Search for missing Trillanes, Magdalo amnesty records continues – Defense Department

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 10) — Over a month since Senator Antonio Trillanes IV's amnesty battle began, the Department of Defense is still in search of proof he filed the proper documents.

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Wednesday said they are still looking for the amnesty application of Trillanes and hundreds of other members of Magdalo who were granted amnesty in 2011 during the term of former President Benigno Aquino III.

President Rodrigo Duterte voided Trillanes' amnesty on August 31 on the grounds that he did not formally apply for it. Trillanes is one of Duterte's most outspoken critics, and the opposition has denounced the voiding of his amnesty as the President's move to silence his detractors.

Lorenzana said former Defense Undersecretary Honorio Azcueta, who chaired the Adhoc committee on amnesty application that time, must know where the documents were stored.

The amnesty was for the former navy officer Trillanes' involvement in coup attempts against Aquino's predecessor, Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

"Sabi ng mga adhoc committee nagfile daw sya pero we cannot find the application forms so we're still looking kung wala tayong makita... Today we do not throw away records anymore we just scan them, digital form but the scanned copy is still there," he said in a media interview.

Armed Forces Chief General Carlito Galvez Jr. on October 2 said military records show Trillanes applied for amnesty, but the documents cannot be found because of "lapses" in the organization. Malacañang, however, dismissed Galvez's claims and maintained that Trillanes did not file any application.

Lorenzana also denied he gave the copies of the application forms to Solicitor General Jose Calida after Trillanes alleged the government's top lawyer purposely kept the documents.

CNN Philippines correspondent Gerg Cahiles contributed to this report.