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Senator Trillanes’ Amnesty: Media Showdown Cannot Cover Up the Invalid Facts

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By: Elena Grace Flores

Government Presidential Spokesperson, Atty. Harry Roque urges Senator Antonio Ttillanes IV to stop talking nonsense. He must deal with the facts by submitting his duly approved Amnesty application. Aside from that, the law as conferred with international standard states that only a President can grant and sign an amnesty. Contrary to wrong media impressions, it is not the former President Benigno Simeon Aquino III who signed Trillanes’ amnesty grant but the former Secretary of National Defense, Voltaire Gazmin. Roque insists that instead of catering to Trillanes’ gossips, Filipinos better prepare for the upcoming typhoon.




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[VIDEO]: Makati RTC clerk of court on DOJ motion vs Sen Trillanes | September 10, 2018




Void Amnesty Due to the Wrong Signatory

The president cannot delegate the power to grant amnesty to anyone according to Du30. He is insisting that PNoy himself should have signed the document. However, Trillanes’ certificate of amnesty was signed by former defense secretary Voltaire Gazmin. This renders it void according to the President. Furthermore, this also makes other certificates of amnesty questionable, if Gazmin is the only signatory.



The Shallow Defense of Senator Trillanes

Trillanes argues that it is absurd to think of the President to have to sign probably thousands of certificates of amnesty. Consequently, he believes that the president can delegate such administrative tasks to a secretary serving as the alter ego.


SolGen Calida’s Hand

Solicitor General Jose Calida and Senator Trillanes were already not on good terms. Furthermore, Trillanes investigated government contracts entered into Calida’s family business to the ire of the Solicitor General. Calida personally called Defense Secretary Lorenzana for the documents relating to Trillanes’ amnesty. However, Malacañang is insisting that Du30’s proclamation was not colored by politics.



Proclamation 572

Roque is saying that this line of reasoning voiced by Du30 serves as additional grounds for voiding the amnesty. To quote Roque, “This is an additional ground he is invoking, not including the grounds being cited by Solicitor General Calida.”




Facts on the Evidence

Roque is saying that for Trillanes to prove the validity of his amnesty application, he should provide a copy of the acknowledgment of his amnesty application form. If the Department of National Defense could not find a copy, Trillanes will have to prove that a form was submitted to be able to dispute such a claim instead of the staging a word war with the President.



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Senator Trillanes can be Right on SolGen Calida’s Hand to Pave the Way for Marcos

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By: Elena Grace Flores

President Rodrigo Du30 revokes the grant of amnesty to Senator Antonio Trillanes IV for failure to comply with its minimum requirements, Malacanang said. Consequently, The Department of Justice and the Armed Forces’ court-martial were instructed to “pursue all criminal and administrative cases” against Trillanes over military uprisings in 2003 and 2007, according to a copy of Du30’s proclamation, which was confirmed by Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra. The rebellious Senator is so sure that his demise is the work of SolGen Jose Calida who acts as the terminator for the administration’s foes. Calida has been instrumental for the removal of former Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. Then, he filed a manifestation backing the 50% ballot shading threshold that favors the interest of former Senator Bongbong Marcos on his electoral protest against the presumptive VP Leni Robredo.





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[VIDEO]: Pinawalang-bisa ni Pangulong Duterte ang amnestiya kay noo’y Ltsg. at ngayo’y Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV.



Senator Trillanes Failed to Comply

With Senator Trillanes’ failure to comply with the minimum requirements, the amnesty grant is declared void. Moreover, As stated in the proclamation, “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 Program.”



Arresting the Rebel

Now, both the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police are tasked to apprehend Senator Trillanes. Trillanes has criminal and administrative charges in relation to the Oakwood Mutiny of 2003 as well as the Manila Peninsula incident of 2007.  Trillanes is to be recommitted back to the PNP Custodial Center with both the PNP and the AFP to employ all lawful means.



Pnoy’s Amnesty

It was Pnoy who granted amnesty to Trillanes by signing Proclamation No. 50 back in October 2010. Consequently, Trillanes led the Oakwood mutiny in 2003 and the Manila Peninsula siege in 2007 against Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s administration.



Blaming SolGen Calida

Consequently, Trillanes is questioning the legal effect of the EO and attributes it to SolGen Calida. Moreover, he had repeated conflicts with Calida. Furthermore, Aquino’s proclamation allegedly concurred with by the Congress. However, Guevarra says that for Proclamation No.572, the Congress concurrence is not needed because it was void ab initio.



Just a Matter of Time

Trillanes holds the timing as questionable. Consequently, the Senate is set to investigate on an issue that implicates SolGen Calida. Furthermore, he continues that President Du30’s timing in Israel that coincides with the Palace order is very suspicious. He suspects that the President pretends to have no knowledge about his fate. Trillanes presumes that his arrest is the work of Calida to the President’s delight. Perhaps, just in time for the upcoming Marcos takeover.



