Senator Antonio Trillanes IV on Thursday distanced himself from the newest destabilization talks against President Rodrigo Duterte.
During the Senate’s listening to on the proposed P195.four billion finances of the Department of National Defense (DND) Trillanes himself raised the problem with Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff Gen. Eduardo Año on reviews that 2006 graduates Philippine Military Academy (PMA) have been being recruited to in a plot to oust Duterte.
“Itong Gen. Kakilala, meron sya ini-spread na meron daw isang popular politician na nagre-recruit para sa isang coup against (President) Duterte. Ako naman, I did not feel alluded to, not only (because) wala naman akong nire-recruit, but also I’m not popular. So I want to be clarified, just categorically, meron ba ganoong nangyayari? May recruitment?” requested Trillanes referring to retired AFP spokesman Brig. Gen. Joselito Kakilala.
Ano denied the report: “We regard those information as raw information and they have to be validated. So far, we have not monitored any recruitment activity within the organization and we have not seen any cause for dissatisfaction or demoralization for whatever purpose that it might serve. But our Armed Forces is professional enough and we have constant T, I and E so far we have not monitored any destabilization move or of any politician or personalities.”
Sen. Panfilo Lacson, finance committee vice chair, who presided over the listening to, additionally requested his fellow mistahs if the reported coup plot was correct or not.
Trillanes replied: “It’s not because general (Kakilala) is using ‘fake news’ as basis so we all know how it could easily spread and it will affect the morale of the AFP.”
“There’s no recruitment happening. I’m not recruiting anyone nor approached anyone. I have not visited any of the (military) camps recently,” he stated.
Trillanes claimed that he has been advised that in a “forum” of PMA graduates, the alleged destabilization plot was mentioned and from their exchanges, he’s the one supposedly being pointed at because the supposed “recruiter.”
Trillanes is likely one of the leaders of the failed Oakwood mutiny in 2003 and Manila Peninsula siege in 2007.