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Tuesday, September 4, 2018



Risa Hontiveros calls to denounce persecution: YOU CAN NEVER JAIL THE RESISTANCE



Senators Franklin Drilon and Risa Hontiveros show their support for embattled Senator Antonio Trillanes IV after the president revoked the amnesty granted to Trillanes / photo grabbed from Sunstar




Opposition lawmakers condemn the revocation of the proclamation granting amnesty to Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, a staunched critic of President Rodrigo Duterte.

Rep. Edcel Lagman of Albay said the proclamation that granted amnesty to Trillanes does not provide for any revocation clause.


“Proclamation No. 75 dated 24 November 2010 issued by President Benigno Aquino III which was concurred in by the Congress under Concurrent Resolution No. 4 dated 13 and 14 December 2010 does not provide for any revocation clause.” He said

“Consequently, the reported revocation by President Rodrigo Duterte of the amnesty granted to Sen. Antonio Trillanes has no legal and factual basis,” said Lagman.

While Senator Francis Pangilinan called the move an "illegal and abusive exercise of presidential power"

While Senator Risa Hontiveros took Facebook to slam the move of the administration, calling it “unconstitutional” as it lacks concurrence from the legislature.

"While the Executive has the power to grant amnesty, it must have the concurrence of a majority of all the members of Congress. The same goes with revocation.” Hontiveros said

“This signals the growing crackdown on the political opposition and the President's further slide into full authoritarian rule. Together with the unjust incarceration of Senator Leila De Lima and the sham electoral protest against Vice President Leni Robredo hanging like a Damocles sword over her head, I fear that all these form part of President Duterte's grand plan to wipe out the opposition and consolidate complete political power unto himself.” She added


Hontiveros also calls on the “democratic and progressive forces to close ranks in denouncing the intensifying state persecution against the opposition movement”

Below is the complete Facebook post of Senator Risa Hontiveros:

YOU CAN NEVER JAIL THE RESISTANCE*

My statement on the revocation of Senator Trillanes' amnesty:

President Rodrigo Duterte's revocation of the amnesty granted to Senator Antonio Trillanes is unconstitutional, lacking concurrence from the legislature. While the Executive has the power to grant amnesty, it must have the concurrence of a majority of all the members of Congress. The same goes with revocation.

This signals the growing crackdown on the political opposition and the President's further slide into full authoritarian rule. Together with the unjust incarceration of Senator Leila De Lima and the sham electoral protest against Vice President Leni Robredo hanging like a Damocles sword over her head, I fear that all these form part of President Duterte's grand plan to wipe out the opposition and consolidate complete political power unto himself.

It is also a step back for our attempts at national unity, healing and reconciliation after a nine-year presidency marred by massive electoral cheating, large-scale corruption and extrajudicial killings of progressive dissidents.

I call on all democratic and progressive forces to close ranks in denouncing the intensifying state persecution against the opposition movement. We will not cower in fear. We will continue to resist. President Duterte can put us all in jail, but he can never jail the resistance.


Source: Sunstar Risa Hontiveros