By JAVIER J. ISMAEL
WITH the court’s permission, Senator Antonio Trillanes 4th left the country on December 11 for a month-long travel abroad for various speaking engagements, his counsel said.
Lawyer Reynaldo Robles made the remark in response to a claim by Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra that Trillanes did not inform the courts about his plans to travel before he left the country.
Guevarra said Trillanes should ask permission whenever he would plan to leave the country even if there is no hold departure order (HDO) issued against him.
“Because he’ll be away and the court may set hearings and he’ll not be around so you have to inform the court that you will be outside the jurisdiction of the court,” he added.
He said Trillanes left the country without informing the Makati Regional Trial Court Branch 150, where he has a pending rebellion case.
Robles, however, said that the senator was aware of his obligation to inform all courts where he had pending cases of his plans to fly out of the country. (The Manila Times)