Senator Antonio Trillanes released from detention, thanks PNoy for amnesty

By on Dec 21, 2010 in Asia, National, Politics Comments

Manila, PhilippinesSenator Antonio Trillanes IV was reported to have been released from his detention at the Camp Crame Custodial Center after being detained for more than six years, and thanked PNoy for the amnesty, according to local news sites on Monday night.

As confirmed to news by his lawyer Reynaldo Robles, Senator Trillanes was released after Makati City Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 148 Judge Oscar Pimentel signed his release order on Monday, at around 4:30 pm.

Trillanes, who was elected as senator in the May 2007 elections while in detention was said to have left Camp Crame at around 9:20 pm on Monday, and went straight to his home at Cainta, with security provided by the Senate.

Trillanes’ lawyer also said that the senator will be under the custody of the Senate which was accepted by Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile on the same day.

Incidentally, the lawmaker also thanked President Noynoy Aquino (PNoy) for issuing Proclamation No. 75 on November 24, 2010 that apparently led to his temporary release.

“I would like to express my gratitude once again to President Aquino and all those who made this amnesty possible. Likewise, I thank my family, friends and supporters who patiently stood by us through this long and difficult journey,” Trillanes said apparently on his handwritten statement.

“Finally to our countrymen, be assured of our unwavering commitment to selflessly serve our country and people. May God bless us all.” The senator added, who was the first elected-senator in the country while in jail.

The said proclamation granted amnesty to military and police personnel who were involved in coup attempts against then-President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo back in 2003.

Trillanes, who was a Philippine Navy lieutenant that time and also the spokesman of the Magdalo group, seized Oakwood Premiere Hotel (now Ascott) in Makati City on July 27, 2003 along with more than 300 soldiers, accusing the Arroyo administration for alleged corruption and demanded the president to resign.

During a hearing in November of the same year of the so-called Oakwood Mutiny, he walked out from the court along with some Magdalo group members and triggered a standoff at The Peninsula Manila hotel, also in Makati.

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