Let’s de-escalate tension from amnesty revocation: Pangilinan

Response to media query on SP Sotto’s reaction to call for supporters’ presence in Senate

With respect, our desire for people to come to the Senate and show support for Senator Trillanes was in response to reports gathered from sources both in the AFP and the media that an illegal arrest was to be effected.

The Senate in caucus agreed that any arrest made within the Senate premises would be an assault on the Senate as an institution and calling for support to my mind was not an abuse of any consideration but rather supportive of ensuring that any arrest within the Senate premises is avoided.

We agree with the Senate President that we should henceforth work toward de-escalating tensions brought about by the controversial proclamation of amnesty revocation.

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Buong paggalang, ang aming panawagan na magpakita ng suporta ang mga tao kay Senator Trillanes at pumunta sa Senado ay tugon sa mga ulat ng mga sources namin sa AFP at sa media na may iligal na pag-arestong mangyayari.

Sinang-ayunan ng Senado sa isang caucus na ang anumang pag-arestong gagawin sa loob ng Senado ay pag-atake sa Senado bilang institusyon at ang panawagan ng suporta, sa ating palagay, ay hindi pang-abuso ng anumang konsiderasyon kundi pagsuporta para matiyak na ang anumang pag-aresto sa loob ng Senado ay maiiwasan.

Sumasang-ayon kami kay Senate President na dapat bumaba ang tensyon na dulot ng kontrobersyal na proclamation ng pagpapawalang-saysay ng amnesty.