Trillanes on revocation of amnesty: “Malaking kalokohan!”

Marje Pelayo   •   September 4, 2018   •   6580


Senator Antonio Trillanes IV

PASAY CITY, Philippines – Senator Antonio Trillanes IV is likely to go back to jail soon.

This was after President Rodrigo Duterte revoked the amnesty given to him in connection to coup attempts.

Proclamation Order No. 572, signed by the President on August 31 and was published on Tuesday (September 4), stated that the amnesty given to Trillanes was void from the start because he failed to apply for amnesty and he never admitted guilt for the coup plots.

“The grant of amnesty to former LTSG (Lt. Senior Grade) Antonio Trillanes IV under Proclamation 75 is declared void ab initio because he did not comply with the minimum requirements to qualify under the Amnesty Program,” the order read.

The proclamation takes effect immediately.

In reaction to the issue, Trillanes argued that he wouldn’t have been granted amnesty if he didn’t apply for it. Therefore, he said, there is no point for re-arrest.

“Ito ay isang malaking kalokohan. Hindi naman ako bibigyan ng amnesty kung hindi ako nag-apply ng requirements. Sumumpa ako kay Dating Secretary of Defense Voltaire Gazmin at mapatotohanan iyan ng mga DND officials. So absolutely complied lahat iyan. Iyong mga kaso sa civilian courts na-dismiss iyan. Ano ngayon ang magiging basis ng pagaresto?” the senator said in an ambush interview on Tuesday.

Trillanes was involved in three mutiny attempts against the administration of then president and now House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo – the Oakwood mutiny (2003), the Marines stand-off (2006), and the Manila Peninsula siege (2007). Trillanes, a former Navy officer, and other Magdalo soldiers were given amnesty by President Benigno Aquino III in 2010.

Meanwhile, Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano said the order of arrest against Senator Trillanes is a retaliation of the Duterte administration seeing that Trillanes is among its staunchest critics.

Alejano believes he is likely to suffer the same fate as Trillanes being among those who received the amnesty.

“Kapag iyon ay na-extinguish na in the past administration, hindi dapat ibinabalik dahil kung iyan ang ating basehan, ang amnesty na inibigay natin noong 1060s, 1970s, at 1980s ay kayang i-revoke ng president ngayon. So I don’t think na nararapat gawin iyon,” Alejano said.

With the revocation of the amnesty, Malacañang has ordered the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) to immediately arrest Senator Trillanes and pursue all criminal and administrative cases against him in relation to the stand offs. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Rosalie Coz and Nel Maribojoc.)

Duterte threatens to impose ‘martial law-like’ measures if quarantine violators persist

Marje Pelayo   •   April 17, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has threatened to impose a more drastic measure particularly against violators of the government’s lockdown rules as cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continue to climb in the country.

In his late-night address on Thursday (April 16), the President warned of military and police take over if Filipinos continue to break the government’s enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19.

I am just asking for your disiplina, kasi kapag ayaw ninyong maniwala, mag-take over ang military at police (I am just asking for your discipline because if you do not obey, the military and police will take over). I am ordering them now to be ready,” the President said addressing quarantine violators.

Sila na, parang martial law na rin. Mamili kayo (They will take over like in martial law. You decide),” he added.

The President expressed frustration over reports of residents repeatedly violating quarantine rules despite the government’s efforts in providing social relief at this time of crisis.

Nearly two weeks before the extended Luzon-wide ECQ is lifted on April 30, President Duterte said he will be compelled to order the government forces to enforce strict social distancing and curfew measures if the number of quarantine violators continue to increase.

“Ayaw ko pero kapag naipit na ang bayan at wala kayong disiplina, (I don’t want to do it but if the entire country is compromised because you lack discipline),” he warned.

The Chief Executive also directed the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) to investigate the perpetrators of cockfighting and street drinking sessions in Metro Manila amid the ECQ.

He threatened to cut government aid to those who would further ignore ECQ measures.

 “May pera pala kayong pangsabong. May pera pala kayo pang-inom. Ibigay ko na lang (sa iba,) [You have money for cockfighting. You have money for drinking sessions, so I might as well give the money [to those in need,] ” the President said.

“There’s not enough to go around. Hindi talaga magkasya. We are getting low sa supply ng pagkain na. Ilang araw na iyan buong Pilipinas pinapakain mo – 18 million families (Our supply especially of food is getting lower. We have been feeding 18 millione Filipino families for days now],” he concluded. MNP (with inputs from Rosalie Coz)

READ: Duterte warns unruly quarantine violators not to taunt gov’t amid relief delays

Presidential yacht ready to accept COVID-19 patients

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 13, 2020

The Presidential yacht BRP Ang Pangulo is now ready to accept coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patients after its conversion into a floating quarantine facility.

The Philippine Navy (PN) said it can accommodate a total of 28 patients with five medical personnel.

“Three exclusive compartments were prepared by PN personnel for the patients with temporary division in place observing 3-meter distance between them. Patients and medical staff are given different access points,” their statement reads.

The Navy added that the crew will remain onboard while the ship is being utilized as a quarantine facility.

PPEs were provided for the crew and rapid antibody tests were also conducted on them.

The ship’s remodeling began 48 hours after President Rodrigo Duterte said he wants to utilize the ship for COVID-19 patients. AAC

Duterte’s ‘shoot them dead’ order only aims to warn troublemakers —PNP

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 2, 2020

The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Thursday (April 2) said the ‘shoot them dead’ order of President Rodrigo Duterte was only a warning for lawless elements.

PNP Spokesperson PBGen. Bernard Banac said the PNP is not taking the order literally.

“Iyong pahayag ng Pangulo ay magsisilbing babala lalo na sa mga magtatangka na gumawa ng karahasan, tiyak na ang parusa ng batas ay ipapataw sa iyo (The President’s statement serves as a warning to those who will attempt to cause violence, you will certainly face punishment from the law),” he said.

Banac said law-abiding residents have nothing to worry about because the PNP is always ready to serve the people.

“Ang ating batas ay nariyan para sa kabutihan ng lahat. At sinoman na lalabag ay mananagot sa batas. Ang PNP naman ay tagapagpatupad. Wala naman po dapat ipangamba dahil ang PNP ay kakampi at maglilingkod sa inyo (Our law is here for the good of everyone. And anyone who will violate the law will be accountable. The PNP implements the law. There is no need to worry because the PNP is an ally and will serve you),” Banac said.-AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)


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