Opinion: Trillanes 2nd Round K.O.
“Have patience awhile; slanders are not long-lived. Truth is the child of time; erelong she shall appear to vindicate thee.” – Immanuel Kant
Well, today there was justified victory in the Makati Court Branch 148, where Judge Andres Soriano judged in favor of Sen. Antonio “Sonny” Trillanes. With his running legal jeopardy after the President Rodrigo Duterte revoked his Amnesty. This has been on-going and with a lot of side-steps. Where the government have really pursuit Trillanes. While he has stood strong and hasn’t given way.
Today at the Court, the judge even in his ruling said it wasn’t Trillanes fault for lacking evidence of the amnesty and forms of guilty plea, as the reason has been for the revocation. As by the paperwork in the case of Trillanes, there are other authorities who has certified it and accepted. As well, as there was no opposition to the Amnesty within the limited time of questioning it. Therefore, the Court Ordered it unjust.
To top it off, the judge also order the Hold Departure Order, saying he was not a flight risk and someone who would go into exile to escape prison-time. Plus also stopping the Department of Justice Warrant of Arrest on him. Therefore, totally vindicating Trillanes.
We know this is not over as Prince Golez reports:
“The Palace respects the constitutional independence of the Judiciary and it will continue to do so. As we have said, the Executive Branch has and will always bow down to the majesty of the law, and it will not think twice in doing the same for this particular case. Compared to those personalities in the opposition, we will not unfairly appeal to the pity of the public but will address this matter head on in the proper forum,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said” (Prince Golez – ‘No hurt feelings? Palace respects dismissal of plea for Trillanes’ arrest’ 22.10.2018 link: http://politics.com.ph/no-hurt-feelings-palace-respects-dismissal-of-plea-for-trillanes-arrest/).
Therefore, Malacañang and the President is yet not done with him. Even if the Courts are vindicating him and his certification of the amnesty documents. This is vital, as the critics of the revocation and making the amnesty “null and void” in the first place. As this wouldn’t be an issue, unless this was a political hit-job. If the Malacañang continues to pursuit legal means and tries to figure other ways to fight Trillanes, than they are just showing how they are belittling their opponents and not how they are listening to their grievances. Because they go straight to the trenches and throw grenades, instead of reasoning the differences out. That is crystal-clear from afar.
This has clearly been motives behind it and the President has tried to distance himself. However, he is the one that threw the Senator into legal jeopardy and he has to answer for the deed in the end. Why he did the Presidential Order and what reasoning behind the “null and void” amnesty, as the President has put into question everyone else who was given the same amnesty as Trillanes. That is certain subject that will linger on.
We know, that this isn’t the end. For now, some parts of the case is closed, but who knows if it is taken to the Supreme Court. If there are other factors and unknown documents hidden by the DND or anywhere else. That might shadow another story. Because with these acts and secrecy, the mind are able to flow in different directions and finding new avenues for suspect behavior. Since who would earn on the fall of the Senator?
That is seemingly the President, who could try to get another of his loyalists to control the houses of Parliament even more. That wouldn’t be surprising in these days and times. We all can see that a mile away. Peace.