Amidst the circus between Senator Antonio Trillanes IV and the Proclamation No. 572 signed by President Rodrigo Duterte himself revoking the amnesty given to the opposition Senator, the Department of National Defense (DND) clarified that they simply could not find Trillanes’ application for amnesty.
In a radio interview, DND spokesperson Director Arsenio Andolong said that the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff Personnel also called as “J1” has no available copy of Trillanes’ amnesty application.
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“Hindi naman po namin sinasabi na wala siyang application. Ang nangyari po dito sa amin sa J1 po ng AFP, hindi po makita ‘yung kopya ng application,” Andolong said.
“Ang nangyari kasi diyan, nung prinocess po ‘yung kanilang amnesty, nu’ng 2011 pa po ‘yun eh, may crineate po na adhoc committee ang DND para suriin at irekomenda po ang kanilang mga applications for amnesty. Ang secretariat po nu’ng panahon na ‘yon ay ‘yung J1 po ng AFP,” he added.
Andolong explained that when the Office of the Solicitor General inquired at J1, the said office could not find the copy since it was processed a long time ago, but this does not mean that the Senator did not submit the application.
“Ang problema po, talagang hindi po makita ang kopya. Nu’ng humingi ng certification ang SolGen, in-issue po ‘yon nu’ng araw na ‘yon na as of that date, hindi makita,” he said adding that the certification issued by J1 states “no available copy”.
“Hindi po nagkakaintindihan. Ang akala nu’ng iba, hindi siya [Trillanes] nagbigay… Meron po. Hindi lang makita,” he added.
It could be recalled that on Tuesday Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra announced that President Duterte signed a proclamation revoking the amnesty given to Trillanes making it void or as if it did not exist from the beginning.
The proclamation sited that the Senator failed to comply with the minimum requirement of the amnesty which includes expression of guilt for the offenses he committed during the Oakwood Mutiny in 2003 and the Manila Peninsula Siege in 2003.
To further support his claim that he completely applied for the amnesty program, Senator Trillanes presented a video footage and photos of himself when he sought for amnesty, several news articles about this event, his own copy of amnesty certificate, and the court’s decision which dismissed the rebellion and coup d’etat cases against him.
As of writing, the Malacañang has yet to comment on the evidence presented by Trillanes and the statement made by DND.
Watch Trillanes’ privilege speech below:
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Posted by Antonio "Sonny" Trillanes IV on Tuesday, September 4, 2018
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