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Idk! Trillanes clueless on mother’s alleged deals with Navy

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By Xave Gregorio

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV could not directly confirm nor deny President Rodrigo Duterte’s allegations against his mother, who supposedly engaged in deals with the Philippine Navy even while the opposition lawmaker and his father were still in the naval service.

Asked if he is aware about the supposed business deals of his mother, Estelita, with the Navy, Trillanes said, “I wouldn’t know, high school pa ako nung mga panahon na ‘yun.”

In a live interview with presidential legal adviser Salvador Panelo on Tuesday (September 11), Duterte alleged that Trillanes’ mother did business with the Navy when he and his father, Antonio Sr., were in the service.

Duterte brought this up in light of Trillanes’ eyeing a Senate probe on Bong Go’s family’s construction bonanza in the Davao region, despite not being qualified to take on big-ticket projects, as previously reported by the Philippine Center of Investigative Journalism.

Trillanes did not directly refute the allegation in a media briefing moments after Duterte and Panelo wrapped up, only saying that no charges have been filed against his mother and that his crusade against corruption proves that he and his family are not corrupt.

“Ang aking nanay ay walang kaso. ‘Yun lang ang kailangan nating malaman. Walang kaso, walang impropriety,” Trillanes said.

“Ngayon kami pinalaki kami nang maayos ng magulang ko, kung kurakot kung sinoman sa kanila, malamang kurakot rin ako. Kaso nga the fact na hindi, the fact na tumitindig ako sa kurakot na kagaya ni Duterte, ibig sabihin pinalaki kami nang maayos,” he added.

During the briefing, Trillanes showed media a picture of Estelita, 84, who he said has an “advanced stage” of Parkinson’s disease. He added that Antonio Sr. last served in the military in 1988 and died in 1998.

“Kung may problema siya (Duterte) sa akin, stick with me dahil kaya ko ‘to. Pero ida-drag mo ‘yung nanay ko diyan, eh personalan ‘yan. Personalan ‘yan and ‘wag ka pumunta diyan, hindi gawain ‘yan ng mga tunay na lalaki,” Trillanes said.