- A number of politicians and lawyers have given their reactions to the supposed "revocation" by the President of the amnesty granted to Trillanes
- According to them, the amnesty given by then Pres. Noynoy Aquino was absolute and irrevocable without any revocation clause
- Amnesty is an act of the people through Congress which has the effect of obliterating the liability of the grantee
Several politicians, most of them lawyers, have given their reaction to President Duterte's "revocation" of the amnesty granted by then Pres. Noynoy Aquino and concurred by Congress to Sen. Antonio Trillanes eight years ago.
KAMI learned that the President issued Proclamation No. 572 on August 31, 2018, which stated that the amnesty given to Trillanes was void for the reason that it did not comply with the "minimum requirements to qualify under the amnesty proclamation."
Because of this, several politicians, lawyers couldn't help but give their reaction over something they perceived as "political persecution."
Some of those who gave their condemnation of the President's act include Vice President Leni Robredo, Rep. Gary Alejano, Former Solicitor General Florin Hilbay, Rep. Edcel Lagman, former Ateneo School of Government Dean Tony La Viña, and former President Benigno Aquino, III.
According to Robredo, the declaration of Duterte that the amnesty given to Trillanes was void is proof that the administration will do everything to silence those who oppose it.
Rep. Edcel Lagman said that the amnesty given to Trillanes was "absolute and irrevocable." There was no revocation clause making the said revocation of Duterte as one without any "legal or factual basis."
"Consequently, the reported revocation by President Rodrigo Duterte of the amnesty granted to Senator Antonio Trillanes has no legal and factual basis."
The same context was provided by former Solicitor General Florin Hilbay, wherein he stated that, Sen. Sonny Trillanes was a prominent leader of the Oakwood & Manila Pen incidents for which an amnesty was issued by Pres Aquino, and concurred in by Congress.
Pres Duterte has no unilateral constitutional authority to nullify an amnesty given and accepted 8 years ago."
Rep. Gary Alejano also hit back against the said revocation, and called Duterte's act as a "clear act of vengeance." He stated that he, along with Trillanes, all had submitted the requirements for the amnesty. Thus, making it legal in all aspects.
Former Ateneo Dean said, "The revocation of the Trillanes amnesty is a blatant attack on critics and the political opposition. Beyond Trillanes, it is illegal and wrong policy wise."
Of course, former Pres. Noynoy Aquino gave his two cents on the matter, "The government offered it. It was the legal thing to do. It must be respected and recognized."
Sen. Antonio Trillanes was one of the leaders of the Oakwood Mutiny, which transpired in 2003.
The said mutiny aimed to oust then president, now new Speaker of the House, Gloria Arroyo.
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