'Bikoy' videos may send Trillanes back to jail – Palace

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Outgoing Senator Antonio Trillanes IV (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 25) — Outgoing Senator Antonio Trillanes IV may soon face another imprisonment after being tagged as the mastermind behind the controversial videos seeking President Rodrigo Duterte's ouster.

This was a warning issued by Malacañang on Friday as Peter Advincula – the self-confessed former drug syndicate member known as "Bikoy" – claimed that Trillanes led the creation of the video series about the Duterte family's supposed drug links.

"While many will wish Mr. Trillanes good riddance as he is about to leave the hallowed halls of the Senate at the end of June of this year, we will instead wish him luck as he faces another prospect of being placed behind bars again as the self-confessed black propagandist turns against his master," Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in a statement Friday. Trillanes' term as senator ends on June 30.

Panelo said Trillanes, a staunch Duterte critic, should finally stop his "false, malicious, and seditious" accusations against the President, and instead address allegations he is leading a conspiracy to overthrow the government.

Trillanes and other opposition members have denied plotting Duterte's ouster, and are considering filing charges against Advincula.

The flip-flopping Advincula earlier said he was not tapped by any political party, but Liberal Party President Francis "Kiko" Pangilinan believes he could have been threatened by the Duterte administration to put the blame on the opposition.

Duterte: Trillanes is a shame

In a speech during the thanksgiving party of Senator-elect Bong Go Thursday night, Duterte gave credence to Advincula's statements and once again criticized Trillanes.

"O ngayon nag-surface na si Bikoy (Now Bikoy has surfaced). Trillanes is one guy who's a shame," Duterte said.

He added that Trillanes, in his 12 years as senator, was a disgrace for the legislative, and stressed that his questionable properties would soon be revealed.

"Binaboy mo ang Senado. And you used that power to run after people. ... Di alam ng mga sundalo, hindi nila alam na karami mong kotse tapos karami mong properties na nakalista sa ibang tao," Duterte said. "Lalabas rin 'yan."

[Translation: "You defiled the Senate. And you used that power to run after people. ... The soldiers do not know you have many cars and properties listed under other people. That will come out."]

Trillanes in a tweet on Friday belittled Duterte's latest accusations. "This time si Bikoy naman ang source mo. Henyo ka talaga, Duts (This time, Bikoy is your source. You are truly a genius, Duts)."

What went before

Trillanes, a former naval officer, was earlier jailed for his involvement in three mutiny attempts against the Arroyo administration. He was freed under an amnesty granted in 2011.

Seven years after, Duterte invalidated his amnesty, saying the senator did not file an application for it and made no admission of guilt – claims Trillanes repeatedly denied.

Trillanes is out on bail amid ongoing trial for several cases – including the revived rebellion charges and the libel complaints filed against him by presidential son and Davao City Representative-elect Paolo Duterte, and his brother-in-law Mans Carpio.