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Payback time! Trillanes mulls disbarment raps vs Calida, Guevarra

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By Xave Gregorio

Opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV said he plans to have Solicitor General Jose Calida and Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra disbarred if they would continue insisting that the amnesty he was granted in 2010 is void from the start.

“For a matter, they should be disbarred from practicing the legal profession kasi they’re supposed to oversee or protect rights, my rights. Kahit kalaban mo sa pulitika o hindi, ‘wag dapat gagamitin ‘yung posisyon niyo o batas to persecute people,” Trillanes said Thursday (September 6).

He also said he would also run after Department of National Defense Arsenio Andolong, along with Prosecutor General Richard Fadullon and Senior Assistant State Prosecutor Juan Pedro Navera, who are pursuing his case.

“‘Yung nagpapagamit, ‘yung mga abogadong nagsalita diyan, ako talaga hahabulin ko kayo. Kakaririn ko kayo,” Trillanes said.

The opposition senator pinned the blame on Calida for the revocation of his amnesty, granted by former President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III.

Trillanes is pushing for a Senate probe on the allegedly anomalous deals of Calida’s security firm with government agencies, which the Solicitor General wants halted by the Supreme Court.

Calida is keeping mum on his involvement in the revocation of Trillanes’ amnesty, despite admission from the Armed Forces of the Philippines that he was behind the move and a previous statement from him that he is reviewing the grant of amnesty to the opposition senator.

Meanwhile, Guevarra is insisting that Trillanes’ amnesty is void from the start, and even floated the possibility where the senator would be pushed to ask his rival Duterte for executive clemency.

But Trillanes said Calida, Guevarra would no longer have any cover once Duterte steps down from power.

“Mr. Calida, Mr. Guevarra, if they continue to insist itong mga ginagawang ito, kapag wala na si Duterte nobody would support them,” Trillanes said.

“Pagdating ng panahon, ‘pag wala na si Duterte, hahabulin ko talaga sila pagka they insist dito sa ginawa nilang kalokohan,” he said.