Read: AFP Can Arrest Sen. Trillanes Without Warrant of Arrest

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) can arrest the controversial lawmaker Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV any moment even without a warrant of arrest. The AFP’s probable arrest of Trillanes is dependent on rules of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

The possible arrest of Trillanes by the AFP is for them to continue the court martial’s hearing of administrative cases against Trillanes for violation of Articles of War 96 (Conduct Unbecoming an Officer and a Gentleman) and then Articles of War 97 (Conduct Prejudicial to Good Order and Military Discipline) which have been cancelled by the amnesty in 2011.

Department of National Defense (DND) Internal Audit Service Chief Atty. Ronald Patrick Rubin stated the voiding of the amnesty permitted to Trillanes authorizes provost marshals of the AFP to arrest him under the military court.

“The acts for which he was charged happened while he was in active service. So although he is a civilian now the jurisdiction of the court martial was acquired while he was an active officer of the armed forces,” stated by Atty. Rubin.

The AFP responded that out of respect for the Senate, the military police tasked to arrest Trillanes remain outside the property of the Senate building as higher AFP officials continuously negotiate with Senate President Tito Sotto on voluntarily turning over Trillanes.

Atty. Rubin guaranteed fair treatment from arresting officers in case the time arrives for the arrest, however they have an officer existing there together with MPs along with the AFP trust that they will exercise decent judgement in managing the situation.

The Armed Forces of the Philippines is actually creating a five-member general court martial which will hear the case of Trillanes. Currently, Andolong stated Trillanes need to prove that he applied for amnesty for the reason that DND could not locate a copy of it in their records.

Atty. Andolong even stated the video taken in 2011 that revealed Trillanes swearing an oath and displaying a filled-out application form however the permitting of amnesty was not according to claimed video as it may have been a photo op only as well as the documents may not have been submitted at all.

The AFP also declared that the senator’s detention facility happens to be prepared at the AFP Custodial Center inside Camp Aguinaldo and also guaranteed that he will not be accorded any specific special treatment.

Source: UNTV