Trillanes retracts, says he won't leave Senate amid arrest warning

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 13) — Senator Antonio "Sonny" Trillanes IV's plan to leave the Senate may just have to wait a little longer.

This came after Trillanes on Thursday night said he received a warning of possible arrest once he steps outside the Senate building.

But President Rodrigo Duterte brushed aside such a scenario, saying he is "not interested" to arrest Trillanes, especially if there is still no arrest warrant from court.

Trillanes said his car was tailed by unidentified motorcycle-clad men, and that he was cautioned by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) arresting units that he will be detained if ever he leaves the premises.

"Last night at kanina, lumabas ang aking sasakyan para magpa-gasolina. At eto ay sinundan ng mga motorsiklo, mga personnel," Trillanes told reporters.

[Translation: Last night and earlier, my car went out to refuel. It was then followed by some personnel in motorcycles.]

"Winarningan ako ng AFP arresting units na talagang huhulihin ako paglabas," he added. "Ang position (ko) is to remain here in the Senate."

[Translation: The AFP arresting units warned me that they will arrest me once I leave. So my position is to remain here in the Senate.]

Trillanes, who has been holed up in the Senate for more than a week now, earlier said he will try to leave the building "quietly."

Because of the warning, the former naval officer maintained he will not leave the Senate premises until the AFP issues a "categorical statement" to not arrest him. He said it would be "an open defiance" of the Supreme Court ruling if authorities arrest him without a warrant from a civilian court.

"For as long as walang categorical statement ang AFP na hindi nila ako aarestuhin (there is no categorical statement from the AFP that they will not arrest me) by virtue of that proclamation-- it's more prudent to stay here in the meantime," Trillanes bared.

Trillanes has been staying at the Senate since September 4 when President Rodrigo Duterte's Proclamation 572 was published in newspapers. This order declares Trillanes' amnesty void from the beginning and ordered the senator's arrest. Trillanes was advised by the Senate leadership and his lawyers to stay within Senate premises to avoid any possible arrest.

The Supreme Court has left it to the discretion of the Makati Regional Trial Court (RTC) if it would issue an alias warrant against Trillanes after the issued proclamation.

Branch 148 of the Makati RTC on Thursday deferred its decision on the matter and instead gave Trillanes 10 days to comment on the petition filed by the Justice Department for a warrant and hold departure order against him. Branch 150 is set to hear a similar request on Friday.

"Nobody is interested to arrest them. The military does not have the interest. I do not have the interest. He can stay there as a boarder," Duterte told reporters after presiding over a command conference on preparations for Typhoon Ompong's impact.

"The police -- sabi ko do not arrest until there is a warrant of arrest by the court," he added.

[Translation: I told the police not arrest until there is a warrant of arrest from the court.]

CNN Philippines' Cecille Lardizabal contributed to this report.