“Get out of the ‘Senate Hotel’!”
This is the call of Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) community in Hong Kong to opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV who has been camping in the Senate premise since President Rodrigo Duterte signed the Proclamation No. 572 revoking his amnesty.
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In a Facebook live video posted by Jeanette Angel Aries, it shows how several Duterte followers in Hong Kong gathered to shows their undying support for the President and address his most recent issue against his number one critic in the Senate.
During the 8-minute video clip, most of the OFWs in Hong Kong could be seen holding a placard with messages for Senator Trillanes saying:
“Trillanes, ipakita mo ang tapang mo! Huwag kang magtago diyan sa Senado! Sundalong Hunyango!”,
“Mga salot na LP (Liberal Party), never again!”,
“Trililing pahirap sa bayan!”,
“Trillanes layas sa hotel sa Senado!”
“Trillanes walang bayag!”,
“Trililing layas sa Senado de Abswelto, pabigat ka lang diyan!”,
“Trilannes lumabas ka dyan sa Senado de Abswelto. Pera ng kaban ng bayan binabayad diyan! Kapal mukha mo!”
“Trillanes, iisa itlog!”
During their assembly, the Filipino community bears the Philippines flag while chanting “Duterte Duterte ipagtanggol! Trillanes, duwag duwag!”
They also clarified that this protest is not paid or sponsored by anyone, unlike the supporters of Trillanes who are camping outside the Senate building who are obviously forced and only paid to join the rally over the weekend.
Watch the OFW’s protest below:
DDS HK support PRRD and support layas trillanes sa Senado.
Posted by Jeanette Angel Aries on Sunday, September 9, 2018
It could be recalled that while the President is on his official visit to Israel and Jordan, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra released Duterte’s order to revoke Trillanes’ amnesty which was awarded to him after his failed attempts to put an end to the Arroyo administration by staging a coup d’etat during the Oakwood Mutiny in 2003 and Manila Peninsula Seige in 2007.
Based on the proclamation, Trillanes’ amnesty should be voided from the start citing that the soldier turned Senator failed to comply with necessary requirements to qualify the amnesty program; such requirement includes application for amnesty and expression of guilt.
In defense, Trillanes said that Duterte’s latest move to get rid of him is just another attempt of “political persecution”. Since the release of order, Trillanes never left the Senate premise to avoid his arrest.
To further support his claim that he completely applied for the amnesty program, during a privilege speech 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.
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