SC upholds amnesty granted to Trillanes, says Duterte revocation unconstitutional

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MANILA, Philippines: The Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday that the amnesty granted to former senator Antonio Trillanes 4th in 2019 was valid.

The High Court, in an en banc session in Baguio, also declared as unconstitutional Proclamation 572 issued by former president Rodrigo Duterte that revoked the amnesty given to Trillanes over his involvement in unsuccessful attempts to overthrow the administration of then-president Gloria Macapagal-ArroyoThe Court, speaking through Associate Justice Maria Filomena Singh, ruled that a president cannot revoke a grant of amnesty without concurrence from Congress.

The Court ruled that the revocation of Trillanes' amnesty long after it became final and without prior notice violated his constitutional right to due process.Proclamation 572, in seeking the revival of the criminal cases against Trillanes after they had been dismissed with finality, violated his constitutional rights against ex post facto laws and double jeopardy.Finally, the Court found that there was convincing evidence that Trillanes did file his amnesty application.

 

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