Trillanes denies coup plot vs Duterte

SENATOR Antonio Trillanes IV belied Friday report that he is planning any coup d'etat against presumptive president Rodrigo Duterte.

"Let me categorically state that I am not part of or even planning any coup d'etat," Trillanes said in a text message.

Trillanes issued the statement after Communist Party of the Philippines founder Jose Maria Sison accused him of supporting coup d'etat and assassination plots against Duterte, once he assumes his post.

"The Trillanes gang has declared war on Duterte. Upon assumption of Office as President and Commander in Chief, [Duterte] has to deliver decisive blows on this tiny gang," Sison said in an online interview on Thursday.

The senator, who earlier alleged that Duterte has an ill-gotten wealth, said the latter could only be ousted through impeachment.

"Presumptive President Duterte was duly elected by the people and the proper way of removing him from office, in case he violates the Constitution, is through impeachment," Trillanes said.

"However, in the unlikely scenario that there would be a coup by disgruntled members of the AFP or PNP in the future, it would only be because they couldn't stand the sight of Joma Sison and his communist buddies being part of a coalition government after remorselessly killing tens of thousands of soldiers, policemen and innocent civilians in pursuit of their universally discredited ideology," he added. (Sunnex)
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