"We urge the administration to identify the amnesty given to Senator Trillanes, to immediately stop wasting the money and time of the people from unreasonable allegations, and instead focus on the needs of the Filipino people," Vice President Leni Robredo said.
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Robredo: Voided amnesty shows lengths admin will go to silence critics
(Philstar.com) - September 4, 2018 - 4:40pm

MANILA, Philippines — Vice President Leni Robredo on Tuesday said that a proclamation voiding the amnesty granted to Sen. Antonio Trillanes shows that the Duterte administration would do everything to silence its critics.

President Rodrigo Duterte issued Procalamation 572 on August 31, declaring the amnesty granted to the senator in 2011 void for allegedly failing to meet the conditions for it. The proclamation was published in the August 4 issue of the Manila Times.

"In addition, the administration uses it to divert the attention of the public from addressing the problems of our country: the continuing rise in prices of commodities, the shortage of rice supply in different part of the country, economic slowdown, the allegations of corruption and even the worsening traffic situation," Robredo said in Filipino.

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The vice president added that the attack against Trillanes also tramples the democratic process that strengthens the country.

Robredo called on the Duterte administration to acknowledge the amnesty granted to Trillanes by President Benigno Aquino III in 2010.

"We urge the administration to recognize the amnesty given to Senator Trillanes, to immediately stop wasting the money and time of the people from unreasonable allegations, and instead focus on the needs of the Filipino people," Robredo said.

The issuance of the proclamation that effectively revoked Trillanes' amnesty grant comes as the senator leads a Senate investigation into the alleged conflict of interest in Solicitor General Jose Calida's ownership of a security agency that has government contracts.

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Malacañang, on the other hand, denied Trillanes's assertion that the nullification of his amnesty grant was a case of political persecution.

“He was the one who did the Oakwood mutiny, the Manila Peninsula siege. There is nothing political. These are all his acts,” presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said in a press briefing, referring to the mutinies against the Arroyo administration covered by the amnesty proclamation. — Philstar.com intern Alexis Calub

As It Happens
LATEST UPDATE: March 20, 2019 - 8:12am

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. 

March 20, 2019 - 8:12am

The continuation of Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV's trial for a rebellion case has been moved to May as the Court of Appeals denies his petition for a TRO against it.

The CA denied the petition for TRO for the trial at Makati RTC Br. 150 saying doing so would mean granting the main prayer without trial.

The court has also directed Makati RTC Br. 150 Judge Elmo Alameda to comment on Trillanes' petition.

The rebellion case is over Trillanes' participation in the 2007 Manila Peninsula siege, for which amnesty was granted in 2011. President Rodrigo Duterte has voided the amnesty.

November 26, 2018 - 4:13pm

The Department of Justice has transmitted to the Office of the Solicitor General the order by Makati Regional Trial Court Branch 148 denying its motion for reconsideration on an earlier decision not to issue an arrest warrant for Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV over a coup d'etat case it dismissed in 2011.

The court has stood firm on its decision that Trillanes applied for amnesty and acknowledged guilt in mutinies against the Arroyo administration.

It also stood by the same decision that found that Proclamation 75, which voided Trillanes' amnesty, is legal and is within the president's powers to issue.

"We are transmitting the Joint Order for your office to consider the filing a petition for certiorari with the higher courts witin the time allowed by the Rules of court, " Senior Deputy State Prosecutor Richard Fadullon, OIC prosecutor general, says in his letter.

Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo had initially said Solicitor General Jose Calida would go straight to the Court of Appeals and not wait for the Makati court to reconsider. 

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.
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