Trillanes slams Duterte's revocation of his amnesty, calls it “political persecution”


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MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has revoked Senator Antonio Trillanes IV’s amnesty to his involvement in mutinies during the administration of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in 2003, 2006 and 2007. The amnesty was granted in 2010 by former President Benigno Aquino III.
Trillanes slams Duterte's revocation of his amnesty, calls it “political persecution”

Following Duterte's Proclamation 572 as released by Malacanang on Tuesday, he claims that the senator failed to “comply with the minimum requirements to qualify under the Amnesty Proclamation” and ordered for Trillanes’ immediate arrest.

Trillanes slammed the revocation and called it, “Ito’y isang malaking kalokohan.”

The Armed Forces of the Philippines issued a statement that they have yet to confirm the Proclamation. AFP spokesperson Col. Edgard Arevalo told the media, “Allow us to validate that information and/or receive a copy thereof. That can be the only time when we can issue appropriate statement.”

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra held a press conference to explain further the President's Proclamation. He said that the review of Trillanes’ amnesty began before his time. Guevarra said he has "no personal knowledge when the review of the amnesty actually began but what I know is this matter of review has been there for quite some time. I think this has been discussed a couple of years ago, as far back as 2013, I guess."

The justice secretary pointed at Trillanes’ lack of “guilt” and submission of application as possible reasons for the nullification of the amnesty. Guevarra explained, “May mga basic requirements... which apparently were not complied by Sen. Trillanes.”

The Department of Justice and the Armed Forces' court martial were given instructions to "pursue all criminal and administrative cases" against Trillanes. They were also told to "employ all lawful means to apprehend Trillanes" so that Trillanes could be detained.

Senator Trillanes denied that he failed to submit an application for his amnesty. He said, “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."

The Magdalo soldier pointed at the timing of the Proclamation. Trillanes said that the revocation came in time when the President is in Israel and when the Senate is ready to investigate the alleged anomalies involving Solicitor General Jose Calida’s security agency that bagged government contracts after his appointment.

Trillanes shared that he will face the issue head on. He said, “I will not resist arrest. I will not escape.”

— Sally, The Summit Express


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