Davao City Council declares Sen. Trillanes, Fil-Am businesswoman persona non grata

Lewis Image from The FilAm | Trillanes image from the Senate of the Philippines
  • Senator Trillanes and Fil-Am businesswoman Loida Nicolas-Lewis was declared persona non grata in Davao City
  • The declaration was made by the Davao City Council
  • President Duterte accused Lewis of conspiring with ICC to investigate him on his alleged crimes against humanity

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV and Filipino-American businesswoman and philanthropist Loida Nicolas-Lewis are no longer welcome in Davao City after they were declared as persona non grata.

As per an ABS-CBN story, the Davao City Council made the declaration during a regular session. The council took into account Trillanes’s claim made last year that Davao City is the most dangerous place in the country.

Senator Trillanes is one of the staunchest critics of President Rodrigo Duterte and his family. He repeatedly accused the President of having amassed ill-gotten wealth and linking Paolo Duterte, the President’s son, to an alleged smuggling syndicate.

The senator once said that it is his life mission to make the “murderous” and “corrupt” Duterte family to account for their actions.

“Just be sure that you’d be in power forever because I have made it my life’s mission to make your murderous and corrupt clan accountable for your actions,” Trillanes said after Paolo and Presidential son-in-law Atty. Manases Carpio filed a civil suit against him.

Loida Nicolas-Lewis has been accused by the President of being involved in the plot to oust him. President Duterte said the businesswoman conspired with the International Criminal Court(ICC)  to have him investigated for his alleged crimes against humanity.

In an open letter posted on a social media site, Lewis denied the President’s allegations.

“There is absolutely no truth to the story given to you by ‘another country’, that I was in any way involved in the International Criminal Court’s decision to investigate the extra judicial killings in the Philippines,” Lewis said.