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Senator Trillanes refuses to point Arroyo in military corruption


A clarification was made by Senator Antonio Trillanes IV  on Monday, he insists  that he did not name former President and now Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo as one of those who might be implicated in corruption allegations in the military.

Trillanes claimed that  Arroyo’s name was only mentioned to him by the media.

“Everybody heard that. I never named anybody. It was fed to me,” he told reporters on Monday.

“I said, ‘It’s not farfetched.’ It’s not the same as I named her,” said the senator.

Trillanes also added that the late Armed Forces chief of staff and Defense Secretary Angelo Reyes was one of the principals of former military comptrollers Carlos Garcia and Jacinto Ligot, in contrast to the headline of the Philippine Daily Inquirer quoting him as saying, “It was not Reyes.”

The senator said  that he was not changing his previous statement when Reyes dared him to name the person fronting for Garcia.

Answering  to the challenge, Trillanes categorically named Reyes as one of Garcia’s principals.

However the senator, in different interview, clarified that Reyes was not the person fronting for Garcia.

“No, he was not the same person,” Trillanes said.

Asked again on Monday if he maintained that Reyes was not the powerful person mentioned to him by the former’s emissary, Trillanes said, “No, no. I won’t answer that. I gave my statement already. It’s going to be twisted further.”

“I maintain that the late General Reyes was one of the principals of General Garcia and General Ligot. General Ligot directly, General Garcia, indirectly,” he said.