Panelo: Trillanes' amnesty should be reviewed

Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 01 2017 09:04 PM

MANILA - Chief presidential legal counsel Salvador Panelo on Wednesday said a review may be done on the amnesty given to Senator Antonio Trillanes IV.
 
Then-President Benigno Aquino III in 2010 granted amnesty to Trillanes and several others who were facing rebellion charges.

Asked if Trillanes would be thrown back in jail if his amnesty is found invalid, Panelo said, "Ganoon ang mangyayari doon."

Panelo, however, said as of now, he does not know yet the facts in Trillanes’ case.

"Kung nabigyan siya ng amnesty na mali, hindi valid 'yun. I don't know the facts of the case,” he said.
 
"Ganun ang mangyayari doon. Hindi ko pa alam kasi ang facts ng kaso."
 
Panelo, nonetheless, assured that the government is “not in the business of persecuting, we're in the business of prosecuting people who violate the law."

Reacting to Panelo’s statement, Trillanes said, “Panelo seems to be getting legal advice from the guy who sold him his ripped jeans.”

The Office of the Solicitor General earlier said it is studying whether charges could be filed against Trillanes for coddling self-confessed murderer, retired SPO3 Arturo Lascañas, who accused Duterte of running the Davao Death Squad.

An ethics complaint was also filed against Trillanes for his accusations of bribery against two Court of Appeals justices and for calling President Rodrigo Duterte a “murderer.”