Trillanes’ amnesty application form missing

Trillanes The Manila Times

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV’s lawyer, Atty. Reynaldo Robles, admitted before the Makati City Regional Trial Court Branch 150 that the Senator’s copy of the amnesty application form he filed could not be found.

This he said during last week’s hearing when Makati RTC Judge Elmo Alameda asked Robles for Trillanes’ copy of the application form as proof that he has complied with the basic requirements for an amnesty.

The Makati RTC Branch 150 is the one tasked to handle the rebellion case against Trillanes and the other Magdalo soldiers who participated in the 2007 Peninsula siege.

“The court needs the actual application,” Judge Alameda told Robles.

“He cannot find his copy,” Robles admitted.

“The court is not after secondary evidence,” Judge Alameda responded.

Robles instead presented as evidence a video footage of the actual filing of application form before Col. JosefaBerbigal.

Judge Alameda, however, told Robles that the video is not authenticated.

Robles also presented Trillanes’ amnesty certificate, photos of the Senator holding a copy of his application form published in the Philippine Daily Inquirer, and the memorandum to the Department of National Defense Ad Hoc Committee.

He assured the court that they will submit additional proof to authenticate their evidence.

Robles also promised that they will secure an affidavit from Berbigal, the person who received Trillanes’ application form.

In an ambushed interview, Robles told reporters that they are trying to look for Trillanes’ amnesty application form to be presented to the court.

The court also asked the prosecution proof that Trillanes failed to submit requirements for an amnesty.

A certification filed by a certain Lt. Col. Thea Joan Andrade noted that there is no available copy of Trillanes’ application form.

This brought Judge Alameda to ask the DOJ prosecutors: “That is your basis in concluding that court’s dismissal is void?”DOJ Prosecutor General Richard Anthony Fadullon and Senior State Prosecutor Juan Pedro Navera, maintained that the court’s dismissal of the rebellion case seven years ago is void because of Proclamation 572 revoking Trillanes’ amnesty.

The prosecutors also submitted as evidence news articles showing that Trillanes did not admit guilt even after he was granted amnesty.

Fadullon told the court that evidence to support their case will be presented in the next hearing.—igc