MANILA, Philippines - Reiterating that they have no regrets about rising against the previous administration, Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV and other Magdalo soldiers on Wednesday formally applied for amnesty, which requires an admission of guilt.
In his application form, Trillanes signed a portion acknowledging his involvement in uprisings that entail "a violation of the 1987 Constitution, criminal laws, and the Articles of War" and recanting his statements in the past that are contrary "to this express admission of involvement/participation and guilt."
Trillanes clarified that this does not mean admitting that what they did against the Arroyo administration was wrong. "Ever since hindi naman kami nagpanggap na 'yong ginawa namin ay natutal na ginagawa ng sundalo. We are man enough to admit we have broken rules in the pursuit of our cause," he told reporters after submitting his application.
Trillanes said what they signed was just a general admission of guilt of some rules, and does not mean they're regretting anything.
He added that they're not admitting to the charge of coup d'etat because it has not even been proven.
"Let me be clear. We admit guilt as far as rising up against the most corrupt president this country ever had," he said. "Proudly."
When he buckles down to work at the Senate this month, Trillanes vowed to prioritize measures related to the military, such as modernizing the Armed Forces amending the National Defense Act. He said he will also push for another increase in soldiers' combat pay.