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President Du30 Responded to Robredo’s Constitution Challenge as De Castro Vies for Supreme Court CJ Post

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By: Elena Grace Flores

President Rodrigo Du30 rejects Vice President Leni Robredo as his successor. Robredo challenges him to follow the constitution. Although, she may not be the legitimate VP. She allegedly won because of the PCOS manipulation. Besides, Du30 does not think she can improve anything in the country. Only leaders like the VP Protestant Bongbong Marcos or Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero can take his place, he said. Robredo claimed that she defeated both candidates. This is despite the massive evidence of fraud found against her. She seems to forget the nature of Du30. Note that the line of succession is already Marcos-friendly. This is with Senate President Tito Sotto and House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.  That secures Marcos’ VP post in case of Robredo’s impeachment. SolGen Jose Calida’s Quo Warranto Petition is another alternative. All these happen as Associate Justice Teresita de Castro vies for Supreme Court Chief Justice.





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[VIDEO]: Pinag-iisipan na raw ni Pangulong Rodrigo Du30 na mag-resign dahil pagod na raw siyang habulin ang ilegal na droga at korupsiyon. Pero ang gusto niyang pumalit sa kanya, ang military junta. O di kaya si Senador Chiz Escudero o si Bongbong Marcos. Pero hindi raw si Vice President Leni Robredo na nakasaad pa man din sa Saligang Batas.




Inability to Lead

President Du30 is trusting the military to find a new capable head of state. “They are the only organizations that can control the situation when everything breaks loose,” Du30 says. He trusts the military much more than he does Robredo. Case in point is Naga City, Robredo’s City, which is a hotbed for crime and illegal drugs.




Robredo’s Camp Lashes Back

Robredo’s camp believes that Duterte’s endorsements are not all that valuable. Barry Gutierrez, Robredo’s Spokesperson, cites two of Duterte’s appointees. Former tourism secretary, Wanda Teo, garnered the outrage of the public when she had a multimillion-peso ad placed in her brother’s show. She immediately resigned, though. Now, NFA chief Jason Aquino is under fire by senators as the price of NFA rice increases.

Preferred Successors

Chiz Escudero and Bongbong Marcos are the preferred successors of President Du30. However, Marcos is the only one who has constitutional rights to take over his position through his electoral protest. Hinting at a resignation in May, Du30 is banking that Robredo can be impeached and have either the House Speaker or the Senate President serve as temporary replacement. Their tenure as VP is until Marcos’ Protest pushes through and he is declared the real winner.









Alleged Fraud in the 2016 Elections

Various officials have already made references to the alleged fraud in the 2016 elections. These public servants include members of the Presidential Communications Operations Office, among other politicians close to the president. Marcos has identified pilot provinces in his protest to which the Supreme Court, standing as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal is now conducting a recount.




The SolGen’s Tactic with the Supreme Court

Apart from the frustration of not being able to fulfill his number one promise, to end corruption, Du30’s only concern is his doubts about Robredo’s competence. He could step down if Robredo is removed as his successor. This would secure the post for Marcos with Sotto and Arroyo in the line of succession. However, there is still Solicitor General Calida who might come up with a brilliant tactic. We can remember his Quo Warranto Petition on the issue of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. Saying that she was not qualified for the position in the first place. Therefore, her appointment can be void as voted against her by the majority of the magistrates including De Castro. How much more if she becomes the Supreme Court Chief Justice?

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Decrypted Images Revive Robredo’s Removal other than Marcos’ Election Protest

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By: Elena Grace Flores

Bongbong Marcos said that his camp filed a Strong Manifestation with Motion regarding the use of decrypted ballot images in lieu of the original paper ballots for his election protest in numerous clustered precincts. He said that the decrypted ballot images “have been compromised.” This is in line with Atty. Glenn Chong’s revelations at the Senate. However, the strong force of the opposition is still felt in the Congress, Senate, and the Supreme Court. So, the outcome of Marcos’ electoral protest against VP Leni Robredo is uncertain. Speculations have it that since the new Senate President, Tito Sotto and the newly elected House Speaker, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is pro-Marcos, the line of succession is secured by the administration. That’s where Sol-Gen Jose Calida can come in – just like in the case of former Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno to perhaps remove Robredo from the second top position of the land.





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[VIDEO]: Glenn Chong ibinulgar na ang “Smartmatic COMELEC tandem naglagay ng Square to cheat and Tamper DECRYPTED BALLOT IMAGES.” This is a clear Hocus PCOS, election sabotage by Smartmatic COMELEC tandem and violation of the Philippine constitution election law.




Robredo’s Opposition

Romulo Macalintal, the lead counsel of Robredo is asking the PET to comment on Marcos’ opposition. Marcos is opposing the use of the decrypted ballot images for the electoral recount. He stands that the images have been compromised. Robredo’s camp is now appealing to the PET to junk Marcos’  opposition.




