PRESIDENTIAL son and former Davao City vice mayor Paolo “Pulong” Duterte is running for congressman in 2019 midterm elections to take revenge on opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, President Rodrigo Duterte claimed on Friday, November 17.
Duterte said his son wanted to secure a seat at the House of Representatives to get back at Trillanes.
“Ayaw ko sanang ikwento 'yun but si Pulong, ang ano niyan, gaganti talaga iyan. He will be running for congressman. Tabla sila diyan (I don't want to share this but Pulong will take revenge on Trillanes. He will be running for congressman. They're even there),” the President said in a speech delivered before the Filipino community in Papua New Guinea.
“This time, I think he is running for congressman kasi napahiya. Hiniya ni Trillanes eh. He was summoned to Congress. Ganun si Trillanes. Bibirahin niya 'yung pamilya mo, hindi ikaw, at tapos tatawagan niya, kagaya nung mga pulis,” he added.
(This time, I think he is running for congressman because he was humiliated. He was humiliated by Trillanes. He was summoned to Congress. That's Trillanes. He will attack your family, not you, then he will summon you just like the police.)
In a series of Senate probes into the controversial P6.4-billion shipment of illegal drugs in the country conducted last year, Trillanes accused Paolo of being involved in the rampant narcotics trade, but the latter denied the allegation.
The senator's claim had prompted the former Davao City vice mayor to resign from post in December last year.
But on October 12, Paolo filed his candidacy for congressman in Davao City's First District.
Trillanes, on the other hand, is on his third and final term as senator. He did not file any certificate of candidacy for next year's polls before the Commission on Elections.
To end the rivalry between his son and Trillanes, Duterte suggested that the two should just get engaged in a shootout.
“Ang sabi ko, 'Magkaaway man kayo ni Trillanes. Pagdating ninyo sa Congress, mag-barilan kayo' (I said, You and Trillanes are enemies so when you meet in Congress, you can shoot each other'),” he said, drawing laughter from the crowd.
“At mamatay ka, ililibing kita. Pero that's how it is (If you die, I will bury you. But that's how it is),” Duterte added, referring to his eldest son. (SunStar Philippines)