Military finds no destabilizing supporters behind Robredo, De Lima & Trillanes


By William Casis | Filam Star Correspondent

The military is monitoring the movements of Vice-president Leni Robredo and two opposition senators, revealed Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) spokesman Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla.

He confirmed the military started monitoring Robredo, and Senators Leila de Lima – currently detained at Camp Crame on drug charges – and Antonio Trillanes IV. All three belong to the Minority Bloc in the Senate led by Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon, Liberty party vice- president.

He said the monitoring commenced after Duterte mentioned in many of his speeches that these officials allegedly were behind destabilization efforts against his administration.

Robredo is the highest elected official of the Liberal Party (LP), the ruling party during the previous administration.

De Lima, who has been detained at the PNP Custodian Center in Camp Crame over drug-related cases, is the fiercest critic of Duterte in the Senate. She ran under LP in the May elections in 2016.

Trillanes accused Duterte of amassing ill-gotten wealth amounting to over PHP 2.2 billion. He also implicated the former Davao City mayor in extra-judicial killings and summary executions of suspected criminals.

Duterte also claimed that the Vice-president was in a hurry to replace him as president. Just recently, Duterte invited Robredo and her family to a dinner.

As of now, Padilla said that based on their monitoring, there have been no big groups behind the three in the alleged destabilization efforts against the present administration.  “But we will not just be sitting down and complacent, hoping that the military is prepared always on any eventualities that may cause trouble – connected or not in the destabilization plot,” Padilla assured the public.

As this developed, Duterte asked those in the military who are planning to oust him not to kill his guards – the Presidential Security Group (PSG) tasked to secure him and members of his immediate family.