MANILA - Malacañang on Sunday called Senator Antonio Trillanes IV an "incorrigible illusionist" who has an "insatiable lust for publicity" after Trillanes said he doubted President Rodrigo Duterte's high public satisfaction rating.
"As his won’t, Trillanes advanced a convoluted argumentation to support his stand," Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in a statement.
"His created web of lies on PRRD has so engulfed him that he forgets he is its creator...His pathetic political analysis has only validated the suspicion that he threads in the realm of illusion," he added.
Trillanes questioned the December Social Weather Stations' survey, which showed that 74 percent of respondents were satisfied by the President's performance.
"Sa hirap ng buhay ngayon at sa kaliwa't kanang kapalpakan ni Duterte ay walang maniniwala sa SWS survey na 7 out of 10 Filipinos ay masaya sa pamamahala nito," he said.
"Either may sampling errors ito o di kaya ay ang mga nagsabi nito ay nakakaramdam ng takot," added the senator, a vocal critic of the Duterte administration.
Panelo said Trillanes flip-flops depending on the result of the surveys.
"When the survey shows a decline in PRRD's acceptance, he crows about it and brandishes it as a beginning of the end of the President's popularity, but when PRRD's rating bounces back, he discredits it as a consequence of sampling errors or that the survey respondents are in fear of the President," he said.
Panelo said the senator is a "political aberration" that will become an "unrecognisable footnote in history" once things return to normal.