Trillanes vows to be civil to Duterte in Senate if they both win, but…

Published December 4, 2021, 10:24 AM

by Raymund Antonio

Former Senator Antonio Trillanes IV said he will be civil to President Duterte in case they both win a Senate seat in 2022.

However, Trillanes vowed to lead a Senate investigation on the government’s alleged anomalous dealings and human rights abuses under Duterte’s term as Chief Executive.

President Rodrigo Duterte and former Senator Antonio Trillanes IV (Malacañang/Czar Dancel/Manila Bulletin)

The Magdalo leader was asked in the recent edition of Teleradyo’s “Sino SENyo?“ whether or not it will bother him that he might share the Senate floor with Duterte, whom he has criticized even before the former Davao City mayor won the presidency in 2016.

“Kaya hindi naman tayo makikipagrambulan doon. Pero sa imbestigasyon, hindi tayo magpipigil (We’re not going to fight there. But I will not hold back in the investigation),” he said.

Among the issues he wants to probe are the extrajudicial killings, frigate scam, procurement of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccines, and issues hounding the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth).

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Trillanes previously opened up about wanting to head the powerful Senate Blue Ribbon Committee. Currently headed by Senator Richard Gordon, the panel is looking into the government’s alleged anomalous deals in the procurement of substandard medical supplies.

“Actually, sasabay-sabayin natin iyan. Kahit araw-araw iba-ibang hearing dahil sobrang daming anomalya nang nakalipas na anim na taon. Kailangan nating tutukan lahat iyan (we’re going to do that simultaneously. We can hold different hearings every day to cover the many anomalies of the past six years. We need to focus on all of them),” he said.

Trillanes previously served for two consecutive terms as senator. He is eyeing a return to the chamber as a guest candidate under the opposition ticket of presidential aspirant Vice President Leni Robredo.

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