Amnesty withdrawal for Trillanes 'unconstitutional' - Pangilinan


Posted at Sep 25 2018 04:33 PM | Updated as of Sep 25 2018 08:12 PM

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President Rodrigo Duterte's withdrawal of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV's amnesty, which led Tuesday to his arrest over a 2007 failed uprising, is "unconstitutional and illegal," Senator Kiko Pangilinan said Tuesday.

Duterte, in a proclamation made public last Sept. 4, nullified the amnesty that absolved Trillanes, a former Navy officer, from charges over revolts against former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in 2003 and 2007 due to his alleged failure to file an application form and express guilt.

The Makati Regional Trial Court Branch 150 granted Tuesday the Department of Justice's motion to order Trillanes' arrest over the second uprising. It also issued a hold departure order against the senator.

"We will respect the court order, but we disagree with it. We think the amnesty revocation is unconstitutional and illegal," Pangilinan told radio DZMM.

Pangilinan accompanied Trillanes to the Makati police headquarters as the latter underwent booking procedure.

Trillanes, a fierce critic of Duterte, is facing a separate case at the Makati RTC Branch 148 in connection with the 2003 revolt.

DZMM, 25 September 2018