Trillanes asks court to nullify Duterte's proclamation vs. his amnesty

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 7) — Embattled Senator Antonio Trillanes IV formally asked a Makati court to declare as unconstitutional President Rodrigo Duterte's controversial proclamation voiding his amnesty.

In his motion for partial reconsideration he filed on Wednesday, Trillanes formally asked Judge Andres Soriano of Makati Regional Trial Court Branch 148 to reverse an earlier ruling upholding the legality of Duterte's proclamation.

Proclamation No. 572 voided the amnesty granted to Trillanes in 2011 and ordered Trillanes' arrest on rebellion and coup d'etat charges.

Soriano, who handled the coup d'etat case, rejected the Justice Department's plea to arrest Trillanes, but upheld the validity of Duterte's proclamation.

Trillanes' lawyer, Reynaldo Robles, stressed that Soriano's ruling would set a "dangerous precedent" because it gives the President the power to set aside a court decision that has been closed for years.

The Department of Justice has five days to file its comment on Trillanes' latest move.

Trillanes, a staunch critic of the Duterte administration, is out on bail after another branch of the Makati Regional Trial Court revived his rebellion case and ordered him arrested in line with Duterte's voidance of his amnesty.