Summon all the deities of good fortune, presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo advised rabid administration critic outgoing Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV as he faces a huge possibility of landing behind bars as “a destroyer of reputations of people.”
Trillanes was also tagged in the latest alleged ouster plot against President Rodrigo Duterte.
Peter Joemel Advincula, who claims to be “Bikoy” of the “narcolist” videos, retracted his previous statements and accused the Liberal Party (LP) and Trillanes of being the ones behind the videos that linked allies and relatives of President Rodrigo Duterte’s first family to the illegal drug trade.
“Good luck and good riddance” was also Malacañang’s message to Trillanes as he counts down his remaining days as a legislator.
“Mr. Trillanes’ greater service to the nation is his mandatory exit from the Senate,” presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo said.
Ready court defense
Panelo then advised the former Navy officer turned lawmaker to work on defending himself against the accusations hurled by Peter Advincula, the man who claimed to be “Bikoy” of the controversial “Ang Totoong Narcolist” video series, that he is one of the masterminds of the black propaganda against the Chief Executive and his family.
“The outgoing senator should first address the serious allegation pointing to him as the mastermind and in conspiracy with certain political leaders identified with the opposition of the unlawful plot to topple the Duterte administration,” he stated.
“We recall that Mr. Trillanes was all praises for the videos, which were intended to incite sedition against the duly-constituted and people-elected President, even arrogantly wishing that he was part of such a felony, and then suddenly after being ratted as the creator of the sinister plot pronounces that he knows nothing about the same,” he added.
Adroit at mayhem
The Palace also pointed out how Trillanes has a knack for stirring controversy, citing the 2016 presidential elections where the latter “exposed” the “fictitious bank account” containing over P200 million supposedly belonging to Mr. Duterte.
“He deviously released this black propaganda a week before the presidential elections, almost identical to the time frame of the release of the recent videos of ‘Bikoy’ before the midterm national elections. The two black propagandas are eerily similar as to the timing of their release,” stated the President’s official mouthpiece.
“History keeps repeating itself. In Mr. Trillanes’ case, first as a tragedy and second as a farce. This describes well the case of the outgoing senator,” he added.
“The outgoing senator should first address the serious allegation pointing to him as the mastermind and in conspiracy with certain political leaders identified with the opposition of the unlawful plot to topple the Duterte administration,” said Panelo.
Trillanes has denied the allegations, calling them as another ploy of the administration to harass the opposition, while the Liberal Party also denied having a hand in the videos.
Apart from the rebellion and coup d’etat charges the government has filed against Trillanes, he was also slapped with libel cases by the president’s son and Davao City congressman-elect Paolo Duterte.
The younger Duterte filed the suit against Trillanes in September 2018, a year after the senator accused him of corruption.
Trillanes, in 2017, accused Paolo Duterte and brother-in-law Manases Carpio of being involved in a scheme to extort money from ride-hailing firms.
“History keeps repeating itself. In Mr. Trillanes’ case, first as a tragedy and second as a farce. This describes well the case of the outgoing senator,” said Panelo.
Senator-elect Christopher “Bong” Go earlier hinted that he may summon Trillanes to a legislative inquiry after the latter was implicated in the “Bikoy” videos.
Duterte’s son Paolo was also called for a proper investigation into the issue.
The videos came out during election period for the midterm polls.
Panelo said Trillanes used the same black propaganda technique against Duterte during his bid for the presidency. He said Trillanes accused Duterte of having fictitious bank accounts amounting to P211-million in a bank in Ortigas.
with Elmer N. Manuel