'Obsessed' with Trillanes? Duterte focused on inflation, says Palace


Posted at Sep 26 2018 09:51 AM

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MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte is focused on addressing the rising prices of goods, not his row with opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes, Malacañang said Wednesday.

A Makati court on Tuesday ordered the arrest of Trillanes for the 2007 Manila Peninsula siege after Duterte declared the amnesty for Trillanes null and void.

The senator said Duterte has been "obsessed" with him and warned the President that he will also have his time behind bars.

"Hindi po obsessed ang Presidente kay Trillanes, mga abugado lang po nag-aasikaso niyan at iyan naman talaga ay trabaho ng mga piskal at SolGen (Solicitor General)," Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque told radio DZMM.

(The President is not obsessed with Trillanes. Lawyers are the only one on his case because that is the job of prosecutors and the SolGen.)

"Ang tutok po talaga namin iyung inflation. Iyung economic [managers] din po, walang ibang ginawa kundi mag-isip ng mga paraan," he added.

(Our focus is on inflation. Economic managers have done nothing but think of solutions.)

Duterte, in a declaration made public on Sept. 4, voided Trillanes' amnesty over his alleged failure to submit an application form and express guilt, which the Navy officer-turned-senator denied.

Trillanes will stay at his Senate office, where he has been holed up since the withdrawal of his amnesty, said his lawyer Reynaldo Robles.

The senator is facing separate coup d'état charges for his 2003 Oakwood mutiny, a case of inciting to sedition for allegedly prodding soldiers to revolt against Duterte, and libel charges for his allegations against the President's son, former Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte.