DEFENSE Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Tuesday clarified that the was not the one who provided the amnesty documents of Sen. Antonio Trillanes 4th to the Office of the Solicitor General.
In a text message to reporters, Lorenzana said he only told Solicitor General Jose Calida that the Department of National Defense (DND) possessed the amnesty records of Trillanes and his comrades from the Magdalo group of mutineers.
He said he also asked the military’s Judge Advocate General Services to assist Calida in obtaining the documents in connection with Trillanes’ amnesty application.
“The records that came out of DND were Proclamation 75 and the amnesty documents signed by Secretary Gazmin,” Lorenzana said, referring to his predecessor, former defense secretary Voltaire Gazmin.
Proclamation 75 was issued in late 2010 by then-President Benigno Aquino 3rd, granting amnesty to Trillanes and the rest of the Magdalo group involved in the Oakwood mutiny in 2003, the Marine headquarters standoff in 2006 and the Manila Peninsula siege in 2007.
Lorenzana also revealed that Calida’s staff was able to obtain copies of Proclamation 75, an ad hoc committee’s amnesty order signed by Gazmin, and a certification stating that Trillanes’ application for amnesty could not be found at Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City.
The defense chief said his department was contacting members of the ad hoc committee that granted Trillanes’ amnesty in 2011.
“We will have to get from them what procedures were in place and where the applications were sent to. If it was filed, then it must be somewhere,” Lorenzana said.
The Cabinet official earlier disclosed that Calida had called him directly for amnesty documents from the Armed Forces’ deputy chief of staff for personnel or J1. DEMPSEY REYES