Wala nang kailangang affidavit! In 2010, Roque agreed application enough for amnesty
Years before he became President Rodrigo Duterte’s mouthpiece, abogado Harry Roque believed that application was enough for a former rebel soldier to be granted amnesty.
Roque was one of the 84 signatories to a petition in 2010 urging then-President Benigno Aquino III to grant Trillanes and other former rebel soldiers amnesty for their involvement in failes coups during the Arroyo administration.
Former senator Teofisto “TG” Guingona III, who sponsored the petition on the plenary on December 7, 2010, acknowledged in his speech that there are people who think that amnesty should be given to those who admit the crimes they committed.
However, he said the case of Vera vs. People stated that application was enough for a former rebel to be granted amnesty.
The Supreme Court ruled: “The invocation of amnesty is in the nature of a plea of confession and avoidance, which means that the pleader admits the allegations against him but disclaims liability therefor on account of intervening facts which, if proved would bring the crime charged within the scope of the amnesty proclamation.”
Guingona said: “When one applies for amnesty before the ad hoc amnesty committee, then that would be an unequivocal plea of confession and avoidance.”
Trillanes was part of the 2003 Oakwood mutiny and the 2007 Manila Peninusla siege.
Aside from Roque, other incumbent politikos who signed the petition were Senator Risa Hontiveros, Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos and Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada.
Roque, however, has changed his tune and said that Trillanes must have admitted his guilt before he was granted amnesty.
In a radio interview on September 8, Roque said there was no proof Trillanes admitted his guilt for rebelling against the government because his application form was missing.
“Yung pangalawang requirement ay ‘yung pag-amin. So kung wala kang mapakitang application, wala rin ‘yung second requisite na pag-amin kasi nandu’n ‘yun sa form,” he said.
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