- Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero has released a statement regarding Sen. Trillanes' issue on his amnesty application
- The senator stated that whoever said Trillanes did not file for amnesty must prove it
- He added that there should be someone held responsible if Trillanes’ documents were really missing
It has been almost a month since the issue regarding Senator Antonio Trillanes’ revocation of amnesty transpired. However, Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero stated that whoever said Trillanes did not apply for amnesty must prove how and why it did not happen.
KAMI has learned that Escudero said, “He who alleges must prove the same. Ang nagsasabing wala, siya ang magpatunay kung bakit, paano, saan, kailan nawala," in CNN Philippines' The Source.
Escudero insisted that if Trillanes’ documents of amnesty application were lost, there should be someone held accountable for it. He said, “Sino ang responsableng opisyal na nakawala n'on? Sino ang responsableng opisyal na nagbigay ng amnesty na wala palang application?"
The Department of National Defense said that Trillanes’ documents were alleged “missing”, making it harder for Trillanes to prove his innocence.
However, Trillanes was able to present a certificate of his amnesty and some media coverage showing that he did apply for amnesty and complied with the requirements.
According to Escudero, “Alangan naman iuwi niya iyon. Walang logical or reasonable person na ipapakita sa telebisyon iyon tapos hindi ifi-file.”
President Duterte has signed Proclamation No. 752, revoking the amnesty of opposition Senator Trillanes as granted by former President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III back in 2010.
As previously reported by KAMI, Senator Trillanes stated that Solicitor General Jose Calida allegedly stole and kept his amnesty application documents. He even asked why the Armed Forces of the Philippines and Department of National Defense allowed Calida to do that.
According to Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, Calida asked him if DND had Trillanes' documents. He said, "He [Calida] asked me, he asked me personally by phone to get the amnesty records niya [Trillanes] sa Department of Defense and sa AFP so I provided him."
But Lorenzana later on cleared that he did not provide the documents, instead, he "replied I don't know as this happened in many years ago. I asked our JAGS (Judge Advocate General's Service) to assist the SOLGEN. Solgen Calida sent one of his staff to the JAGS.”
After Makati RTC Branch 148 “deferred” Department of Justice’s motion to file arrest warrant and hold departure order against Trillanes last September 28 (Friday), the senator left the Senate building where he was staying since the issue started and went home.
Makati RTC Branch 148 is handling the non-bailable coup d’etat case of Senator Trillanes. The Makati court is set to have a hearing again on October 5, 2018 at 9 a.m.
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