Revocation of Trillanes' amnesty is 'rape of justice'- De Lima

Senator Leila de Lima on Saturday branded as a "rape of justice" President Rodrigo Duterte's revocation of the amnesty granted to Senator Antonio Trillanes IV by the previous administration.

"It is nothing less than an assault on the law and the rape of justice," De Lima said of Duterte's Proclamation No. 572.

"No army of lawyers large enough, and stupid enough, can defend it. No amount of legal verbosity and pedantry can justify it," she said in a statement sent from her detention cell, adding that the proclamation was an illegal act.

“And just like women, who are raped not because they are beautiful but because there are rapists, justice is raped in the case of Senator Trillanes, not because justice deserves to be raped, but because there is a rapist out there. His name is Rodrigo Roa Duterte, and he wants to be first in line in the gang-rape of justice by this government,” De Lima said.

Duterte signed Proclamation No. 572 on August 31, revoking the amnesty granted in 2011 to Trillanes for his involvement in unsuccessful attempts to overthrow the Arroyo administration when he was still a Navy officer.

The proclamation said the amnesty extended to Trillanes was void from the start because he did not comply with the "minimum requirements to qualify under the amnesty proclamation." It ordered the senator's arrest.

Trillanes, however, in a privilege speech presented video footage of when he sought the amnesty, news articles including that of GMA News Online, a picture of his application form, the certificate of amnesty, and decisions of court dismissing the rebellion and coup d’etat cases filed against him.

"The effects of amnesty, the principle of double jeopardy, and the judicial nature of arrest warrants have long been established in our legal system. We did not expect that it will take only one strongman to demolish the legal system and all its fundamental principles in one fell swoop,” De Lima said.

"This is what Duterte has achieved in ordering the arrest of Senator Trillanes without any judicial warrant, despite a case dismissal that has become final and executory, and with the illegal goal of putting him in double jeopardy,” she said.

“The criminal case of Sen. Trillanes for the crime of coup d’ etat has been closed years ago. It has long been dead and buried and, because of the amnesty granted to him, long forgotten. Amnesty, like death, extinguishes all criminal liability. There is neither a crime nor a criminal case to speak of. Not even the court that tried Trillanes’s case can bring it back from the dead," De Lima said.

Trillanes has remained at the Senate premises since Tuesday when news of the proclamation broke. Senate President Vicente Sotto III has placed Trillanes under Senate custody to preserve the law-making body's dignity.

"Mahiya ka naman sa akin, wag naman nilang abusuhin ang kabutihan ng Senado" - Sotto to Trillane's gimmick

Senate President Vicente Sotto III warned Senator Antonio Trillanes IV and the members of the opposition for urging the public to swarm the Senate building to protect the latter from a possible arrest.

In his statement, Sotto expressed his annoyance by Trillanes’ different gimmicks inside the Senate building.

According to him, Trillanes’ should not abuse the sanctuary which given to him to by the Senate to prevent the authorities from arresting him.

“Mahiya naman sila sa akin, ‘wag naman nila abusuhin,” Sotto told the reporters.

Sotto explained that the minority senators should not invite the public to go to the building on the weekend because the Senate is closed during that time.

“I was expecting them to help me preserve the integrity and the sanctity of the institution and not abuse the hospitality of the Senate leadership,” Sotto said.

He also said that he would not allow Sen. Trillanes and his supporters to hold a mass this upcoming weekend at the Senate.

Sotto suggested that if Trillanes’ supporters want to hold a mass, they should do it outside the Senate building.

“(There’s) no need. There is a church nearby. Senate is closed on weekends. Only staff of senators are allowed,” he said.

Sotto also shared that they’re planning to turn off air-conditioning on weekends to save energy.

“We have to turn off air-conditioning at certain times and on weekends because it will bog down if they don’t,” Sotto said.

“We are just accommodating Sen. Trillanes. I hope his supporters will not abuse our patience,” he added.

Sotto is the one who told the authorities that he would not allow arresting Trillanes inside the Senate premises.

Because of the protection given to him by the Senate, Trillanes decided to stay in the Senate until the Supreme Court already decided the proclamation of President Rodrigo Duterte which considered his amnesty void.

In a statement, Senator Francis ‘Kiko’ Pangilinan urged the supporters of the opposition to come to the Senate.

