Duterte faces coup threats, plunder raps

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NOW IT’S PLUNDER Sen. Antonio Trillanes 4th holds a copy of the complaint he filed against Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte for allegedly hiring thousands of ghost contractual workers. AFP PHOTO

NOW IT’S PLUNDER Sen. Antonio Trillanes 4th holds a copy of the complaint he filed against Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte for allegedly hiring thousands of ghost contractual workers. AFP PHOTO

Rodrigo Duterte’s rollicking ride to presidential favorite has triggered warnings of a coup should he win next week’s elections, with opponents branding him as a dictator in the making.

On Thursday, Sen. Antonio Trillanes 4th filed charges of plunder and graft against Duterte at the Office of the Ombudsman.

Duterte is enjoying a double-digit lead over his rivals ahead of Monday’s presidential polls but he has created enemies with vows to embrace communist rebels and threats to abolish Congress or create a revolutionary government that could rewrite the Constitution.

“The moment he tries to declare a revolutionary government, that is also going to be the day he will be removed from office,” Trillanes, a former Navy officer famous for leading failed military uprisings in 2003 and 2007, said.


“This guy has no respect for democratic institutions.”

Trillanes said some in the military were “strongly averse” to Duterte’s long-standing ties with communists, and that the reaction “could be violent.”

Duterte has ruled the major southern city of Davao, which was one of the communist hotspots, as mayor for most of the past two decades, ending violence there by forging close ties with the rebels.

He has vowed to offer communist leaders posts in his government.

The mayor has also raised deep fears about the rule of law under his presidency, promising to kill tens of thousands of criminals and pardon himself for mass murder.

President Benigno Aquino 3rd, who is limited by the Constitution to a single term of six years, had spoken out repeatedly in recent weeks about his concerns that Duterte could turn into a dictator.

“Now that we are free, people who act like dictators are the ones in the lead,” Aquino said on Wednesday, as he warned the gains of democracy were in jeopardy.

Senator Grace Poe, tied in second place with administration candidate Manuel Roxas 2nd about 10 percentage points behind Duterte, on Thursday joined the growing chorus.

“His own words are a preview of what will happen to our country. If you visit a dictatorship like North Korea, everything looks well. But many are hungry and too terrified to complain,” Poe told reporters.

Ashley Acedillo, another coup plotter-turned-lawmaker, told Agence France-Presse that a “military intervention” was likely under a Duterte presidency.

“The Armed Forces will stand true to its constitutional duty to protect the people and the state,” he said.

The ex-coup plotter’s warnings are not bluster, according to Manila-based security analyst Rommel Banlaoi.

“We will face a Duterte government that is very unstable,” Banlaoi said.

Communist takeover

A group of disgruntled military and police officers also warned of a possible communist takeover if Duterte wins.

Calling itself the Network of Officers to Defend the Republic (NODTR), the group came out also on Thursday to issue the warning.

“As men in uniform, we are duty-bound to defend our flag and the Constitution against forces foreign or local inimical to our democratic ideals and institutions,” an unidentified officer in digitized military uniform said in a 13-minute video uploaded on YouTube.

“Today we are issuing this urgent appeal to our countrymen, to fellow officers and brothers in arms in the AFP and Philippine National Police [PNP] to defend our democracy and the republic against an imminent takeover of our government by the communists,” he added.

The officer said Duterte presented a “clear and present danger.”

“We have decided to come out on pain of being accused of being engaging in partisan politics,” he added, noting that they had no option but to sound the alarm.

“By his word and actions past and present, Rodrigo Duterte is a certified hard core dyed-in-the-wool puppet of local as well as foreign communists,” the officer said in the video.

He claimed that Duterte’s campaign machinery is driven by high-ranking communist cadres such as Leoncio Evasco Jr., the mayor’s campaign manager, and Pete Lavina, his spokesman.

Duterte’s campaign, the officer said, is being closely supervised by Jorge Madlos alias “Ka Oris,” the highest ranking official of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) in Mindanao and a member of the party’s Central Committee.

Lavina allegedly specializes in urban political mass movement while Evasco is a special operator of the CPP.

Plunder

In his complaint-affidavit, Trillanes questioned the hiring of 11,000 contractual workers in 2014 by Davao City.

He based his complaint on a report of the Commission on Audit (COA) in 2015 that the city lacks a clear policy on hiring.

According to the COA report, the city has “no written policy or manual on the hiring of employees particularly under contract or service and job offers.”

