Trillanes dares Duterte: Explain how you'll combat crime

Ron Gagalac, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 25 2016 04:58 PM

BULACAN - Vice presidential aspirant Senator Antonio Trillanes IV has challenged presidential candidate Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte to explain in detail his pronouncements that he will end criminality in just three to six months.

"Ipaliwanag mo from day one to six months ano gagawin mo, and I'm so confident na hindi niya masasabi. Himayin mo ang program mo," Trillanes told reporters after his political rally in Bustos, Bulacan early Thursday.

Trillanes believes it is simply not doable and the public should fear what Duterte will do.

"Natatakot ako talaga. Kung ang tactics niya sa Davao gagawin niya sa buong bansa, delikado yan." he said. "Dapat mag-isip-isip ang mga kababayan natin."

Duterte is popular for instilling discipline in his turf. He has been seen patrolling the streets at night and criminals often fear the mayor. Residents also take pride in a relatively crime-free Davao City.

Trillanes said he understands the clamor for radical moves to end criminality in the country, but stressed that these must be done in accordance with the law.

Trillanes also said the public should just look at Davao City. "Sa mga nakakaalam sa Davao, they will attest to the fact na mayroon pa ring illegal drugs doon, may crimes, corruption. Bakit niya sasabihin na 3-6 months na hindi naman niya nagawa for 28 years?"

The vice presidential bet said if elected, he would ask for the portfolio of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) from the President, in line with his advocacy for peace and order.

"Ito ang key sa pag-unlad natin, ma-restore yung peace and order," said Trillanes. "Pero di ko sasabihin na 3-6 months matatapos, maraming institutional at legal structures na hindi malalagyan ng timeline."

READ: Trillanes: Duterte presidency a disaster for PH


If other candidates will source their votes from political machinery, television advertisements and everyday campaign sorties, Trillanes has something different in mind, something that he said he has done in the past.

Trillanes admits he does not have the political and financial resources to compete with the other candidates running for the country's second highest post.

His strategy, he said, is through "word of mouth."

He said he is banking on the help of the 600,000-strong Magdalo Party and his other supporters to spread the word of his competency, accomplishments and why he should be the next vice president.

"Iba yung word of mouth, more powerful, more personal, more pro-active," said Trillanes.

Trillanes was elected senator in 2007 even while he was in jail, and was re-elected in 2013 with very limited resources.

While he admits he is still lagging behind other vice presidential candidates in pre-election surveys, he said he is hopeful that his numbers will soon improve now that they have already started to mobilize party members to hit the ground.

"February 9 pa lang nag-start ang kampanya. Yung aming strength ay nasa grassroots, ngayon lang sila gumagalaw," he said.

The Magdalo stalwart on Thursday campaigned in Bustos and San Ildefonso, Bulacan, where he met with Magdalo Party members and went around markets to introduce himself as the most viable vice presidential candidate.

"I go back in 2007, nakakulong ako, but we still prevailed," Trillanes said.

Trillanes, who claims to have roots in the province of Albay, believes he has the backing of most voters in Bicol. This, despite almost all of his election rivals also hail from that region.

"Sa Bicol, ako ang may pinakamaraming proyekto, may pinakamaraming scholar," he said. "Pinilit nilang hatiin ang Camarines Sur noon, ako lang ang tumayo against it."