Senator Antonio Trillanes: Should he be allowed to post bail

We have a poll (see upper right sidebar) on people’s opinion on the application for bail of Senator Antonio Trillanes. You may vote only once.

Someone suggested to open the discussion because, as you can see from the poll, there’s no portion where you can explain your vote or post a comment. You may do that here.

Added: From Inquirer:

“Six senators and two outgoing senators are backing a proposal to file a new bail petition for Trillanes “by virtue of his 11 million votes.”

They are Senators Rodolfo Biazon, Manuel Roxas II, Francis Pangilinan, Panfilo Lacson and Aquilino “Nene” Pimentel Jr. and Senator-elect Benigno Aquino III. Outgoing Senators Franklin Drilon and Alfredo Lim are also supporting the bail proposal on the grounds that Trillanes is not a flight risk.”

You could also read a related article here. On the other hand, according to former Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago (as reported in GMAnews.tv), senator-elect Antonio Trillanes IV will likely remain in jail even after the 14th Congress begins its session on July 23.

Santiago, considered an expert on constitutional law, noted that in the ruling of the Supreme Court in the case of People v. Jalosjos, the high court ruled that a convict in jail who has a pending appeal and later elected representative had to stay in jail even after he won in the election.
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“Just because a detention prisoner won as a senator does not mean that he should be free to attend Senate sessions, because that would be a violation of the equal protection clause of the Constitution,” Santiago said in a statement.

Added: The poll (“Are you in favor of allowing Sen. Trillanes to post bail?”) is now closed. Here are the results: Yes = 13/35; No = 22/35.

5 comments

  1. JM, some say this matter is stricly legal, as it is for the courts to decide. Nevertheless, it wouldn’t hurt if opinion is in his favor. So far, more (based solely on the informal poll here) are not in favor of allowing Sen. Trillanes to post bail (it is, of course, unscientific). =)

  2. Maybe these people who do not want Senator Trillanes to attend the Senate sessions does not know that he is an elected senator of the Republic of the Philippines.
    Shame on you people.

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