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Kiko, Bam back Trillanes in fighting Duterte’s ‘illegal’ abuse of power

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Proclamation 75 that granted amnesty to Senator Antonio Trillanes IV in 2010 was concurred in by Congress and it could not be easily set aside by the “whims of one man.”

Senators Kiko Pangilinan and Bam Aquino stressed this amid the impending arrest of Trillanes following President Rodrigo Duterte’s revocation of the amnesty granted to him through Proclamation 572.

Then president Noynoy Aquino issued Proclamation 75 granting amnesty to Trillanes and fellow military officers involved in the three attempts to overthrow then president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

“Instead of addressing the rice crisis now engulfing the nation, this government is more concerned with silencing its critics using illegal and unlawful methods,” Pangilinan said.

Aquino said, “Habang pumipila ang mga Pilipino para sa bigas na may bukbok at nalulunod pa sa taas ng presyo ng bilihin, pagpapakulong sa oposisyon ang inaatupag ng Duterte administration.”

“We stand by Sen. Trillanes, and will use all legal means to fight this illegal and abusive exercise of presidential power,” Pangilinan said.

He said that the revocation of amnesty to Trillanes “is a clear persecution against one of the administration’s toughest critics.”

“Tama na, sobra na ang pananakot at pang-aabuso sa mga tulad ni Sen. Trillanes na hinding-hindi magpapatahimik. Suportado natin si Sen. Sonny sa laban na ito,” Aquino said.

“It has no justifiable basis and done to silence Sen. Trillanes, who in the past has exposed to the public possible wrongdoings of the President,” Pangilinan said.

He said that the Constitution provides that an amnesty proclamation requires the concurrence of both the Senate and the House of Representatives.

“Therefore, the said revocation requires our concurrence and is therefore not immediately executory,” he said.

“Absent our concurrence any arrest is illegal. We urge the Armed Forces and the PNP (Phil. National Police) not to enforce an illegal arrest,” Pangilinan said.