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Arrested senator and Duterte critic: 'Democracy lost today'

The Japan Times

MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte's fiercest critic in Congress was arrested Tuesday after the president revoked his 2011 amnesty for a failed coup attempt and revived rebellion charges against him in an unprecedented legal move the senator called a blow to democracy. Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV walked out of the Senate, where he had taken refuge for weeks, and was moved by police to their headquarters in Makati city, where his fingerprints and mugshot were taken. After being booked by police, Trillanes was escorted to a nearby court and posted bail, trailed by many journalists. "Democracy lost today," Trillanes told reporters shortly before his arrest. "Darkness and evil prevailed in our country.


Critic of Rodrigo Duterte, arrested on revived rebellion charges, says he won't 'be cowed' in fight for truth

The Japan Times

MANILA – A Philippine court ordered President Rodrigo Duterte's fiercest critic in Congress arrested Tuesday after the president revoked the senator's 2011 amnesty for a failed coup attempt and revived rebellion charges against him in an unprecedented legal move the legislator called a blow to democracy. Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV walked out of the Senate, where he has sought refuge for weeks, and was taken by police to their headquarters in Makati city, where his fingerprints and mugshot were taken. After being booked by police, Trillanes said he would go to a nearby court to post bail. "Definitely our fight will continue," Trillanes told DZMM radio at the police headquarters, where he was accompanied by his lawyers and a few allied senators. "We will not be cowed by these obstacles in fighting for the truth, justice and democracy," he said.


Philippine military chief: Duterte critic requested amnesty

FOX News

Opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV points to a malfunctioning power point presentation as he delivers a "privilege speech" before the Philippine Senate Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, in suburban Pasay city, south of Manila, Philippines. Trillanes holed himself up for 25 days in the Philippine Senate after President Rodrigo Duterte voided his amnesty when he staged a coup against then President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and refuted the threat of an arrest order by presenting pieces of evidence to prove that his amnesty was legal. Opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV gestures as he delivers a "privilege speech" before the Philippine Senate Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, in suburban Pasay city south of Manila, Philippines. Trillanes holed himself up for 25 days in the Philippine Senate after President Rodrigo Duterte voided his amnesty when he staged a coup against then President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and refuted the threat of an arrest order by presenting pieces of evidence to prove that his amnesty was legal. MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine military chief testified Tuesday that an opposition senator formally applied for amnesty for his involvement in past military mutinies based on an amnesty officer's account, contradicting the reason given by the president for revoking the 2011 amnesty in August.


Senator: Rodrigo Duterte's drug war has killed 20,000

Al Jazeera

An opposition senator in the Philippines said the death toll in the government's war on drugs has now surpassed 20,000 since President Rodrigo Duterte came to office in 2016.


Philippine court rejects Duterte bid to have critic arrested

The Japan Times

MANILA – A Philippine court has rejected a petition by President Rodrigo Duterte's administration to have his fiercest critic in the Senate arrested, in a legal setback for Duterte that the senator called a victory for democracy. In Monday's ruling, Regional Trial Court Judge Andres Bartolome Soriano denied the government's petition to have opposition Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV arrested after Duterte voided his 2011 amnesty for his role in past mutinies as a former navy officer. Soriano debunked Duterte's premise that Trillanes never formally applied for amnesty and acknowledged guilt. A beaming Trillanes said, "The rule of law won and democracy won." Another court upheld Duterte's petition last month and ordered Trillanes arrested for a similar rebellion charge on which he was bailed out.