Philippine senator critical of Duterte arrested

  • Philippine senator critical of Duterte arrested

Philippine senator critical of Duterte arrested

The amnesty had been granted by a previous president for the senator's role in a failed military.

Antonio Trillanes IV, a serving senator, was arrested Tuesday inside the Senate building, where he had been holed up since Mr. Duterte voided an amnesty and ordered the police and military to arrest him. The senator also backed the preliminary investigation by the worldwide criminal court into possible crimes against humanity being committed by Duterte in his war on drugs.

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said it was time for Trillanes to stop grandstanding. After being booked by police, Trillanes was escorted to a nearby court and posted bail, trailed by many journalists. This case goes beyond me.

Legal experts and the Integrated Bar of the Philippines, the largest lawyers' group in the country, have expressed alarm over the legal moves against Trillanes for offenses that were canceled by a 2011 amnesty approved by Duterte's predecessor and Congress.

Trillanes, shown September 7, is among President Rodrigo Duterte's most vocal critics.

The senator has been fiercely critical of Duterte's drug war which has killed thousands of people and has accused Duterte of hiding wealth.

Trillanes received clemency after involvement in a failed 2003 coup and a mutiny four years later, both aimed at overthrowing then President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, a Duterte ally who is now lower house speaker. "This (case) has nothing to do with anything except for the vengeance of Duterte and his underlings".

Trillanes has strongly denied the president's claims and has provided news reports and defence department documents to counter them.

De Lima has said the drug charges against her were trumped up.

Philippine opposition Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV talks to the media outside his office in the Philippine Senate following a regional trial court order for his arrest Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018 in suburban Pasay city, south of Manila, Philippines.

In a separate interview over CNN Philippines, Albayalde assured that maximum tolerance will be observed in serving the arrest warrant against Trillanes.

His arrest is "the latest in the relentless campaign to silence those who dared to challenge the president's murderous "drug war, '" Carlos Conde, a researcher at Human Rights Watch's Asia Division, said in a statement". Trillanes and opposition groups have dismissed the claim as a lie and asked Duterte to focus instead on addressing poverty, inflation, rice shortages, traffic jams and a decline in the value of the peso currency.