Thursday, September 27, 2018

Suportado ni Dick! Sen. Gordon backs Pres. Duterte, comments on amnesty issue



Pres. Duterte and Sen. Gordon, photo from Update Philippines
Referring to what the former President Noynoy Aquino did to Trillanes' amnesty while he was still in power, Senator Richard J. Gordon recently made a statement in favor of President Rodrigo Duterte.

As justified by the Mindanaoan Commander-in-Chief, his premise in issuing the Proclamation 572 was ex-PNoy's execution in granting the amnesty of Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV along with the other officers and soliders of Magdalo.

Aquino had tasked the former Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin to grant the amnesty of Trillanes and company.

The 73-year-old President emphasized that under the Constitution, it is only the President who has the authority to grant amnesty and cannot be delegated.

To this, Pres. Duterte has found an ally in the person of Senator Richard J. Gordon.

The Senator's comment supported the Duterte's move as Gordon said, on Thursday, that amnesty should not be delegated to a member of his Cabinet.

This was despite him not citing the case of his fellow Senator, Antonio F. Trillanes IV, whose amnesty was revoked by Pres. Duterte in the grounds of Trillanes' having 'defective' amnesty papers.

Even though Sen. Gordon is not in good terms with Trillanes, he, however, mentioned that he sympathizes with his colleague but also noted the need for accountability.

Stressing out the importance of accountability, the symphatetic Senator pointed out that it should be observed to ensure that the people who were granted amnesty would not commit the same mistakes anymore.
Sens. Trillanes and Gordon, photo from CNN Philippines
“I sympathize with him; he is a senator… I am not happy when somebody is in jail I am just talking about the principle because you asked me about accountability. When you say accountability – children should be taught not to do things they don’t want to be held accountable for,” the latter explained.

“Amnesty comes from the President. I don’t think that the President should give it to the secretary. It should be signed by the President himself. I don’t want to dwell on this issue but it is being discussed,” Gordon continued.

The Senator who happens to be a member of the Senate majority bloc is the chairman of the powerful Senate Blue Ribbon committee.

“We should be careful in granting amnesty because it’s always political…you want peace but those being granted are not serious and do it again and again…like now, we are talking about coup d’etat but no one is jailed because of coup d’etat,” the Senator stated.

Meanwhile, Trillanes' fellow Magdalo officer, former Marine Capt. Nicanor Faeldon, now deputy administrator of the Office of Civil Defense (OCD), had admitted that the amnesty granted to them was defective after Pres. Duterte’s pronouncement.

The Civil Defense deputy administrator said he is ready to go back to jail if that is the result of defective amnesty granted by the then President Noynoy.
Former President Noynoy Aquino, photo from InterAksyon
Source: Manila Bulletin