Trillanes tells Cayetano: Don’t fool people, present plans vs crime
Sen. Antonio “Sonny” Trillanes IV on Saturday raised doubts over the campaign promise of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and his running mate Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano to eliminate crimes should they win in the upcoming May polls.
During the first and only government-sacntioned vice presidential debate at the University of Santo Tomas, Trillanes questioned Duterte and Cayetano’s capability to fulfill their promise, pointing out that Davao and Taguig, the tandem’s bailiwicks, are not crime-free.
“Malapit na akong maniwala sa sinasabi ni Senator Cayetano kung yung Davao City at ‘yung Taguig ay maayos. Wag tayong magbolahan dito dahil it’s unfair to the people,” Trillanes said.
(I am about to believe what Senator Cayetano is saying if only Davao city and Taguig are orderly. Let’s not fool ourselves here because it’s unfair to the people.)
The soldier-turned-senator said the tandem should present concrete plans as to how they would carry out their promise, saying that voters may be easily wooed by such words.
“Davao has the 4th highest crime rate in the Philippines. More than 20 years ang krimen sa kanyang bakuran, paano niya sasabihin na six months? Wag tayong magbolahan, magpresent ka ng plano,” he said.
(Davao has the 4th highest crime rate in the Philippines. Crime has been rampant in his own bailiwick for more than 20 years, how could he say [he can do it in] six months? Let’s not fool ourselves, present a plan.)
“Hindi po totoo ‘yung claim na walang krimen sa Davao. It’s not fair pag umasa sila at binigay nila yung boto nila. Pakisabi na lang sa presidente nyo, magsalita siya kung paano niya gagawin ‘yun,” Trillanes added.
(The claim that there is no crime in Davao is not true. It’s not fair that people expect [change] in exchange for their votes. Please tell your president to tell us how he will do it.)
Trillanes said a presidency under Duterte, who was known for his iron-fist style of leadership and approach to crime in his turf, would be a “disaster.” CDG
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