Calida 'one of the legal minds' behind review of Trillanes amnesty – Roque

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 6) — Solicitor General Jose Calida was one of the people behind the review that invalidated Senator Antonio Trillanes IV's amnesty, Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque confirmed on Thursday.

"SolGen Calida, I'm sure as the lawyer of the republic, was one of the legal minds that went through the records," he told CNN Philippines.

The Armed Forces of the Philippines spokesman Edgard Arevalo earlier said it was Calida who inquired about the senator's records, which triggered the review of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel. According to the government, the said review revealed that the document showing that Trillanes applied for amnesty is nowhere to be found, which is one of the two bases for President Rodrigo Duterte's proclamation to void the senator's amnesty.

Roque was quick to add that the review was a "collective government initiative," which also involved members of the military.

Duterte signed Proclamation Order No. 572 that voids Trillanes' amnesty on August 31, but it was only made public on September 4. On that same day, Trillanes was set to hold an inquiry into the security firm of Calida's family after it entered into millions-worth of contracts with various government agencies.

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Calida was also the one who filed the quo warranto petition against Maria Lourdes Sereno, which led to her ouster as Chief Justice. The quo warranto petition also nullified her appointment as chief magistrate.

Duterte's order said the amnesty granted to Trillanes was void from the start because he did not comply with the minimum requirements to qualify under the Amnesty Program. It said Trillanes failed to apply for amnesty because no available records could prove it and did not express a specific admission of guilt over the Oakwood mutiny in 2003 and Manila Peninsula siege in 2007.