Friday, August 31, 2018

PH better off with a dictator? Duterte trying to influence AFP, demonizing Robredo - says Trillanes

President Rodrigo Duterte and Sen. Antonio Trillanes / Composite photo from Thinking Pinoy

Manila, Philippines – Opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV has once again criticized President Rodrigo Duterte over a statement that the Philippines would be better off with “a dictator in the likes of Marcos” than a leader like Vice President Leni Robredo.

Trillanes, in a statement, accused the president of “laying the groundwork for an extra-constitutional takeover” and “trying to influence” the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) by “romanticizing an autocratic rule.”

“But it simply won’t work. The AFP knows right from wrong and will never give in to that,” says Trillanes

Furthermore, the senator said that the chief executive is “demonizing” Robredo because “because he knows that in any scenario wherein there is a constitutional transition of power, he and his minions will surely be made accountable for their actions.”

The president during the 49th Mandaue City Charter Day in Cebu on Thursday said that it would be better for the country to be ruled by “a dictator in the likes of Marcos” than to have a leader like Vice President Leni Robredo.

“If I stop now my crusade against drugs and if there no order in this place, Philippines and corruption will continue, we’re dead. I said you’re better off with a dictator in the likes of Marcos. That is what I suggested. You can have constitutional succession, it’s Robredo. But she cannot hack it,” the chief executive said

Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque Jr, on the other hand, explained that the remark of the president was his own personal belief.

“Well, maybe, that’s just the personal belief of the President that almost anyone can be better than the Vice President,” Roque said in press briefing

“With all due respect to the Vice President, that’s a personal assessment made by the President,” he added.

Source: Inquirer