OPPOSITION Sen. Antonio Trillanes 4th downplayed the grave threats complaint filed against him by Labor Undersecretary Jacinto Paras, calling it mere “harassment.”
Trillanes belied the claim of Paras that he threatened to kill the labor official when he saw him at the gallery of the Session hall on May 29.
“Wala katotohanan yan si Jing Paras ay isang magnanakaw ng cellphone kaya walang credibility yan…,” Trillanes told reporters in an interview, referring to a complaint filed against the labor official by Rep. Tomasito Villarin of Anakbayan in which he accused him of stealing his mobile phone during a hearing at the House of Representatives. Paras has since denied the allegation.
(There is no to truth in that. Jing Paras is a cellphone thief and he has not credibility.)
The senator, however, assured that he was ready to file a counter-affidavit if the court asked him to do so.
Paras, in his complaint, claimed that Trillanes approached him after seeing him inside the session hall and threatened to kill him.
But the senator said he approached Health Secretary Francisco Duque 3rd who was sitting at the gallery of the session hall to greet him and it was during that moment when Paras tried to shake his hands.
Trillanes admitted that he did not only ignore the handshake of Paras but also rebuked him for even trying to do it.
“Ang lakas naman ng loob mo, kinasuhan mo ko tapos makikipag-kamay ka sa akin,” said Trillanes in recalling the exact words he told Paras.
(You have the guts to shake my hand after filing a case against me.)
Trillanes added that he has the footage of the close-circuit television camera showing Paras attempting to shake his hand.
“We will clearly see that he is a liar. Anyway the case has been filed and I will face that and let us see what will happen,” the senator said.
Paras, according to Trillanes, was just trying to make a big thing out the incident as part of efforts to harass and distract those in the opposition. JEFFERSON ANTIPORDA
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