DAVAO CITY, February 17, 2017 (PNA) — President Rodrigo Duterte today turned the tables on Senator Antonio Trillanes, calling him ‘tulisan‘ (thief) who has a “lucrative business” of using his Senate office for retainers.
It is known in the Senate that Trillanes uses his office to ask for retainers and that this has become a lucrative business for him,” the President said in a recorded statement sent to the media on Thursday night.
He issued the statement following accusations from Trillanes that he amassed P211 million illegally.
Duterte said Trillanes’ accusation is a rehashed issue and challenged the senator to go to court and file the proper case.
I advise him further to stop opening his mouth when he has nothing to say anyway,” he added.
The President also defended his daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, who he said has been earning as a lawyer with clients actually paying for her services and “not from illegal retainers which Trillanes is so used to so doing.”
Duterte said his partner Cielito “Honeylet” Avancena, who has been included in Trillanes’ allegations of hidden wealth, has also been earning since 18 years ago when she ventured into the donut and meat business in Davao City.
Trillanes, alam mo, ‘yang si Honeylet started her donut business 18 years ago. She supplies meat sa five malls dito sa Davao, siya ‘yung nagsusupply ng karne ng baboy (Trillanes, you know, Honeylet started her donut business 18 years ago. She supplies pork to five malls here in Davao,” he said.
Duterte said unlike Trillanes, Avancena earned money through hard work and perseverance. “Hindi kagaya mo, ambisyoso,” he added.
He also lashed back at Trillanes’ accounting of the money, including the day-to-day banking transactions of Avancena.
This just shows his ignorance with regard to the banking business, the people who have personal businesses,” he said.
Ngayon, kung pamilya mo gutom noon o ngayon, huwag mo kaming isali. Hindi kami kasing malas sa pamilya mo (Now if your family is hungry then and now, do not include us. We are not as unlucky as your family),” he said.
Duterte said his family is not poor because his father, the late Vicente Duterte, was governor of the undivided Davao and left an inheritance.
He said in contrast, Trillanes was left with just “hangin at yabang (wind and pride).”
He also labeled Trillanes as a shame, citing the failed Oakwood mutiny that the senator led years ago as a soldier.
The President said he is also unperturbed by Trillanes’ dare to resign, saying he would quit immediately if Trillanes can prove his allegation that he amassed P2 billion illegally or if the bank account under his name has a total deposit at one time of even just half a billion pesos.
He said Trillanes himself is not afraid to resign because he is on his last term and will have nothing to lose.
Duterte said this explains Trillanes’ penchant for daring him to resign. (Lilian C. Mellejor/PNA)