What Duterte wants son Paolo, son-in-law Mans Carpio to say to Trillanes in Senate face-off

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  • President offered words of advice to son and son-in-law when they meet senator
  • He said they should invoke their right to remain silent and against self-incrimination
  • He also blasted Trillanes, said it is clear he was engaging in a fishing expedition

MANILA, Philippines  –  President Rodrigo Duterte has advised his son Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte and son-in-law Atty. Mans Carpio to invoke their right to remain silent when they face off against Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV in the Senate.

“Ako, ang advice ko kay Pulong? Punta ka doon, then pagdating mo and he questions, sabihin mo lang na, I will not answer you, I’m invoking my right of silence kasi nung eleksyon pa, hindi pa Presidente ang tatay ko, binibira mo na kami,” the Philippine News Agency quoted him as saying.

[My advice to Pulong? Go there, if you’re there and he questions, just say, I will not answer you, I’m invoking my right of silence because since election, before my father became president, you were already hitting us.]

Duterte also blasted his critic; saying he should stop engaging in a fishing expedition and instead present real evidence of his kin’s alleged participation in smuggling activities inside the Bureau of Customs.

“So if you want evidence, Mr. Trililing, do not get it from the mouth of other people. Go somewhere else,” he said.  “‘Yung tinitira mo, gusto mo ring ipitin. Hindi ka abogado, hindi ka marunong niyan [Those you are hitting, you also want to pin down. You are not a lawyer, you do not know about it].”

“Trillanes should not get information from someone’s mouth if he wants to know something,” he added. “Di maghanap ka kung saan mo hanapin. Kung totoo talaga ‘yan [Then you look for it. If that is really true].”