Conflicting tales? Trillanes says Duterte told him different story on killings

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 18 2016 02:39 PM | Updated as of Dec 18 2016 04:27 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte’s story of how he killed suspected criminals when he was still mayor of Davao City is different from what Senator Antonio Trillanes IV claims Duterte told him.

In a phone interview on ANC’s “Dateline Philippines,” Trillanes said the circumstances of the killings were different when Duterte first told him the story.

The senator said Duterte told him that some “kidnappers” were already “under control” by law enforcers when Duterte fired at them.

“They (suspects) were already under control and that’s when he (Duterte) fired upon them. And he emptied a couple of magazines, according to him, while they were unarmed and already kneeling down, so the circumstances are very much different to how he is relaying the situation now,” Trillanes said.

Last Friday, Duterte said he used to go around Davao City in a motorcycle “looking around for an encounter so I can kill.”

However, in an ambush interview with ABS-CBN News on Saturday, Duterte said he killed people during his third month as mayor and that he shot suspected criminals from the window using a carbine.

Regardless of the circumstances, Trillanes said the admission of Duterte is already a ground for impeachment. However, he said the country’s current political situation would probably not allow it.

“Impeachment is not a legal issue, it’s a political issue. So all of these things would depend largely on the political situation," he said.

"Right now, it's predominantly pro-Duterte or the public is giving him enough leeway to prove himself. But once they realize that beyond his so called war against drugs he has nothing more to offer, then probably things will change,” he added, noting that impeachment cases may be filed “early next year” when “people may feel differently.”