MANILA -- (UPDATED) Senator Antonio Trillanes IV on Thursday called on the military not to allow itself to be used for politics as he battled the withdrawal of his amnesty over 2 failed uprisings.
Trillanes, President Rodrigo Duterte's most vocal critic, said he would run after all those involved in the chief executive's move to have him arrested to face civilian and military courts.
"Pagdating ng panahon, 'pag wala na si Duterte, hahabaulin ko talaga sila if they insist dito sa ginagawa nilang kalokohan," Trillanes said from the Senate, where he has been holed up for 2 days.
(When the time comes for Duterte to step down, I will run after them if they insist on this foolishness.)
The former Navy lieutenant singled out Solicitor General Jose Calida, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra and Department of National Defense spokesman Arsenio Andolong.
"Pati dito sa AFP, ako pine-preempt ko lang 'wag na kayo sumawsaw dito. Pulitika ito, ginagamit lang kayo. Ngayon 'yung magapapagamit, 'yung mga abogadong nagsasalita diyan, ako talaga hahabulin ko ang mga ito. Kakaririn ko kayo," he said.
(To the Armed Forces of the Philippines, I'm preempting this, don't dabble in politics. You are being used. Now those who will allow themselves to be used, these lawyers talking, I will run after you. I will not stop.)
"There are bigger messages here. We are talking about democratic institutions, we are talking about due process, we are talking about the rule of law," he said.
Duterte voided amnesty for Trillanes because of his alleged failure to apply for it properly and express guilt over the military uprisings against former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in 2003 and 2007.
Trillanes on Thursday presented a photo of his filing of the amnesty application, a 2011 document from the defense department showing his name among applicants, and a resolution signed by then Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin saying the applicants qualified for amnesty.
The former Navy lieutenant said his application form included a statement saying: "I hereby acknowledge that my involvement/participation in the subject incidents constituted a violation of the 1987 Constitution, criminal laws and Articles of War."
"I hereby recant my previous statements that are contrary if any to this express admission of involvement/participation and guilt," it read.
Trillanes is expected to ask the Supreme Court later Thursday to issue an injunction against Duterte's Aug. 31 proclamation that voided the amnesty, which he secured under former President Benigno Aquino.
"Kung gagawin nilang personalan iyung decision nila, it will be up to them but the whole world would be watching kasi talagang butas-butas itong proklamasyon na ito at very, very dangerous precedent if they will affirm it," he told the high court.
(If they will make their decision a personal one, it's up to them, but the whole world will be watching because this decision is faulty and it will be a very, very dangerous precedent if they will affirm it.)