“Hindi pwedeng maging presidente si Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte”, said Senator Antonio Trillanes IV in an interview with Radyo Inquirer (“Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte should not be president”).
Trillanes recounted that at the time when Duterte’s bid for presidency was still a rumor, they both had a meeting and in the said meeting Duterte promised him that he will not run for president.
“Last year, nakausap ko si Mayor Duterte, noong lumalabas ang balita na tatakbo siyang presidente. Simula’t sapul, nagsabi siya sa akin na diretsahan noon na hindi siya tatakbo talaga. At pinanghawakan ko ang sinabi niyang iyon,” said Trillanes.
Trillanes then said that the meeting became casual and Duterte started sharing stories of people he forced to kneel and then eventually shot in the head.
“Looking back, naisip ko na mukhang hindi talaga (kami) pwedeng magsama (mag-tandem). May kinuwento siya sa akin noon na medyo na-bother ako. Kinuwento niya noon na may mga pinaluhod siyang tao, binaril niya sa ulo, nagkalat pa daw utak,” said Trillanes. (“Looking back, I realized that we really cannot be a tandem. He shared with me before a story which bothered me. He told me that he forced some people to kneel and then he shot them in the head. He even told me that their brains splattered”).
Trillanes added that it is far from ordinary for someone to just casually share stories of Mafia style execution like what Duterte did. The senator said that after that interaction, he concluded in his head that Duterte should not be president.
As Duterte surged to the top of the latest surveys, the presidential candidate is in the crosshairs of his rivals. The Davao City mayor was called the nation’s executioner, a threat to democracy and a liar as they tried to persuade the people not to vote for him.