“We call on friends and supporters who value democracy to come to the Senate and show their support for Senator Sonny. Our presence there will hopefully make those affecting the illegal arrest think twice.” Pangilinan said.

Because of the statement of Pangilinan, hundreds of opposition supporters surrounded the Senate building to protect Sen. Trillanes from being arrested, while the VIPs were allowed to meet the fiercest critic of the government personally.


Pres. Duterte tells AFP to wait for court orders on Trillanes

There will be no military arrest for embattled opposition senator Antonio Trillanes IV as President Duterte will await the decision of the civilian court on the charges against him.

Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said Duterte has ordered the military to comply with the judicial process and let the court decide on the fate of Trillanes, who led two anti-government uprisings when he was still a Navy officer.

"The president decided that he would abide with the rule of law. He will wait for the decision of the court, the regional trial court, on whether it will issue a warrant of arrest," Roque said in a press briefing here.

"He will allow the judicial process to proceed and he will await the issuance of the proper warrant of arrest if there is indeed one to be issued before senator Trillanes is arrested and apprehended," he added.

Roque said Duterte made the decision after a "lengthy discussion" with Cabinet members on the sidelines of his three-day official visit here.

Duterte has issued Proclamation 572 voiding the amnesty given to Trillanes by former president Benigno Aquino III in 2010, a move that would revive the rebellion charges against the senator. Officials say Trillanes' amnesty was void from the beginning because of his failure to meet the qualification requirements. They claim that Trillanes did not follow the process in filing for amnesty and refused to admit the crime he committed.

Trillanes, who led the Oakwood mutiny in 2003 and the Manila Peninsula Siege in 2007 to demand the resignation of former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, claimed he is being persecuted for being critical of Duterte. Trillanes was a member of the Magdalo, a group of rebel soldiers who accused Arroyo of corruption and electoral fraud. Trillanes has sought protection from Senate leaders and has been staying in the chamber since Wednesday to avoid an arrest.

The senator has also challenged Duterte's order before the Supreme Court following rumors that the military court martial would soon order his arrest. Malacañang previously said Trillanes' separation from the military would not remove his liability and would not exempt him from court martial proceedings.

Roque dismissed as "drama" Trillanes' decision to remain in the Senate, saying no one would arrest him unless the court issues a warrant.

"It is clear that while we are waiting for the decision of the Regional Trial Court on whether to issue a warrant of arrest, the decision of Sen. Antonio Trillanes to stay in the Senate has no basis. Perhaps it is just drama because no one will arrest him without a warrant of arrest," he said.

“I cannot understand why you’re wishing the President to be ill” - Ateneo graduate and a Catholic devotee writes open letter to Father Gatchalian

“Noon pong marami nang kaguluhan ang nangyayari, na winawalanghiya pati ang ating relihiyon, binabastos pati ang ating Diyos, sinasabi ng ating Simbahan na magdasal. Sabi ko o sige magdasal, kaya pinagdasal ko na magkasakit si Digong,”
This controversial remark of Father Noel Gatchalian Yesterday against President Rodrigo Duterte gathered the attention of the netizens, some of them were shocked that a Catholic Priest uttered those words against an individual.

Gatchalian said those shocking statements during a mass held inside the Senate building dedicated to Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV who’s facing a possible arrest because the President voided his amnesty.

Many netizens were disappointed and criticized Gatchalian, even Catholic devotees.

One Catholic devotee, Ejay Bustillo even wrote an open letter to Father Gatchalian to express his disappointment and question if the controversial priest was still practicing what he preached.

In his open letter which posted in one of our article about Gatchalian, Bustillo shared that he was raised as a Catholic by his mother and taught him how to forgive those people who did bad things to him.

Forgiveness is one of the teachings of the Catholic Church, that’s why Bustillo was shocked that a priest wished something bad against the President.

He then told Gatchalian that as a priest, he’s a personification of Christ when he’s celebrating a holy mass like what he did at the Senate Yesterday.

Bustillo also cited several Bible verses to remind Gatchalian about the key teachings of the Church.

According to him, he understands Gatchalian’s anger against President Rodrigo Duterte, but he should control himself doing the controversial mass because he personified Christ during that time.

Bustillo said that Gatchalian should not use the Church to criticize the President and just do his job to teach people how to forgive others.

