Trillanes has ‘strong case’ in fighting amnesty nullification: law expert

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 08 2018 07:13 PM

The fact that Senator Antonio Trillanes IV won the senatorial elections twice means the public already forgave him, said Atty. Soledad Mawis, head of the Philippine Association of Law Schools said Saturday. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

MANILA—Senator Antonio Trillanes IV has a strong case against the President's order to nullify his amnesty, the head of the Philippine Association of Law Schools said Saturday.

Atty. Soledad Mawis said Trillanes has documentary proof of his amnesty application and has been exercising his civil and political rights. 

The fact that Trillanes won the senatorial elections twice means the public already forgave him, she said.

"Yes, I think the senator has a strong case. Number one, because of the presumption of regularities of all the issuances that were issued by the previous administration. Of course, the decision that was issued by the Regional Trial Court dismissing the criminal case," Mawis told ANC.

"Number two, based on what I've seen on television, he has documents — and not just documents, even video footage, showing that he indeed submitted the application form. 

"Thirdly, the fact that he has been exercising his full political and civil rights is an indication that indeed an amnesty was regularly issued in his favor."

Mawis said President Rodrigo Duterte's order to arrest Trillanes through lawful means might just be his way out of the controversial invalidation of Trillanes' amnesty.

"It's a way out for the President by saying that he has to be arrested through lawful means. And that's why I guess the Department of Justice filed the necessary motion before the regional trial court," she said.

"I think the very issue here is not really the arrest but rather whether there is really basis for the President to revoke the amnesty that was given to Senator Trillanes."