MANILA- President Rodrigo Duterte took a swipe anew on his staunch critic Antonio Trillanes IV on Thursday just as the former mutineer-turned-lawmaker faced charges over supposed efforts to provoke a rebellion against the government.
Duterte advised the public to “stay clear” of the likes of Trillanes, who he criticized for alleged grandstanding.
“Si Trillanes sige daldal hanggang ngayon. Alam mo, you are... Kayo ang nasa, mga pulitiko, mga pulitiko basta pulitika lang, so you, you know you should avoid people like that,” the President said in a speech during the graduation ceremony of police officers in his hometown Davao City.
(Trillanes keeps on talking until now…Politicians who do things for politics, you know you should avoid people like that.)
“Mga grandstanding na wala namang magawa. Hindi naman bemedalled, hindi naman nagpunta ng giyera ang g*g* nasa opisina lang, tapos mag-ambisyon. You know, 'yung mga ganun iwasan ninyo. I am just advising you, stay clear.... Sisirain tayo,” he added.
(They are grandstanding because they have nothing to do. He is not even bemedalled, he didn’t go to war. He was just in the office and then he had ambitions. Avoid those people. I’m just advising you, stay clear… It will destroy us.)
Trillanes has repeatedly insisted that Duterte has hidden wealth, an allegation that the President has denied. Duterte even said he would step down from the presidency if the former senator could prove his claims.
The President’s latest tirades came just a day after Trillanes launched his own YouTube channel where he said he would share his "Trillanes Explains" vlogs that would feature his "exposes" about the Duterte administration.
Trillanes announced his vlog on Wednesday, a day after he posted bail for charges of conspiracy to commit sedition for supposedly linking President Duterte and his family to the illegal drug trade.