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Marcos’ Lawyer Agrees with Panelo that Voiding Trillanes’ Amnesty is Constitutional

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By: Elena Grace Flores

Vice Presidential Protestant Bongbong Marcos’ lawyer agrees with Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo that President Rodrigo Du30’s decision to declare void ab initio (void from the beginning) the amnesty granted to Senator Antonio Trillanes IV is constitutional. He should surrender himself to authorities because an amnesty is a conditional pardon. He must stay loyal to the current government and not to the previous one. All he has to do is present the proof of acceptance for his application which he failed to do so. He can stay in jail while fighting for his case. The same with the former senators Jinggoy Estrada and Bong Revilla. His can is somewhat similar to the quo warranto petition of the former Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno when after investigation, her SALN was incomplete.




Youtube video by Elena Grace Flores from PTV

[VIDEO]: Marcos’ Lawyer Atty. George Garcia Explains the Constitutional Process of Voiding Trillanes’ Amnesty




The Presidential Defense

Panelo is coming to the defense of President Du30’s decision of declaring void ab initio, Trillanes’ amnesty. He is arguing that the President’s decision is constitutionally allowed.  Furthermore, Panelo is saying that Trillanes is abusing the grant of amnesty by not complying with the terms and conditions.




Proclamation No. 572

With the signing of Proclamation No. 572 by President Du30, the amnesty granted to Trillanes is declared void ab initio. This is due to Trillanes failing to submit his original amnesty application to the Department of National Defense.  This was for the crimes he has done in 2003’s Oakwood Mutiny and 2007’s Manila Peninsula Siege.




Trillanes’ Offense

Panelo is saying that Trillanes is essentially committing the same crime again. He is bombarding President Du30 with accusations that he has no proof of. Now, that he is called to answer his own crimes, he’s taking refuge at the Senate.



The Right of the President

To protect itself from assault, the government has the right to protect itself through the President. To quote Panelo, “As Chief Executive and Head of Government, he has the power to issue orders protective of the State and its people. This is in line with the prime duty of the government to serve and protect the people under Article II, Section 4 of the 1987 Constitution.”




Warrant of Arrest

Panelo further adds that even without the concurrence of Congress, the amnesty can be voided. As he says, “Senator Trillanes has abused a grant of amnesty, albeit void, and it compels its nullification by the President – official authority who is considered by the 1987 Constitution as the grantor of executive clemencies.”




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Panelo: UN Sec Gen Ban, Obama hear Duterte’s side

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welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

Rappler covered this: Diplomatic sources say this was a breach of protocol during the ASEAN Summit in Vientiane, Laos

Diplomatic sources say this was a breach of protocol during the ASEAN Summit in Vientiane, Laos

VIENTIANE, Laos – Salvador Panelo, chief legal counsel of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, has taken his job to another level.

To defend his boss, Panelo personally approached UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and US President Barack Obama at the recently concluded Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Laos.

Diplomatic sources said that what Panelo did was a breach of protocol.

They said that in events like this, lower-ranking officials cannot simply approach higher-ranking ones from other countries to bring up certain issues. They can only talk about these issues if the higher-ranking officials approach the lower-ranking ones, diplomatic sources said.

Welcomed or not, the effort was done and CNN elaborated:

A handshake and a quick chat between President Rodrigo Duterte and U.S. President Barack Obama was all it took for both leaders to clear the air and be on good terms.

At least, that’s what Philippine officials are trying to project afterDuterte and Obama briefly met on Wednesday night, before attending the gala dinner of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Full story here:  http://cnnphilippines.com/news/2016/09/08/Duterte-Obama-in-good-terms-now.html

Rappler continues: Still, Panelo came up to Ban and Obama to address their concerns about the Duterte administration.

Ban and Obama, for one, have both criticized recent killings in the Philippines under Duterte’s watch.

Panelo recounted telling Ban in one of the ASEAN events, “I want to assure you that the Philippine government has not committed any violation of any international law or our laws.”

“Mali ‘ka ko ang dumarating sa inyong impormasyon…E ‘ka ko, perception ‘yan, pero hindi ‘yan ang nangyayari,” he said. (I told him he’s receiving the wrong information…I told him, that’s perception, but that’s not what is happening.)

Reference: http://www.rappler.com/nation/145754-panelo-ban-ki-moon-obama-duterte-asean

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