Paolo Duterte: I don’t seek revenge on Trillanes, I want justice
(philstar.com) – November 17, 2018 – 2:57pm
MANILA, Philippines — Presidential son Paolo “Pulong” Duterte on Saturday said he’s not gunning for a seat in Congress to seek revenge on opposition Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV, who he accused of “concocting lies” against him and his family.
Paolo’s remarks run counter to the recent statement of his father President Rodrigo Duterte, who said on Friday his son decided to run in next year’s election after being “humiliated” by Trillanes during a Senate inquiry last year.
In a social media post, Paolo said Trillanes will be “worse than a non-matter” once the senator reaches the end of his term next year.
“He will end his term as a senator like it is a blessing to the Filipino people — perhaps except for the few who believed in the lies he concocted against me and my family. As he is today, he will be worthless,” Paolo wrote on Facebook.
“What I seek is justice. I have filed cases against him (Trillanes) and he should man up and face these cases in court. Apart from that, considering the insignificance and uselessness of Mr. Trillanes, I will devote my time to serve the Dabawenyos,” he added.
Last month, Paolo filed his certificate of candidacy to run as representative of Davao City’s first district. He was accompanied by his sister Davao City Mayor Sara “Inday” Duterte-Carpio, who will seek reelection.
Paolo had resigned as vice mayor of Davao City following allegations hurled by Trillanes that he may have helped ease the entry of multi-billion peso worth of narcotics from China that were seized by Philippine authorities last year.
At a Senate hearing, Trillanes accused Paolo of being a member of a drug syndicate, citing as evidence a “dragon-like” tattoo on his back. The younger Duterte admitted he had a tattoo but declined to show it, invoking his right to privacy.
The senator has also accused the president of hiding wealth.
Paolo and lawyer Mans Carpio, the president’s son-in-law, have filed a libel case against Trillanes for allegedly defaming him and his family. The lawmaker said the libel suit against him was meant to “shake me down.” — Ian Nicolas Cigaral
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