MANILA - Palace spokesperson Salvador Panelo on Friday wished outgoing Senator Antonio Trillanes IV good luck, as he may need it when he faces the prospect of being jailed for his alleged attempts at bringing the Duterte administration down.
"While many will wish Mr. Trillanes good riddance as he is about to leave the hallowed halls of the Senate at the end of June of this year, we will instead wish him luck as he faces another prospect of being placed behind bars again as the self-confessed black propagandist turns against his master, even as his victims look forward to seeing the Senate, or better yet the Government, without the cantankerously obnoxious coup plotter," Panelo said in a statement.
"Mr. Trillanes’ greater service to the nation is his mandatory exit from the Senate where he distinguished himself as a destroyer of reputations of people, including causing the self-extinction of a gentleman military officer whom he disrespected and humiliated before the nation."
On Thursday, Trillanes and the Liberal Party were tagged as the mastermind behind the series of viral videos "Ang Totoong Narco-List" by Peter Joemel Advincula, the man who claimed to be "Bikoy".
"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 it another ploy of the administration to harass the opposition. The Liberal Party also denied having a hand in the videos.
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, Davao representative-elect Paolo Duterte, also wants a proper investigation into the issue.
Panelo pointed out that the senator was all praises for the videos when it came out, even arrogantly wishing to be part it, only to deny any knowledge of it "after being ratted as the creator."
"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 said.
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.
"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," he said.