Sara chal­lenges Tril­lanes to a fight

The Philippine Star - - NEWS - By EDITH REGALADO

DAVAO CITY – Pres­i­den­tial daugh­ter and Davao Mayor Sara DuterteCar­pio ac­cused Sen. An­to­nio Tril­lanes IV, the fierce critic of her fa­ther, of ly­ing and dared him to fight her.

“Show your balls. Do not hide be­hind the Se­nate,” the mayor said.

The pres­i­den­tial daugh­ter’s chal­lenge came days af­ter the Of­fice of the Om­buds­man an­nounced that it has found rea­son to probe the Duterte fam­ily’s bank ac­counts for their al­leged ill-got­ten wealth amount­ing to mil­lions, which stemmed from a com­plaint filed by Tril­lanes.

Ear­lier, Pres­i­dent Duterte ad­mit­ted that he just in­vented the num­ber of the sup­posed off­shore bank ac­count of Tril­lanes to trap the se­na­tor.

But the pres­i­den­tial daugh­ter main­tains that her fam­ily has not amassed ill-got­ten wealth and is not in­volved in the hun­dreds of killings in the war against drugs, a cam­paign prom­ise of her fa­ther.

She also ac­cused Tril­lanes of ly­ing. She likened Tril­lanes to Pinoc­chio, the fic­tional wooden char­ac­ter whose nose grows when he lies.

“Since now we have es­tab­lished ly­ing, prove to ev­ery­body that piece of s**t pa­per of bank ac­counts you are wav­ing around is not fake, Pinoc­chio,” she said.

“Ti­gas ng mukha mo magsabi pam­ilya ng ma­matay tao at mag­nanakaw kami pero nag­tatago ka sa par­lia­men­tary im­mu­nity. Pakita mo bayag mo, huwag mo itago yan sa Se­nado (You are shame­less for say­ing that ours is a fam­ily of killers and thieves, but you are hid­ing be­hind par­lia­men­tary im­mu­nity).”

“If you made (for­mer) vice pres­i­dent Bi­nay go away with­out a fight, ang babae na Bisaya hindi umaa­tras (a Visayan woman does not re­treat). Fight!” she added.

The mayor also ex­pressed con­fi­dence that she can fight even for three decades since she was raised in Min­danao, and that she is not afraid of Tril­lanes.

“Kung ang Pres­i­dente ng Pilip­inas ay in­a­away ko, ikaw pa ba (If I fight with the Pres­i­dent of the Philip­pines, why will I not fight you)?” she said.

“Don’t ask us to prove you wrong, prove first na hindi ka nag­sis­i­n­un­gal­ing (that you are not ly­ing),” she added.

Tril­lanes also ac­cused Duterte’s close friend Sammy Uy, a busi­ness­man, of de­posit­ing money into the bank ac­counts of the Pres­i­dent’s four chil­dren and his part­ner Honeylet Avanceña.

But the pres­i­den­tial daugh­ter won­dered if Tril­lanes re­ally had no knowl­edge of the is­sues against the Pres­i­dent when Tril­lanes asked to be the run­ning­mate of Duterte in 2015 for the May 2016 elec­tions.

Tril­lanes said when he asked to be the run­ning­mate of Duterte in 2015, he was not aware that Duterte was ac­cused of be­ing a “killer and a thief.”

The pres­i­den­tial daugh­ter said that the same is­sues had been thrown against her fa­ther – ex­tra­ju­di­cial killings, po­lit­i­cal dy­nasty, dis­repect­ing women and foul mouth – but he was never de­feated in elec­tions.

She also pointed out that if the same is­sues are thrown against her fa­ther, how come Tril­lanes does not know about these when he asked to be Duterte’s run­ning­mate?

“Na-con­fine ka ba nang mata­gal sa men­tal? Alam na ng buong mundo ang isyu pero ikaw hindi mo pa rin alam (Were you con­fined in the men­tal hospi­tal for a long time? The whole world knows the is­sues and yet you don’t know)?” she said. “You are ly­ing.”

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