Trillanes hits Duterte anew: "We never had a president or commander-in-chief who is godless or anti-god." - The Daily Sentry

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Trillanes hits Duterte anew: "We never had a president or commander-in-chief who is godless or anti-god."

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV and President Rodrigo Duterte (composite photo from ABS CBN)

Manila, Philippines – Opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV said in an interview with Inquirer that the Philippines never had a president or commander-in-chief who is godless or anti-god.

Trillanes made the statement when he was asked on what he would rather want Duterte do with regards to the West Philippine Sea.

“That’s clearly a deal breaker for a lot of Filipino citizens, as well as officers. To be mocked for your faith is something serious.” Trillanes added.

“Now as regards what Duterte should have done, he should first strengthen our alliances with our strategic allies and regional allies, like the U.S., Australia, Japan, South Korea, then ASEAN. He should encourage the increase in the frequency of freedom of navigation patrols by these countries in the West Philippine Sea region. He should call for a regional summit, to raise the awareness of the international community as regards what’s happening in this particular area of the world. Finally, he should fast-track the ratification of EDCA [Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement] and the AFP modernization. These are just some of the measures that can at least offset the moves of China.” The opposition senator said, answering the WPS concern.

Trillanes was also asked if there is any movement about the plunder case he filed against the president over the alleged huge amount of money that he claimed Duterte is hiding in his secret bank accounts.

The former mutineer said that there has been no progress on the said case because of the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) which won’t give the investigative report as part of the evidence to pursue the case.*

“The president is immune from suit, but it doesn’t mean he cannot be investigated. He can be investigated and the basis of that investigation, the results, can be used as a basis for impeachment. But since Duterte’s appointee is effectively covering up for Duterte, the Ombudsman cannot move ahead without those documents.” Trillanes said.

During the interview with Inquirer, the senator maintained that Duterte and his son are the key figure in drug smuggling in Davao.

When asked for a proof, the opposition senator said:

“During the investigation, in relation to the seizure of P6.4 billion [worth of] shabu, the major players were all linked to Paolo Duterte [the president’s son]. Look at Mr. Duterte. For all his rhetoric on his war on drugs, his supposed personal crusade against illegal drugs, what did he do in this case? He didn’t even utter a single word. Worse, the prosecutor who dismissed the cases against these players was promoted to judge by Mr. Duterte."*

former Davao City vice Mayor Paolo "Pulong" Duterte with the president's son-in-law Atty. Mans Carpio attended the Senate hearing on P6.4B shabu shipment from China / photo grabbed from Manila Bulletin

“Right now, the only person who was charged in relation to this case was the warehouse guy. It’s a fake war on drugs."he added.

Trillanes also pointed out that when it comes to drug problem, Philippines is nowhere near the magnitude in Colombia and Mexico, thus, Duterte’s war on illegal drugs really “strikes a chord in the hearts of Filipinos, especially the parents.”

“That’s why he created a demand for the brand of governance that he represented, because he didn’t know anything else, he couldn’t fashion himself as the guy who would turn around the economy and eradicate poverty. But the problem is, he was so good lying with a straight face that people bought into that.” He said.

When asked if he regretted his past action, being the principal figure in what has been labeled as Oakwood Mutiny in 2003, Trillanes said:

“I’m the kind of person who doesn’t regret past actions. I’d rather learn from them, move on, and be a better person."

10 years ago: the Magdalo group of military officers and soldiers staged a protest against then president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo / photo from Yahoo News

Source: Inquirer