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Davao is not paradise, Trillanes belittling ‘persona non grata’ tag

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Senator Antonio Trillanes IV on Tuesday stood his ground in describing the city of Davao as “the most dangerous city in the Philippines” despite the Davao City Council’s declaring him as a “persona non grata,

“The truth, definitely, hurts,” Trillanes said.

The senator explained that his statement made in July last year, was based on the Dec. 2015 statistics of the Philippine National Police(PNP).

Records from the PNP showed Davao City having the highest incidence of murder and second highest in rape cases in 2015, he said.

“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,” Trillanes said.

Davao City Vice Mayor Bernard Al-Ag said the Davao City council declared Trillanes and Filipino-American businesswoman Loida Nicolas-Lewis as persona non grata during a regular session recently.

The council took into account the senator’s statements made last year and his pronouncements made in his speaking engagements abroad describing Davao City negatively, Al-ag said.

The senator, however, will not be banned from entering the city despite the persona non grata status.

In a news forum at the Senate in July 2017, the senator disputed the assertions of supporters of President Duterte and the Chief Executive himself on the prevailing situation in Davao City.

“Hindi naman paraiso yung Davao City eh, yung pinapangalandakan nilang ‘o sya yung nag ayos ng Davao City.’ Teka muna hindi naman maayos eh. Parang yung dito sa BGC (Bonifacio Global City), ano sasabihin nila (Taguig Mayor) Lani Cayetano sila gumawa nyan? Hindi. Di ba yung private developers ang gumawa nyan? Ganun din naman dito sa Makati, hindi mga Binay gumawa nyan,” Trillanes was quoted saying.

“Sa Davao wala naman syang vision eh, wala naman syang masterplan. Yung mga tinayong establishement dun tinayo lang ng mga negosyante yun. May peace and order ba run? It’s one of the most dangerous places in the country. No.1 sya sa murder No.2 sya sa rape, maya’t maya may magnet sya ng mga terrorista o may traffic,” he added.