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Rebellion case vs Trillanes resumes hearings

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THE TRIAL for the rebellion case of Senator Antonio F. Trillanes IV in connection with the 2007 Manila Peninsula siege resumed Monday after the case was dismissed in 2011 following the grant of the senator’s amnesty application. During the hearing, the prosecution presented to the Makati Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 150 its witness, Assistant State Prosecutor Mary Jane W. Sytat, who discussed what she witnessed during the hearing of the coup d’etat case of Mr. Trillanes at Makati RTC Branch 148 on Nov. 29, 2007, the same day when the Manila Peninsula Siege was staged. Mr. Trillanes’ legal counsel, Reynaldo B. Robles, told reporters that he tried to object to the presentation of Ms. Sytat as she was not included in the list of witnesses. Mr. Robles was allowed by the court to cross-examine the testimony of Ms. Sytat on the next hearing scheduled July 22 at 2 p.m. Mr. Trillanes was charged with rebellion in 2007, but the court dismissed the case after he was granted amnesty by former President Benigno C. Aquino III in 2011. However, President Rodrigo R. Duterte issued in September last year Proclamation No. 572, which revoked his amnesty. — Vann Marlo M. Villegas

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