Press Release
September 4, 2018

Trillanes amnesty had congressional concurrence,
any arrest sans Senate, House illegal: Pangilinan

Instead of addressing the rice crisis now engulfing the nation, this government is more concerned with silencing its critics using illegal and unlawful methods.

We stand by Sen. Trillanes, and will use all legal means to fight this illegal and abusive exercise of presidential power.

The revocation of the Proclamation granting amnesty to Senator Antonio Trillanes IV is a clear persecution against one of the administration's toughest critics.

It has no justifiable basis and done to silence Sen. Trillanes, who in the past has exposed to the public possible wrongdoings of the President.

Proclamation 75 that granted amnesty to the senator in 2010 was concurred in by Congress. It could not be easily set aside by the whims of one man.

The Constitution provides that an amnesty proclamation requires the concurrence of both Houses of Congress and therefore the said revocation requires our concurrence and is therefore not immediately executory.

Absent our concurrence any arrest is illegal. We urge the Armed Forces and the PNP not to enforce an illegal arrest.

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