What is the legacy of Trillanes to earn him an amnesty?

THE people from different political fences squabble over the fate of Senator Antonio Trillanes, whose amnesty for his previous coup attempts is revoked by President Rodrigo Duterte.

The Integrated Bar of the Philippines president said that, “it would be a serious legal anomaly for the same court to order the arrest of a person the information against whom it has already ordered dismissed.”

Senator Franklin Drilon, Trillanes’ ally from the Liberal Party, stressed: “The three branches of government were on the same track. All acted in unison insofar as this case is concerned. Don’t tell me that we can just void that…”

With Presidential Decree 982, Duterte declares: “The grant of amnesty to former Ltsg Antonio Trillanes IV under Proclamation No. 75 is declared void ab initio because he did not comply with the minimum requirements to qualify under the Amnesty Proclamation.” The amnesty being voided, he further declares: “The Department of Justice and court martial of the Armed forces of the Philippines are ordered to pursue all criminal and administrative cases filed against Trillanes in relation to the Oakwood mutiny and the Manila Peninsula Hotel incident.”

What Aquino obviously mislooked in granting amnesty to Trillanes is the seriousness of the rebellion. Possible reason: at first, it seemed that Trillanes was eager to fight corruption in Arroyo’s administration and the military at that time.

Nevertheless, it turns out later that he just lived up to his “Trililing” label. He does not really fight for principles. He is a mere rebel. Now, he is just a mercenary fighting for the highest bidder.

To recall, he asked Duterte in 2016 to be his running mate. After being turned down, he unleashes his vendetta, clearly prioritizing selfish ambitions using the cloak of the Liberal Party.

I cannot see a reason few people from the Liberal Party see a hero from a legacy of hatred. Can one objectively see a noble cause in his attempts to cause mayhem and division in society? In his interview with the BBC, he was asked if he believes in democracy because he cannot seem to accept that the new leader is legitimately elected and that his views are merely his own delusions.

I am reminded of Proverbs 17: 11 (King James Bible: “An evil man seeketh only rebellion: therefore a cruel messenger shall be sent against him.”

In the recent online comments on the CNN Philippine’s wall, almost all of the 3,800 comments hurl diatribes at senator Trillanes. Here are some:

–“When you harass and embarrass president Duterte and his government, you called it democracy. But when government hits back and files charges against you, you called it political persecution….peste!!!!”

–“Nanira ka ng private and public properties, endangered the public, stolen some items during your little coup, then P-Noy gave you amnesty. That administration is really crazy then.”

Going viral on social media is the sarcasm: “We are behind you. Laban lang Senator Trillanes. Nasa likod lang ang mga Pilipino at handa ng itulak ka hangggang sa kulungan.” (We are behind you Senator Trillanes, ready to push you into jail.)

To recall, GMA News online published on January 5, 2011 that while Trillanes admitted to violating some rules, he was not admitting guilt to the coup charges. “I would like to qualify that we did not admit to the charge of coup or anything nafinile naming because we believe hindi iyon ang nararapat na charge na ginawa sa amin,” he averred.

Trillanes cannot show the best evidence of applying for that amnesty which he brags about. What primary document can he show? In addition, he clearly did not comply the requirements if there really was an application that he signed.

Among them, he repeatedly called for an uprising by the military. Is this not serious? Did the previous amnesty give him the hubris?

He pleads for the intervention of the Supreme Court to resolve his case. He must recall that his partner Alejano just filed an impeachment complaint against six justices who will decide about Trillanes.

Like Sereno, Trillanes will be forgotten like an ordinary kanto boy that no one will be interested about, though it seems a few want to suffer with him in jail.

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