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Balik militar! Palace: AFP readying court martial to try Trillanes

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By Prince Golez

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV may soon face a reconvened general court-martial after Branch 148 of the Makati Regional Trial Court upheld the legality of President Rodrigo Duterte’s Proclamation No. 572, Malacanang said.

Proclamation 572 seeks to revoke the amnesty given to Trillanes by former President Benigno Aquino III due to his failure to apply for amnesty and failure to admit guilt for his involvement in the 2003 Oakwood mutiny and 2007 Manila Peninsula siege.

“From what I gather, even prior to the issuance of the decision of the court, the military said it was going to reconvene the court martial,” Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said during a press briefing Tuesday.

Asked how soon will the Armed Forces of the Philippines reconvene court martial proceedings against Trillanes, Panelo said, “You’ll have to address that to the persons concerned.”

The spokesman pointed out that it was not President Duterte’s directive to have the former Navy officer face military trial.

“No, as we said repeatedly, the President will allow all offices and branches to do their thing so he will leave them to their best,” he said.