- President Rodrigo Duterte again blasted two of his political adversaries, Senator Manny Pacquiao and former Senator Antonio Trillanes IV for their alleged over-eagerness in holding power
- The President said that both politicians are the same when it comes to their lust for power
- He said that the two “must have seen an opportunity” for themselves that is why they are so eager in having power in government
- President Duterte said that Trillanes is full of words but will never face a debate
President Rodrigo Duterte again lashed anew at his two political adversaries, Senator Manny Pacquiao and former Senator Antonio Trillanes IV for allegedly lusting for power.
He said that both politicians only wanted to have power in government because they might be thinking there is an opportunity for themselves.
The President also said that Sen. Pacquiao and former Sen. Trillanes are the same when it comes to that.
President Duterte made this statement during his weekly Cabinet conference in Malacañang.
“Si Trillanes, parehas ni Pacquiao ‘yan. They want to, you know, hold power because they must have seen an opportunity for themselves,” the President said.
Addressing Sec. Salvador Panelo, the President said he will leave the fate of the senator up to the secretary.
He said that the former senator is full of talk but will never face a debate.
“I leave Trillanes to you . . . daldal nang daldal ‘yan, hindi naman lumaban ng debate ‘yan,” President Duterte said.
Former Senator Trillanes is one of the most vocal critics of President Duterte and his administration.
The former legislator recently accused Duterte and his closest supporter, Senator Bong Go, of plunder amounting to approximately P6.6 billion over several government contracts.
The construction company owned by the father of Senator Go allegedly won the contracts.
Sen. Go has denounced the allegation, calling it old and rehashed.
Meanwhile, Sen. Pacquiao, who is also the president of the PDP-Laban party where the chairman is President Duterte, has been on the warpath, alleging that the present administration is more corrupt than the previous one.
He said several departments under the Duterte administration have been committing graft and corruption.
The President dismissed his allegation, advising the senator to instead do the job tasked by the electorate who voted him into position and avoid being absent in the Senate.
President Duterte trained his guns on the two after talks about Pacquiao eyeing a higher position in the next elections.
On the other hand, former Sen. Trillanes was among those named by 1Sambayan as the organization’s choice to be president or vice president.
Some of the President’s party mates wanted Duterte to go for the vice presidency when his term ends.
They are also looking at the possibility of him becoming the running-mate of Davao Mayor Sara Duterte, the president’s daughter.
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The Philippine presidential elections is set to happen in May of 2022. According to the 1987 Philippine Constitution, those elected for president will only have one six-year term, after which he will not be eligible to run again for the same position. While the constitution is silent when it comes to the vice presidency, constitutionalists and experts have come out with the opinion that the spirit of the constitution also prohibits a sitting president to run for the vice presidency immediately preceding his term. Duterte allies, on the other hand, say there is nothing in the constitution that specifically bars the president to seek a lower elective position immediately following his term.
Duterte, binanatan pagiging boksingero-politiko ni Pacquiao: "Doesn't mean you're a champion in politics"
Several days ago, President Duterte went on a warpath against Sen. Manny Pacquiao after the latter accused that the current administration is more corrupt than the one preceding it. The President took offense at that statement, prompting him to challenge Pacquiao to reveal the offices that the senator says are corrupt. The President also said that if the senator fails to provide him a list, he would be campaigning against the boxer-turned-senator.
More recently, President Duterte again unleashed a flurry of scathing words against Senator Manny Pacquiao. Duterte said that being a boxing champion does not automatically mean that Pacquiao is also a champion in politics. The latest pronouncement of the President added fuel to the already raging fire between the two camps.
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