What surveillance? Palace says Trillanes suffering from paranoia

Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 18 2018 03:01 PM

MANILA - Malacañang on Tuesday said Senator Antonio Trillanes IV must be suffering from paranoia after claiming that his house has been under surveillance by suspicious-looking men. 

Trillanes continues to be holed up in the Senate after President Rodrigo Duterte revoked his amnesty for uprisings in 2003 and 2007. This despite government's guarantees that he would not be arrested without a warrant from the local courts.

The senator, a former Navy official, said on Saturday that his camp took the license plate numbers of vehicles seen around his house but that these turned out to be unregistered.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque dismissed Trillanes’ claim. 

“First, it’s drama, now it appears to be paranoia,” Roque said.

“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.

The opposition senator last week bared plans to go home even as the Supreme Court denied his petition for a preliminary injunction, saying Makati courts handling his coup d'etat and rebellion cases should decide on the validity of Duterte's proclamation that voided his amnesty.

He, however, changed his plan after it was found that motorcycle-riding men were seen tailing his vehicle.

Trillanes also said he has received information that he would be arrested once he steps out of the Senate.

"Nabisto natin kaya pala panay ang sabi ng ‘pwede kang lumabas, di ka aarestuhin’ yun pala iniindahan niyo akong lumabas nang sa ganun aarestuhin ako sa labas," the senator said in an interview with DWIZ.

(We found out that that's why they've been saying it's ok for me to come out, "you won't be arrested," it turns out they plan to arrest me outside.)

"Ang nakuha namin ay diretsong information from the arresting units na aarestuhin ako."

(We got first-hand information directly from arresting units that I will be arrested.)

Trillanes has been staying at his Senate office since Sept. 4, when Duterte's proclamation was made public. 

Duterte had earlier said Trillanes would not be arrested without a warrant. His proclamation that voided Trillanes' 2011 amnesty ordered police and military officials to take him into custody.