- Senator Cayetano once again defended President Duterte from Trillanes
- Earlier, Trillanes challenged Duterte to deny that the P2-B bank account never exists
- But Cayetano slammed Trillanes for another false allegation, calling his colleague ‘Kuryente King’
MANILA, Philippines – A word war between Senators Alan Peter Cayetano and Antonio Trillanes IV is brewing anew after the latter revived his old accusation against President Rodrigo Duterte on the alleged P2-B bank account.
In a press conference on Thursday, February 16, Trillanes challenged Duterte to prove that such bank account never exists; insinuating further that the money came from illegal sources.
But Cayetano, Duterte’s defeated running mate, immediately came to the President’s defense and lambasted Trillanes for supposedly raising another false accusation; calling his colleague ‘Kuryente King’.
“We know from the start that parating Kuryente King si Senator Trillanes pagdating niya kay President Duterte,” said Cayetano in an ambush interview with reporters at the Senate.
[We know from the start that Senator Trillanes has always been the ‘Kuryente King’ when it comes to President Duterte.]
“Trillanes, just like what he did during the Arroyo administration, is destabilizing the government. The only difference is that there are true issues then, but now there are imagined issues,” the lawmaker said.
Cayetano also believes Trillanes is still bitter after being rejected by Duterte as running mate in the last election and is now doing his best to discredit the President.
Earlier, Trillanes dared Duterte to belie his claim and even vowed to resign from the Senate if his allegation is not proven true.
But Cayetano maintained that if Trillanes indeed had documented proof of his accusations against Duterte, he could have exposed them before the President was sworn into office last June 30, 2016, since it would have been easier to file a case then because the latter is not yet covered by presidential immunity.
The senator from Taguig, a staunch Duterte ally, added this could be “another desperate attempt of Senator Trillanes to stop the reforms that are happening now” and many of his so-called friends and allies will be affected by these reforms.