“Identification of persons to be hired for such nature rests directly upon the recommendation of the department heads and other officials of the city. These conditions cast doubt that entries in the daily time record of these employees…are manipulated, thus regularity and validity of the related expenditures could not be ascertained,” it said.

Trillanes said the 11,000 contractual employees, who cost the coffers of Davao City some P708 million, were hired in 2014.

The senator also accused the mayor of malversing public funds; violating the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act and Section 7 (D) of the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Government Officials and Employees; and money laundering

He asked the Ombudsman to order the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) to open or investigate the accounts of Duterte and his children and freeze these accounts.

Trillanes said Duterte should be suspended until the investigation is completed.

“Dito natin na makikita na yung hypocrisy ni Mayor Duterte na sinasabi niya na yung contractualization, yung’endo’ must stop, pero makikita niyo dito, 12 years yung mga contractuals niya, pero ang kasamaan nito ay hindi mga tunay na tao. Ito ay nasa payroll, binabayaran ng city government of Davao na napupunta sa bulsa ni Mayor Duterte na yun nga na-discover natin dun sa kanyang mga bank accounts [Now we can see Duterte’s hypocrisy. He said contractualization must stop, but for 12 years he had contractuals but what is worse is that these are not real people. They are in the payroll but the money was pocketed by Mayor Duterte],” Trillanes said in a news conference.

“So, ito ang smoking gun, nahuli na ang pangungurakot ni Mayor Duterte, sana maliwanagan na yung mga kababayan natin na kaya kayo nalinlang, noong una ay hindi corrupt pero yun pala siya ay corrupt [This is the smoking gun, we caught him plundering. We hope that the people will finally realize that they had been misled, at first he appeared not to be corrupt but he is in reality corrupt],” he added. “I have unmasked him for who he really is.”

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19 Comments

  1. Joel Ramos on

    Oh look! BS Aquino’s number lap dog…trying to destroy Duterte! Hoy, Trillanes, look at yourself in the mirror. What do you see? Tuta? Masyado kang nachuchumikap! I am so glad your boss B.S. Aquino’s term is almost done…after his insignificant term and incompetent administration is over, whose butt are you going to kiss?

  2. Ang Panday on

    Ito si triatorllanes ay bu-ang. what a waste kind of person, walang credibilidad. he is a mercenary of pnoy. bakit na sinador pa ang animal na ito. walang ginawa kundi salita ng salita. mahusay when it comes to fabrication, siguro taga Recto ito. from binay to duterte but never sa alipores ng malacanang.

    tumuwad ka nalang trillanes

  3. Laking squatter on

    Fish is caught by its mouth. Philippines is a well established democratic country with allies all over the world since world war 2. Anyone who threaten its democratic state will definitely lose. Its a no brainer forlks. There are government officials in our country that are strong or stronger than Duterte, plenty of them in the military ranks. But never opt to use Duterte’s way of running the government, if Duterte proved himself to be a leftist as what he keep on saying he may ending up dividing the country not uniting the country. Bad sign of a good leader. I think he should learn the meaning of empathy, before giving those rape jokes, and when cornered he will say you dont have to vote for me, poor supporters, they look up to you sir, and you just gave them a statement like that. I agree with you ar some point but being a president you will hold the highest position of the land. You may ending up jeopardizing the OFW’s if you cut ties with our allies. Kaya mo kayang bigyan sila ng trabaho kung pauwiin mo sila lahat. Sasabihin mo siguro hindi naman sila nasa Australia o America, well baka allies sila ng America o Australia, ganun din yun. You have to know international politics kung paanong makipag ugnayan ang isang bansa sa kanilang kaibigang bansa. I think we are putting our country in jeopardy.

  4. armando astudillo on

    Pnoy’s uncle Peping Cojuanco condemns Pnoy and the LP! See his take on Duterte and on Pnoy – Roxas – LP’s massive cheating:

    https://www.facebook.com/searc

    As an ordinary kibitzer I am convinced, from all points and from any angle, that pawn Trillianes’ nonstop bullying against Duterte IS A GRAND SINISTER PLOT OF THE PNOY-ROXAS CONSPIRACY TO AVOID CONVICTION if Duterte makes it. No other commonsensed conclusion!

