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Sara Duterte to Trillanes: I will make you P1B poorer if you don’t leave me alone


By Xave Gregorio

Opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV once again earned the ire of Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, with the presidential daughter threatening to “make sure [he is] alive and in pain.”

“LEAVE ME ALONE, Senator Trillanes. The last time a person irked me, I made sure to make it difficult for him to bring me down,” Duterte said in a Facebook post, referencing her triumph over former House Speaker Boy Nograles in the 2010 mayoralty race.

“Leave me in peace in Davao City or else you and your friends will spend more than a billion in the 2022 Presidential elections just to make me insignificant,” she said further.

Trillanes yesterday claimed at a Tindig Pilipinas event that the younger Duterte would be running for president in 2022, replacing her father, President Rodrigo Duterte.

This, the opposition senator said, is the President’s “Option C,” if he does not declare martial law or a revolutionary government or if the bid to change the Constitution fails.

But Trillanes said the first step in Option C is for Mayor Duterte to run for senator in next year’s polls.

However, she said her “slot will be available for a yellow Senator for the 2019 elections” if Trillanes does not bother her any further.

“I have been described as heartless by my mother, please do not anger me so that you may remain relevant for the future generation. And you should listen to my mother,” she said.

Sara, who has been ranking in the “Magic 12” in senatorial preference surveys, was previously reported to be planning to run for a seat in the House of Representatives, but has dropped this bid in January.

However, she joked last week that she could run for vice president and said she is open to run for any elective position.

President Duterte has previously quipped that his daughter would be best fit to replace him at the highest post in the government, but soon retracted this, saying that Sara is not interested to run for president despite her numerous public appearances outside of her city.