Arrested senator and Duterte critic: 'Democracy lost today'

Philippine opposition Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV flashes a thumbs-up sign as he leaves the Makati Regional Trial Court Branch 150 after it has issued an order for his arrest Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018, in suburban Pasay city, south of Manila, Philippines. Trillanes who remained holed up in his office for three weeks now after President Rodrigo Duterte voided an amnesty given to the former rebel military officer, willingly went with police to post bail. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
Philippine opposition Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV arrives back to the Philippine Senate after posting bail before a regional trial court after an arrest warrant was issued Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018 in suburban Pasay city, south of Manila, Philippines. Trillanes IV vowed to remain holed up in his office at the Senate until he is cleared of all the charges against him after President Rodrigo Duterte voided an amnesty given to the former rebel military officer. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
Philippine opposition Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV gestures as he talks to the media outside his office in the Philippine Senate after posting bail at a regional trial court following an arrest warrant issued Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018 in suburban Pasay city, south of Manila, Philippines. Trillanes IV vowed to remain holed up in his office at the Senate until he is cleared of all the charges against him after President Rodrigo Duterte voided an amnesty given to the former rebel military officer. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
Philippine opposition Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV leaves the Makati Regional Trial Court Branch 150 after it has issued an order for his arrest Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018 in metropolitan Manila, Philippines. A Philippine court ordered Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's fiercest critic in Congress arrested Tuesday after the president revoked the senator's 2011 amnesty for a failed coup attempt and revived rebellion charges against him in an unprecedented legal move the legislator called a blow to democracy. Trillanes later posted bail. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
In this photo provided by the Philippine National Police Makati, Philippine opposition Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV for his mugshot inside a police station in Makati, metropolitan Manila after the Makati Regional Trial Court Branch 150 issued an order for his arrest Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018. A Philippine court ordered Trillanes arrested Tuesday after the president revoked the senator's 2011 amnesty for a failed coup attempt and revived rebellion charges against him in an unprecedented legal move the legislator called a blow to democracy. Trillanes later posted bail. (Philippine National Police Makati via AP)
Philippine opposition Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV gestures as he talks to the media outside his office in the Philippine Senate after posting bail at a regional trial court following an arrest warrant issued Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018 in suburban Pasay city, south of Manila, Philippines. Trillanes IV vowed to remain holed up in his office at the Senate until he is cleared of all the charges against him after President Rodrigo Duterte voided an amnesty given to the former rebel military officer. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
Philippine opposition Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV gestures as he talks to the media outside his office in the Philippine Senate after posting bail at a regional trial court following an arrest warrant issued Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018 in suburban Pasay city, south of Manila, Philippines. Trillanes IV vowed to remain holed up in his office at the Senate until he is cleared of all the charges against him after President Rodrigo Duterte voided an amnesty given to the former rebel military officer. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
In this photo provided by the Philippine National Police Makati, Philippine opposition Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV for his mugshot inside a police station in Makati, metropolitan Manila after the Makati Regional Trial Court Branch 150 issued an order for his arrest Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018. A Philippine court ordered Trillanes arrested Tuesday after the president revoked the senator's 2011 amnesty for a failed coup attempt and revived rebellion charges against him in an unprecedented legal move the legislator called a blow to democracy. Trillanes later posted bail. (Philippine National Police Makati via AP)
Philippine opposition Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV talks to the media outside his office in the Philippine Senate after posting bail following a regional trial court ordered his arrest Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018 in suburban Pasay city, south of Manila, Philippines. Trillanes IV vowed to remain holed up in his office at the Senate until he is cleared of all the charges against him after President Rodrigo Duterte voided an amnesty given to the former rebel military officer. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
In this photo provided by the Philippine National Police Makati, Philippine opposition Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV for his mugshot inside a police station in Makati, metropolitan Manila after the Makati Regional Trial Court Branch 150 issued an order for his arrest Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018. A Philippine court ordered Trillanes arrested Tuesday after the president revoked the senator's 2011 amnesty for a failed coup attempt and revived rebellion charges against him in an unprecedented legal move the legislator called a blow to democracy. Trillanes later posted bail. (Philippine National Police Makati via AP)
Philippine opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, center, talks to reporters inside the Makati Regional Trial Court Branch 150 after it has issued an order for his arrest Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018, in suburban Pasay city, south of Manila, Philippines. Trillanes who remained holed up in his office for three weeks now after President Rodrigo Duterte voided an amnesty given to the former rebel military officer, willingly went with police to post bail. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
Philippine opposition Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV talks to the media outside his office in the Philippine Senate following a regional trial court order for his arrest Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018 in suburban Pasay city, south of Manila, Philippines. Trillanes who remained holed up in his office for three weeks now after President Rodrigo Duterte voided an amnesty given to the former rebel military officer, willingly went with police to post bail. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte's fiercest critic in Congress was arrested Tuesday after the president revoked his 2011 amnesty for a failed coup attempt and revived rebellion charges against him in an unprecedented legal move the senator called a blow to democracy.

Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV walked out of the Senate, where he had taken refuge for weeks, and was moved by police to their headquarters in Makati city, where his fingerprints and mugshot were taken. After being booked by police, Trillanes was escorted to a nearby court and posted bail, trailed by many journalists.

"Democracy lost today," Trillanes told reporters shortly before his arrest. "Darkness and evil prevailed in our country. Whatever happens in the future will be in the hands of the Filipino people."

Known for outbursts against his critics, Duterte has long expressed anger against Trillanes, who has accused him of large-scale corruption, involvement in illegal drugs and extrajudicial killings in an anti-drug crackdown that has left thousands of suspects dead since he took office in 2016. Duterte has denied the allegations.

Trillanes, a former navy officer, was jailed for more than seven years for involvement in at least three army uprisings, including a 2003 mutiny against then President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo when he and other young officers rigged part of a road in the Makati financial district with bombs and took over an upscale residential building.

After being amnestied under Duterte's predecessor, Benigno Aquino III, Trillanes successfully petitioned two Philippine courts to dismiss rebellion and coup cases, allowing him to later run for public office.

Duterte said he voided Trillanes' amnesty last month because the senator had failed to file a formal amnesty request and acknowledge guilt. Trillanes has strongly denied the president's claims and has provided news reports and defense department documents to counter Duterte's claims.

The Department of Justice has asked two courts to issue warrants for Trillanes's arrest and resume criminal proceedings against him. One of the courts issued the arrest warrant on Tuesday.

Aside from the rebellion and coup-related charges in the two courts, Duterte has also ordered the military to resume an inquiry into the senator's role in the mutinies.

Legal experts and the Integrated Bar of the Philippines, the country's largest lawyers' group, have expressed alarm over the legal moves against Trillanes for offenses that were canceled by the 2011 amnesty.

The lawyers' group said the move "runs roughshod over the constitutional guarantee against double jeopardy," or holding a person to answer twice for the same offense.

Duterte has also accused Trillanes, without offering evidence, of plotting with other opposition politicians, including the Liberal Party and leftist groups, to oust him. Trillanes and opposition groups have dismissed the claim as a lie and asked Duterte to focus instead on addressing poverty, inflation, rice shortages, traffic jams and a decline in the value of the peso currency.

Human Rights Watch said Trillanes's arrest "is part of the persecution of critics of the Duterte administration, the latest in the relentless campaign to silence those who dared to challenge the president's murderous 'drug war.'"

Under Duterte, another opposition senator has been jailed on illegal drug charges, a critical Supreme Court chief justice has been ousted by fellow judges, and foreign critics, including an Australian nun, have been barred from entering the Philippines or threatened with deportation.

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