Marco’s Strong Manifestation

First of all, the integrity of the decrypted ballot images is uncertain. Hence, Marcos’ camp is filing a Strong Manifestation against the use of the decrypted ballot images. The former senator believes that the images have been compromised. Therefore, he is asking the PET to hold the use of these images at least until the issue on its integrity is resolved.

Macalintal’s Argument on the Election Protest

Macalintal argues against Marcos pronouncements of the compromised ballot images. He says that Marcos’ camp has yet to present evidence to support his pronouncements. Atty. Chong disputes this and insists that IT professionals know the real score of the digital fraud as presented.









Compromised SD Cards

There are 26 SD cards, and an initial determination made three months ago suspect them to have the data. However, half of the SD cards suddenly turned up blank. Furthermore, Chong reveals that one of the SD cards, with Serial No. BUF0631 have been tampered with. This discovery of the Data in the SD cards serves as a proof of fraud, Marcos’ lawyer Vic Rodriquez says. The Comelec has also shown incompetence on how Smartmatic’s system is working, Edmund Casino, an IT expert says. The ballots are supposed to have oblongs in them but the images show squares. As the images are supposed to be an exact replica of the ballots this shows that they are fake.




Solicitor General Jose Calida’s Power

Solicitor General Jose Calida has served a key role in ousting CJ Sereno. Calida urged the Supreme Court to uphold its decision to oust former Chief Justice Sereno. This despite Sereno’s accusation of forum shopping and insistence that she is a person of proven integrity. The SC needed to settle the legal controversy, however, and the SC rules in favor of Calida’s petition. Now Calida is leaving it to the Comelec. He is doing so in order to defend it on the ongoing electoral protest. Consequently, he has filed a manifestation that backs the 50% ballot shading threshold. This favors the interest of Marcos’ camp. His Quo Warranto strategy is also an alternative to remove Robredo from office.

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Bongbong Marcos is Stunned by the Supreme Court Associate Justice Caguioa’s Declaration

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By: Elena Grace Flores

The Supreme Court or the PET denies the urgent motion to investigate the unethical outing of the PET revisors with VP Robredo’s representative. It said that the tribunal already looked into it and concluded its probe into the party. This statement from the PET confirms Vice President Robredo’s announcement that the PET had already investigated into the questioned swimming party. Bongbong Marcos is stunned why only Robredo knew about the said declaration. Not even the media knew about its verdict.






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[VIDEO]:  Kampo ni dating Senador Bongbong Marcos Jr., nagulat sa deklarasyon ng PET




Bongbong Marcos is Stunned

Marcos questions the propriety of the presence of Robredo’s revisor Osmundo Abuyuan in the outing. He said in his plea that to fraternize with a revisor was prohibited by the PET or the election tribunal of the Supreme Court. It is prescribed in the Code of Conduct for Court Personnel and the Canon of Judicial Ethics. In a resolution dated July 10, 2018, the PET denies Marcos’ motion. It justifies its answer by saying that the investigation is already done. Erwin Tulfo reacts by saying why there’s no update to the public on this regard.




Caguioa‘s Role

Marcos enumerates some of the orders issued by the Supreme Court Associate Justice Caguioa which show his one-sidedness especially when it comes to penalties or fees. Almost all of his rulings are in Robredo’s favor. Nevertheless, Marcos makes it a point to comply and respect its decisions but cannot contain its unfairness.

The PET’s Declaration

The PET, in the same resolution, also orders the Commission on Elections to file its own comment on Robredo’s motion. It urges for the use of the 25 percent ballot shading threshold in the recount. The Office of the Solicitor General, who represents the government in court cases, disagrees with the position of the COMELEC on the issue and sided with Marcos. The OSG urges the PET to junk Robredo’s appeal and upholds its resolution. SolGen Jose Calida said that valid votes are those with at least 50 percent shading.









Robredo’s Camp Updated with the PET

Robredo said that “A [CCTV] footage confirms that Mr. Miranda, Marcos’ revisor leaves the bag of snacks on the fourth floor of the building for the swimming event.” Although she fails to specify which building. “The revisors of protestant Marcos were also invited to the said outing. In fact, prior thereto, no less than one of the supervisors of protestant Marcos, Mr. Roderick Miranda, sent some snacks for the proposed outing,” she added. Robredo slams Marcos for urging the PET to investigate the outing. She stresses that a probe has already been conducted where “some of the personalities involved were already meted with penalties.”




The challenge to Show Proof to the Supreme Court

Lawyer Vic Rodriguez, a spokesperson of Marcos challenges Robredo’s camp to produce an “authentic” CCTV footage.  “We challenge Mrs. Leni Robredo to go ahead and produce such footage provided it is authentic and not another product of her many lies,” he said. “We have shown pictures of how she has corrupted PET head revisors and pictures don’t lie. To date, all she has are alibis and more lies. She’s already caught and yet she is still making excuses,” he added.