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Ba’t pinirmahan? Duterte: Ex-Defense chief Gazmin guilty of usurpation of authority over Trillanes amnesty


Former Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin committed usurpation of authority when he recommended that amnesty be given to Senator Antonio Trillanes IV despite the lawmaker’s alleged failure to comply with the requirements, President Rodrigo Duterte said.

In an interview Saturday (September 8), Duterte claimed Gazmin granted Trillanes and his former rebel comrades from the military amnesty.

“Siya ang nag-recommend, eh bakit ka pa mag- recommend? Kung ikaw lang pala ang pipirma eh ‘di diretso ka na. So what’s the crime of Volts? Sabihin ko sa iyo kung ano? Usurpation of authority. Lahat ‘yan sila may tama diyan,” he said upon arriving from official visits to Israel and Jordan.

Trillanes was granted amnesty by former President Benigno Aquino III through a proclamation in 2010 that Congress concurred in.

A former Navy lieutenant, Trillanes took part in the 2003 Oakwood mutiny and the 2007 Manila Peninsula siege.

Duterte on August 31 signed Presidential Proclamation 572 which voided the amnesty given to Trillanes due to his alleged loopholes in his application for amnesty.

The President described Trillanes’ amnesty as “fatally flawed.”

“In the first place ang amnesty allowing his release was void. Therefore, he is getting out of custody was also void. Walang basis eh kasi yung amnesty was defective, fatally flawed,” he said.