You can read his whole post below:

“Dear Father Noel Gatchalian,

Greetings of Peace.

I hope this open letter will find its way to you.

I was raised a Catholic by a pious mother (God bless her soul). She taught me the values and virtues of forgiving those who wish and do us harm. I grew up in an environment where the in-laws of my mother hated us, and that almost every day, we hear unsavory words coming either from my Lola, auntie and uncle, even if me and my mother did not do any harm to them. And so naturally, I hated them too from an early age.

But my mother told me that Christ taught us to forgive our enemies and I should not hate them. She did not quote the Bible because she cannot read, nevertheless she was the one who taught me that virtue. Although I may not be as forgiving as her, but just the same, I do not wish bad those who do me harm, even now.

I cannot understand why you, of all the people in the country have uttered such and in the celebration of the holy mass of wishing our president to be ill and finally rest. You have studied to become a priest for many years, and I think you have served the Church for quite sometime now, and correct if I am wrong, you are the personification of Christ the Redeemer when you celebrate the holy mass.

Now may I humbly ask you, what has become of you? Are you now praying that Pres. Rodrigo Roa Duterte will get sick and die? I do not consider myself a pious person, nor a good one, but I never prayed or wished someone to be sick and eventually rest just because that someone is a malevolent person. Christianity taught us from cradle to grave: “… that we should love (everyone) even our enemies and pray for those who persecute you (Matthew 5:44). Ephesians 4:32 further tell us: “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”

Fr. Gathalian, I know you are just human and maybe – like many – you are angry and frustrated by the recent events that befalls our country, and that even as a priest, you too have your political perspective, but you are first and foremost a priest and in the celebration of the liturgy, you personified Christ and in no way, under any circumstance, should not and must not succumbed to the weaknesses of the human person.

I am an avid supporter of Pres. Rodrigo Roa Duterte, and though I may not always understand his policies, I support him all the way in his programs of government. You may have your own political points of view, but you should not use the Church to lambast our president, he has a gargantuan task, that you will not even fathom its dept and even the Bible says: “Remind the people to respect the government and be law-abiding, always ready to lend a helping hand. No insults, no fights. God’s people should be bighearted and courteous.” Titus 3:1-2

Your brother in Christ,

Ejay Bustillo”

You can watch the statement of Father Gatchalian below:

Jim Paredes, Accused the Duterte Government of trying to Sabotage the celebration of Ninoy Aquino Day by making August 21, a Muslim Holiday

Legendary OPM artist Jim Paredes raised the eyebrows of the netizens again after he accused the Duterte government of trying to sabotage the celebration of Ninoy Aquino Day by making August 21, a Muslim Holiday.This year Eid al-Adha, also called the “Festival of Sacrifice” was celebrated on the same date with the 35th death anniversary of former Senator Benigno Aquino Jr.

Because of this, Duterte government declared Eid al-Adha, as a National Holiday, incidentally, August 21 also marks Ninoy Aquino Day, a special non-working holiday.

Paredes believed that the Duterte government intentionally marked August 21 as a ‘Muslim Holiday’ as an attempt to ‘downplay’ Ninoy Aquino Day.

This is what he said in his tweet:
Today Is Ninoy Aquino Day. Changing it to a Muslim Holiday which actually falls tomorrow is a brazen attempt to downplay the hero’s death anniversary. Nothing can dimish what Ninoy has done for this country.

In response, netizen Raheel Akman Abas slammed Paredes for his insensitive tweet which offended the Muslim community.

She explained that Eid al-Adha was not being decided by Malacañang, but by the Hijri or Lunar calendar.

Last year the said festival was celebrated on August 31.

Abas also urged Paredes to consult Muslims first before posting conclusions on his social media account.

Dear Mr. Jim Paredes, we celebrate our Eid not based on Malacañang’s declaration of holiday. Confirmation from Darul Iftas from our country and other neighboring countries comes first. Please do your research about our moonsighting and our Hijrah calendar po. You should’ve consulted/confirmed it with Islam believers before posting something like this para hindi naman po naniniwala agad yung iba (na hindi rin gumawa ng research) na yun ang reason bakit holiday ngayon. God bless you!

She was also worried because some of Paredes’ followers believed what he said on his tweet.

