After saying that a presidency under Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte would be a ‘disaster,’ Senator Antonio Trillanes has earned a mouthful from Senator Alan Peter Cayetano.
“Yes a Duterte presidency will be a disaster. It will be a disaster for drug lords, criminals and corrupt public officials,” said Cayetano in defense of the standard bearer of the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino (PDP) in the 2016 May elections.
Cayetano came short of saying that Trillanes would be among the “corrupt officials” that would be in a disastrous position if Duterte wins the presidential race.
According to a report by the Commission on Audit (COA), Trillanes in 2015 had the largest expenditures for alleged ‘consultants’ that included his brother. The COA has questioned the salaries of the consultants some paid as high as P70,000 a month.
“The only people who are afraid of a Duterte leadership are those who benefit from corruption and unabated criminality. Mayor Duterte already made it clear. If you don’t want a peaceful country and a corrupt-free government, then don’t vote for him. If you want crimes and illegal drugs to thrive in our communities, then don’t support him,” said Cayetano who is the running mate of Duterte.
Trillanes, running in an independent dash to the vice presidency, had said that Duterte’s campaign against criminality in Davao City may not be effective on a national scale.
Duterte has been accused as the ‘godfather’ of the shadowy Davao Death Squad (DDS), the alleged government-backed vigilante group blamed for the summary execution of hundreds of criminals in Davao City.
The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) had investigated Duterte on suspicion of links to the gunmen said to be part of the mayor’s iron-fist policy against criminals.
Duterte said he would replicate nationwide Davao City’s success in the peace and order campaign if elected President.
“It’s going to be a disaster for the country because his methods may have worked in Davao but it’s definitely not going to work in the national scale,” Trillanes said.
“You don’t run a country like that. There should be a vision, a program of action that you would have to enumerate,” Trillanes said.