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Kahit may ban: Trillanes to visit Davao if needed

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Senator Antonio Trillanes IV is ready to visit Davao City in case he is summoned by the court in connection with a case filied against him by Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte and presidential son-in-law, Atty. Manases Carpio.

“Pag may court hearing I am obliged to go there, so I will (go there),” Trillanes said.

The senator made the statement in the wake of reports that he had been declared “persona non grata” by the Davao City Council due to what the local executives and province mates of President Duterte claimed as damaging comments Trillanes said.

In particular, they took into account the senator’s claim last year that Davao City is “the most dangerous city in the Philippines.”

Trillanes, in responding to the “tag” given to him, said the issue is not between him and the people of Davao.

“I don’t have anything against the people of Davao. If at all, mga biktima sila ng harsh governance style ni Duterte. One thousand plus yung pinatay dyan. So kinikimkim lang ng mga kamag anak nung mga namatay na yun,” he said.

“Sa akin nagsabi lang ako ng totoo. Pag sinasabi ko na mas maganda yung GenSan (General Santos City) kesa sa Davao, that’s my opinion. And don’t take my word for it. Puntahan nyo and you will see the difference,” he said.

Trillanes said he will not apologize for his remarks as he expressed belief that the declaration of the Davao City Council is a reflection of the sentiments of the Davaoenos.

“Yung mga konsehal saka vice mayor (of Davao City) lang naman nagsabi nyan. Hindi yung mga Davaoeno. No I refuse to believe that I offended the people of Davao. Alam nila yung sitwasyon doon,” he said.

Besides, Trillanes said he does not have any plans in the near future in setting foot in the known turf of his political foes.

“I refuse to go there because this is not about me and the people of Davao. So I won’t go there,” he said.

Paolo Duterte and Carpio, husband of Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, filed a civil case against Trillanes last Dec. in Davao RTC in connection to the latter’s claims alleging their involvement in the smuggling of P6.4 billion worth of shabu from China.