MANILA, Philippines – The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is convinced it is not being “politicized” for following President Rodrigo Duterte’s proclamation to revoke the amnesty granted to Senator Antonio Trillanes IV.
“Ang sinusunod natin dito ay ang legal na mandato, meron namang official document (What we are following here is the legal mandate, there is a legal document), and we are just following orders,” said AFP spokesman Colonel Edgard Arevalo.
“Your Armed Forces is a professional organization, we are a mature organization,” he added.
Arevalo was asked by a reporter to address comments that the usually apolitical AFP was dabbling in politics for getting involved in the highly-publicized conflict between Duterte and opposition senator Trillanes.
Trillanes used to serve in the AFP under the Navy, leading the 2003 Oakwood mutiny and 2007 Manila Peninsula siege that got him jailed, before he effectively retired as he ran for senator in 2007. (READ: Without amnesty, Trillanes’ retirement voided too)
The military’s involvement: The AFP’s personnel division was cited by Duterte’s Proclamation No. 572, which revoked Trillanes’ amnesty.
Upon checking with the AFP’s personnel division, Duterte claimed Trillanes “did not file an Official Amnesty Application Form.” (READ: Calida behind search for Trillanes’ amnesty papers)
“As per the certification dated August 30, 2018 issued by Lt Col Thea Joan N Andrade, Chief, Discipline, Law and Order Division of the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel, J1, stating that there is no available copy of his application for amnesty in the records,” the proclamation reads.
Media reports resurfaced, however, showing that Trillanes filed his amnesty application inside Camp Aguinaldo.
Still, Department of National Defense spokesman Arsenio Andolong said they were still searching for the documents that the AFP supposedly received from Trillanes. – 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
- 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
- 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