Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV has been granted amnesty in January 2011.
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Duterte revokes Trillanes' amnesty for Magdalo mutinies
(philstar.com) - September 4, 2018 - 10:30am

MANILA, Philippines (11:42 a.m.) — President Rodrigo Duterte has declared the amnesty granted to Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV in January 2011 as void.

In his Proclamation 572, Duterte claimed that the senator "did not comply with the minimum requirements to qualify under the Amnesty Proclamation."

The president has ordered the Department of Justice and court martial of the Armed Forces of the Philippines to pursue all criminal and administrative cases filed against Trillanes in connection with the Oakwood Mutiny in 2003 and the Manila Peninsula siege in 2007.

According to the proclamation, Trillanes did not apply for amnesty and "never expressed his guilt for the crimes that were committed" during those mutinies. 

A January 6, 2011 report by The STAR notes, however, "Trillanes and 18 other Magdalo officers submitted their application forms to the Department of National Defense  Ad Hoc Amnesty Committee at about 2 p.m. in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City."

"It’s (coup) a technical charge that has elements that needs to be proven… Let me be clear, we admit guilt as far as rising up against the most corrupt president this country ever had," the former Navy officer told reporters then.

He said in the same report, as in other reports on his amnesty application in 2011 that "[w]e are man enough to admit that we have broken rules in the pursuit of a moral cause and we faced it like men." 

Trillanes, who was elected senator while in detention, also said: "We were imprisoned and the others were separated from the service so it's very easy for us to agree to that (admission of guilt)."

According to an ABS-CBN News report on the application for amnesty, "Trillanes signed a portion acknowledging his involvement in uprisings that entail 'a violation of the 1987 Constitution, criminal laws, and the Articles of War' and recanting his statements in the past that are contrary 'to this express admission of involvement/participation and guilt.'" 

The military and police were also directed to arrest Trillanes "so that he can be recommended to the detention facility where he had been incarcerated for him to stand trial for the crimes he is charged with."

Proclamation 572 was published as an advertisement in the September 4 issue of the Manila Times.

Trillanes: No amnesty granted if I did not apply for it

In a televised interview with Senate reporters, Trillanes called the proclamation "bogus", saying the best proof that he applied for amnesty is that he was granted it.

"Imagine, bakit ako bibigyan ako ng amnesty kung hindi ako nag-apply (why would they give me that if I did not ask apply for it? That is a very, very clear requirement kasi yun yung tatanggapin mo yung conditions ng nag-grant ng amnesty (you have to accept the conditions of the one granting amnetsy)," he said.

He added that he does not have a copy of his application form. "I have the amnesty certificate, that's what matters," he said in Filipino.

He added, however, that if security personnel come to arrest him, he will not resist arrest nor try to escape. He said he will not resist since soldiers sent to arrest him are only doing their jobs.

He said he will exhaust all legal remedies and will continue working at the Senate until the arrest is effected.

"I will not dignify [this foolishness]. They know it, I know it... this has no basis. They just made this up ," he also said.

Aquino's amnesty proclamation

President Benigno Aquino III granted the amnesty through a proclamation in 2010 that Congress concurred in.

The amnesty proclamation covered active and former police and military personnel and "[extinguished] any criminal liability for acts committed in connection, incident or related to the July 27, 2003 Oakwood Mutiny, the February 2006 Marines Stand-Off and the November 29, 2007 Peninsula Manila Hotel Incident without prejudice to the grantee’s civil liability for injuries or damages caused to private persons."

Trillanes, a lieutenant, senior grade, at the time of the Oakwood Mutiny, applied for amnesty in 2011.  — Patricia Lourdes Viray

This is a developing story.

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As It Happens
LATEST UPDATE: October 23, 2018 - 5:24pm

President Rodrigo Duterte has revoked amnesty granted to Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV in 2011 in relation to his involvement in mutinies against the administration of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in 2003, 2006 and 2007.

Duterte claims in Proclamation 572 that Trillanes "did not comply with the minimum requirements to qualify under the Amnesty Proclamation."

President Benigno Aquino III granted the amnesty through a proclamation in 2010 that Congress concurred in.

The amnesty proclamation covered active and former police and military personnel and "[extinguished] any criminal liability for acts committed in connection, incident or related to the July 27, 2003 Oakwood Mutiny, the February 2006 Marines Stand-Off and the November 29, 2007 Peninsula Manila Hotel Incident without prejudice to the grantee’s civil liability for injuries or damages caused to private persons."

Trillanes, a lieutenant, senior grade, at the time of the Oakwood Mutiny, applied for amnesty in 2011. 

October 23, 2018 - 5:24pm

The Department of Justice will file a motion for partial consideration at Makati RTC Branch 148 by Friday, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra tells reporters.

The motion will only ask the court to reconsider "only insofar as it found that sen trillanes had sufficiently shown that he filed his certificate of amnesty, and that therefore it follows that he also admitted his guilt."

The Palace had earlier said Solicitor General Jose Calida was already preparing a petition questioning the Makati court's resolution before the Court of Appeals.

October 22, 2018 - 3:49pm

Lawyer Rhodora Peralta, Makati RTC Br148 clerk of court, confirms that Judge Andres Soriano has issued a resolution on a Department Justice plea to issue a warrant of arrest against Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV.

She says they will not give out copies until parties of the case receive the resolution first.

She refuses to give details on what the resolution says.

October 19, 2018 - 5:20pm
A week since proceedings have been wrapped up, Makati Regional Trial Court Branch 148 Clerk of Court Rhodora Peralta is quoted in a report by PTV4 as saying that the resolution may be released “most likely Monday” (October 22). Judge Andres Soriano is determining—pursuant to a ruling by the Supreme Court—the factual issues involved in President Rodrigo Duterte’s Proclamation 572 that declared Trillanes’ amnesty “void from the beginning” due to the senator’s alleged non-compliance with requirements.
October 17, 2018 - 2:22pm
After hours of anticipation that included police going to Makati RTC 148, Clerk of Court Rhodora Peralta says no ruling will be issued on Wednesday, October 17, on a government plea for a warrant against Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV.
October 14, 2018 - 2:21pm

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra "takes very strong exception" to a claim by Rep. Gary Alejano (Magdalo party-list) that the government is pressuring Makati RTC Judge Andres Soriano to rule against Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV.

"The DOJ does not interact with the judge excpet through the pleadings filed and arguments raised in open court," Guevarra says in a statement to reporters that was written entirely in upper case.

"Rep. Alejano's allegations tend to impede the orderly administration of justice, unfairly cast aspersion on the integrity and professionalism, of the Department of Justice and its prosecutors, and constumaciously influence Judge Soriano's decision-making process," he also says.

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