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House Speaker GMA distances herself from Sen. Trillanes’ amnesty issue

Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo  (photo credit: RTVM)

House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo said that she is leaving it up to the court to decide on the revocation of Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV’s amnesty via President Rodrigo Duterte’s Presidential Proclamation no.572.

In a press interview on Thursday, Macapagal-Arroyo said that when it comes to issues concerning legal matters, the former President said that it will be up to the court to decide on them.

Trillanes, together with the other Magdalo group members were granted amnesty by then President Benigno Aquino III in 2010, in connection with crimes they committed in 2003 with the Oakwood Mutiny, 2006-Marines’ stand-off, and 2007 Manila Peninsula siege.  All of these coup attempts took place during the administration of Macapagal-Arroyo.

However, in August 31, Presidential Proclamation no. 572 was issued by Malacanang, revoking the Department of National Defense Ad Hoc Committee resolution no. 2, granting amnesty to Trillanes, a former mutineer.

READ: TIMELINE: The Duterte vs. Trillanes amnesty revocation fiasco

Based on the said decision, Trillanes failed to submit the minimum requirements for him to be qualified from the said program.

In a separate interview, Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque said that Trillanes allegedly did not apply for amnesty and it was just given to him “on a silver platter” because he was an ally of the Aquino administration.

READ: Roque on nullification of Sen. Trillanes’ amnesty: Prez Duterte is just implementing the law

Trillanes is currently taking refuge in his office at the Senate.

 

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