- Senator Antonio Trillanes denied that he is the senator linked by Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte who use cocaine
- Trillanes stated that his drug test result is negative from all illegal drugs
- Paolo Duterte said that a senator is using cocaine after he was accused by Edgar Matobato of using illegal drugs and being involved in extrajudicial killings
Senator Antonio Trillanes IV stated that he has tested negative on any kind of illegal drugs. Trillanes then challenged Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte on Friday to name the senator he linked to cocaine use.
"As expected, negative ang resulta sa lahat ng forms of illegal drugs from cocaine to shabu, ecstasy, kung ano man, negative," Trillanes said.
(As expected, the result is negative in all forms of illegal drugs fromcocaine to shabu, ecstasy, whatsoever, negative.)
The senator challenged the vice mayor to name the senator he was linking to using cocaine and said:
"Siya naman ang nag-blind item na may senador na nagco-cocaine. Dapat i-pressure siya na sabihin kung sino yan."
(He was the one who made the blind item about a senator who use cocaine. He should be pressured to reveal who that senator is.)
Vice Mayor Duterte made the allegation after self-confessed hitman and witness Edgar Matobato linked him to illegal drugs and said that the vice mayor ordered the assassination of Richard King in 2014 due to a fight over a woman.
Matobato also stated that Paolo Duterte is the mastermind on the vigilante killings of several deaths which later denied by President Rodrigo Duterte's son.
According to Trillanes, he still believes the testimony of Matobato until a credible drug test proves that the vice mayor is not using illegal drugs.
He then denied that he is the senator who uses cocaine as alleged by Paolo Duterte and said:
"Negative ang resulta sa akin, kung sino man tinutukoy ni Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte, hindi ako yun."
(The result of my test is negative. Whoever Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte is referring to, it's not me.)