Robin Padilla Dares Senator Trillanes to Face Arrest
Extras not needed in this complicated saga.
(SPOT.ph) The currently unfolding saga featuring Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, whose amnesty was unceremoniously revoked by President Rodrigo Duterte earlier this week, remains a hot issue, given that the legalities are still being discussed and many lawyers and experts, such as Mel Sta. Maria, Florin Hilbay, and Tony La Viña have come forward with details on why such a unilateral revocation is unconstitutional. Various reasons have been given for the revocation—Trillanes never admitted guilt and the Department of National Defense couldn’t find his application for amnesty, among others. Never mind that there was extensive news coverage of this issue at the time and that Trillanes admitted that they broke the rules.
Sen Sonny Trillanes was a prominent leader of the Oakwood & Manila Pen incidents for which an amnesty was issued by Pres Aquino, and concurred in by Congress.— florin hilbay (@fthilbay) September 4, 2018
Pres Duterte has no unilateral constitutional authority to nullify an amnesty given and accepted 8 years ago.
As if the issue weren’t complicated enough, actor and vocal Duterte supporter Robin Padilla has jumped in, saying on Facebook Live that Trillanes should stop hiding and surrender. Padilla went to the Senate grounds of his own accord and stated, “Ako may trabaho din ako, di ako makapagtrabaho eh kasi gusto ko makita ‘yung katapangan mo (Trillanes) na haharapin mo ‘yong kaso sa iyo.” He also said that he would go into the Senate building and arrest Trillanes himself if he could. In response, Senator Trillanes brushed off Padilla’s statements as petty and childish.
Known for his swaggering macho behavior onscreen and offscreen, Padilla was convicted for illegal possession of firearms in 1994 and spent several years in prison as a result. He was released in 1997 through a conditional pardon granted by then President Fidel V. Ramos, and was granted an absolute pardon by President Duterte in 2016. Padilla had waived his right to be present throughout all stages of his case.
Let's hope, for Mr. Padilla's sake, that Malacañang still has copies of his pardon in their records.