Calida ‘forgives’ Trillanes over amnesty form row


SOLICITOR General Jose Calida is willing to forgive embattled Senator Antonio Trillanes IV and noted that he will not file any libel cases against the senator despite the lack of apology from the lawmaker.

Trillanes earlier accused Calida of hiding and stealing his amnesty application form that led to the revocation of the senator’s amnesty grant.

Calida said he would just forgive Trillanes.

“He said he won’t apologize. Maybe I just forgive him,” Calida said on the sidelines of the oral arguments on the petition against the country’s withdrawal from the International Criminal Court (ICC) at the Supreme Court.

“We have to forgive those who have sinned against us… I am a Christian. I know how to forgive,” he added.

President Rodrigo Duterte earlier said it was Calida who sought a check on Trillanes’ amnesty records. This eventually led to the cancellation of the former navy officers’ 2011 amnesty, which revived criminal cases against him for leading uprisings in 2003 and 2007.

Government has been asserting that Trillanes failed to properly file an application for amnesty and did not admit guilt, a condition for the grant.

Calida said the government is not singling out Trillanes but admitted that only Trillanes’ amnesty application is being reviewed “for the moment.”

Duterte’s Proclamation No. 572, which invalidated Trillanes’ amnesty, was made public on the day Trillanes started the Senate investigation into government contracts of the Calida family’s security agency, which he alleged constituted conflict of interest.