Former senator Antonio Trillanes IV has a wish for Filipinos in the 2022 polls: not to fall into President Duterte’s trap again.
“Sana hindi na tayo magpalinlang ulit (May we not allow ourselves to get fooled again),” he posted on his official Facebook page on Sunday, October 3.
He attached a screenshot of an ABS-CBN news article back in January 6, 2016 entitled “Trillanes: Duterte presidency a disaster PH.”
The post received 8,300 reactions, 660 comments, and 398 shares as of post time.
This came after the President announced his retirement from politics on Saturday, Oct. 2, after previously accepting the nomination of the ruling party, Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban), to run as vice president in the 2022 elections.
He, instead, accompanied long-time aide, Senator Christopher “Bong” Go, to file his Certificate of Candidacy (COC) for vice president.
But Duterte promising not to run for a national post and then backtracking on that promise already happened in 2015.
Duterte said he would not run for president in 2016 but withdrew his candidacy for reelection as Davao City mayor and joined the presidential race as a last-minute substitute for Martin Diño, who was the standard-bearer of the PDP-Laban.
This year, there will be no Duterte running for a national post if the recent happening at the Commission on Elections (Comelec) is to be believed.
Presidential daughter and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio is seeking reelection, similar with brothers Paolo in the House of Representatives and Sebastian as vice mayor of Davao City.
But during a chance meet-up with his supporters outside the Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila, the President was heard saying that his daughter will run with Go as the running mate.
Candidates have until November 15 to withdraw their candidacies and file for substitution.