MANILA - Former Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV on Tuesday belied the claims of Peter Joemel Advincula alias Bikoy who had alleged that opposition figures plotted to overthrow President Rodrigo Duterte.
Advincula, in his sworn statement, tagged Trillanes, Vice President Leni Robredo, and opposition senators Leila De Lima and Risa Hontiveros among others, as those behind a series of videos linking the First Family to the drug trade.
Trillanes said Advincula "embellished" real events to "concoct his version of the story."
The former senator said it was true he had met Advincula around August last year at the Ateneo de Manila University to vet him but his "Bikoy character did not check out."
"What this guy’s been doing is he’s trying to twist or embellish certain facts and the purpose of that meeting is to vet him. A lot of prospective witnesses have been vetted. If they don’t check out then I don’t present him or anybody to the public," Trillanes told ANC's Early Edition.
"Definitely not, none of that happened. Again, you’re taking the word of a person who’s been convicted already of estafa."
Trillanes also denied that he funded Advincula to make the "Ang Totoong Narco-list" videos.
"Would any stupid person take such a measly amount? What can you do with that? You're going to target a ruthless dictator, a self-confessed killer in Mr. Duterte and you’re just asking P500,000 which according to him was not even paid," he said.
The former senator said the sedition charges are meant to send a "chilling message" to the opposition, which he said was "getting stronger."
Trillanes also shrugged off Advincula's laywer Larry Gadon and said the two "are not paragons of honesty."
"To cite them actually doesn’t have any value as far as I’m concerned. These people have destroyed whatever credibility they had and that actually bolsters our case," he said.
"On one hand you have credible public personalities, and on the other you have Bikoy and Larry Gadon--that’s the dream team of non-credibility."
Gadon has said he is mulling to file an impeachment complaint against Robredo should she be indicted.