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‘Di kayo private army! Alejano urges AFP, PNP to defy Duterte’s arrest order vs Trillanes

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by Xave Gregorio

Magdalo party-list Rep. Gary Alejano urged the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police to defy President Rodrigo Duterte’s arrest order against opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV.

“I am reminding them that they are not the private army of this President. They are the army of this people,” Alejano told reporters outside of Trillanes’ office in the Senate Tuesday evening (September 4).

“I am calling on the Armed Forces and the Philippine National Police to not follow illegal orders,” he said.

Duterte declared void from the start the amnesty granted to Trillanes by former President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III, saying the senator, who is one of his staunchest critics, failed to apply for amnesty and admit his guilt in his participation in the failed coup attempt against former President and now House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

In Proclamation No. 572, Duterte also ordered the police and the military to arrest Trillanes and bring him back to Camp Crame, where he was detained from 2003 until 2010, when he received an amnesty.

But Trillanes and other senators in the minority bloc said that authorities cannot arrest him, as they do not have a warrant of arrest.

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon also said the amnesty’s validity had already been affirmed by a Makati court, which threw out rebellion and coup d’etat charges against Trillanes.

Trillanes also refuted the allegations in Duterte’s proclamation, presenting to the Senate a news report which showed him filing an application for amnesty.

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