Congressman Villafuerte Wants Trillanes’ Oakwood Case to be Reopened

Former congressman Jesus villafuerte asks the the Supreme Court to reopen the Oakwood Mutiny case which was headed by senator Antonio Trillanes IV.

Villafuerte urged Associate Justice Corazon Dela Paz through a letter, asking the court to reconsider the Oakwood case because the perpetrators were not punished accordingly.

He particularly mentioned Trillanes as the mastermind and did not name Bureau of Customs Commissioner Capt. Nicanor Faeldon.

He said that The Supreme Court made a clear mistake during the previous administrations and that Trillanes should still be in jail and should have been barred from running in any public positions.

They are urging the current Supreme Court to reopen the case for retrial.

On July 27, 2003, Trillianes and a group of 321 armed soldiers who called themselves as ‘Bagong Katipuneros’ led by Army Capt. Gerardo Gambala and LtSG. Antonio Trillanes IV of the Philippine Navy took over the Oakwood Premier Ayala Center, an apartment tower in Makati City.

Their alleged purpose was to show the Filipino people the alleged corruption of the Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo administration.

Trillanes was jailed for almost seven and a half years but was elected as senator while being detained.

Trillanes is a known critic of President Rodrigo Duterte.

He allegedly conspired with China.

Villafuerte, a high profile lawyer, was a 3-term Congressman and member of powerful Villafuerte clan in Bicol, Camarines Sur.