This is the position of Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon on the proclamation of President Rodrigo Duterte revoking the amnesty granted to Senator Antonio Trillanes.
The amnesty was granted by then President Benigno Aquino to Trillanes and several other military officers in connection with the Oakwood mutiny in 2003 and the Manila Peninsula siege of 2007.
Duterte, through Proclamation 572, ordered the revocation of the amnesty due to the alleged failure of Trillanes to apply for amnesty and his refusal to admit his crimes in the uprisings.
Trillanes figured as one of the lead actors in the two uprisings that targeted then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
According to Drilon, Trillanes applied for and completed his application for amnesty. He also cited the dismissal of criminal cases filed against him by a Regional Trial Court
“The court must have found the application and grant of amnesty valid; otherwise, the cases would not have been dismissed,” said Drilon, a former Justice Secretary.
“Second point, we must adhere to the presumption of regularity in the performance of duty by the court. Absent any clear and convincing evidence that the court did not properly perform its duties, or that the court was ill-motivated, we have to presume that the court examined closely the motion to dismiss on the ground that there was a grant of amnesty,” Drilon added.
Drilon stressed that for “all intents and purposes, there is a factual and final finding by a court of law that the amnesty was validly granted.”