Rumors accusing Senator Antonio Trillans IV of corruption have resurfaced online.
The popular trending political news site, Dugong Maharlika came out with an article about the “corruption in Antonio Trillanes’ Family” early on Friday, February 24, 2017.
The article was a callback to the claims made by Atty Rico Quicho against the senator from 2015.
For those who wish to refresh their memories, Atty. Rico Quicho served as former Vice President Jejomar Binay’s lawyer a few years ago. He represented the former vice president when he was being investigated for graft and corruption.
Senator Trillanes was very vocal about his disapproval Binay’s allegedly ill-gotten wealth. He seemed determined, in 2015, to put the former vice president behind bars.
Naturally, this did not sit well with the former vice president’s legal representatives. In August 2015, Atty. Rico Quicho reportedly did his own research on Trillanes. And claimed that based on his investigation, Trillanes also seemed to be hiding something. He was refering to records showing that Trillanes hired consultants who seemed to him to be a little too overpriced.
The article also added the following from Atty. Quicho:
“Trillanes also hired his brother Juan Antonio Trillanes for P71,200 per month, one of the most highly paid of the 55 consultants. From July to December 2014, the brother took home P427,000.”
Based on the investigation by Quicho, it was revealed that the senator’s consultants did not submit accomplishment reports to the Commission on Audit to help check the fees they allegedly received.
According to Dugong Maharlika’s post from Friday morning, Quicho said the following when he was challenging Senator Trillanes:
“Ako ho bilang abogado, ang pagkakaalam ko ho kasi, pagka nagbibigay ka ng pera sa relative mo, donation ‘yon e. So may donor’s tax ‘yan. Any donation over and above P500,000 should be subject to donor’s tax.”
“Ang tanong, Senator Trillanes, tama po ba si Atty. Quicho na may financial assistance kayo from a relative? Sino ho itong relative ninyo? Nagbayad ho ba ito ng tamang buwis? At bakit ho kayo binibigyan? Senador na ho kayo, mayroon na ho kayong sariling income, humihingi pa ba kayo ng ayuda sa kapamilya ninyo?”