No record of Trillanes amnesty application, Defense department legal chief tells court

October 05, 2018

THE Department of National Defense (DND) yesterday disclosed that it has no record of minutes of deliberations including application forms of more than 250 applicants, inlcuding opposition Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV, who sought amnesty during the time of former president Benigno Aquino III.

Atty. Norman Daanoy, chief of the DND’s Legal Department, bared this during the resumption of hearing at the Makati regional trial court branch 148 handling Trillanes’ coup d’etat case.

Daanoy answered in the affirmative when he was asked by Atty. Reynaldo Robles, counsel of Trillanes during cross-examination, if all records of 277 individuals were missing.

Daanoy replied, “Yes, no records.”

These applicants for amnesty took part in the 2003 Oakwood mutiny and the 2007 Manila Peninsula siege during the administration of former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

Acting Prosecutor General Richard Fadullon presented Daanoy to testify that there are no records of minutes of deliberations regarding Trillanes’ amnesty application.

Presidemt Duterte’s Proclamation No. 572 was premised on Trillanes’ supposed failure to file an application for amnesty.

Daanoy told the court that he issued a letter stating that, based on DND records, there is no transcript of stenographic notes on Trillanes’ application for amnesty.