Trillanes: My police escorts were removed

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Senator Antonio Trillanes IV. (FILE PHOTO)

Updated to include statements from the PNP.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 14) — Senator Antonio Trillanes IV said the Philippine National Police has removed his security detail since the end of June.

Trillanes, in an interview Friday, confirmed this shortly after the information went viral on Friday evening.

"Sabi ko nga ibigay nila, I'm good. Kunin nila, I'm good. So hindi ako magpapaapekto diyan," Trillanes said.

[Translation: I said if they give me (security) I'm good. They remove it, I'm good. So I won't be affected by that.]

Trillanes allayed fears of his supporters, since he is a staunch critic of President Rodrigo Duterte and his administration.

"I know God has a plan, kung oras mo, oras mo pero sa akin, ganito lang, subukan lang nila. Kilala ko  'yan si Duterte by now. Duwag 'yan," Trillanes said.

[Translation: I know God has a plan, if it's your time, it's your time. But I dare them to try. I know Duterte by now. He is a coward.]

PNP Chief Oscar Albayalde said there was no order from top officials to remove Trillanes' security.

"Walang utos 'yan [There's no order], it's probably nag-expire na 'yung duty ng sinasabing security and they have to be renewed 'yung letter order nila to provide security," Albayalde said in an interview Satrurday.

But PNP Spokesperson Bong Durana said the police found that Trillanes had six security personnel: two from the Armed Forces of the Philippines, two from the Philippine Navy and two from the Senate Security Bureau.

"The non-renewal of the letter orders of the excess security of Sen. Trillanes from the PNP is in compliance with the implementation of 'Alunan Doctrine' which provides that government officials can only have two (2) security personnel protecting them," Durana said in a message to CNN Philippines.

Duterte, in a June speech in Cebu City,  had previously said that someone might shoot Trillanes due to his arrogance.

"He believes that he's the only tough one around because nobody fought him back. But there will come a day that someone will shoot him because he's arrogant," Duterte had said.

CNN Philippines' Correspondent Triciah Terada contributed to this report.