MANILA - Soldiers who joined the mutinies led by Senator Antonio Trillanes against former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo are also at risk of losing the amnesty granted to them, chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo said Wednesday.
President Rodrigo Duterte voided Trillanes' amnesty for alleged failure to comply with minimum requirements, exposing the senator to possible arrest and charges.
Panelo denied critics' claims that Trillanes was the only one whose amnesty was reviewed out of all the soldiers who were given amnesty for occupying the Oakwood Hotel in 2003 and the Manila Peninsula Hotel in 2007 to protest alleged corruption under Arroyo.
"Lahat iyan irerepaso, kung sino ang sumunod at hindi sumunod... Halimbawa karamihan sa kanila o kaunti sa kanila ay hindi sumunod sa alituntunin, e di siyempre mare-revoke din ang amnestiya nila," he told radio DZMM.
(All of that will be reviewed, who obeyed or disobeyed the terms of the amnesty. If for example majority or a few of them disobeyed the terms, of course their amnesty will be revoked.)
"Hindi naman pupuwedeng isa lang ang pupuntiryahin mo, 2 o 3. Dapat lahat iyan, pantay-pantay ang pagtingin," he added.
(You can't target only one or a few. They should all be given the same treatment.)
Trillanes' amnesty was declared void due to his alleged failure to submit an application form and express guilt for his crimes, Duterte's aides had said.
The senator denied this, saying one cannot be granted amnesty without applying for it.
Abigail Valte, a spokesperson of the previous administration, also shared on Twitter a video clip of Trillanes filing his amnesty application.
The original copy of the senator's amnesty application form, however, was "missing" and authorities have "exhausted all efforts" to find it, Defense spokesperson Arsenio Andolong told reporters on Tuesday.
Panelo said media reports and video clips are not enough to prove that Trillanes complied with the amnesty requirements.
"Sinasabi niya mayroon. Nagbabanggit siya ng video, media reports. Pero kung iyun ang ipapakita niya, hindi nagpapatunay iyun na sinunod niya ang itinatakda," he said.
(He's saying that there are videos, media reports. If that is what he will present, that does not prove that he followed the requirements.)
"Kung mayroon man siyang hawak na application form, ang tanong ko e isinumite mo man iyan sa dapat pagsumitehan na opisina? Kung hindi at wala kang pruweba na iyan ay tinanggap, e di parang hindi ka pa rin sumunod," he added.
(Even if he has a copy of the application form, the question is did you submit that to the appropriate office? If you can't prove that it was filed, it's apparent that you failed to comply with requirements.)
TRILLANES SHOULD HAVE BEHAVED WELL
Panelo also said Trillanes should have been an upright citizen after he was granted amnesty.
"Binigyan ka ng grant of amnesty dahil humingi ka ng tawad. Pinatawad ka ng gobyerno. Dapat subsequently after that maging matino kang mamamayan, susunod ka sa batas," he said.
(You were given amnesty because you asked for forgiveness and you were forgiven by the government so you should be an upright citizen and follow the law.)
"Pero itong si Mr. Trillanes, saksi ang buong bayan sa ginagawa niya. Naghahasik siya ng lagim. Nagtatanim siya ng poot sa pamahalaan at sa Presidente, mga akusasyon na hindi naman niya napapatunayan. Lumalabag na siya sa batas."
(The whole country however saw what Mr. Trillanes did, he spread desolation, planted hatred against the government and the President, made accusations he cannot prove. He violated the law.)
Trillanes is a critic of the government's war on drugs. He filed a supplemental complaint against Duterte before the International Criminal Court for the alleged killings under the campaign.
The senator has also accused the President of keeping undeclared wealth and linked his son, former Davao City Mayor Paolo Duterte, to an international crime syndicate.
Trillanes said he will seek a halt order against the invalidation of his amnesty. He said he will stay in the custody of the Senate and will not turn himself over to the arresting authorities.