Payback time? Panelo wants review of Trillanes’ amnesty

MANILA, Philippines – Is it payback time for this administration against one of its harshest critics, Senator Antonio Trillanes IV? This after Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo revealed he is planning to review the amnesty granted to Trillanes by the previous administration back in 2010. Trillanes and several other individuals charged with rebellion were granted amnesty by former President Benigno Aquino III after being implicated in the 2003 Oakwood Mutiny and the 2007 Manila Peninsula siege. “I don’t know of the facts of the case yet but there are some legal quarters expressing the same uncertainty or doubt on that. I’ll go over the case.

Then, I’ll give you my proper response,” GMA News quoted Panelo as saying. Panelo said there is a strong possibility that the soldier-turned-senator could be thrown back to jail once his amnesty is found faulty and revoked. “Anything that is not the law can be a precedent. It is always in the context of the law. So kung nagbigay siya ng amnesty na mali, eh hindi valid iyon [If the amnesty given was faulty, it’s invalid.]. But I don’t know the facts of the case,” he explained. The Malacañang official, however, clarified, the move is not aimed at prosecuting those who are deemed enemies of the administration, but only those who broke the law, as part of the President’s directive to ‘protect and serve the people’. But Trillanes dismissed Panelo’s threat; saying: “Panelo seems to be getting legal advice from the guy who sold him his ripped jeans.” The lawmaker is currently facing an ethics complaint at the Senate filed by a lawyer for calling Duterte a ‘murderer’. The Office of the Solicitor General (SolGen) also threatened to file a case against the senator for supposedly ‘coddling’ self-confessed killer and Davao Death Squad (DDS) leader PO3 Arturo Lascañas.
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