MANILA - (UPDATED) The Office of the Solicitor General urged the Supreme Court on Monday to make permanent its denial of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV's plea to halt the nullification of his amnesty.
In filing its 200-page comment on the case, the OSG maintained that President Rodrigo Duterte's proclamation voiding Trillanes' amnesty has sufficient basis.
The OSG also questioned Trillanes' signature on his petition after it found out that the notary public, who supposedly administered the oath, had no records of entering the Senate on the indicated date.
Trillanes has been holed up for weeks in his office at the Senate after Duterte issued the proclamation that voided the lawmaker's amnesty, the OSG noted.
The senator, meanwhile, showed a photo on Monday to prove that he personally took oath upon the petition he submitted before the Supreme Court.
Trillanes had asked the Supreme Court to temporarily stop the proclamation. But the high court denied the plea as two local courts begin separate hearings on the matter.
Duterte voided Trillanes' amnesty for his supposed failure to officially file for one and for his alleged failure to admit guilt in the 2003 and 2007 uprisings against then Gloria Arroyo administration.
The former mutineer has denied these allegations showing videos and documents to prove that he formally applied for amnesty and he admitted guilt in the uprisings.
--report from Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News