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Alejano seeks probe on AFP after Trillanes’ amnesty papers went missing

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By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN

Magdalo party-list Rep. Gary Alejano is calling for an inquiry into the alleged “flawed” record-keeping system of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) after Senator Antonio Trillanes’ official amnesty papers are nowhere to be found.

Alejano said missing legal documents such as the application for amnesty of Trillanes could actually be considered a crime under Article 226 of the Revised Penal Code and Section 40 of Republic Act 9470 or the National Archives of the Philippines Act.

“Kung papeles nga ng ganito kalaking kaso ay nawawala, papaano pa ang mga tala ng mga ordinaryong indibidwal?” said Alejano.

He said the incident was “a laughable basis for an issue with this gravity, especially so since there are documents and videos showing that indeed Sen. Trillanes filed an application for amnesty.”

“Given the sensitivity and seriousness of documents that these offices usually handle, it is expected that they exercise extra caution in its filing system. With the case of Sen. Trillanes, the simple task of record-keeping could already affect his life and liberty,” said Alejano.

Alejano added that Malacañang’s Presidential Proclamation 572 only highlihts “the flaws in the government.”

“Sa madaling salita, nawawala ng Department of National Defense ang kanilang kopya. Ito ay malinaw na nagpapakita ng kapabayaan sa parte ng mga opisina ng pamahalaan,” said Alejano.

“I intend to file a resolution calling for an inquiry on this, specifically the case of the Department of National Defense. Moreover, stiffer sanctions for violations of laws regarding handling of government documents must be considered.”

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevara earlier said that the amnesty granted to Trillanes was void because he supposedly did not file an application.

Guevara’s claim was based on a mere certification issued by a division chief that there was no available copy of the former rebel soldier’s application.