Calida mulls forgiving Trillanes

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After threatening to slap Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV with libel for calling him a thief, Solicitor General Jose Calida said he is ready to forgive the senator. This after the lawmaker refused to apologize to Calida for accusing him of stealing his missing amnesty documents.

The Solgen said Trillanes does not want to apologize even if he demanded it from him but added he is still willing to forgive the senator even if there was no apology from him.

“We’ll, we should forgive those who have sinned against us,” Calida told reporters, hinting he might still file a libel case against the senator.

Trillanes has rejected Calida’s demand for an apology saying the Solgen was in no position to demand anything.

The Solgen is believed to be instrumental in the revocation of the senator’s amnesty after President Rodrigo Duterte himself admitted Calida had initiated the research on the circumstances of the amnesty granted to the former Navy officer.

Even Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana revealed Calida called him about the amnesty papers of Trillanes. However, Calida denied receiving any documents from Lorenzana with regards to the amnesty of Trillanes.

“He did not provide me something. I just asked permission to be given a copy of the alleged application. I did not receive anything from him,” Calida said.

Apparently, the Solgen also inquired about the amnesty papers of other Magdalo soldiers who were also granted amnesty in connection with the 2003 Oakwood mutiny, the 2006 Marines stand-off and the 2007 Manila Peninsula siege.

Asked what the feedback was for the “others soldiers,” Calida replied, “As testified by the witness of the DoJ (Department of Justice) prosecution, there was none.”

During the hearing at the Makati Regional Trial Court (RTC), the records chief for administrative services and the legal affairs chief of the Department of National Defense said there were no records of amnesty application forms and of official proceedings on the applications.

The urgent motion for the issuance of an alias warrant of arrest and hold departure order is now pending before the Makati RTC 148.

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