A Davao City regional court on Friday ordered the arrest of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV in connection with the libel cases filed by presidential son Paolo Duterte and presidential son-in-law Manases Carpio.
Regional Trial Court Judge Melinda Alconcel- Dayanghirang issued four warrants of arrest and fixed the bail for Trillanes at PHP24,000 for each case.
The court ordered law enforcement authorities to arrest Trillanes within 10 days after they receive the order, dated December 7.
It was learned that on Thursday, the City Prosecution Office filed a motion asking the court to issue a hold departure order on Trillanes to prevent the senator from leaving the country.
The Prosecution emphasized the need to issue the hold departure order following reports of the senator’s plan to travel abroad.
Paolo filed three libel cases and Carpio pressed one libel charge against Trillanes over the latter’s alleged derogatory statements against them.
Trillanes dragged Paolo and Carpio’s name into the PHP6.4-billion shabu smuggling issue and the Uber franchise application.
Trillanes had alleged on a DYAB Cebu radio interview that Paolo and Carpio connived with a Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board official in Central Visayas in demanding a bribe in return for the approval of an Uber franchise.
Paolo and Carpio have denied both allegations.
The duo also appeared before a Senate inquiry where they strongly denied the senator’s accusations. (Lilian C Mellejor/PNA)
“I will go back to public service if the people need my services”
BY ROGER M. BALANZA
Dabawenyos want former Vice Mayor Paolo “Pulong” Duterte to run for mayor in the 2019 mid-term elections, if her sister Mayor Inday Sara Duterte takes a crack at a Senate seat, according to results of a survey by the University of Mindanao-Institute of Popular Opinion (UM-IPO).
The UM-IPO survey also showed majority of Dabawenyos (75%) believing that Inday Sara would run for a Senate seat in 2019.
The survey by the Davao City-based UM-IPO showed that nearly half (49%) of the Dabawenyos want Pulong to run for mayor. The survey was conducted from July 13 to 18 involving 1,200 respondents.
Also picked by Dabawenyos as potential bets for the city’s top post are First District Rep Karlo Nograles (38 percent); Vice Mayor Bernard Al-ag; Danny Dayanghirang; and Mabel Sunga-Acosta.
The names of youngest presidential son Sebastian Duterte, Inday Sara’s hubby Mans Carpio and presidential daughter-in-law January Duterte also came out in the survey as possible candidates for mayor.
Pulong had earlier resigned as vice mayor after he was linked in a Senate probe to drug smuggling at the Manila port. The Senate, however, would clear Pulong of his alleged link to a P6.4 billion smuggling of shabu. He was replaced by Third District councilor Al-ag.
Pulong said he was planning to return to politics as he joined the Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) during the group’s Davao convention on August 17. HNP is a regional party founded by Inday Sara together with governors of the Davao Region.
“I will go back to public service if the people of Davao City need my services. But there are many other ways to serve the Dabawenyos and our dear city — being in politics is just one of them. And if I can serve best through politics, it would be my pleasure to be of service to you and to our city — just like before,” he said.
The UM-IPO survey also showed majority of Dabawenyos (75%) believing that Inday Sara would run for a Senate seat in 2019. according to Dr. Maria Linda B. Arquiza, UP-IPO assistant vice president for Research and Publication Center.
Inday Sara has landed in the winning circle of potential Senate bets in the 2019 polls in surveys by the Social Weather Station and Pulse Asia.
Resigned Davao City vice mayor Paolo Duterte has officially joined the regional political party Hugpong ng Pagbabago during the group’s Davao convention on August 17.