This is not just about Senator Trillanes

Opinion & Analysis Philippines Sep 14, 2018 at 4:15 pm
SEN. TRILLANES ( file photo)

( file photo)

By Ann Marxze Umil

The nullification of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV’s amnesty is not surprising for those who are standing up against the tyrant in Malacañang. Remember that a month ago or so, former Bayan Muna Representatives Teddy Casiño and Satur Ocampo, former National Anti Poverty Commission lead convener Liza Maza and former Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano or collectively dubbed as the Makabayan 4 were ordered arrested for trumped up murder charges filed against them some 12 years ago.

There’s a big difference between Trillanes and the Makabayan 4 on how they stand on issues. The Makabayan 4 who have been in the people’s movement for decades consistently fought for the people’s rights and welfare while Trillanes is a traditional politician. The similarity is that all of them are critics of the Duterte regime and both are being persecuted because of their political stand.

It’s worth to note how the regime worked to silence its prominent critics. In the case of Makabayan 4, a two-decade case was revived against them. The Palayan Regional Trial Court Branch 40 Judge Evelyn A. Atienza-Turla issued a one-page resolution dated July 11 saying that there is probable cause for the double murder charges filed against the four and consequently ordered their arrest — no explanation, no hearing and no new witnesses presented. There is also a question on the integrity of the witnesses who filed the case against them as they did not undergo standard operating procedure like presenting themselves before the prosecutor among others.

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