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Palusot ng palpak! Leni hits voiding of Trillanes’ amnesty as Duterte’s diversionary tactic

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Vice President Leni Robredo has accused President Rodrigo Duterte of voiding the amnesty given to Senator Antonio Trillanes IV to mask the administration’s failures.

In a statement Tuesday (September 4), Robredo called Duterte’s move a way to divert attention from the problems facing the country, such as the rise in prices of basic goods, the sluggish economy and increasing number of hungry Filipinos.

“Walang lugar ang pamumulitika sa panahong nahaharap ang karamihan ng ating mga kababayan sa malalalim na problema tulad ng gutom, kahirapan, at kakulangan ng trabaho. Bilang mga hinalal na opisyal ng pamahalaan, ipinagkatiwala sa atin ang kapangyarihan para humanap na solusyon, at hindi para magsulong ng personal na interes,” she said.

Proclamation No. 572 signed by Duterte on August 31 stated that the amnesty given to Trillanes by then-President Benigno Aquino III was void from the start because of his failure to comply with the “minimum requirements to qualify under the amnesty proclamation.”

Duterte cited a certification from the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel, which said there is no available copy of Trillanes’ application for amnesty.

The senator, who took part in the 2003 Oakwood mutiny and the 2007 Manila Peninsula siege, also “never expresses his guilt” for his crimes, the proclamation read.

Robredo said voiding the amnesty given to Trillanes is further proof that the administration will exert all efforts to silence its critics.

“Ang mga pag-atakeng ito ay hindi lamang nagbubuhat ng pagkakawatak-watak at kawalan ng pag-asa sa ating sambayanan. Tinatapakan nito ang mga mismong demokratikong proseso na nagpapatatag at nagpapalakas sa ating bayan,” she said.

Robredo, an abogado, urged the administration to uphold the amnesty granted to Trillanes and focus on solving the country’s problems.

Duterte is currently in Israel for a four-day official visit.

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