Ex-CJ Sereno to Duterte: "Pinahamak mo ang AFP. Malagim po ang maaaring mangyayari" - The Daily Sentry

Wednesday, September 12, 2018



Ex-CJ Sereno to Duterte: "Pinahamak mo ang AFP. Malagim po ang maaaring mangyayari"




Ousted Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno | President Rodrigo Duterte | Photo from ABS-CBN


Ousted Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno said President Rodrigo Duterte’s nullification of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV’s amnesty is “very dangerous” as it could compromise other amnesty grants.

Sereno visited Trillanes in his Senate office who has been in the Senate building since the Proclamation No. 572 was released voiding his amnesty and ordering his arrest.

In an interview with the media on Wednesday, Sereno said Duterte has put the AFP in danger when it was not consulted about the recent proclamation.


“What President Duterte did by not consulting even the military is very dangerous.  In other words, kumbaga, pinahamak ni Presidente Duterte ang AFP,” Sereno said.

Sereno also stressed out the said proclamation will be a threat to other soldiers who receives amnesty including AFP chief of staff Carlito Galvez Jr. and Senator Gregorio Honasan for their participation in the failed attempt military uprising in 1989 against former President Corazon Aquino's government.

 Senator Antonio Trillanes IV | Ousted Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno | Photo from ABS-CBN
“Paano? Biruin mo namang buksan ang idea na lahat ng mga amnestiya na naibigay na sa libo-libong sundalo na nagkaroon ng problema sa batas hindi lang sa time ni Cory…eh lahat pala ‘yan ay maaring buksan.” she said

“Ibig sabihin ‘yung amnestiya na alam ko ay nakuha mismo ni General Carlito Galvez, ‘pag nagbago na po ang administrasyon ay pwede na pong buksan gayundin po ang amnestya ni Sen. Gringo Honasan at marami pa,” she added.

Former CJ Sereno feared this developing issue on the proclamation might just produce confusion and division within the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).


"Ibig sabhinin na imbes na buo ang sandatahang lakas e magkakawatak watak sila at laging may agamagam na ang nasarhan na ay maaari pang buksan.  Malagim po ang maaaring mangy ari,” she said

Duterte during the live interview with the Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo, contend that former Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin usurped the authority of former President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III when he approved Trillanes’ application for amnesty where it should be former President Benigno Aquino III himself should have been the one approving Trillanes’ amnesty.

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV | Ousted Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno | Photo from Reppler

Aquino’s Proclamation No. 75 granted all of the active personnel of the military's amnesty for their participation in the 2003 Oakwood Mutiny, the 2006 Marines Standoff, and the 2007 Manila Peninsula siege.

Sereno is among the 18 possible names to be included in the opposition slate in 2019 mid term election but she has yet to confirm her political plans. She was ousted last May by majority of the justices granting the quo warranto petition filed by Solicitor General Jose Calida.

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Source: GMA News