LOOK: Trillanes presents video of amnesty application to debunk Palace claims

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 4) — Senator Antonio "Sonny" Trillanes IV questioned the basis of his arrest order Tuesday, saying that he swore under oath and admitted guilt to rebellion cases when he applied for amnesty. 

In a privilege speech before the Senate, Trillanes countered Palace's claims that the 2011 amnesty granted to him was "void ab initio" (void from the beginning), and that he did not admit guilt to the mutinies he mounted alongside fellow Magdalo soldiers. 

Trillanes, through an audio-visual presentation, presented screenshots of his application form, as well as a copy of his certificate of amnesty, which was approved by former President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III. 

He also shared a photograph of his personal appearance when he filed the application at the Makati Regional Trial Court.


Aquino's spokesperson also shared a photo of the amnesty application form copy. 


The senator acknowledged his involvement in the Oakwood mutiny (2003) and Manila Peninsula siege (2007) to further dispute Malacañang's declarations. 

"I swore under oath, dito sa application na ito. Diyan, I admitted my guilt based doon sa application form that the Department of National Defense provided," Trillanes said in his speech. 

(Translation: I swore under oath in this application. I admitted my guilt there, based on the application for that the Department for National Defense provided.)

Palace on Tuesday morning released Proclamation No. 572, voiding the amnesty provided to Trillanes after the latter allegedly "did not comply with the minimum requirements under the Amnesty Program." 

READ: Trillanes, officials decry 'political persecution' in voiding of amnesty

"Hindi ko alam kung saan nagma-magic itong mga taga-Malacanang," Trillanes added. (I don't know how they do magic in Malacanang.)

"But siyempre (of course), if they want to get rid of a member of the opposition and stifle dissent, they will go to such great lengths."

"Maaaring magkakaiba man ang ating mga opinyon sa pulitika, but pag mga ganito na, institusyon na ang ginigiba. Kailangan natin itong tindigan," Trillanes addressed fellow lawmakers. 

(Translation: Perhaps we may have different opinions in politics, but when it comes to this. It is our institution being demolished. We need to stand up to this.)

Trillanes said his legal counsel is exhausting all efforts to nullify the executive order. He added he is now placed under custody of the Senate president.