Duterte slams ‘nitpicking’ Trillanes

Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 19 2019 09:41 PM | Updated as of Feb 19 2019 10:02 PM

MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday slammed Senator Antonio Trillanes IV for criticizing again his war on drugs and casting doubt on his recent Hong Kong trip.

Trillanes last Sunday said that Filipinos believe there are now fewer drug addicts in the Philippines because the government killed many of them.

“Since libo-libo ang pinatay niyo na addicts without due process and without giving them the opportunity to be rehabilitated, ‘di ba natural lang na mababawasan ang addicts?” Trillanes said in a statement.

Duterte lashed out at Trillanes for his statement, saying the lawmaker prefers to believe figures on drug war deaths provided by critics and other countries.

“Trillanes said there are no more [drug addicts] because they are dead. Are you not happy that I’m doing it for you instead of you, a military i****?” Duterte said in a speech during the 9th anniversary of the Mindanao Development Authority in Davao City.

“You don’t even know how to count. You kowtow to the figures of foreigners. You go to America, Trillanes.”

The President also hit back at Trillanes for saying that he went to Hong Kong unannounced over the weekend to either undergo checkup or to transfer funds or both.

“Trillanes, you take on every issue. I [went] to Hong Kong to celebrate the birthday of my wife because that is the order of my daughter,” Duterte said.

"This Trillanes, you are paying a public servant who was just there to nitpick issues."

Duterte was accompanied in Hong Kong by his partner Honeylet Avanceña and daughter Kitty, who requested the trip "as a gift," according to former special assistant to the President and now senatorial aspirant Christopher Lawrence "Bong" Go.