Pres. Duterte Hits Trillanes' Remarks on Drug War Deaths

The tough-talking President of the Philippines, President Rodrigo R. Duterte hits the controversial lawmaker, Sen. Antonio Trillanes for his remark that there are only fewer drug addicts in the country today because most of them were killed in the drug war of the Duterte administration.

Pres. Duterte called Trillanes "stupid" for believing in the international figures on drug war deaths instead of the "real numbers" released by the Philippine National Police (PNP).

"Some critic, a senator -- a stupid senator -- Trillanes said, ‘Oh they are dead, there are no more (drug addicts) -- because they are dead,’” he said in a speech during the 9th anniversary of the Mindanao Development Authority and 25th anniversary of the Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East Asean Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) in Davao City.

The former Mayor of Davao City said that Trillanes should go to the US since he preferred to trust the drug war figures released by human rights groups there.

"You do not even know how to count. And you kowtow to the figures of foreigners. You go to America, Trillanes," he said.

Sen. Trillanes made headlines earlier as he stated that Filipinos believe that there has been a decrease in the number of illegal drug users because most of them are dead.

The statement of Trillanes was allegedly sensationalized by the mainstream media citing SWS survey that showed 66 percent of Filipinos believe the number of illegal drug users has decreased.

The controversial statement of Trillanes was made public despite the fact that based on PNP data showing that from July 1, 2016, to April 30, 2018, more than 4,000 have been killed in drug-related operations.

Pres. Duterte also slammed Trillane for nitpicking on his recent weekend trip to Hong Kong to celebrate the birthday of his long-time partner Honeylet AvanceƱa on February 17.

"You take on every issue. I go to Hong Kong to celebrate the birthday of my wife because that was the order of my daughter," Duterte said.

"This Trillanes, you are paying a public servant who was just there to nitpick (on) issues," he added.

Duterte quipped that he considers himself "just a sergeant" while his partner and daughter were “generals” from whom he takes orders.

Source: PNA

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