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Trillanes: Rody behind summary executions

Sen. Antonio F. Trillanes IV yesterday accused President Duterte of being the brains behind the continued killing of suspected drug pushers or criminals from the time he was the Davao City Mayor from 1988 to 2013 and to the first four months of his six-year term as Philippine President.

The total is now close to 5,000 victims of summary or extrajudicial killings with the first 1,000 victims during the 1988-2013 period when Duterte was the Davao City Mayor, Trillanes said.

Trillanes also said elected officials, including his fellow senators, who condone the summary killings or extra-judicial killings by not objecting vehemently to them or choosing to close their eyes are collaborators to the evil deeds of the Duterte administration.

He accused the apologists of Duterte of being dishonest or are engaged in intellectual dishonesty.

Trillanes asked senators and congressmen why they ran for elective offices only to become blind followers or refuse to push for the right things. (Mario B. Casayuran)

Stung by criticisms by the United States, the United Nations and the European Union (EU) of alleged violation of the human rights of the 4,000 EJK victims during President Duterte’s current term, Duterte has adopted a so-called ‘’independent foreign policy’’ and is now warming up to China and Russia, Trillanes said.

In international relations, one does not spurn an old ally while seeking friendship with other countries, he said.

In fact, both the US and China have healthy economic relationship, he added. The US owes China more than $1 trillion.

Trillanes said the decision of the US State Department to stop the projected sale of 26,000 assault rifles to the Philippine National Police (PNP) is the harbinger of bad times for the Philippines since the US does not take lying down President Duterte’s expletives such as ‘’go to hell’’ or a ‘’son of a whore’’ against US President Barack Obama.

Duterte’s threat to kick Obama ‘’is unprovoked,’’he added.

The officers’ corps of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is ‘’not comfortable’’ with Duterte collaborating with the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP).

The Duterte administration and the CPP. including the New People’s Army (NPA) and the National Democratic Front), are currently negotiating for an end to the insurgency problem that has plagued the country for more than four decades.

He said Duterte’s refusal to tell the police to stop the killings on pain of legal sanctions is an indication that he has adopted a policy of wiping out those linked to the illegal drug trade, Trillanes said.

Trillanes warned Duterte that he would face the legal consequences of his brutal anti-illegal drugs campaign when he leaves the presidency after the end of his six-year term because witnesses would come out in the open once the President leaves Malacanang.

‘’There will be a day of reckoning,’’ he said.

Asked if there is evidence to link the President to the summary killings, Trillanes said the 4,000 EJK victims under the Duterte administration ‘’is the body of evidence.’’

During the regular ‘’Kapihan sa Senado’’ press forum, Trillanes said a Senate committee hearing witness. Edgar Matobato, had testified that he was a member of Duterte’s Davao Death Squad that had liquidated about 1,000 persons and that he himself had liquidated about 50 persons.

But Sen. Richard J. Gordon, chairman of the Senate justice and human rights committee that heard the testimony of Matobato on the DDS incidents, said he does not believe Motabato was telling the truth because he is a ‘’damaged witness.’’

Contrary to the belief of US Sen. Benjamin Cardin that those killed in the Duterte illegal drug campaign as EJK victims, Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson, chairman of the Senate public order and dangerous drugs committee, said there is no evidence showing that the killings were state-sanctioned.

Like Gordon, Lacson had said Motabato’s testimony was not believable.

Cardin’s staff were quoted as saying that the senator would block the sale of US-made 26,000 assault rifles to the PNP because of human rights violations by the Duterte government.

Trillanes labeled the forthcoming Cordon committee report on the EJK issue as ‘’whitewash’’ to cover up the bloody anti-illegal drug campaign of the Duterte regime.

He said he would write a contrary opinion.

Trillanes said the Gordon committee can submit its report for floor debate without submitting a copy to him for signature once a majority vote has been obtained.

Sen. Leila de Lima was also expected to write a dissenting report.

