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De Lima: Galvez more believable on issue of Trillanes’ amnesty than Roque


Armed Forces Chief of Staff Gen. Carlito Galvez, unlike Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque, “is no gadfly.”

Detained Senator Leila de Lima made the remark on Thursday after Roque dismissed the supposed admission of Galvez that Senator Antonio Trillanes IV had applied for amnesty.

President Rodrigo Duterte had revoked Trillanes’ amnesty granted to the latter in 2011 by then President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino on the ground that he allegedly failed to file an application as well as did not admit guilt to his involvement to oust then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

De Lima sa Galvez spoke “from a position of authority and credibility.”

“Roque, on the other hand, speaks from a position of zero credibility,” the opposition senator said.

She said that Roque “continues to obfuscate the issue, telling the public to believe Judge Elmo Alameda, instead of the highest official of the AFP, the institution that processed Trillanes’s amnesty.”

Alameda of Makati Regional Trial Court Branch 150 had issued a warrant of arrest against Trillanes after the latter failed to produce his application form.

“Ordinarily, no serious lawyer would dare propose such an outrageous and absurd legal proposition, simply because of its sheer stupidity,” De Lima said.

Malacanang has now made it appear to be a legitimate topic of legal discussion, she said.

She said that Roque is not only arguing from a position of weakness. “He is also arguing from a position of absurdity.”

“The AFP Chief of Staff has already come out to stake his position on the matter,” De Lima said.

“Roque should not take this with his usual dismissive and annoying style of trivializing serious challenges to Duterte’s illegal acts,” she added.