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DND documents disprove gov’t claim Trillanes never applied for amnesty

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By Xave Gregorio

Documents from the Department of National Defense (DND) disprove the government’s claim that opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV never applied for amnesty and never admitted his guilt in his participation in failed mutinies against former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

Trillanes presented to media Thursday (September 6) DND Ad Hoc Committee Resolution No. 2 which recommends to then-Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin the approval of his and 18 other Magdalo mutineers’ application for amnesty.

“Maliwanag ‘yung unang basis na sinasabing hindi ako nag-apply that is a lie. Kasi dito the documents and the video have proven otherwise,” Trillanes said.

The resolution also acknowledges that Trillanes was among 39 mutineers who applied for amnesty on January 5, 2011.

This counters government claim that Trillanes never applied for amnesty, citing a certification from the military that “there is no available copy of his application for amnesty in the records.”

Trillanes also showed a letter from Gazmin to former President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III recommending the grant of amnesty to the opposition senator after the ad hoc committee found his and 97 other mutineers’ application “to be in order and the applicants qualified for amnesty.”

“Maliwang ito na talaga hao siao ang pagkagawa dahil gusto lamang nilang ipitin ako bilang isang kritiko ni Mr. Duterte,” Trillanes said.

Trillanes also refuted the government’s assertion that he has not yet admitted his guilt in his participation in the Oakwood Mutiny and the Manila Peninsula Siege by showing a copy of an application form, which requires amnesty applicants to acknowledge their involvement in the incidents “constituted a violation of the 1987 Constitution, criminal laws and the Articles of War.”

The DND Ad Hoc Committee Resolution No. 2 also identified Trillanes as having participated in the Oakwood Mutiny and the Manila Peninsula Siege.

President Rodrigo Duterte in Proclamation No. 572 declared Trillanes’ amnesty as void from the start as he supposedly failed to comply with all the requirements to be granted an amnesty.

However, this has been repeatedly refuted by Trillanes by presenting documents the government says he does not have.