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Agad-agad! Alejano accuses Calida of pressuring AFP to issue certification vs Trillanes


By Xave Gregorio

Magdalo party-list Rep. Gary Alejano accused Solicitor General Jose Calida of pressuring the military personnel service (J1) to issue a certification that they do not have a copy of Senator Antonio Trillanes’ application for amnesty.

Alejano, Trillanes’ partymate, said Calida made a “shortcut” in asking for a certification from J1, which was cited in President Rodrigo Duterte’s Proclamation No. 572 which voided the opposition senator’s amnesty.

“Pinilit ng Solicitor General ang J1, in the person of Command Colonel [Thea Joan] Andrade, na mag-issue ng certificate,” Alejano said late Thursday (September 6) in a chance interview at the Senate.

“In fact, ayaw pumirma ng mga tao doon. We know how it was taken. Alam namin. And napilitan,” he said.

While Calida has denied having a hand in the voiding of Trillanes’ amnesty, he was tagged by Armed Forces of the Philippines spokesperson Colonel Edgard Arevalo as the one behind the search for the senator’s amnesty documents.

In his proclamation, Duterte said Andrade’s certification saying “there is no available copy of [Trillanes’] application for amnesty in the records” is proof that Trillanes did not file for amnesty and is thus unqualified to receive a grant.

However, Trillanes has refuted this, showing documents that he did file for amnesty, which was recognized by former Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin.

“Napakaimportanteng proclamation sa isang certification lang ginawa. Tingin ko may malaking kapalpakan dito,” Alejano said.

Rumors circulated last night that Trillanes is bound to be arrested from now until Sunday, but the senator remains to be in his office to thwart any attempt to put him back behind bars.