DOJ opposes Antonio Trillanes’ motion to attend Senate sessions

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State prosecutors blocked the request of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV to allow him to attend Senate hearings, allow him to put up an office inside his detention and hire legislative staff, saying his upgraded status has not erased coup charges against him.

Government prosecutors also noted that the charges against Trillanes were non-bailable. State Prosecutor Juan Pedro Navera cited the case of former Zamboanga del Norte Rep. Romeo Jalosjos, who is in jail for raping a minor. The Supreme Court ruling in 2000, denied Jalosjos’s petition to leave detention to perform his duties as a representative of his province.

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