Duterte revokes grant of amnesty
BY ROGER M. BALANZA
The Philippine government has ordered the arrest of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV for his role in the 2003 Oakwood mutiny and the siege of the Manila Peninsula Hotel in 2007.
This developed as President Rodrigo Duterte issued a proclamation revoking the grant of amnesty to Trillanes.
Trillanes called Duterte’s proclamation revoking the grant of amnesty as “stupid.”
“Isang malaking kalokohan,” said the opposition Senator.
He said he had complied with all the requirements to avail of amnesty.
It’s a clear case of political persecution because they can’t find a case against me so they have to invent, he said.
kasi wala silang mahanap na kaso sa akin kaya kelangang mag imbento,” he told reporters.
The senator said he was ready to face arrest. “I will not resist arrest. I will not escape,” he added.
Trillanes political ally Magdalo Party-list Representative Gary Alejano said that he’s ready to join the Senator in jail if the government would also void the amnesty that he received from the Aquino administration. Alejano, also a rabid critic of Duterte, was among the Oakwood mutineers granted the amnesty.
Alejano said that the move of the palace against his closest political ally is political persecution against the critics of the government.
He also questioned how the present administration could revoke the amnesty given by the Aquino administration to Trillanes.
Proclamation No. 572, ordered the “Revocation of the National Defense Ad Hoc Resolution No. 2 (01) dated January 31, 2011 in sofar as it granted an amnesty to former LTSG Antonio Trillanes VI.”
Trillanes, along with several military and navy officers and men, had been incarcerated for the twin mutiny against then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
He was released from detention in 2011, after then President Benigno Aquino, Arroyo’s successor, granted the former Navy officer an amnesty.
Duterte’s Proc. No. 572 ordered the revocation of the grant of amnesty to Trillanes’ “for failure to comply with its minimum requirements.”
The proclamation ordered the military and the police to “employ all lawful means to apprehend Trillanes.”
The Department of Justice and the Armed Forces’ court martial were also instructed to “pursue all criminal and administrative cases” against Trillanes over the military uprisings.
The Oakwood mutiny of July 27, 2003 involved more than 300 armed soldiers led by Trillanes of the Philippine Navy which took over the Oakwood Premier Ayala Center in an armed protest against alleged corruption in the Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo administration. The mutineers called their group the Magdalo Group.
The Manila Peninsula siege occurred on November 29, 2007 at The Peninsula Manila hotel in Makati.
Trillanes and 25 other Magdalo officers walked out of their trial for the Oakwood mutiny and marched through the streets of Makati. The mutineers calling for the ouster of Arroyo, seized the Manila Peninsula Hotel.
Trillanes and his group surrendered after government troop stormed the hotel.