She was ousted as chairwoman of the Senate justice and human rights committee for being allegedly biased in her committee hearings on the EJK issue on motion of Sen. Emmanuel Pacquiao.

  • buche

    Wow! TalAgang paninira kay PRRD lang ang ginagawa ng 0gag na senador na to! Tangna neto di pa to nakukulong!

  • bubuy

    Dyan ka ba binabayaran trillanes? Napakawalang hiya mo talaga! Sinasayang mo lang ang bayad namin sayo! Senador ka nga wala ka namang ibang ginagawa kundi siraan ang pangulo. Magtrabaho ka nga ng maayos!

  • diwata

    magaling magaling sa kalkulasyon mo na walang kasiguraduhan at walang ebidensiya npakakapal ng mukha mo sundalo pa naman you!

  • marco

    Weee? Sigurado ka ba trillanes? Ayan ka nanaman eh! puro ka salita wala ka namang patunay! Pwee! Di mo na ako mapapaniwala sa mga sinasabi mo!

  • karl

    Oo nga Sen Trillanes! Sya naman talaga ang nasa likod nyan

    • mario

      may patunay ka ba sa pinagsasasabi mo? puro ka lang naman bintang!

  • jona

    mr trillanes will never tell lies coz he’s one of the bravest soldier who oppose a president and additionally he take pledge na to serve and protect the people so he has the right to pursue du30 the killer

    • amie

      WEH? di nga ate? 😉

  • baby

    heto din ang isang anay sa lipunan walang nais kundi pabagsakin ang sinisilbihan na pamahalaan, di ba magdalo ngayon mga tao nadala na sa iyo

  • YUmiko

    sundalo pa naman na naturingan pero kaluluwa naman sa demonyo inaalay wala kang silbi sa senado dpat magresign ka na

  • greyman

    all i can say is no evidence he can’t pin down our PRRD,.

    supreme court already said there were no EJK happening in PH

  • erwinsalvaloza

    until now you can’t accept that your such a looser person trillanes

  • roshelle

    trillanes you need to stop your illusionatic psychotic,drama!

  • ruel ais

    yan naman talaga ang may kasalanan lahat, tma yan si trillanes

    • fred lustan

      ala kayong ebidensya laban sa kanya,

    • dan lapid

      hindi pa napatunayan yan na sinasabi mo

  • lester

    trillanes just shut your mouth up!

  • chelle lasin

    masyadon kang nagpapa gulo sa bansa trillanes

  • justin tumunong

    ang leader natin kasi ngayon baliw na!

    • janekang

      ikaw kuya ang baliw tindi din ng sapak mo.

    • miles magdaong

      kayo ni trillanes ang baliw dpat hindi kayo dito sa pinas gingulo nyo lang eh

  • mean millena

    wla nman katuturan ang pinag sasabi mo trillanes wla ka nman ebidensya

  • bayani_bautista

    Rody is responsible, bilang pangulo may responsibilidad siya sa bawat mamamayan ng bansa na mamuhay ng ligtas at kung may sala ka man ay may karapatan ka na idepensa ang iyong sarili sa isang malayang hukuman.

    • delia

      i agree,very well said!

  • shiela datang

    wala kang pruweba sa mga akusasyon mo mr. Sen,look at yourself bago ang iba.

  • nico.coneta

    shame on you mr. trillanes, karma now is dagital so be careful.

    • anarose

      tama na namn sya sa mga sinasabi nya tungkol ky dutiti.

      • tengpoe

        mag sama kayong crab mentality!

  • arwin

    KSP talaga itong unghang na senador na to.

  • Mare

    Right on Sen. Trillanes! Thank you for asking the senators and congressmen why they ran for elective offices only to become blind followers or refuse to push for the right things.

    Ur one of the few politicians who call a spade a spade. Others dont have the guts and more likely have skeletons in their closet that’s why they chose to keep mum on the Extra Judicial Killings.