MANILA, Philippines – It’s not just Senator Antonio Trillanes IV.
Solicitor General Jose Calida also inquired about the amnesty records of around 100 ex-mutineers with the Department of National Defense (DND).
No less than DND Secretary Delfin Lorenzana announced this on Monday, September 10, in an impromptu press briefing inside Camp Aguinaldo where he confirmed that Calida directly called him to ask for Trillanes’ amnesty records.
He was asked later in the press briefing to expound on what he and Calida spoke about. He replied: “Gusto niyang makita ‘yung amnesty ng grupo ni Trillanes, ‘yung records (He wants to see the amnesty for Trillanes’ group, the records).”
In the case of Trillanes, Lorenzana said he granted Calida’s request without question. It is unclear whether he did the same for the others. (READ: Calida behind search for Trillanes’ amnesty papers)
Asked whether other amnesty applications were missing, Lorenzana just said, “I don’t know.”
Who are they? Lorenzana did not give the names in the group, but he mentioned these are former mutineers also granted amnesty under former defense secretary Voltaire Gazmin. He did not give names but gave a figure.
“I think ‘yung nakita ko, marami ‘yun eh, 100 ata ‘yun eh, kasi maraming pages ‘yung pinirmahan ni Secretary Gazmin (I think what I saw was a lot, it was maybe 100, because there were a lot of pages signed by Secretary Gazmin),” said Lorenzana, citing a list of former mutineers that bore the signatures of Gazmin.
Among the former mutineers in the coups Trillanes led are officials serving in the Duterte government like Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chief Danilo Lim and former Customs chief and now Deputy Administrator III of the Office of Civil Defense Nicanor Faeldon.
Former mutineers now in the government opposition include Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano and Quezon City Representative Joseph Christopher “Kit” Belmonte.
Why this matters: What would be ruled for Trillanes by the Supreme Court would apply to the other former mutineers, assuming that the DND also lost their records. (READ: Other amnesty certificates signed by Gazmin may be questioned – Roque)
“They are similarly situated, but let us see. It would be up to the Supreme Court. If the others have correct papers, it will be up to the proper authority to determine if they are correct. If they are not correct[ly filed], they have to redo,” Lorenzana said in a mix of English and Filipino.
Trillanes, on his own, now faces criminal and administrative charges, ordered revived by the same Proclamation No. 572 which revoked his amnesty. The proclamation was issued on supposed grounds that he allegedly did not file his amnesty application and did not admit guilt in staging mutinies against the Arroyo administration. (DOCUMENTS: DND confirms Trillanes applied for amnesty) He did.
The military is insisting that they could hear Trillanes’ administrative case through a general court martial, while the two Makati regional trial courts handling criminal cases have decided to hear them first before they decide on whether or not they would issue an arrest warrant against the senator. – Rappler.com
Follow the developments here:
- PNP: Nobody in ‘right mind’ would arrest Trillanes without court warrant
- IBP hits DOJ for ‘mischief’ in Trillanes case
- Without saying why, Calida called Lorenzana for Trillanes’ amnesty records
- Duterte did not consult Lorenzana on Trillanes’ amnesty
- Why send CIDG to Senate? ‘We were being proactive,’ says PNP
- Trillanes eyes probe into multibillion projects ‘awarded’ to Bong Go’s family
- Trillanes will not leave Senate anytime soon: ‘I won’t fall into Duterte trap’
- Other amnesty certificates signed by Gazmin may be questioned – Roque
- Still no warrant, as judge tells DOJ to give Trillanes due process
- DOJ hands off on other Trillanes cases for now
- How can rebel groups trust gov’t negotiations again? – Alejano
- [WRAP | Day 1] Duterte voiding Trillanes’ amnesty: Everything you need to know
- [WRAP | Day 2] Trillanes gets relief from court, DOJ seeks options
- [WRAP | Day 3] Looming Trillanes arrest jolts PH from sleep
- [WRAP | Day 4] Trillanes stays in Senate, Duterte changes tune on warrantless arrest
- [WRAP | Day 5] Family stands by Trillanes as Duterte slams senator
- [WRAP | Day 6] AFP chief Galvez, Honasan push for rule of law in Trillanes case