MANILA, Philippines – After Davao Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio ranted on Facebook about three opposition senators whom she called ‘opportunistic’, Senators Antonio Trillanes and Risa Hontiveros issued separate statements in response.
Trillanes and Hontiveros are two of the three senators, the other being Sen. Francis ‘Kiko’ Pangilinan, whom the younger Duterte claimed to have approached them before and asked for their help during the last election.
While Trillanes admitted he sought Duterte’s endorsement to run for vice president, the senator said he was still unaware then that the President was a ‘murderer’.
“Ang mga panunumbat ni Mayor Sara Duterte ay nung hindi ko pa kilalang mamamatay tao at magnanakaw ang tatay n’yang si Pres. Duterte,” said Trillanes. “Iba na ngayon, alam ko na ang katotohanan.”
“Mayor Sara Duterte reprimanding me was when I still have no idea his father Pres. Duterte is a murderer and a thief. But now its different, I came to know the truth.”
Saddened but harbors no ill will
Hontiveros, for her part, said she was saddened by the mayor’s recent remarks against her, especially since they have had “friendly interactions’ over the years.
“I am grateful for her support during my election campaign and I have honored that support by defending women’s and gender rights, health, human rights, and our country’s democracy,” said Hontiveros; adding she’s harboring no ill will against the Davao City mayor.
Pangilinan also said he was saddened by Sara’s allegation but insisted he had always been grateful for the help he received from Davao City during the last election.
However, the senator stressed, his debt of gratitude should, at all times, take a backseat in favor of his duty to the country and to the Filipino people.
In her Facebook post, Sara lambasted the three senators and members of “Tindig Pilipinas” and called them “plastic” for questioning her father’s governance now, when they were silent then while seeking the help of the president.
As for Vice President Leni Robredo, the mayor said, she will reserve her remarks for her since the latter denied being a member of “Tindig Pilipinas”.