“Nastress ako bigla pagkabasa ko. Basta may masabi lang siya against sa Duterte Administration kahit kulang siya sa info, go lang siya. Huhu. Dami pang blind followers na nag-agree din. Kaloka.” Abas said.

Some netizens also criticized Paredes for his tweet.

“Ang ganda ganda ng araw until i saw this.” Alraji Magarang said.

“Paki educate sya pls… Alangan naman ang moon ang mag adjust.” Alhoudiery Saripullah commented.

“These people’s acts really reflect how they really look upon us. Di man lang nila naisip na the Muslim Community would react had it been actually wrong. Tsk2x. They are treating us like idiots. This guy and those who agreed with him. Hays,” Al Ammen Silo remarked

Source: Pinoy Trend

Leni Robredo, Criticized the Filing of the case with three Lawyers

Vice President Leni Robredo on Monday raised alarm on the arrest of three lawyers who were monitoring the cops’ search operation in a bar in Makati.

Robredo, in a statement, said the arrest of lawyers Lenie Rocha, Jan Vincent Soliven and Romulo Bernard Alarcon is a case that concerns not just the legal community but every Filipino.

“The [Philippine National Police’s] contention that the accountability of law enforcers to rules and proper procedure cannot be raised in the course of police operations, but only in legal proceedings arising after the fact, is a dangerous mindset that dramatically increases the likelihood of abuse and the assurance of impunity,” the vice president said.

Makati cops detained the three lawyers on Thursday afternoon for obstruction of justice. They claimed that the lawyers “entered the premises of the bar, took several pictures and videos of the scene and intimidated the members of the searching team.”

The police brought the lawyers to the Makati City Hall late Friday afternoon—after more than 24 hours of detention—and filed criminal raps against them. The lawyers are accused of “constructive possession” of illegal drugs.

The vice president said: "That some members of our police force now feel that they can brush aside claims to legal rights and due process, and bully and intimidate those asserting them – even if they are lawyers performing their duties, and thus, clothed with authority as officers of the court – through verbal harangues, physical restraint, and the threat of subsequent criminal liability, is indicative of an alarming erosion of Constitutional protections and the rule of law.”

She also raised that if lawyers—like herself—“can be treated with such official disdain,” then what could happen when “less informed, less empowered Filipinos” are “subjected to abusive behavior by agents of government.”

Robredo urged her fellow lawyers to stand with Rocha, Soliven and Alarcon.

“I likewise call on all citizens to add their voices and express their concern, their alarm, their outage, so that all will know that free Filipinos will not even let the slightest relapse into tyranny pass unchallenged,” the vice president added.

Lawmakers and lawyers’ groups have criticized the arrest of the three lawyers. The Commission on Human Rights, for its part, sent a quick response team to look into the incident.

But on Monday, PNP chief Oscar Albayalde presented the cops involved in the controversial bar raid with an award.

Albayalde also stressed that cops operate on a presumption of regularity, adding that the Makati police must have a “compelling reason” to arresting the lawyers.

He added that the PNP would provide legal assistance to the cops should counter-charges be filed against them.

Source: PhilStar

Watch! | Pres. Duterte to Joma Sison: "Ikaw ang may sakit, Labas-masok ka sa Ospital sa Netherland Di ka naman nagbabayad"

President Rodrigo Duterte proved that he’s still alive and not in a coma like what Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founder Jose Maria Sison claimed yesterday.

On Sunday evening Sison said that Duterte ‘has gone coma since the afternoon or evening’ on August 19′ and demanded that the palace should disclose the President’s health condition, saying that the people have the right to know the real situation of their leader.

However, everything Sison said was debunked after Special Assistant to the President Christopher ‘Bong’ Go made a live video, showing the President having dinner with a lady from Davao City.

The President also has a message to the CPP founder.

“Ang wish ko sa buhay, kahit wala kang silbi sa buhay na ito, mabuhay ka pa nang 1,000 years,” Duterte said.

Duterte claimed that the Netherlands, where Sison is currently exiled was problematic on how they would finance the hospital bills of the latter.

“Sa totoo lang, nagcomplain na rin ang Netherlands kasi labas-pasok ka sa ospital hindi ka naman nagbayad,” said Duterte.

He said that Sison was abusing the ‘hospitality’ of the Netherlands.

Duterte even quipped that he could not suffer comatose when he’s with a beautiful lady.

Watch the whole video below:


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