Believe it or not, Senator Antonio Trillanes IV once said that he believes that President Rodrigo Duterte is not corrupt. Yes, the Liberal Party (LP) inclined senator said that during the 2016 presidential election period. However, he noted that then-Davao City Mayor Duterte is not a disciplined man. Watch a small part of his Inquirer interview video below.
On March 15, 2016, Sen. Trillanes granted an interview with Inquirer, and was asked to describe the three presidential candidates – Vice President Jejomar Binay, Senator Grace Poe, and Mayor Rodrigo Duterte. That time, he was also running for vice president as Independent and without a running mate, but garnered only 2.11% of the total votes.
“Personally, I just don’t believe he’s going to be a good president for the country…Right now I’m going to do everything I can to spare the Philippines a Binay presidency. I am 100 percent certain that Binay will not change. He is a lifelong thief and plunderer…Harassing techniques of Binay is quite standard for him. That’s what he does.” Sen. Trillanes said.
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As for Sen. Grace Poe, Sen. Trillanes questioned her love for the country especially that she has a citizenship problem. But then, he emphasized that the lady senator would have fresh ideas if elected president. “She won’t be a cynic but would be enthusiastic with reforms,” he said of Sen. Poe, who garnered 21.39% of all the votes and landed third.
On the other hand, Sen. Trillanes said that Mayor Duterte needs to improve himself in terms of discipline. He also emphasized that Duterte’s promise to end illegal drugs and criminality in the country within six months is unbelievable. Nevertheless, the soldier-turned politician emphasized that unlike then-VP Binay, Duterte is not corrupt at all.
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“It’s not like Duterte will have a magic wand to solve these problems. These are the signs and people tend to gloss over those signs. I believe si Duterte to be fair hindi naman siya corrupt. Si Binay iba to, eh. I believe he wants to be the richest man in the world at the expense of the Filipino nation.” Sen Trillanes said of Mayor Duterte and VP Binay.