Watch: More Than 10 Senators Are Now Not Happy With President Duterte, Sen Trillanes Says (Video)
There are now more than 10 senators who are not happy with the way President Rodrigo Duterte is leading the country. This is according to Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, who had a press conference this Thursday, November 3. At the same time, the soldier-turned-politician criticized his colleagues who are defending the president. Watch video below.
“Marami-rami din. Siguro, more than 10.” Senator Trillanes said when a reporter at the Kapihan sa Senado asked him how many senators he thinks who are now unhappy with the Duterte administration. Nevertheless, he refused to reveal their names, saying that he does not need to because they already know who they are.
Senator Trillanes noted that the purpose of the lawmakers is to push things that are good for the country. However, he said that they also have to criticize the wrongdoings of the government. On the other hand, he emphasized that the senators who are still happy with President Duterte’s performance could be just giving him time to correct himself.
So far, only two senators belong to PDP-Laban (President Duterte’s political party) – Senate President Koko Pimentel and Senator Manny Pacquiao. The six Liberal Party (LP) senators who are critical to the Duterte administration are Franklin Drilon, Benigno ‘Bam’ Aquino IV, Ralph Recto, Francis ‘Kiko’ Pangilinan, Risa Hontiveros, and Leila de Lima.
Sen Trillanes, who ran for vice president in the 2016 elections as Independent and suffered a great loss with only 868,501 votes (2.1%), belongs to the Nationalista Party, but he is obviously an LP ally. Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano also belongs to the Nationalista Party. He was President Duterte’s running mate, and a known Duterte defender.
The remaining 14 senators are Independent or belonging to other political parties. However, some of them are somehow supporting President Duterte based on interviews and in Senate hearings. The Senate is under recess and will resume its regular session this Monday, November 7. As of posting, no senator has commented on Sen. Trillanes’ claim.