Roque admits PRRD admin singled out Trillanes


NEWS BY GMA: Amnesties extended by previous administrations remain valid unless questioned before the courts, Malacañang said Thursday, as President Rodrigo Duterte drew criticism for voiding the amnesty granted to opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV.
Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said he had not seen and reviewed the amnesties granted by past chief executives even as he insisted that only the President has the constitutional mandate to extend amnesty. xxx

"Sorry na lang si Senator Trillanes, pinag-aralan siya ni SolGen [Solicitor General Jose] Calida at lumalabas na depektibo talaga iyong kaniyang amnesty. Anong resulta? Well, iyong sa kaniya lang ang maaapektuhan dahil iyon lang naman ngayon ang actual review ng regional trial court sa Makati," he added.

Roque said the validity of the amnesty will be ruled upon by two courts in Makati City in determining whether warrants of arrest should be issued for Trillanes for his rebellion and coup d'etat cases.

SOURCE: 'SORRY NA LANG SI TRILLANES' | Other amnesties valid unless questioned —Palace; Published September 13, 2018 8:28pm By VIRGIL LOPEZ, GMA News; www.gmanetwork.com/news/news/nation/667676/other-amnesties-valid-unless-questioned-palace/story/
WHO IS ROQUE? Harry López Roque is a Filipino lawyer and a former law professor. He taught law at the University of the Philippines, teaching constitutional law and public international law for 15 years. Among the notable cases he handled are the Maguindanao massacre and Jennifer Laude cases. SOURCE: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_Roque

WHO IS TRILLANES? Antonio Fuentes Trillanes IV, also known as Sonny, is a retired Navy officer currently serving as a senator of the Philippines. He was a candidate for the Office of the Vice President of the Philippines in the 2016 Philippine Presidential Elections. SOURCE: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antonio_Trillanes

REVOCATION OF AMNESTY. On August 31, 2018, President Rodrigo Duterte signed Proclamation No. 572, revoking Trillanes's amnesty. Duterte ordered the Department of Justice and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to review all criminal cases in relation to the 2003 Oakwood mutiny and 2007 Peninsula siege. Shortly after that, Trillanes told to the reporters that he would not evade the case and he also told to Duterte that he is not afraid of him. The amnesty (Proclamation No 50) was granted by then-President Benigno Aquino III and later issued Proclamation 75 superseding Proclamation no. 50 back in 2010. SOURCE: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antonio_Trillanes#Revocation_of_amnesty_by_President_Duterte

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