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Tuesday, September 4, 2018



How Trillanes received amnesty in the first place



It was on October 2010 that former Navy Lt. Senior Grade and incumbent Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, along with other Magdalo soldiers, was granted amnesty by then President Benigno Aquino III, excusing them from their participation in the 2003 Oakwood mutiny.
Senator Antonio Trillanes IV / Photo from Rappler

Over 300 soldiers, Trillanes included, called the “Magdalo” group, marched on to take over a hotel in Makati City. The act was in order to show their detest over the administration of then President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

In line with the issue and their action, Trillanes said during that time that they knew that what they were doing was out of the ordinary for a soldier of the Philippines, but did not regret what they did.

Although admitted that there was something wrong with what they did, Trillanes did not believe that his and his colleagues’ actions could be considered as an act of coup d’etat or of mutiny.
Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV and other members of the Magdalo group pose for a 'group shot' after applying for government amnesty before the Department of National Defense amnesty committee at Camp Aguinaldo on Wednesday. Mark D. MerueƱas

"Ever since, hindi naman kami nagpanggap na ang ginawa namin na pagpunta sa Oakwood at Peninsula [Hotel in 2007] ay natural na ginagawa ng sundalo... so it's very easy for us to admit that," Trillanes told reporters at Camp Aguinaldo.

"Pero wala pong regret," he added.

He said that he did not think that it was the correct grievance that should be filed against them.

"I would like to qualify that we did not admit to the charge of 'coup d'etat' or anything na finile sa amin because we believe hindi iyon ang nararapat na charge na ginawa sa amin," he had said.

During that time, there were over 58 military personnel and officers that filed for amnesty, and it was on November 2010 that these soldiers were officially granted amnesty.

Aside from those who were involved in the 2003 Oakwood Mutiny, Aquino also granted amnesty to all active and former personnel of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and their supporters who was involved in the February 2006 Marines Stand-Off, and the November 2007 Manila Peninsula Incident.