  5. alexis agustin on

    Ganyan talaga ang pulitika sa Pilipinas. Kapag umangat ang isang kandidato, hinihila ang paibaba. Sana nagsasabi ka ng totoo. (Sana hindi lahat fictitious lang pares ni de mesa?). Let us vote Rodrigo Duterte for president. People in Davao City are solid Duterte as well Vice President Cayetano.

  6. did trlllanes say duterte not respecting democratic institution? and did trillanes respect the same when he planted bombs at oakwood hotel????? such hubris

  7. These are all scare tactics of Trillanes. And I think he is already scared..

    • Correct! Mga utak pulbura ang mga yan at Panay Psy War tactics ang ginagawa para takutin ang mga Tao. Hindi na uubra yan mga kudeta Na yan at ipapasa ni Duterte ang Death Penalty. Sila ang unang isasalang dyan. Tagirgir Na ang mga kalaban ni Duterte at malapit ng mabukin ang mga kalokohan Nila.

  8. Naku Mr. Anton Yu, bakit mo lang inilabas yan demanda na yan ngayong di na mababago ang isip ng marami na iboto si Mr. Dee Gong? The impact could have been greater had that allegation came out before the last debate of those presidential candidates. It is either you were sleeping in your mandate to protect the interests of the people and plain lazy or you are just out to sabotage the eventual election of Mr. Dee Gong.

    Be that as it may, as the saying goes, huli man daw at magaling ay naihahabol din.

  9. David Michael Meyer on

    If indeed the comments and out bursts attributed to him are correct –It would,seemingly indicate that he is succumbing to pressure-

    What would be worse is thst he believes in what he has supposedly said… ..

    No one would want a president;who has the sort of thoughts that this candidate has supposedly voiced —

    The Very fact , that if he has indeed said this would be a very worrying sign..

    I hope that if he reads this –He’ll take it in the spirit in which it is intended (LOL) –Not Kill me too –As i say we don’t know for sure if he has indeed said all these things …

    I remain yours
    faithfully
    Dr David M Meyer (PhD Psych}

  10. The Senator has less than 90 days to make peace. His term will expire June 30. He can welcome President D Duterte come July 1.

  11. Very obvious, these are just desperate attempts to thwart Digong’s ascent to presidency. Based on lies, fabrication, and black magic, these false and malicious allegations will never prosper. Trillanes has zero credibility.

  12. Rio Legaspi on

    This is indeed real change. Go ahead unmask before it’s too late. And next time daan matuwid do your work accordingly so as not to put in danger your citizen and the country as a whole. Go unmask whoever is wearing any mask among the candidates it’s not too late.

  13. Burgis Mgatoktoy on

    Heh,heh,heh, Traitorllanes is too desperate, your Baal and you will be reunited someday in Bilibid. Just wait a couple of weeks from now.

  14. Sino ang maniwala sa taong ito. It’s a known fact that even military are voting on a certain candidate and definitely not him.

  15. This guy Trillanes with his 55 consultants paid for by his senate budget has a lot of nerve calling anyone else corrupt.

    Trillanes spent the past year and a half smearing Binay and now files plunder charges a couple days before the election against Duterte. Why wait until now to file plunder charges if Duterte has been guilty of these crimes for years ?

    This part of the senate yellow ribbon committee agenda ?
    Seems like the same comedy routine they used on Binay, Accuse someone of graft and corruption then demand they sign a waiver to allow the AMLC to release their bank info and if they don’t agree say they are guilty since they didn’t do what the yellow committee wanted.

    Why pretend that a waiver is needed even if it’s the law since Aquino, the AMLC, the senate and the Ombudsman decided to ignore the law to convict the former chief justice Corona on bogus charges by helping themselves to his banking info and they lying about the entries.

    How does Trillanes have info about Duterte’s banking as if we didn’t know that the AMLC is at it again headed by Julia Bacay Abad who is the daughter of the Secretary of the Philippine Department of Budget and Management Florencio Abad the author of the unconstitutional DAP Fund and according to Pork barrel queen Naploes her mentor in the Pork barrel scandal.

    • To FYI, now knowing Julia is the daughter of FLORENCIO ABAD, she may be the real source of all information Trillanes is throwing at Du30. Julia thrn does not deserve to stay at the AMLAC.

    • Sa mga previous news nagbenta nga ang PNP 1000 pcs of AK 47 Sa mga NPA sa Agusan tapos sabihin mo annihilate the NPAs. Hanapin mo sa Cabinete ni Pnoy ngayon Kung sino ang advicer ni Pnoy Na NPA.