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Napipikon na? Palace: Duterte’s threat to destroy Trillanes meant to stop ‘wanton comments’

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President Rodrigo Duterte “may come up with substantial evidence” to end the “wanton accusations” being raised by Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, Malacañang said.

Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella gave this explanation Monday (September 11) when sought for clarification about Duterte’s remark he will “destroy” Trillanes.

“The President… is a very firm forceful speaker. And he simply means to say that he wants to put a stop to these apparently wanton comments,” he said.

When asked if Duterte will relay information that will lead to the filing of charges against Trillanes, Abella said: “Well, simply that whatever it is that he will want a stop to this apparently wanton accusations that are being recklessly cast around.”

“He may come– he may– he may come up with substantial evidence that will effectively put a stop to these things,” Abella added.

Over the weekend, Duterte said he will destroy Trillanes since the senator is bent on doing the same to him.

Trillanes has accused Duterte of having over P200 million in undeclared bank deposits, while he alleged that Davao City Mayor Paolo Duterte, the President’s son, is involved in smuggling.

Duterte, meanwhile, said he will soon release information about Trillanes’ alleged offshore bank accounts.