“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.
“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.