Senator Antonio Trillanes IV debunked claims of a certain “General Kakilala” that a “popular politician” is recruiting the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Class of 2006 to strategize and carry out a coup against President Rodrigo Duterte.
“Ito si General Kakilala, meron siyang ini-spread na meron daw isang popular politican na nagre-recruit ng isang class 2006 para sa isang coup against Duterte,” Trillanes said.
The senator was allegedly identified by the Kakilala as the politician who is said to be recruiting PMA graduates.
“Talagang ako yung tinuturo…Walang recruitment, hindi ako nagre-recruit. Hindi kami lumalapit diyan sa mga kampo even for myself,” Trillanes said.
Despite being seemingly affected, Trillanes denies feeling “alluded to” by the unnamed General, probably spoken sarcastically.
“I did not feel alluded to, not only wala naman akong nire-recruit but I’m also not popular,” Trillanes said.
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana admits knowing who is the Kakilala that Trillanes’ pinpointed and said that the General is already retired. His staff said it is Brigadier General Joselito Kakilala.
In Kakilala’s Facebook post, he said, “gago itong politician na ito ah. Pinaghirapan ng Armed Forces and AFP Transformation Roadmap para ma-highly professionalize ang corps. Huwag na kayo maniwala yan, bok, maraming sundalo nag sakripisyo including their families dahil na discharged sila for participating in various coups.”
Trillanes is notorious for being involved in a couple of coups during his time in the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). He is also identified as a staunch critic of Duterte.
However, Trillanes denies being part of any coup attempts against the President and said that Kakilala had simply gotten his information from fake news.
Kakilala replied to the issue saying that he removed his post on Trillanes after finding out that it might be fake news.
“I just commented in the post, but it is farthest in my mind that I speak against a revered senator…[When I was] told that it could be fake news, I pulled out my comment,” Kakilala said.
Source: GMA News
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