I don’t own condo units in Twin Oaks – TrillanesSen. Antonio Trillanes IV has issued the following statement regarding the rumor that he owns condo units in Mandaluyong:
“ Last 18 April 2012, Mr. Arnold Clavio alluded to me in his radio program over DZBB as the buyer of two condominium units in Twin Oaks at Shaw Blvd, Mandaluyong City amounting to seven million pesos each. This was the same subject of the column of Mr. Jojo Robles in Manila Standard on the same day and the radio program of Mr. Deo Macalma on 19 April 2012.
“ In response to these obviously well-orchestrated and malicious reports masquerading as blind items, I hereby categorically deny that I have bought a unit or units at the Twin Oaks Condominium, Mandaluyong City. I further state that I do not have any property not declared in my Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net worth (SALN).
“ I am willing to accompany these media personalities to the developer of Twin Oaks to clarify this issue once and for all.
“ Finally, I have been one of the foremost advocates of a free and independent media as an instrument for transparency in governance.
“Towards this end, I am the principal author of the freedom of information (FOI) bill in the Senate; I also filed a bill that will expand the confidentiality of media sources; and I openly pushed for the decriminalization of libel. Moreover, I am one of those who publicly condemned the killing of media men. But the media, as an institution, should also do its part in promoting responsible journalism.
“Be assured, though, that this unfortunate incident will not discourage me from vigorously pursuing this advocacy.”
I know how that malicious rumor started. The senator was invited to a dinner by a friend and one of the guests happened to be the owner of Twin Oaks. The businessman offered to show the senator his property.
The senator obliged the businessman and looked at the place. But he did not buy.
Looking is different from buying.
Those who want to report about Trillanes properties can get his SALN from the Senate. They will see there that he owns a 60-square meter condo unit, with one parking slot, in Paranaque City worth P3.4 million which he bought through a loan. With a networth of P3,897,121.00, Trillanes is the poorest member of the Senate.
Talking of statements, here’s one from Nestor Burgos, Jr , chairman of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines on the Sunday incident at the NAIA3 between Ramon Tulfo, a columnist of the Philippine Daily Inquirer and showbiz couple, Claudine Baretto and Raymart Santiago:
“The NUJP the Philippines maintains that there was nothing wrong in columnist and broadcaster RamonTulfo taking photographs of actress Claudine Barretto giving an airline staff a dressing down at the terminal of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA3) on May 6.
“Barretto and her husband are celebrities and are thus, public figures. They were also in a public place and were involved in a commotion making the incident legitimate for coverage.
“Tulfo was also right in not handing over his phone camera. No one has the right to forcibly take a person’s camera or phone especially of a journalist documenting a public incident.
“The matter on who started the violence should be left to the investigation of authorities who should file the appropriate charges on those found liable.”
My take: The threats aired by the Tulfo brothers against Raymart and Claudine should not be condoned.It was just right that they apologized.
Amidst the impassioned discussion on the incident, what is forgotten is what started it all – the failure of Cebu Pacific to load the luggage of Claudine and her companions in the same flight that they took.
Claudine is justified to be upset. Airline inefficiency is really infuriating.
But, being a celebrity, she should be aware that her every move is of interest to the public. Mon Tulfo did not violate any law in taking photos of her scolding the Cebu Pacific staff.
Who started the physical scuffle? Let the authorities determine that.
Is it worth front page treatment? Of course! Headlines are more fun in the Philippines.