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Duterte order revoking amnesty ‘stupid’ — Trillanes

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By Xave Gregorio

Opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV called President Rodrigo Duterte’s executive order declaring void from the start the amnesty he received in 2010 “stupid,” insisting that an amnesty cannot be revoked and that he fully complied with the requirements to be granted an amnesty.

Trillanes, shortly before presiding over a hearing of his Senate civil service committee on Tuesday (September 4), said he has admitted his guilt, contrary to what Duterte’s order says.

“Ewan ko kung abogado ang gumawa nito. Malamang si [Solicitor Jose] Calida ‘yan at si Duterte na baka nag-areglo lang ito sa Bar kaya naging abogado. Kasi talagang walang basis,” Trillanes told reporters in a chance interview.

Duterte’s Proclamation No. 572, published in full in The Manila Times, said the amnesty granted by former President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III is void from the start as Trillanes failed to admit guilt and file an official amnesty form.

But Trillanes insists that he has applied for amnesty and has admitted guilt over his participation in the Oakwood Mutiny and the Manila Peninsula siege.

“Hindi naman ako bibigyan ng amnesty kung hindi ako nag-comply sa requirements. Sumumpa ako kay former Secretary of Defense Voltaire Gazmin at mapapatotohanan niya. Absolutely complied lahat ‘yan,” he said.

He added that Duterte’s order would result in double jeopardy, as the charges against him have already been resolved.

“Kaya nga ito ay it’s a clear case of political persecution dahil wala silang mahanap nakaso sa akin so kailangan mag-imbento,” Trillanes said.

“Itong pangyayaring ito should be clear to everyone na itong si Mr. Duterte ay isang diktador. Hindi siya rumerespeto sa mga institutsyon kaya ganito tayo. Kung ‘yung mga ordinaryong tao pinapatay. ‘Yung mga kritiko niya ikukulong, so ganyan ang kalakaran ng Pilipinas,” he said.

Trillanes’ Senate hearing today centers on Calida’s security agency and its allegedly anomalous deals with various government agencies.

The senator suspects that the release of the order has something to do with the Senate probe today.

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