MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – There has been a lot of movement in the Cabinet of Philippine President Rodrigo Dueterte this week — the same week that the filing of Certificates of Candidacy for next year’s elections started.
Spokesperson Harry Roque is out, as is Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano. Enter Salvador Panelo as the new Press Secretary and Philippine Ambassador to the United Nations Teddy Boy Locsin replacing Cayetano.
But there is another major development in the Duterte administration: the President wants to sign a ‘new’ amnesty for Senator Antonio Trillanes and others who have been accused of mutiny. (Nicanor Faeldon, one of the mutineers, has just been appointed new Chief of the Bureau of Corrections).
Many will recall that Duterte earlier ‘voided’ a similar amnesty for the mutineers under the previous Aquino administration based on the fact that it was not signed by Aquino himself. Trillanes could not also produce documents of his ‘admission of guilt,’ a requirement for amnesty.
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New Spokesperson Panelo says that the new amnesty will be unconditional, except for Trillanes, who must accept the amnesty in writing — fully notarized — and promise to become a Dutertard.
The Adobo Chronicles tried to reach Trillanes from his hospital bed at St. Luke’s but our calls were not returned.