Sen. Antonio Trillanes 4th has denied a report alleging his late father misused funds while in active service at the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), saying he would file libel charges against the persons behind the writeup.
“I will be filing libel charges against these people. My father retired from the AFP in 1988 and died in 1998,” Trillanes told The Manila Times in a text message on Friday night.
Sen. Antonio Trillanes 4th has denied a report alleging his late father misused funds while in active service at the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), saying he would file libel charges against the persons behind the writeup. “I will be filing libel charges against these people. My father r
“He never had any graft case or any other case while he was in the AFP,” the former navy officer added.
The writeup on the website “The Daily Sentry” cited a supposed comment by retired Philippine Navy commodore Vicente Cejoco, and allegedly posted by a certain Ernesto Aquino on Facebook.
It alleged that Trillanes’ father, Antonio Sr., became a “dealer-supplier” of various items in the AFP General Headquarters at Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City.
The Daily Sentry’s report also alleged that the budget for the telephone directory publication of the AFP and Philippine National Police was “lost in a casino and mahjong bet by Antonio Sr. in just a blink of an eye,” after the special allotment release order was encashed.
The report also claimed Cejoco was the younger Trillanes’ engineering instructor at the Philippine Military Academy (PMA). Trillanes graduated from the PMA in 1995.
Trillanes Sr. and his wife, Estelita, “always [visited]Baguio and [slept]in his (Trillanes) room,” The Daily Sentry claimed.
The senator said he had read the writeup, published on September 13.
He told The Times that his father was a graduate of the PMA Class of 1959 and was in the Philippine Navy during his active duty days.
Military and defense sources told The Times they had no knowledge of the supposed wrongdoings of the embattled senator’s father.
“I have never heard of such. That story, I think, was just mere propaganda especially with what is happening right now,” a defense source said.
Senator Trillanes is facing his biggest personal battle yet, after President Rodrigo Duterte issued a proclamation revoking the 2011 amnesty granted to him by the administration of President Benigno Aquino 3rd.