MANILA - Malacañang on Thursday said Senator Antonio Trillanes’ claim that there are threats to his life was just a figment of his imagination.
Trillanes admitted that he was among lawmakers who sought a gun ban exemption during the election period, saying the Philippines is no longer a safe place under President Rodrigo Duterte.
The opposition senator said he has received information that the President wants him killed.
Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo denied Trillanes’ claim.
“Guni-guni niya lang iyon. He’s being ignored nga eh. Hindi nga siya pinapansin eh. Diba. He’s an illusionist. I’m no longer surprised,” Panelo said in a statement.
The election gun ban started last January 13 and will end on June 12.
Trillanes is one of the fiercest critics of the President. He believes that the various cases lodged against him, ranging from libel to rebellion, were politically motivated.
Duterte, in a proclamation dated August 31, also voided the amnesty granted by former President Benigno Aquino III to Trillanes for his alleged failure to file an application form and admit guilt for his crime.