Sen. Trillanes Claims that Missing Application Form Not His Problem But the Government

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Controversial Senator and the most heated lawmaker on social media right now, Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV maintained that the government of Pres. Duterte should be liable for his “missing application form for the amnesty granted to him in 2011.”

During a radio interview, Sen. Trillanes reiterated that the application form was not in his custody since it was submitted to the Department of National Defense (DND) adhoc committee when he applied for amnesty seven years ago, despite the fact that all important documents submitted should have their own authenticated copy.

During the rebellion trial on Friday, Judge Elmo Alameda of the Makati Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 150 asked the camp of Trillanes, through his lawyer, to produce his copy of the actual amnesty application foorm as primary evidence in proving that he did apply for amnesty.

In an interview with DWIZ, Sen. Trillanes was quoted as saying “Iyong application form na ‘yon nandoon po sa DND. Ngayon, kung winala nila ‘yon, hindi ko problema ‘yon. Problema ‘yan ng mga custodian na ‘yon (The application form is with the DND. Now, if they lost it, that is not my problem. It is the problem of their custodian),” Trillanes told DWIZ Saturday afternoon.

The controversial lawmaker repeated that applicants for any government documents are not given copies of their application forms since these are used to process their application.

Sen. Trillanes noted that “Hindi ho tayo nagtatago ng application form kasi application form ay ginagamit na proseso ng mga ahensya para bigyan ka ng dokumento (We do not keep application forms because application forms are used in the process of agencies in giving you the document you are requesting),” he said.

The former rebel-soldier insisted that the burden of proof should be with the prosecution which is questioning the validity of his amnesty. Sen. Trillanes have been holed up inside the Philippine Senate for the past few weeks despite the pronouncement of the government that he will not be arrested.

Netizens took to social media as they lambasted Trillanes for his statement over the radio because of the fact that he was the one applying for an important events of his life but he was so careless about his own copy of the document if there were any.

Pres. Rody Duterte declared the amnesty given to Trillanes by former Pres. Noynoy Aquino as void ab initio or void from the very beginning because he failed to submit the most important basic requirements for the application of amnesty.

Source: Manila Bulletin

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