Trillanes claims 'highly suspicious' men monitoring his family

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 18 2018 04:09 PM

MANILA - Senator Antonio Trillanes IV on Tuesday claimed some "highly suspicious" men have been monitoring his family's movements days after President Rodrigo Duterte voided his amnesty and ordered his arrest for leading 2 military uprisings over a decade ago.

Footage from CCTV cameras in Trillanes' subdivision showed several men lingering near his house and outside their gated village in an undisclosed location on September 11.

One man stopped for a few seconds in front of his house, rolled down his window and observed the area but sped off when asked by the guards, Trillanes told reporters at the Senate.

"Doon sa kalye namin, sa dulo 'yun (yung bahay namin) so kapag wala kang business doon, mahahalata ka. Dalawang beses umikot 'yan," Trillanes said, referring to a silver SUV that managed to enter their subdivision without leaving an ID at the guard house.

(Our house is located at the end of the road so you can easily spot anyone who has no business there. The van went around our house twice.)

"Noong sinita nung mga nagbabantay sa bahay namin, noong hinarang siya, tinatanong siya, nalingat lang 'yung guwardiya, kumaripas na ng takbo," he said.

(When they were flagged by those guarding our house, the van sped away when the guard was distracted.)

The behavior is highly-suspicious and are marks of a surveillance activity, the former Navy lieutenant said.

"Hindi ito basta-basta harassment lang o pananakot. Tinitingnan nila kung paano siguro sila puwedeng makapasok," he said.

(This is not just a case of harassment or threat. They seem to be planning how to get inside the house.)

Trillanes has been staying in his office since September 4 after Duterte's Proclamation No. 572 voided his amnesty and revived rebellion and coup d'état charges against him for his participation in the 2003 Oakwood mutiny and the 2007 Manila Peninsula siege.

The senator claimed there was a "standing order" for the military to arrest him once he leaves the Senate's premises. This despite Duterte's guarantee that he would not be arrested without a warrant. 

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said Trillanes may be suffering from "paranoia."

"First, it’s drama, now it appears to be paranoia," Roque told Palace reporters when asked about Trillanes' allegations that suspicious men have been sent to his house.

"I think it’s very clear, the President has left the matter to the RTC (Regional Trial Court) of Makati and so has the Supreme Court," he said.

- with a report from Sherrie Ann Torres, ABS-CBN News