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Philippine court orders arrest of senator after 2010 amnesty voided

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A Philippine court issued an arrest warrant against an opposition senator on Tuesday, almost a month after President Rodrigo Duterte revoked an amnesty granted to him in 2010.

Senator Antonio Trillanes was ordered arrested for rebellion for leading a coup attempt in 2007 against former President Gloria Arroyo, a crime for which he was granted amnesty by ex-President Benigno Aquino.

Judge Elmo Alameda of the Makati City Regional Trial Court said Trillanes was allowed to post bail of more than 3,770 dollars for his temporary liberty.

Trillanes has been key critic of Duterte and has repeatedly slammed the 73-year-old president for his policies, including a deadly campaign against illegal drugs.

On Aug. 31, Duterte signed a proclamation voiding the 2010 amnesty to Trillanes, saying the senator “did not comply with the minimum requirements to qualify.’’ (dpa/NAN)

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