Trillanes on ‘persona non grata’ tag: Truth hurts
“The truth, definitely, hurts.”
This was the reaction of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV on reports that he has been declared “persona non grata” by local officials of President Rodrigo Duterte’s hometown – Davao City.
Aside from Trillanes, philanthropist and Fil-Am businesswoman Loida Nicolas-Lewis was also declared “persona non-grata” in Davao City on Tuesday.
Trillanes did not only accuse Mr. Duterte of allegedly amassing unexplained wealth but also blamed him for alleged rise of extrajudicial killings in the country since he assumed office in 2016.
Lewis, on other hand, has been repeatedly linked by the President himself in an alleged ouster plots against him.
But Trillanes defended his accusations against Duterte.
“My statement was based on the December 2015 statistics of the PNP (Philippine National Police) that Davao City has the highest incidence of murder and second highest in rape,” he said in a statement on Tuesday.
“The people of Davao either know it but tolerate it out of fear or they’ve actually believed the lie that was fed to them that Davao City is the safest city in the world,” the senator added. /kga
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