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Pinag-aralan ‘yan! PNoy: DND deliberated on Trillanes’ application for amnesty

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Senator Antonio Trillanes IV applied for amnesty and the Department of National Defense (DND) deliberated on it, former President Benigno Aquino III confirmed Tuesday (September 4).

In an interview over CNN Philippines, Aquino read a letter from then-Secretary of National Defense Voltaire Gazmin dated January 25, 2011 about Trillanes qualifying for amnesty.

“After careful review and deliberation, the committee found their applications to be in order and the applicants qualified for amnesty,” he read.

Aquino said his administration’s records showed Trillanes applied for amnesty.

“And that it was deliberated by the DND ad hoc committee, and it is embodied in Resolution No. 2. And the summary of all these deliberations by that ad hoc committee was sent to me on January 25, 2011,” he said.

The former President spoke about Trillanes’ application for amnesty after President Rodrigo Duterte signed Proclamation No. 572 revoking it.

Duterte said the amnesty given to Trillanes by Aquino was void from the start because of his failure to comply with the “minimum requirements to qualify under the amnesty proclamation.”

Aquino, however, said the granting of amnesty “was the last step in a lot of negotiations” between the government and the former rebels who sought it.

He noted that those who were granted amnesty forfeited certain benefits from the military.

The former President asked what would the basis of Trillanes’ possible arrest be if the charges against him were dismissed as a result of the amnesty he received.

“If they were dismissed, what would be the basis of a court to deliberate any matter? And if they don’t have a matter to deliberate, what again would be the basis for them to issue a warrant of arrest?” he said.