Wednesday, September 26, 2018

The revocation of Trillanes’s amnesty is about silencing the opposition - Lawyer



Through a Facebook post, Attorney Ace Baylon, took time to share his opinions towards Senator Antonio Trillanes IV who was recently ordered to be arrested.
Ace Baylon and Senator Antonio Trillanes IV / Photo from Facebook and The Manila Times

The post has since gone viral, having over nine thousand likes and four thousand shares.

Baylon said he is not pro-Trillanes. He adds that it is his arrogance that he does not like the most. But amidst this, Baylon says that he is still against the revocation of the amnesty of Trillanes.

It was just recently that Trillanes’ amnesty which he filed years ago was declared void by the courts, claiming that the senator lacked proof of his admission of guilt and the filing of papers during the time.
Senator Antonio Trillanes IV / Photo from Inquirer

In line with this, Baylon says that the revocation of Trillanes’ amnesty seems to not be about the senator, but instead about the opposition.

He alleges that it is a move in order to silence the opposition who are hell bent in influencing negative thoughts towards President Duterte.

It is about sending a message to everyone to never criticize the government. In its desire to go against Trillanes, the government just weakened our democracy,” says Baylon.

He said the revocation of the amnesty has led to the diminishing of the possibility of peace and reconciliation the government could have had with the rebels.

Because of this move from the administration, Baylon says that we can never achieve peace because the rebels will no longer trust in the amnesty that was awarded to them, or could have been awarded to them if they cooperated with the government.
Senator Antonio Trillanes IV / Photo from Interaksyon

Yes, the issue is not if you are pro or against Trillanes. It is about how the government is willing to sacrifice our institutions just to protect its ego,” Baylon said ending his post.

Read his full post here:

"Someone asked me if I am pro-Trillanes. I said no. In fact, I don’t like him because of his arrogance. Then he asked me why I am against the revocation of his amnesty if I am not pro-Trillanes. My answer is simple. The revocation of Trillanes’s amnesty is not only about him. It involves a bigger issue. The revocation is about silencing the opposition. It is about sending a message to everyone to never criticize the government. In its desire to go against Trillanes, the government just weakened our democracy.

In revoking the amnesty, the government just diluted amnesty as a tool in achieving peace and reconciliation with the rebels. Sino pang maniniwala sa bisa ng amnestiya kung ganun lang pala ito kadaling bawiin ng gobyerno.

Yes, the issue is not if you are pro or against Trillanes. It is about how the government is willing to sacrifice our institutions just to protect its ego."




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