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Parang kailan lang: Roque, Imee, Erap asked PNoy to grant Trillanes amnesty

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Seven years ago, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque admired Senator Antonio Trillanes IV for risking his life and military career to stand up to someone whom he believed was corrupt.

So impressed Roque was with Trillanes that he supported the call for Aquino to grant the senator amnesty for rebellion and coup d’etat charges.

Roque was among the 84 signatories to a petition asking Aquino to grant amnesty to Trillanes and other former rebel soldiers, a press release dated December 7, 2010 showed.

The petition was sponsored by then-senator Teofisto “TG” Guingona III in the plenary.

Aside from Roque, other prominent politikos who signed the petition were Manila mayor Joseph Estrada, Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos and Senator Risa Hontiveros.

Guingona and other signatories said Trillanes and other former rebel soldiers were deserving of amnesty since they have already suffered the consequences of their involvement in failed coups.

“They have paid their dues. We believe it is the time for them to rebuild their lives, and in the process, contribute to rebuilding this nation,” they said.

Trillanes and his former comrades in military spent time in jail because of their adventurism.

Aquino signed Presidential Proclamation No. 75 granting amnesty to Trillanes and other former rebel soldiers in 2010.

The amnesty given by Aquino has now been revoked by President Rodrigo Duterte over Trillanes’ alleged failure to comply with the requirements.