After the Makati Regional Trial Court (RTC) filed a warrant of arrest and hold departure order against Senator Antonio Trillanes IV for his rebellion case, the fiercest critic of President Rodrigo Duterte said that the dark side succeeded in their plan.
According to Trillanes, the democracy lost today because Makati RTC favored the government in voiding his amnesty received in 2010.
He said that the proclamation 572 which revoking the amnesty by Trillanes is a test for the judicial system and the democracy.
“Natalo ang demokrasya ngayong araw na ito (Democracy lost today),” Trillanes said in a press briefing on Tuesday.
“Gaya ng sinasabi ko last week, itong petisyon namin sa korte ay isang pagsubok sa tibay ng ating demokrasaya ng ating judicial system,” he added.
Trillanes claimed that they presented sufficient pieces of evidence to the court, however, the judge still decided to order the arrest of the Senator.
“Kahit ipanakita na namin lahat ng ebidensya kontra sa kanilang mga kadahilanan ang aking amnesty ay gayon pa rin ay inilabas pa rin itong warrant of arrest na ito,” he said.
The government claimed that Trillanes failed to submit an application form and that he did not admit his guilt in the crimes covered by the amnesty.
Trillanes stated that the democracy has already gone in the Philippines.
“Officially ay wala na po tayong demokrasya…Wala po akong krimen na ginawa kasi nabigyan na ‘ko ng amnesty pitong taon na ang nakalipas,” the senator said.
““Ito ay maliwanang na pangginggipit ni Mr. Duterte sa mga kritiko niya sa politika, ‘yung mga nagsasabi ng totoo at hindi niya maharap,” he added.