DOHA, Qatar - President Rodrigo Duterte has accused Senator Antonio Trillanes IV of stealing cutlery at The Peninsula Manila hotel when the former military official took over the facility during a 2007 mutiny against former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
Duterte made the accusation before thousands of Filipinos in the Lusail Sports Arena in Doha, Qatar on Saturday.
"Iyon 'yung g****** nagwara-wara diyan sa Makati kasi mag-revolt daw sila. Tapos sinira 'yung Peninsula. Ninakaw lahat ng tinidor, baso, lahat ng inom, inumin, bago nag-surrender sa police," Duterte said before some 6,000 Filipinos in attendance.
(He made a scene in Makati, saying they will revolt and then destroyed the Peninsula. They stole all the forks, glasses, and drinks before surrendering to the police.)
Trillanes on November 29, 2007 occupied The Peninsula Manila hotel in Makati together with other Magdalo mutineers to call for the ouster of Arroyo. They surrendered to authorities after a few hours.
In a text message, Trillanes denied Duterte's allegations.
"First of all, every one knows that it's not true so I'll just let him make a fool of himself. But here's the thing, I accused him of stealing billions of pesos and the most that he could accuse me of is that I stole utensils. So I guess, I won that one," Trillanes said.
Trillanes has alleged that Duterte had suspicious bank transactions amounting to P2.407 billion in April 2016.
The senator again revived the allegations this year, vowing to continue pressing Duterte on the matter.