MANILA, Philippines – Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV denied Monday that he purchased two condominium units in Twin Oaks at Shaw Blvd, Mandaluyong City worth P7 million each.
In a statement, Trillanes said GMA-7 journalist Arnold Clavio, Manila Standard columnist Jojo Robles and radio journalist Deo Macalma alluded to him about the alleged purchase of the condo units.
“In response to these obviously well-orchestrated and malicious reports masquerading as blind items, I hereby categorically deny that I have bought a unit or units at the Twin Oaks Condominium, Mandaluyong City. I further state that I do not have any property not declared in my Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net worth (SALN),” he said.
The senator said he is willing to accompany Clavio, Robles and Macalma to the developer of Twin Oaks to clarify the issue once and for all.
Trillanes noted that he is one of the “foremost advocates of a free and independent media as an instrument for transparency in governance.”
He said he is the principal author of the freedom of information (FOI) bill in the Senate. He also filed a bill that will expand the confidentiality of media sources and openly pushed for the decriminalization of libel.
“Moreover, I am one of those who publicly condemned the killing of media men. But the media, as an institution, should also do its part in promoting responsible journalism,” he said.
“Be assured, though, that this unfortunate incident will not discourage me from vigorously pursuing this advocacy,” he added.