Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra yesterday scored Senator Antonio Trillanes IV for describing the justice system in the country as “topsy-turvy” following the issuance of four warrants of arrest against him by a Davao City court.
“He says justice is working if it favors him, but not working if it does not favor him,” Guevarra said in response to the latest Trillanes comments about the justice system.
Only last October, Trillanes described the ruling of Makati Regional Trial Court Judge Andres Soriano of Branch 148 junking a DoJ motion for his arrest over coup d’etat charges as “a victory for justice, rule of law and democracy for the country.”
He even thanked Judge Soriano for singlehandedly upholding justice and the rule of law, in spite of alleged extreme pressure from Malacañang.
Trillanes also told reporters that there’s hope for the country after all and Judge Soriano personified it when he junked the DoJ petition in connection with the suspension of his amnesty.
Davao City Regional Trial Court Judge Melinda Alconcel-Dayanghirang of Branch 54 issued the four warrants of arrest against Trillanes in connection with the libel complaint filed against him by President Duterte’s son, Paolo, last September, a year after the senator accused him and his brother -in-law Manases Carpio of extorting money from ride-hailing firms.
Earlier, Malacañang said Trillanes was “out of his wits” for “employing squid tactics and smearing the administration” to evade the string of cases against him.
Presidential spokesman and Chief Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo said the lawmaker should just face the music since he is not excused from prosecution even if he is claiming immunity for being a member of the Senate.
Meanwhile, Guevarra directed the Bureau of Immigration to allow Trillanes to leave the country as long as there’s no hold departure order issued by any court against him.