Opinion: Sen. Trillanes revoked amnesty seems like a political hit-job!
“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” – Nelson Mandela
Now, that there is evident that the Senator Antonio Trillanes IV has lost his security detail, even as his case is moving by. The same court that questioned the arrest order and the Hold Departure Order on the 28th September 2018, did on 5th October 2018 a total turnaround, as the Judge Andres Soriano ordered the evidence of the application and the amnesty to be delivered to the Court within 24 hours.
This case been unfolding since the President Rodrigo Duterte decided to use his Executive Power and revoke the amnesty given by Aquino, that the 5th January 2011 amnesty wasn’t effective and justified by the powers of the Presidency. That is why Trillanes is now in hot-water.
This was after Duterte revoked it and made it “null and void” on the 31st August 2018. That was a deliberate act to really take away the freedoms granted to former officer. Which was also discharged and able to run for elections after the amnesty. This amnesty was in the public and was also broadcasted on live TV. Therefore, the ones knowing about, would already know. Unless, the branches of government has been actively destroying documents within the army, the branches of the judiciary or the previous administrations back-log. Because that is how it seems as the days goes by.
If the Aquino administration gave him amnesty, clearly, the candidate Trillanes delivered an application and a plea of guilt. Which the state now needs produced. If the Philippines bureaucracy and government is serious, they should have filed the copies and the documents from all of the mutineers, which was granted amnesty on the 5th January 2011. That is if, the Philippines government are serious and not just filled political hacks working to undermine their own protocols, as it seems by the day. It looks unprofessional and undermining the acts of the past. Because it fit the paradigm of today.
The implication is very simple, the Makati Branch and Judge Soriano regretted his judgment in favor of Trillanes and needed to show faith in Duterte. That is why a week later, as the Security Detail and the other pressure is coming on the Senator. He could add more pressure, to get copies and documentation of his own release, which was just mere 8 years ago fixed by Aquino.
That the news also are telling that the Ad-Hoc Committee accepting the application back-in-the-day. Didn’t make copies and giving it to the applicants. Proves, that the state has configured it all to fix their narrative. As they know this procedure, they know that Trillanes doesn’t have a copy, as the Committee of Aquino never gave any. That is why this is simple math and also very destructive. Because, who should trust any amnesty or any possible freedom from the law, if the government changes heads or ministers. They might ask the Executive to revoke it and take that away. Even if the person has followed the codes and acted within bounds of the law.
That is why anyone taking and filing for amnesty should fear for their future, because anyone within reach of power. Can just on their own merry take away the amnesty. That your losing your freedom, because of the Executive uses the powers he has.
If someone ever seeks amnesty, ask for documentation, pronto to save your own head. This government can make your case “null and void” and your personal life in danger again. Because the powers decides so. Peace.