MANILA, Philippines – Senator Antonio Trillanes IV has never retired and is back in active service as far as the Department of National Defense (DND) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is concerned.
DND spokesman Arsenio Andolong announced this in a press briefing on Tuesday, September 4, announcing the department’s next steps after President Rodrigo Duterte revoked Trillanes’ amnesty.
“He was reverted back to active duty,” said Andolong.
He added that Trillanes would then have to face administrative and criminal charges in connection with the coup attempts against the Arroyo administration.
Opposition senator Trillanes was deemed retired from the Philippine Navy after he filed a certificate of candidacy for senator in 2007. Now he’s back in service.
“It’s because what released him from the service is the amnesty and that terminated his court martial and everything. So everything sprang from that,” Robert Rubin, DND Internal Audit Service chief, explained after the briefing.
Trillanes was jailed for his leadership in the 2003 Oakwood mutiny and the 2007 Manila Peninsula siege, but was later granted amnesty by President Benigno Aquino III with the concurrence of Congress in 2011.
Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra, who has been assigned officer-in-charge of the country while Duterte and his delegation are in Israel, earlier said congressional concurrence is not needed because the grant of amnesty is “void ab initio.”
Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon said Proclamation 572 “has no basis” as it was premised on Trillanes’ alleged failure to apply for amnesty, and that any a reopening of the criminal cases against him, which had been tried, would constitute “double jeopardy.” – 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
- Where is Trillanes’ amnesty application? ‘Hinahanap pa,’ says DND
- Robredo: Trillanes amnesty revocation proves admin out to silence critics
- Calida evasive on role in voiding Trillanes amnesty
- 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