Duterte puzzled why soldiers worship a charlatan like Trillanes: Ano bang nagawa niya sa military para magpakamatay sila?
President Rodrigo Duterte is clueless on why soldiers revere Senator Antonio Trillanes IV like a god when he claimed that the former Magdalo leader has done nothing to improve their lot.
“Kung ngayon kung mag-away-away sabi mo ang hantungan nito kung magkagulo because of Trillanes, ah diyan na talaga ako hindi bumilib,” said Duterte
“Ano bang nagawa niya sa military na para magpakamatay sila? If that is the value that you’d want to preserve, then fine. Count me out. Kung ganun lang naman ang mga kasama ko sa gobyerno hindi ko maasahan, eh di ano pang gawain ko?” he added.
Duterte was reacting to rumors that a mutiny was being hatched against him by soldiers loyal to Trillanes. Duterte had issued Proclamation 572 voiding ab initio the amnesty granted to Trillanes in 2011 for his pivotal role in the Oakwood mutiny and Manila Peninsula siege.
Duterte said he could not fathom why soldiers would keep their faith in Trillanes despite his bad reputation among fellow Philippine Military Academy alumni and fellow Magdalo officers.
“Can you just imagine a person shouting over about his love for the PMA? Tapos siya—tingnan mo basahin mo ‘yung comment ni Rex Robles, taga-RAM (Reform the Armed Forces Movement). He mentioned there, ‘There is no honest bone in his body’. Tanungin mo sila (Nic Faeldon), tanungin mo ‘yung mga kasama niya, si (Milo) Maestrecampo and the rest, siya ang nakinabang. Nakalimutan niya ’yung mga kasama niya doon because they believed in his word,” said Duterte.
Duterte said that in all his years as a self-styled “crusading soldier”, he has done nothing to improve the lot of the military.
“Itong si Trillanes, sundalo, and nag-make believe siya doon sa mga sundalo na he was all for the military. He never gave a hoot. Ako, wala ako. Isang beses lang ako nagsabi kampanya, ‘I will double your salary’. Period. ‘Pag abot ng panahon ibinigay ko. Siya military siya, malapit siya kay (former President Noy) Aquino, nandiyan si (Defense Secretary Volt Gazmin),” he said.
“Ngayon itong mga military na ano, they say they love their fellow soldiers. Really? Nagpakita ba sila minsan sa Marawi when a lot of my soldiers and policeman were dying? Pumunta lang ba sila doon tapos sabi, ‘I condole with you?’ ‘Yan bang sabi mo nagmamalaki sila na sundalo,” he added.
Duterte said Trillanes’ blind followers should see their idol’s corruption and selfisness.
“He not only abandoned the vision of the military, he became a corrupt guy collecting diyan sa mga negosyante. Para siyang abogado. Alam namin ‘yan kasi ang negosyante maski na paano mo taguin, nagsasabi talaga ‘yan,” said Duterte repeating his previous accusation that Trillanes was getting payolas from rich people for protection.