aquino III through Proclamation No. 75 issued in November 2010.

Earlier, AFP spokesperson Col. Edgard Arevalo said the voiding of Trillanes’ amnesty automatically means that the court martial proceedings against the senator will be continued.

“Remember it was just stopped because of the supervening event that is in the case of the amnesty which was given to him and which is now at issue. That’s why the proceedings stopped. Now that the amnesty was revoked ab initio, meaning from the beginning, so he will be reverted to his status as active military personnel subject to military law and military discipline,” Arevalo said.

“Therefore, the court martial will have to be reconstituted because the other members of the court martial have already retired in which case, the acting AFP chief-of-staff, Lt. Gen Salvador Mison. Jr (vice chief-of-staff), has already instructed the convening of a general court martial that shall be hearing the case of Lt. Trillanes,” he added.#