‘Whistleblower’ says Trillanes fabricated rice smuggling accusation vs Pulong

On Tuesday, whistleblower Perfecto Tagalog appeared before the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) revealing the accusation against presidential son and Davao City Rep. Paolo “Pulong” Duterte was fabricated by former Senator Antonio Trillanes IV.
Former Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV / Photo from Interakyon

In his submitted sworn affidavit, Tagalog claims the former Senator wants to destroy the image of President Rodrigo Duterte days before the 2016 elections.

Tagalog said the story of Peter Joemel Advincula alias “Bikoy” in the narcolist videos encouraged him to appear before the authorities since he noticed that Trillanes did the same “pattern” he did in the narcolist videos to discredit President Duterte.

Lumakas ang loob ko, nung nakita ko ‘yung sa narcolist, about Bikoy. Doon ko nalaman na parehas din ang istorya namin, na nagamit lang din kami,” he said.

He said, at first he believed that Paolo Duterte was really involved in rice smuggling since the camp of Trillanes showed him a supposed document from the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) proving this accusation.

But then he doubts the allegations when the Camp of Trillanes stopped communicating with him and did not file a case against Paolo Duterte. 

Tagalog also said the camp of Trillanes offered him money but he refused to accept it since he only wanted to expose the supposed illegal activities of the presidential son.

According to Attorney Lorenzo “Larry” Gadon who accompanied Tagalog, the offer was made the same day that Tagalog attended a press conference sometime in April 2016, where he claimed Rep. Duterte and his wife January were in cahoots with alleged smuggler Davidson Bangayan or David Tan, who was then investigated by the Senate.

Did this cash offer not trigger Tagalog to doubt the motives of former Sen. Trillanes, who was known to be one of the President’s fiercest critic?

Gadon said: “The offer of money was done after the press conference. Tagalog did not explain the motive of Trillanes, but Tagalog declined to get it because at the time he thought the report on smuggling was true. Tagalog agreed because he was the Secretary General of the Coalition of Filipino Consumers.”

He said Tagalog did not ask why he was being offered the cash.

Tagalog did not ask why on the offer of money. Some people are just silent on some things,” said Gadon.

He only realized that he was being duped when Trillanes did not push through with the filing of the case, so all that Trillanes wanted was for Tagalog to create some noise, which Trillanes used against Pulong,” he added.

Source: Inquirer
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