Sen. Trillanes Amnesty Revoked by Pres. Duterte; Faces Charges, Arrest

The tough-talking President of the Republic, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has invalidated the grant of amnesty to one of his most vocal critic who keeps on peddling alleged fake news against the President, Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV for failure to comply with the minimum requrements of his amnesty as confirmed by the Palace on Tuesday.

Based upon the executive order signed by Pres. Duterte, the Department of Justice and the Armed Forces' court martial were instructed to "pursue all criminal and administrative cases" against Trillanes over military uprisings in 2003 and 2007, according to a copy of the President's proclamation, which was confirmed by Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra, the officer-in-charge of the Republic while Pres. Duterte is on a state visit to Israel and Jordan.

The military and the police authorities were also ordered to "employ all lawful means to apprehend Trillanes" so that he could be detained. DOJ Sec. Guevarra was quoted as saying "I guess all of these would have to proceed and if taking him into custody is an automatic effect of that, then so be it," Guevarra told reporters.

Meanwhile, Sen. Trillanes for his part, denied all allegations that he did not even file for amnesty. "Hindi ka bibigyan ng amnesty kung wala kang application. Maliwanag yun. Kaya nga ito it's a clear case of political persecution dahil wala silang mahanap na kaso sa akin so kailangang mag-imbento," Sen. Trillanes told reporters.

Sen. Trillanes and his Magdalo band of soldiers and junior officers occupied Oakwood Hotel in 2003 and the Manila Peninsula Hotel in 2007 to protest alleged corruption under then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. Former Pres. Noynoy Aquino, granted amnesty to Trillanes and several other military rebels in 2011, leading to his release from detention.

Chief Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo stated in March that a review may done on the amnesty given to Trillanes. Pres. Duterte's proclamation, signed August 31, said that Trillanes was granted the amnesty even if he did not file an Official Amnesty Application Form according to a certification from the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel that "there is no available copy of his application for amnesty in the records."

The former soldier and Navy Officer turned Senator also "never expressed his guilt for the crimes that were committed," it said. It quoted Trillanes as saying "they were not admitting guilt to the mutiny and coup d e'tat charges lodged against them both in the civil and military courts" and "I would to like to qualify that we did not admit to the charge of coup d e'tat or anything na i-finile sa amin kasi we believe na hindi iyon ang nararapat na i-charge sa amin."

Source: PNA

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