By Antonio Colina IV
DAVAO CITY – The gloves are off.
In defense of her family, Davao City Mayor Sara “Inday” Duterte-Carpio did not mince words when she said she is ready to engage opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV in a fight even if it would last three decades.
Duterte-Carpio said Trillanes was lying when he claimed he did not know that the President was a “thief and a killer” when he sought the support of the then Davao Mayor for his vice presidential bid in the 2016 elections.
“Na-confine ka ba ng matagal sa mental? Alam na ng buong mundo ang isyu pero ikaw hindi mo pa rin alam? (Were you confined that long time in a mental hospital? The entire world already knows about these issues and yet you still do not know?) You are lying,” Carpio said in a Facebook post Friday.
The presidential daughter said Davao City the “same old” issues about the “Davao Death Squad (DDS)” and human rights violations have been hurled against her father repeatedly in the previous elections since 1995 until he won the presidency in 2016.
Sara told Trillanes to “prove everybody that piece of sh** paper of bank accounts you are waving is not fake, Pinocchio.”
Duterte-Carpio slammed Trillanes for calling them “pamilya ng mamatay tao at magnanakaw kami” (a family of killers and thieves) while he hides in parliamentary immunity.
Sara, who like her father is a “bisaya” who grew up in Mindanao, said she is not cowed by the opposition senator and is ready to put up a fight even spanning three decades.
“Kung ang President ng Pilipinas ay inaaway ko, ikaw pa ba? . . . Kala mo porket tahimik ako dahil takot ako, kagwang, umiiwas lang ako sa away. Pero may hangganan ang lahat, (I am not even afraid to pick a fight with the President what makes you think I am afraid of you? You think I keep quiet because of fear? I just keep away from trouble. But everything has an end) now is your time to shine,” the Davao Mayor said.
“Don’t ask us to prove you wrong, prove first na hindi ka nagsisinungaling (you are not lying). Fight!,” she added.
The mayor, in her Facebook rant on Thursday, also criticized two other opposition senators — Francis Pangilinan and Risa Hontiveros who previously sought the support of the Dutertes in their presidential and senatorial bids and are now attacking President Duterte.
She said Pangilinan met her father in a golf club in Davao asking for his support for his presidential bid.
“With Sharon’s endorsement and your (PRD) endorsement I’m sure I can make it,” she quoted Pangilinan.
She also recalled how Hontiveros tried to disturb the mayor with incessant calls while she was busy campaigning for the President just to seek support and secure enough votes from the city.
“I can remember your bored face listening to me in our law office just so you can get support for Davao,” she said.
Mayor Sara said she intentionally turned down Trillanes because she abhored “your circus sa Manila Peninsula.”