Minority senators seek probe on Trillanes amnesty


Posted at Sep 11 2018 02:47 PM

MANILA - Minority senators are seeking a legislative inquiry into President Rodrigo Duterte's proclamation voiding the amnesty granted Senator Antonio Trillanes IV over two failed uprisings more than a decade ago. 

Duterte, in a proclamation made public last week, voided Trillanes' amnesty due to his alleged failure to apply for it properly and admit guilt for the 2003 and 2007 mutinies against then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. 

Trillanes denied the allegation, saying the President's move was meant to silence the Senate inquiry he is leading into government contracts allegedly bagged by the security firm of Solicitor General Jose Calida. 

Trillanes' fellow minority senators, through Senate Resolution No. 887, urged the Senate to direct the appropriate committee to investigate the issue and ensure that the administration is not abusing its power "to instill fear among the critics of the administration." 

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon and fellow opposition Senators Bam Aquino, Francis Pangilinan, Leila De Lima and Risa Hontiveros filed the resolution Tuesday. 

Trillanes has been holed up in his office since last week, saying he could not be arrested without a warrant. Duterte's proclamation had revived charges against Trillanes over the uprisings. 

The Supreme Court on Tuesday denied Trillanes' plea for a preliminary injunction against the withdrawal of his amnesty. 

The high tribunal said the Makati City Regional Trial Court that heard Trillanes' case should decide on the legality of Duterte's proclamation.