Trillanes may try to invalidate Proclamation 572
Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV is contemplating on filing a motion for reconsideration before a Makati City court
to nullify the validity of President Duterte’s Proclamation 572, which voided the amnesty granted to the senator.
Reynaldo Robles, lawyer for Trillanes, said the Department of Justice (DOJ) is using the proclamation to invalidate
the senator’s amnesty after Judge Andres Soriano of the Makati Regional Trial Court Branch 148 affirmed its legality.
“The DOJ is trying to use it to undermine the court’s decision,” Robles said.
On Oct. 22, the court upheld the validity of Duterte’s proclamation voiding the amnesty granted to Trillanes. But the judge denied the DOJ’s petition for the issuance of an arrest warrant and hold departure order against the senator.
Hence, in a response, the DOJ filed a motion on Oct. 25, asking the court to partially reconsider its decision as it acknowledged the validity of Duterte’s proclamation.
President and DOJ overreaching
“The prosecution’s motion for partial reconsideration shows that the President and the DOJ overreaching. They saying that the proclamation would nullify the decision of the court issued seven years ago,” Robles said.
“If that is the intent then the proclamation should be nullified by the court because it becomes illegal and unconstitutional because the President is trying to arrogate unto himself the power to nullify previous court decisions,” he added.
Meanwhile, Soriano dealing with the disobedience instance of Trillanes, heard yesterday the movement for fractional reevaluation of the DOJ.
The court requested Trillanes to record his remark inside 15 days.
Further, Robles said they would document Trillanes’ remark under the steady gaze of the Supreme Court on his appeal to scrutinizing Duterte’s declaration.