Unrepentant Trillanes files for amnesty

SEN. Antonio Trillanes IV, a former Navy officer and leader of the Magdalo group, yesterday filed his application for amnesty before the Department of National Defense (DND).

Trillanes was the among the 19 former and active military officers belonging to the Magdalo group that have sought to avail of the the amnesty, one of the campaign promises of President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III.

The senator, one of the leaders of the Oakwood Mutiny, went to the DND’s ad hoc amnesty committee office in Camp Aguinaldo to personally sign and file his application for amnesty.

The Oakwood mutiny on July 23, 2003 was the first recorded military uprising during the nine-year reign of Arroyo administration. It was followed by two more similar events in February 2006 and November 2007.

Although one of the provisions for granting amnesty was admission of guilt, the senator maintained that he and his companions did not commit a mutiny when their group took over the posh Oakwood apartment hotel.

“I would like to qualify that we did not admit to the charge of coup d’etat or anything that were filed against us because we believe that its not the appropriate charges to what we did way back then,” Trillanes said.

But the senator added. “We are not twisting the fact that if we apologize it means acquitting the last administration… let me be clear we admit guilt as far as rising up against the most corrupt President in this country ever had.” Anthony Vargas


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