Amnesty revocation not immediately executory unless Senate, House concurred

Published September 4, 2018, 12:22 PM

by Francine Ciasico

By MB Online

Senator Francis Pangilinan said unless the Senate and the House of Representatives concurred, President Duterte’s order to revoke Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV’s amnesty cannot be immediately executed.

 Sen. Francis Pangilinan (MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)
Sen. Francis Pangilinan (MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

“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,” Pangilinan said.

The senator added absence of the concurrence of two Houses of Congress makes “any arrest” illegal.

“We urge the Armed Forces and the PNP not to enforce an illegal arrest,” he added.

Pangilinan added the President’s directive has “no justifiable basis.”

“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,” he added.