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Amnesty aside, can presidents declare anything void ab initio ?

MANILA, Philippines – The buzz phrase these past two weeks in and out of legal circles is “void ab initio” or void from the start. This is in reference to the manner by which President Rodrigo Duterte seeks to nullify the 8-year-old amnesty given to Senator Antonio Trillanes IV in a still unsuccessful attempt to jail the President’s top critic. Trillanes’ lead counsel Rey Robles petitioned the Supreme Court to declare Duterte’s Proclamation No. 527 invalid, saying that amnesty is a shared power between the

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