Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque questions how could there be persecution when Senator Antonio Trillanes IV receives more airtime and “the palace gets 30 percent by way of reply?” “He loves it because he’s now in the center stage. This is not political persecution. This is a gift for him because we’ve given him the limelight,” Roque said. The yellow’s destabilization efforts together with the Communist Party of the Philippines may be real. But it is evident that the government is confident with the military’s loyalty. The AFP is bigger than its officers and men, as Col. Edgard Arevalo responds to Senator Risa Hontiveros’ badmouthing the President. Hontiveros calls Du30 as the country’s ultimate destabilizer. However, Arevalo confirms that the military is loyal to the constitution. He also adds that the opposition cannot persuade the uniformed soldiers to turn against the elected leader.
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Intelligent and Mature Organization
With the word war about the soldier’s loyalties between President Durterte and Senator Trillanes, Gen. Carlito Galvez Jr. comments. To quote him, “While I am aware that the troops have individual views on many issues, those merely are hallmarks of an intelligent and mature organization like the AFP. But we always put the interest of the organization and the nation above our own.”
The Senator is Lying
Galvez is dissuading people from attempting to divide the AFP. To quote him, “Let me take this occasion to warn persons or groups that attempt to divide the AFP by sowing intrigues and discord among its officers and enlisted personnel. You will not succeed.” He also reminds the soldiers to not involve themselves with politics after the issuance of Proclamation 572.
The Lapse on Senator Trillanes’ Amnesty
Presidential spokesperson, Harry Roque, argues that only a president can grant or sign an amnesty. He argues that tsk of signing an amnesty cannot be delegated. He also comments that Trillanes should be jailed sooner rather than later. National Security Adviser, Hermogenes Esperon Jr. says, that a “specific amnesty” should have been issued by Aquino.
As a sudden turn of events, the Makati Regional Trial Court issued a warrant against Trillanes. The senator yielded when the warrant was served to him at the Senate Lounge. He was able to post bail, however, and was given a release order. Consequently, he went back to the Senate.
Coup d’Etat is Non-Bailable
With his amnesty nullified, Senator Trillanes’ rebellion cases are pushing through. He was able to post bail from the warrant that was served to him by Makati RTC Branch 150, which handled his case over the Manila Peninsula Siege. However, if branch 148 comes out with a warrant for him over his Coup d’Etat case on the Oakwood Mutiny, he will no longer be able to post bail as it isn’t bailable under court-martial. For the meantime, the RTC defrays its decision to issue an arrest warrant. The Senator is back to his house and has been very quiet since then. The DOJ said that they are relieved that the court at least already did something and not just ignore their plea to address Trillanes’ fate following the rule of law.