Friday, March 24, 2017

The amnesty given to Senator Antonio Trillanes IV for his involvement in the mutiny against the President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo will soon undergo a review by President Duterte’s top counsel.


The administration is now looking into the validity of the amnesty given to Senator Antonio F. Trillanes IV.

According to chief presidential legal counsel Salvador Panelo, they are checking if Trillanes' amnesty which is given by former President Noynoy Aquino was legal.

“There are some legal quarters expressing the same uncertainty or doubt on that. I’ll go over the case,” Panelo said. 

If their findings indicate that the amnesty is invalid, the senator might be placed back in jail. 

“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, hindi valid iyon,” he said.

The amnesty given to Senator Antonio Trillanes IV for his involvement in the mutiny against the President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo will soon undergo a review by President Duterte’s top counsel.

The Magdalo group led by Trillanes were given amnesty after taking over the Oakwood Towers in Makati in protest of rampant corruption in the government.

While the mutineer-turned-legislator is a known critic of the president, Panelo said the move was not part of political persecution.

 “We are not in the business of persecuting people. We are in the business of prosecuting people who violate the law and as the President says it is his duty to protect and serve the people,” he added.

Trillanes brought the issue of Duterte's alleged P2 Billion in secret bank deposits to the media. Along with Senator Leila de Lima, he was also vocal in saying that Duterte is liable for the extrajudicial killings in the administration's war on drugs.

De Lima is now in jail for her alleged involvement in drug trafficking during her term as secretary of Justice.

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