Senator Antonio “Sonny” F. Trillanes yesterday claimed that Senator Juan Ponce Enrile made monumental blunders in exposing the so-called Brady Notes.
“First, JPE wrongly assumed that Ambassador Sonia Brady purportedly took those notes down while I was meeting with the Chinese officials. For the record, she was never present in any of the backchannel talks conducted. Besides, the first and only official meeting I had with Ambassador Brady in Beijing was held on August 17, 2012, at the Philippine Embassy. I arranged for that meeting, specifically, to brief her about the background and status of the backchannel talks since she just reported at the embassy sometime in early August. During our private meeting, we were only accompanied by Philippine Consul Evangeline Ong Jimenez-Ducrocq and a member of my staff, but, definitely, there were no Chinese officials present. The media could easily ask Consul Jimenez-Ducrocq to confirm this. So, if those Brady Notes indeed exist, this is where she or Consul Jimenez-Ducrocq probably wrote it. Now, I absolutely don’t see anything wrong about conducting a briefing and coordinating with Amb. Brady,” Trillanes said.
“Second, JPE brazenly exposed state secrets just to spite me and it eventually blew up on his face. Lastly, he unwittingly pointed to the DFA as the only possible source of those classified documents,” Trillanes added.
The said controversial Brady Notes were read by Enrile during his interpellation of Trillanes last Wednesday, after the latter, in a privilege speech, exposed him for allegedly railroading the division of the Camarines Sur province into two.#