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Parang high school! Trillanes to Robin Padilla: Talk to me when you’ve matured

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By Xave Gregorio

Opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV is not interested in talking to actor and potential administration senatorial candidate Robin Padilla until he has “matured.”

This was what Trillanes said when asked to react about Padilla’s dare for him to stop “hiding under the skirt of the Senate,” as he holed up in his office to avoid arrest after President Rodrigo Duterte issued Proclamation No. 572, which declared the amnesty granted to him as void from the start.

“Alam niyo si Robin Padilla, ilang taon na ba to? Bakit hindi ito tumanda? Hindi ito nag-mature? Para kang nasa high school eh,” Trillanes said Wednesday (September 5).

“Paano ba? How will I take this guy seriously? Eh parang high school lang. You grow up. Pag nag-mature na siya, then he’ll talk to me, I’ll give him my full attention,” he said.

In a Facebook live video on Tuesday (September 4), Padilla, who was apparently parked outside of the Senate building, challenged Trillanes, saying “Lumabas ka! ‘Wag kang magtago sa saya ng Senado!”

“Dito po sa loob ay nagtatago ang isang senador na mismong hindi ho sumusunod sa batas,” Padilla said.

In his defense, Trillanes said that his legal team and the Senate leadership advised him to stay in the chamber’s premises as he works to challenge Duterte’s proclamation before the Supreme Court.

“Ang advice sa akin ng mga lawyers and the Senate leadership is ‘wag naming padaliin. If we are going to question the validity of the presidential declaration, particularly the provisions involving the warrantless arrest, then kailangan hindi ako magve-venture out,” Trillanes said.

The senator, one of Duterte’s top critics, said he would remain inside the Senate premises until the implementation of Proclamation No. 572 is ordered halted.

Duterte declared the amnesty granted to Trillanes void from the start as he supposedly failed to apply for amnesty and did not admit guilt in his participation in the failed coup ploys against former President and now House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

Trillanes has denied this by presenting news reports and documents which show that he has filed for a grant of amnesty and had rebellion and coup d’etat charges against him dropped.

On the other hand, Duterte granted Padilla, a staunch supporter, absolute pardon in 2016, overturning his 1996 conviction for illegal possession of firearms.