DAVAO City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio yesterday warned Senator Antonio Trillanes IV to leave her alone if he wants to “remain relevant for the future generation.”
The presidential daughter also threatened to “make sure” Trillanes would be “alive and in pain” if the latter continues to insist that she will run for a Senate seat in 2019.
“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,” Sara wrote in her Instagram post.
Reports said Trillanes, during a general assembly of Tindig Pilipinas, stated that the presidential daughter would run for the Senate in 2019, and for President in 2022.
“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,” the lady mayor stressed.
“Do not bother me and my slot will be available for a yellow Senator for the 2019 elections,” she added.
“President Duterte imagines you will be shot, on the other hand, I will make sure you are alive and in pain,” she said.
In an earlier interview, the Davao City mayor admitted that she was still undecided whether or not she would run in the 2019 mid-term elections.
Senator Antonio Trillanes IV refused to comment on the threat of the Davao City mayor after he said President Rodrigo Duterte had tapped his daughter to run for president in 2022.
“Hindi ko na lang siguro papatulan ‘yan. I don’t have time for that,” Trillanes said.
Trillanes stood by his claim that Duterte had plans of perpetuating himself in power to elude possible prosecution in relation to his controversial war on drugs and alleged ill-gotten wealth once the chief executive loses his immunity from suit by the end of his term in June 2022.
“Nilalatag ko lang ‘to as a matter of fact na ito ‘yung plano nila,” Trillanes said.
The senator said it was Duterte himself who made the decision for the Davao City mayor to run for senator in 2019 and then gun for the presidency in 2022 if necessary.
“I believe that decision was made for her by Duterte as a final option,” Trillanes said.
Should she decide to seek the presidency, Trillanes said Sara would have to go against her father’s political allies such as Senator Manny Pacquiao, 2010 presidential aspirant and Senator Richard Gordon, Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, and former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.
“Sila-silang magkakampi, sila sila ang magbabanggaan dito,” Trillanes said.
Trillanes is on his last term that will end in 2019.
Meanwhile, detained Senator Leila de Lima lashed out at President Duterte for his remarks that “somebody” will shoot Trillanes, who is also considered as one of the staunchest critics of the present administration.
De Lima, a vocal critic of the President, said she has no doubts that Duterte is more than capable of carrying out such death threat to harass and intimidate those who have spoken boldly against the excesses of the administration, especially on the murderous war on drugs.