The ever-shifting loyalties, apparently all based on hard cash, within the confederation of detractors of President Rody Duterte resulted in a comical spectacle in which one of the pawns is now willing to sell out to anybody who will go after coup plotter Antonio Trillanes IV.
The offer came from lawyer Jude Sabio who was responsible for the filing of the crimes against humanity case against Rody in the International Criminal Court (ICC) at The Hague. Piecing his statements, Sabio was apparently gypped by the group of Trillanes of some “professional fees” for his services in demonizing the President.
Sabio even went on an international tour, claiming that the filing of the case was based on his conviction against extrajudicial killings (EJK) that were the basis of his ICC complaint and not for any financial rewards.
Now he is singing a different tune, similar to the melody of Peter Joemel Advincula alias “Bikoy,” who is another character in Trillanes’ stable of abominable creatures who got cheated out of what was promised him.
“Bikoy,” the hooded figure in the videos, is now the main complainant against Trillanes in the sedition cases filed against main opposition personalities behind the video series after apparently failing to obtain what was promised him.
Sabio, in a column that appeared in a Mindanao paper, recounted details which he claimed prove that Trillanes was behind the “Ang Totoong Narcolist” series of videos, which heaped accusations against Rody and members of his family and which appeared during the campaign period for the May elections.
“If forced to do so by process, how can I refuse in the interest of truth?,” he said when asked by media on his willingness to testify against Trillanes.
Sabio apparently got ticked off after Trillanes’ camp rejected him to lawyer for “Bikoy” since he was doing past services for the ex-senator. He was insulted after a staff of Trillanes asked for his license.
The itinerant lawyer also claims to have P656,000 in collectibles from Trillanes for legal services rendered to whistleblower Edgar Matobato, the self-confessed member of the Davao Death Squad who had linked Rody to EJK in Davao.
Matobato is another member of the monster squad of Trillanes who had made the same recycled accusations against Rody.
Also apparently, the tap had run dry for Sabio in terms of the monthly retainer he gets from Trillanes, which ranged from P50,000 to P100,000 when business was good based on his recounting to a broadcast network.
Trillanes apparently just dropped him like a hot potato after the ICC filing which Sabio said made him lose clients.
The former senator should be understood, however, as he only prostituted himself to higher yellow interests and did the things that Sabio does on a grander scale and for a larger fee.
Now as an ordinary ex-putschist facing a host of criminal charges, Trillanes has more problems than he can handle to bother with Sabio.
The Trillanes pawn, in turn, can’t be blamed for turning against his former master since he is now fighting for sole survival.
First, the Liberal Party has disintegrated from in-fighting, now Trillanes is being eaten alive by the monsters he created. Who can ask for more?