Rumors of military coup against President Rodrigo Duterte has started circulating on social media text massages. According to report, text message circulating said the “Magdalo group led by Trillanes and Alejano has started preparing a coup.” However, Senator Antonio Trillanes IV denied rumors that he and the Magdalo group are behind a supposed coup plot against Duterte. In a statement, Trillanes said there was “absolutely no truth” to the rumors.
“I maintain my position that there is no need to oust President Duterte because he is already self-destructing,” he said. “This is the handiwork of Dutertard trolls who have nothing else to do but to divert the attention of the public from the gross incompetence and shortcomings of the Duterte administration,” Trillanes, a staunch critic of Duterte, added.
Trillanes was known for leading the 2003 Oakwood Mutiny when he and some 300 junior officers and enlisted men of the Armed Forces of the Philippines took over the Oakwood towers in Makati City as protest for alleged rampant corruption in the Philippines. Trillanes was detained for almost seven and a half years after protesting against corruption.