Where have all the amnesty papers gone? Calida says he didn’t receive any copy of the documents
Where are the amnesty papers filed under Proclamation 75, including the application of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV?
Solicitor General Jose Calida admitted that he requested not only a copy of the amnesty paper of Trillanes but the papers of more than 200 people who applied for amnesty under Proclamation 75, which granted amnesty to those involved in the 2003 Oakwood Mutiny, 2006 Marine standoff and the 2007 Manila Peninsula siege.
“I just asked permission for us to be given a copy of the alleged amnesty application [but] I did not receive anything,” Calida told reporters Tuesday when asked about his reaction on the statement of Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana.
Lorenzana said it was Calida who called him over the phone and inquired about the documents on Trillanes’ amnesty application.
The Defense Chief said he asked the Judge Advocate General to assist the Office of the Solicitor General on its request.
“I just asked permission for us to be given a copy of the alleged amnesty application [but] I did not receive anything,” Calida told reporters on Tuesday.
When asked if his request was specifically for the papers of Trillanes alone, he said, “and others.”
Calida revealed that he was not able to get any of the amnesty papers he requested.
“As testified by a witness of the DOJ (Department of Justice) prosecution, there was none,” he said.
The solicitor general was referring to lawyer Norman T. Daanoy, Chief of Legal Affairs at the Department of National Defense (DND), who said the documents related to Proclamation 75 are missing.
Calida urged the public to stand by what is contained in Proclamation 572, which is meant only for Trillanes.
“Proclamation 572 refers only to Senator Trillanes, not to Magdalo [soldiers] and others who applied for amnesty,” Calida noted. /ee
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