MANILA - Solicitor General Jose Calida prompted the search for the amnesty records of Sen. Antonio Trillanes, a military official said Tuesday.
Calida kept silent on his role in a declaration voiding the amnesty granted to Trillanes on Tuesday, as he faced the inquiry of the senator's committee into the alleged conflict of interest in roughly P358.3 million worth of government contracts bagged by his family's security firm.
The Duterte proclamation, signed on August 31, said Trillanes was granted the amnesty even if he did not file an Official Amnesty Application Form. This is according to a certification from the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel, which says "there is no available copy of his application for amnesty in the records."
When a reporter asked military spokesman Col. Edgard Arevalo who inquired at the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel, he responded: "The Solicitor General did."
Arsenio Andolong, spokesperson of the Department of National Defense, said they have no information when Calida filed the inquiry.
"Unfortunately, we are not privy to every communication," he said, when asked what prompted Calida to inquire about Trillanes' amnesty form.