MANILA - Senator Antonio Trillanes IV said Sunday that the libel cases lodged against him by former Davao City vice mayor Paolo "Polong" Duterte presented an opportunity to link the latter to the narcotics trade.
The libel cases stemmed from Trillanes' separate allegations that Duterte extorted money from ride-hailing firms and that he was involved in drug smuggling.
"I welcome the filing of the libel case because it will be an opportunity to call Polong as a hostile witness, so he would be compelled to show his tattoo on his back to prove that he is a member of a Chinese triad drug syndicate," Trillanes said in a statement.
"It would also be an opportunity for me to have his bank accounts subpoenaed," he added.
Duterte had refused to bare his back during a 2017 Senate inquiry where Trillanes first accused him of having ties to an international narcotics ring.
The former vice mayor has also slammed Trillanes for accusing him of having some P100 million in his bank account, saying this was a "recycled" issue.
Trillanes has been holed up at his Senate office since September 4, after Malacañang made public the withdrawal of the amnesty absolving him of charges over failed uprisings in 2003 and 2007.
The senator earlier said Duterte's libel case was a means to lure him out of the Senate so he could be taken into custody.
Trillanes is facing a separate case of inciting to sedition or inciting to coup d'etat filed by Labor Undersecretary Jacinto Paras.