Trillanes: I won't be an obstructionist


Senator Antonio Trillanes IV and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte. ABS-CBN News

MANILA - Senator Antonio Trillanes IV on Tuesday vowed that he will not stop presumptive President Rodrigo Duterte from exercising his mandate.

Speaking to reporters, Trillanes, who has already accepted his defeat in the vice presidential race, said he respects the choice of the Filipino people to elect the Davao City mayor as president.

Partial and unofficial results of the May 9, 2016 elections, as of Tuesday afternoon, show Duterte with a commanding lead of over 6 million votes over his closest rival, Mar Roxas.

"Dito sa ating demokrasya, yung botante, siya ang pinakamakapangyarihan. So nagsalita na sila at iyan, binigay na yung mandato [kay Duterte]," Trillanes said.

Trillanes, however, clarified that he will keep a system of checks and balances to monitor the actions of Duterte.

The senator earlier said that Duterte becoming a president spells disaster for the Philippines.

"Siyempre pagka-merong pagmamalabis, hindi ko rin pababayaan yun," he said. "Hindi ako namemersonal, trabaho lang ito sa akin."

Trillanes has accused the tough-talking mayor of keeping hidden wealth in several undeclared bank accounts and hiring "ghost" employees in his turf.

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"Binoto pa rin siya ng tao. Yun yung kailangan natin respetuhin," he said.

"We will just have to give him the latitude to do his thing and watch and monitor from the sidelines and not be obstructionist. Then we will take it from there," he added.