In his remarks during his visit to Tandag, Surigao del Sur on Tuesday, Duterte advised voting Filipinos to be wary of Trillanes should he run for office in next year’s elections.
“Be careful of Trillanes. Magbantay kayo (Be on guard). He will sell you to the devil. Kapag ‘yan nakaupo, patay (If he gets elected, you’re dead),” Duterte said.
“Ako, sabi ko sa mga Pilipino, ‘pag ‘yan ang naging opisyal ninyo, eh ‘di kayo. Walang hiya ‘yan, totoo lang (Me, I told Filipinos, if you elected him, you’ll get nothing. He has no shame, that’s true),” he added.
The President had first denounced how Trillanes dragged his youngest daughter Veronica’s name for allegedly having links to drug lords.
Veronica and the President’s common-law wife Cielito “Honeylet” Avanceña were tagged in the second video of the series “Ang Totoong Narco List (The Real Narco List)” which made rounds on social media.
The video alleged the two were fixing bank transactions from their supposed kickbacks in the drug trade during their trips to Hong Kong.
Duterte mentioned on Tuesday Trillanes when Surigao del Sur Gov. Alexander Pimentel prodded him to convince Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio or his former presidential aide, Sen. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go, to run for president next year.
Pimentel said there should be “continuity” in policies so that achievements gained during the Duterte administration would not be wasted.
But the President maintained that his daughter is not running for president in 2022.
“Inday Sara is not running. I have really really put my foot down. Naaawa ako sa anak ko. Ang pulitiko dito, kababuyan (I pity my daughter. The politics here is dirty),” he said.
The President’s remarks came after his daughter emerged as the top choice for both president and vice president in the 2022 elections based on an independent survey released on Monday.
In a study conducted by OCTA Research from January 26 to February 1, the President’s daughter topped the poll as 22 percent of respondents chose her to be the country’s next president.
She was followed by Senators Mary Grace Poe, Emmanuel Pacquiao, former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr,. Manila Mayor Francisco Domagoso, Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go, Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo, and Senate President Vicente Sotto 3rd.
In the vice-presidential race, Duterte-Carpio and Domagoso are in a statistical tie for number 1 at 14 and 11 percent respectively, followed by Pacquiao, Poe, Taguig-Pateros Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano, Sotto, Marcos, Go, and Sorsogon Gov. Francis Escudero.