By Aaron Recuenco
What illegal order?
A police official said the Philippine National Police (PNP) did not follow any illegal order when it sent some of its personnel to the Senate, following President Duterte’s issuance of a proclamation directing the law enforcement agency and the military to arrest Senator Antonio Trillanes, IV.
Senior Superintendent Benigno Durana, PNP spokesman, said the presence of operatives of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) at the Senate on Tuesday was just a form of assistance to the military, which was set to take custody of Trillanes on the basis of court martial proceedings.
Durana was reacting to the call of Magdalo partylist Rep. Gary Alejano for the military and the police not to follow illegal orders, as the solon claimed that the revocation of the amnesty given to Trillanes and the subsequent arrest order are illegal.
“Number one, it is his (Alejano’s) opinion; and number two, the Philippine National Police does not need to be told what we should not follow illegal orders,” said Durana.
“The President down to the last citizen of this country knows for a fact that the PNP is mandated to enforce the law without fear or favor within the bounds of the law based on our constitutional mandate so definitely it’s so much of a stretch of imagination on the part of anybody to say that we will follow illegal orders,” he added.
Durana stressed that it is not for the PNP to declare whether or not the President’s order is illegal, saying the court is in the best position to declare whether or not a certain order is illegal.