Where is Trillanes' amnesty application? 'Hinahanap pa,' says DND
MANILA, Philippines – A day after the military certified that "there is no available copy" of the amnesty application of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, President Rodrigo Duterte signed the order voiding his amnesty.
But the defense department said on Tuesday, September 4, that they continue to look for it. "Hinahanap pa," said department spokesman Arsenio Andolong in a press briefing in Camp Aguinaldo.
Andolong confirmed what the presidential order, signed August 31, said – that a certification issued by the military on August 30 showed that the application form is missing. (READ: DOCUMENT: Proclamation 572 voiding Trillanes' amnesty)
"Hindi pa namin na-e-exert lahat ng efforts to find the records of Senator Trillanes (We have not exerted all efforts to find the records of Senator Trillanes)," Andolong added.
A former coup plotter involved in two past coup attempts against the administration of former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, now Speaker of the House, Trillanes was granted amnesty by then president Benigno Aquino III.
Trillanes applied for amnesty in January 2011 and was in the list of officers and soldiers granted amnesty that same month.
Aquino himself said Tuesday that he reviewed the records and they "seem to show that he actually applied." (READ: Noynoy Aquino says Duterte should 'respect, recognize' Trillanes amnesty)
A lawmaker also insisted that amnesty is absolute. (READ: Trillanes amnesty absolute, irrevocable – Lagman)
Andolong added that if the DND finds the papers of Trillanes, the senator could use the records "for his defense." – Rappler.com
Follow the developments here:
- Duterte revokes Trillanes’ amnesty ‘effective immediately’
- Trillanes vows to face arrest: ‘Mr Duterte, hindi ako takot sa iyo’
- Revocation of Trillanes’ amnesty ‘clear act of revenge’ – Alejano
- Trillanes amnesty revocation: ‘Duterte reinventing the law’
- DOCUMENT: Proclamation No. 572 voiding Trillanes' amnesty
- ‘Nothing political’ in Trillanes amnesty revocation, says Malacañang
- Trillanes amnesty ‘absolute, irrevocable’ – Lagman
- Noynoy Aquino says Duterte should 'respect, recognize' Trillanes amnesty
- Opposition senators to fight ‘illegal, abusive’ Duterte order vs Trillanes
- DOJ's Guevarra: Trillanes may ask Duterte for clemency
- Robredo: Trillanes amnesty revocation proves admin out to silence critics
- Calida evasive on role in voiding Trillanes amnesty
- Without amnesty, Trillanes' retirement voided too
- Panelo: State protecting itself from ‘political offender’
- After Duterte arrest order, Trillanes to stay in Senate for now
- DOJ applies for warrant and Hold Departure Order vs Trillanes
- Voided Trillanes amnesty appears to be 'attempt to silence dissent' – CHR
- Calida behind search for Trillanes' amnesty papers
- LOOK: Trillanes shows proof of amnesty application
- AFP on revocation of Trillanes’ amnesty: ‘Just following orders’
- Duterte voiding Trillanes' amnesty: Everything you need to know
- Lawmakers, parties hit 'cowardly' Duterte for voiding Trillanes' amnesty
- Trillanes may be forced to go to the Supreme Court
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