Gov’t looks beyond proclamation to justify voiding Trillanes amnesty

MANILA, Philippines — Sen. Antonio Trillanes’ legal challenge to President Rodrigo Duterte’s Proclamation 572 has gained ground on two levels of the judiciary: Hearings have been set in two Makati courts and the Supreme Court has ordered the government to comment on his petition questioning the proclamation.
Despite the proclamation specifically saying Trillanes’ amnesty is void because he failed to comply with the requirements—a point contradicted by documents—the government now says President Benigno Aquino III should have approved the amnesty, Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin.
Where does this new argument figure in the debate on Trillanes’ amnesty?


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