Duterte voids amnesty of Trillanes

President Rodrigo Duterte, in Proclamation No. 572, has voided the amnesty given by former president Benigno Aquino III in 2010 through Proclamation No. 75 to then Navy Lieutenant Senior Grade (LTSG) and now Senator Antonio Trillanes IV.

“The grant of amnesty to former LTSG Antonio Trillanes IV under Proclamation No. 75 is declared void ab initio because he did not comply with the minimum requirements to qualify under the amnesty proclamation,” President Duterte said in the proclamation signed August 31.

Duterte said in the proclamation that Trillanes “never expressed his guilt for the crimes that were committed on the occasion of the Oakwood Mutiny and the Manila Peninsula Siege.”

He added that despite Trillanes’ “failure to apply for amnesty and refusal to admit guilt, his name was nonetheless included among those granted amnesty.”

Duterte ordered the Department of Justice and Court Martial of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to pursue all criminal and administrative charges against the senator.

He also ordered the AFP and Philippine National Police (PNP) to apprehend Trillanes for his detention and to face trial.

Senator Francis Pangilinan, Liberal Party President, said that they by Senator Trillanes, and will use all legal means to fight this illegal and abusive exercise of presidential power.

“The revocation of the Proclamation granting amnesty to Senator Antonio Trillanes IV is a clear persecution against one of the administration’s toughest critics. It has no justifiable basis and done to silence Sen. Trillanes, who in the past has exposed to the public possible wrongdoings of the President,” Pangilinan said.

“Proclamation 75 that granted amnesty to the senator in 2010 was concurred in by Congress. It could not be easily set aside by the whims of one man,” he added.

“Instead of addressing the rice crisis now engulfing the nation, this government is more concerned with silencing its critics using illegal and unlawful methods,” Pangilinan added.