Duterte accuses Trillanes of collecting money from businessmen

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 23 2017 12:32 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday night accused Senator Antonio Trillanes IV of accepting money from businessmen.

During a speech in front of members of the Filipino community in Thailand, Duterte alleged that Trillanes collected money from big businesses that are afraid to turn the senator away.

"Nagkokolekta 'yan sa mga malalaking negosyante . . . ang mga malalaking negosyo, natatakot sa ganyan," he said.

(He collects money from big businessmen . . . big businesses are afraid of him.)

Trillanes denied the president's accusation.

"That is a lie coming from a pathological liar. Kung totoo 'yan, ilabas niya ang mga detalye at kasuhan niya ako. Haharapin ko 'yan," he said in a text message to ABS-CBN News.

Trillanes said he has "specific details [and] documents" to back up his accusations, so the president should do the same when directing claims at the senator.

Duterte and his allies have long been trading barbs with Trillanes. 

Trillanes claims that he has information that the president wanted him dead stemming from his allegations that the former Davao City mayor kept secret bank accounts for about P2.41 billion he made during the presidential campaign. 

This was denied by presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella, who called the lawmaker "overly imaginative and very dramatic."

During his speech in Thailand, Duterte also lambasted Senator Leila de Lima, who is currently detained at Camp Crame for her alleged involvement in the illegal drug trade at the New Bilibid Prison.

"Siyempre sa edad, mauna ako [mamatay] . . . sigurado ako wala naman ako ambisyon, impyerno talaga. Pero pagdating niya (De Lima), [sasabihin ko,] Senyor Satanas, dumating na ang reynang inaantay mo," he said.

(I am older, so I will die first. I do not have any ambition, it's hell for sure. Once De Lima arrives, I will tell Mr. Satan, here is the queen you have been waiting for.)

Duterte arrived in Thailand on Monday for an official visit after a brief jaunt to Myanmar on Sunday, and was scheduled to arrive in the Philippines early Thursday.