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Walang bawian! Trillanes amnesty ‘final, absolute, irrevocable’ – Lagman

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By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN

Liberal Party (LP) lawmakers have blasted Malacañang’s revocation of the amnesty given to Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV in 2010.

Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman said the reported revocation by President Rodrigo Duterte of the amnesty granted to Trillanes “has no legal and factual basis.”

Lagman said an amnesty, which obliterates past offenses, “is final, absolute, and irrevocable” unlike a presidential conditional pardon.

He explained that Proclamation No. 75 dated 24 November 2010 issued by former President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III which was concurred in by the Congress under Concurrent Resolution No. 4 dated 13 and 14 December 2010 “does not provide for any revocation clause.”

Lagman added that any revocation, if at all allowable, “needs the same congressional concurrence” since a presidential declaration of amnesty needs the consonance of the majority of all the members of both the House and the Senate pursuant to Section 19 of Article 7 of the 1987 Constitution.

“Alleged present transgressions of a grantee are immaterial and do not militate against the grant of amnesty,” said Lagman.

For his part, Caloocan City Rep. Edgar Erice described the revocation of Trillanes’ amnesty grant as “crazy.”

Erice said he doesn’t think that the revocation can be implemented without prior approval of Congress.

“Kung sino man ang gumawa at nagplano ng revocation order ay pinapahiya ang Pangulong Duterte. The least that the presidential adviser who studied the revocation order is to resign,” said Erice.

Akbayan Partylist Rep. Tom Villarin said the revocation is highly preposterous and clearly a political vendetta against a very vocal critic of President Duterte.

He added that the grounds cited by the proclamation like the non-application by Trillanes of an amnesty “is too flimsy and won’t hold ground” as Aquino with the concurrence of Congress made the amnesty full and complete.