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Duterte revoke amnesty, ordered arrest of Trillanes; Senate minority called it ‘illegal, abusive’

Trillanes is now facing arrest after Duterte issued a proclamation revoking the amnesty.

Jullie Anne Mendoza



Duterte nullified Trillanes amnesty, ordered arrest, Senator placed under Senate custody

MANILA, Philippines – Senator Antonio Trillanes IV on Tuesday, September 4, has requested to be placed under Senate custody after President Rodrigo Duterte revoked the amnesty granted to him dating back in 2010 and ordered his arrest.

The minority – including Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon, senators Risa Hontiveros, Francis Pangilinan, and Paolo Benigno Aquino IV – asked Senate President Vicente Sotto III to put Trillanes under Senate custody until all legal matters have been addressed.

With that said, Trillanes would stay inside the Senate building for now.

At least 40 members of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group, the Armed Forces of the Philippines, and the Philippine National Police were at the Senate premises but refused to confirm should they had been sent to arrest Trillanes.

Personnel from the AFP, PNP, Criminal Investigation Group-Special Operations Unit were talking with the Senate Sergeant at Arms at that time time.

A member of the CIDG refused to divulge if they will arrest Trillanes.

Meanwhile, Senator Nancy Binay had this friendly advice to Senator Trillanes: “This too shall pass.”

“From somebody na pinagdaanan ‘yung ganyan, pagdaanan lang. Lilipas din ‘yan, (From somebody who has gone through that, I say just go through it. This too shall pass.)” Senator Binay said to the reporters in an interview at the Senate on Tuesday.

It is during these complicated moments, she added, that a person would know his true friends.

“‘Yung positive doon is doon mo malalaman kung sino ‘yung kaya mong asahan (The positive thing that would come out of this is you’ll find out who you can trust.),” Binay further added.

“Always look at the positive,” the senator said.

Opposition senators have bonded to fight President Duterte’s order, crying out it as an “illegal and abusive exercise of presidential power.” —