By Jeffrey Damicog
Solicitor General Jose Calida on Thursday threatened to sue Senator Antonio Trillanes IV for calling him a thief for allegedly stealing the senator’s application document for immunity.
“Unless Mr. Trillanes expresses his sincere apology for calling me a thief, I shall be constrained to file a criminal case for libel plus damages against him,” Calida said in a statement.
“The putschist Mr. Trillanes ranted to the media yesterday that I ‘stole’ his amnesty application document. In effect, Mr. Trillanes maliciously branded me as a thief, which I’m not,” Calida said in a statement.
Trillanes made the claim as the senator pointed out the missing application document was the reason why Makati City Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 150 issued an arrest warrant and hold departure order (HDO) against him.
The lawmaker insisted that he filed an amnesty application with the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) but had somehow gone missing.
However, Calida pointed out there was nothing to steal since there was no amnesty application in the first place.
“First, what is there to steal when Lt. Col. Thea Joan N. Andrade, Chief of the Discipline, Law and Order Division of the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel (J1) who is the custodian of the records issued a Certification that there is no available copy of Trillanes’ application for amnesty in the records?” he argued.
“Second, I have never entered the offices of the J1 or the Personnel Division of the AFP at Camp Aguinaldo so how could I ‘steal’ documents kept there?” he added.
Calida told Trillanes to review President Rodrigo Duterte’s Proclamation No. 572 which declared as “void ab initio” or void from the start the amnesty given to the lawmaker over his participation in the 2003 Oakwood mutiny and 2007 Manila Peninsula siege.
“The revocation of Trillanes’ amnesty is anchored on at least two (2) minimum requirements which were not complied with,” he said.
Calida reminded that these two requirements are the filing of the official application form and the admission of Trillanes of his guilt over the Oakwood mutiny and the Manila Peninsula siege.