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May kasama na si Trillanes! Faeldon willing to be jailed again since amnesty is void

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By Xave Gregorio

Office of Civil Defense deputy administrator Nicanor Faeldon sided with President Rodrigo Duterte’s view that the amnesty granted by former President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III in 2010 to mutineers, including him, is flawed and is willing to be jailed yet again if his amnesty is also voided.

“I can’t speak on behalf of the rest, but as far as I’m concerned I can go back to jail tomorrow or now. Because if the process is void, eh bakit hindi natin sundin ‘yun? We cannot act above the law,” Faeldon told reporters Wednesday (September 12) after he took his oath as a member of ruling party Partido Demokratiko Pilipino – Lakas ng Bayan.

“It’s pointless because if the law is ‘yung sinabi ng Presidente, eh wala nang issue eh. Let’s all go back to jail and restart the process,” he said.

Faeldon echoed Duterte’s position that the amnesty granted to mutineers involved in the 2003 Oakwood Mutiny, the 2006 Marines Standoff and the 2007 Manila Peninsula Siege is invalid as Aquino did not sign amnesty documents, but then-Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin.

Faeldon and Trillanes both participated in the Oakwood Mutiny.

However, Aquino’s Proclamation No. 75, which grants amnesty to those who participated in the three failed uprisings, only tasked the Department of National Defense (DND) to receive and process applications for amnesty.

Final decisions of amnesty by the DND are also appealable to the Office of the President.

Still, Faeldon insisted that Duterte is correct in voiding Trillanes’ amnesty and welcomed the possibility of his amnesty also being declared void from the start.

“After seeing the cards of both parties, naging maliwanag din sa akin that those… I think may problema talaga. If we all agree that act of pardon and amnesty is act of the State and it cannot be delegated to another official except the President, then may problema talaga,” Faeldon said.

Duterte originally declared void from the start the amnesty granted to Trillanes, a staunch opposition figure, as he supposedly failed to apply for amnesty and did not admit to his guilt.

Trillanes has debunked this by presenting documents which acknowledged his application and showed that all applicants for amnesty should admit guilt.

But Faeldon said they were required to submit a separate affidavit which details what they have done wrong. He said he would still have to find a copy of his affidavit when asked if he could provide media a copy.

Faeldon is greatly favored by Duterte, whom he credited for discovering cigarette firm Mighty Corporation’s fake tax stamps.

He resigned from the Bureau of Customs amid corruption allegations, but still enjoyed Duterte’s “trust and confidence,” so much so that he re-appointed him to the OCD.

Asked if he is just confident that his amnesty would not be voided because of his close ties with Duterte, Faeldon said, “Ay that’s your opinion.”

In explaining his voiding of Trillanes’ amnesty, Duterte cited the Golden Rule: Don’t do unto others what you don’t want others to do unto you.