Trillanes slams Guevarra: Let me be the last setback of injustice
Instead of confronting the head of the agency who moved to have him arrested, a calm Senator Antonio Trillanes IV on Wednesday pleaded to Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra to be an instrument of justice.
Trillanes made the appeal during the Senate’s finance committee hearing on the proposed budget of the Department of Justice (DOJ) for 2019, their first meeting since the DOJ’s filing of motions to have the senator arrested over coup d’etat and rebellion charges.
“Your department is very powerful. You can be an instrument of dispensing justice. Sadly, in the wrong hands, it can be used also as an instrument of injustice,” he said.
“Kung may kaso talaga, walang problema dun. Pero huwag nating gawan,” he added, citing his own case and the case of Sen. Leila de Lima who is currently detained on drug trafficking charges.
Trillanes urged the justice secretary to look at the situation in the United States where government institutions are investigating US President Donald Trump, regardless of his influence. This, he said, is the mark of a developed country.
“Pag nakita niyong mali, even sa OSG, pag nakita niyong hindi tama ‘yan, you should state no. Mabigat yan, it takes a considerable measure of good mettle to do that.”
Trillanes said he is prepared to put everything behind.
“I trust Sec. Guevarra, you’re in a situation to begin. Maganda ‘yung panimula ninyo… you can begin saying no,” he said.
Trillanes is might be captured because of a pending movement for issuance of a capture warrant
and hold takeoff arrange recorded by the DOJ before the Makati City Regional Trial Court Branch 148 over
the 2003 Oakwood revolt overthrow case.
He prior posted safeguard before the Makati RTC Branch 150 after the court conceded a comparative movement
documented by the DOJ for his capture over the 2007 Manila Peninsula attack.
“I trust in the rest of the long stretches of the Duterte organization, magiging ehemplo ang DOJ. What’s done will
finish. Yung nangyari sa associate ngayon, I can be secure in jail or in confinement without safeguard for
a missing application frame. Palagay ko, in any meaning of equity, talagang wala yun,” he said.
“Give me a chance to be the last setback for that,” he included. “I trust you can give your pledge, Sec. Guevarra na treachery stops with me. Associated ang huling kaso.”
Accordingly, Guevarra disclose to Trillanes he concurs with him that the DOJ ought not be utilize a weapon to mistreat.
“I have constantly made it a point for the Department to watch the govern of law and to construct the majority of its activities in light of the accessible proof and that’s it,” he said.
Guevarra, nonetheless, said he remark on the particular instances of Trillanes and de Lima since he bound by the sub judice manage covering cases as of now being heard in court.
DOJ spending plan
The hearing on Wednesday was on the Department of Budget and
Administration’s P21.35 billion proposed spending plan for the DOJ for 2019.
This is P10 billion not as much as the DOJ’s proposition yet more than its present spending plan, P19.66 billion.
Amid the hearing, Trillanes himself moved for the reclamation of the DOJ’s knowledge assets from the proposed P108 million to its current P150 million.
Senate fund council seat Sen. Loren Legarda acknowledged Trillanes’ proposition however revealed to DOJ authorities jokingly not to utilize knowledge assets to keep an eye on Trillanes.
Trillanes himself was in the state of mind to joke that had Solicitor General Jose Calida been available, he would have expanded the Office of the Solicitor General’s financial plan also.
In any case, he guaranteed to support the board provide details regarding the Senate charge allowing survivorship advantages to the surviving real life partner of expired resigned individuals from the OSG.
Calida was as far as anyone knows on reserve for a conceivable gathering with the President. It was Calida who started the investigation into Trillanes’ reprieve.
Legarda likewise guaranteed to catch up a bill giving extra advantages and pay to work force of the Bureau of Immigration.