President Rodrigo Duterte slammed his two political foes, former Senator Antonio Trillanes IV and Senator Manny Pacquiao, saying that both want to be in power.
“Si Trillanes, parehas ni Pacquiao ‘yan. (Trillanes and Pacquiao are the same). They want to, you know, hold power because they must have seen an opportunity for themselves,” Duterte said during his weekly Cabinet briefing in Malacañang.
“Well, I leave Trillanes to you. You take care of that,” Duterte told his chief legal counsel Salvador Panelo. “He keeps on talking, but he won’t fight in a debate.”
Duterte has publicly chastised Pacquiao, a former close ally, after the latter declared that the government is three times more corrupt than its predecessor. The president downplayed this allegation, advising the boxing champion to focus instead on his Senate duties and to avoid absenteeism.
Meanwhile, Trillanes, a longtime adversary of Duterte, revived corruption claims against the President, accusing him and his closest aide, Senator Bong, of plundering roughly P6.6 billion in government contracts secured by the senator's father's construction firm.
Pacquiao is rumored to be eyeing the highest post in the 2022 elections. Trillanes has been selected as one of the candidates for president or vice president in next year's elections by the 1Sambayan group.
Duterte's political allies want him to run for vice president at the end of his term, as a possible running mate for her daughter, Davao Mayor Sara Duterte, whose name has also been floated as a presidential candidate.
Ana Catalina Paje is a development journalist passionate about grassroots communication geared towards genuine social change. She also writes about showbiz, lifestyle, and all things Pinoy pride. The views expressed are her own.
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