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By Prince Golez

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra has confirmed the revocation of the amnesty of opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV over his involvement in mutinies against the administration of then President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

Guevarra is currently the officer-in-charge while President Rodrigo Duterte visits Israel and Jordan.

“Yes, that’s confirmed. I have the seen the proclamation issued by the President,” Guevarra said on Tuesday.

The bases of the revocation of the amnesty, he said, are all contained in the Proclamation No. 572 signed by President Rodrigo Duterte on August 31.

“There are certain requirements for grant of amnesty. One of them is you need to apply for it. And, number 2, you have to admit what you have done and to be sorry for it. In other words, you have to sort of make a confession and admit that you were wrong, something to that effect,” the secretary added.

Asked if the revocation stemmed from Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo’s call for review of Trillanes’ amnesty, Guevarra said, “This is a matter that probably has been there since it was granted. I am not sure whether Secretary Panelo said that. But that matter of taking a look at whether an amnesty granted is valid or not is something that can be done at any time.”

In 2017, Panelo said that Trillanes’ amnesty should be reviewed.

“Anything that is not the law can be a precedent. It is always in the context of the law. So kung nagbigay siya ng amnesty na mali, eh hindi valid iyon. But I don’t know the facts of the case,” the lawyer previously said.

In 2010, then President Benigno Aquino III granted amnesty to Trillanes and several others who were facing rebellion charges.

Guevarra meanwhile pointed out that the matter of timing is “irrelevant.”

“There is no prescriptive, there is no time element or no prescriptive period as we call it legal parlance for something to be attacked if from the beginning it is void,” the Justice chief said.