Presidential son and former Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte dared Senator Antonio Trillanes and those who are behind the video linking him to illegal drug trade to prove their claims.
The younger Duterte on Thursday released a statement to media citing Trillanes’ “relentlessness and talent to turn the absurd into something ridiculous, if not bizarrely entertaining.”
“He may deny it, but the video supposedly showing my involvement in the illegal drug trade in the country has been clearly stamped with the indelible Trillanes signature of being a desperate mercenary, one who has done nothing good but attack the government,” Duterte said.
With several cases slapped against Trillanes, the Davao City Congressional aspirant said he is not done yet as he bared plans to file more cases against the opposition lawmaker.
“I have filed cases against Mr. Trillanes for ruining my name. I will file another string of cases for his continued attempts to destroy my reputation,” said Duterte.
The video, uploaded on YouTube on April, presented a claim that drug lords are allegedly using code names in the list. The narrator in the video claimed that “Polo Delta” is the code name of Paolo Duterte because of the initials.
In an earlier Facebook post on Wednesday, the son of President Rodrigo R. Duterte noted how absurd the allegation is against him and hinted in his post that he knows the person behind the video.
“POLO DELTA – PAOLO DUTERTE? WOW ha kung makaimbento ka wagas (You are making unbelievable fabrications),” he said.
“Galit ka sa akin kasi ‘di kita pinansin sa eroplano kasi hambog ka! Ngayon pansinin na kita kasama ng kamay ko na kasing laki ng mukha mo pag nangyari ‘yan (You are mad at me because I ignored you inside the plane because you are arrogant! Now, I will make sure to pay attention to you with my hand as big as your face when that happens),” he added.
The video also tagged Department of Agriculture (DA) Undersecretary Waldo Carpio as a supposed “dummy” in the drug transactions. Carpio is the brother of lawyer Manases Carpio, Paolo’s brother-in-law and husband of Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio.
In the same statement, Duterte said he has no plans showing his tattooed back which was the object of the controversial video.
“And no, I will not show the tattoo on my back and make things easier for Mr. Trillanes. Instead, I dare him and everyone behind the stupid and empty video exposé to back their claims against me,” he said.
Malacañang on Wednesday dismissed as “obvious” black propaganda a video linking Paolo Duterte to illegal drug trade.
“It’s obviously a black propaganda intended to besmirch and destroy PRRD (President Rodrigo Roa Duterte) and his family,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in a statement. “But just like the other false narratives against the President, it will not succeed as the overwhelming majority of the Filipino people trust his sincerity and fidelity to his duty as President in serving and protecting the citizenry as well as believe in his incorruptibility.” (With a eport from PNA)