By Genalyn Kabiling
The mother of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV would be summoned to a government investigation into her business transactions with the military, President Duterte said Tuesday.
“We will initiate an initiate investigation kagaya mo and I will subpoena your mother sa ayaw mo’t sa hindi. Baka sabihin mong walang power ano — there is,” the President said during the assembly of mayors at the Manila Hotel Tuesday.
“We also have the contempt power but we have to go to court,” Duterte added.
Back in September, the President alleged that Trillanes’ mother had supply contracts with the Philippine Navy while his father was in the military service.
Two months later, Duterte announced the government has launched an investigation into the business deals involving Trillanes’ parent.
“We are looking into the paper. We’re investigating quietly ‘yung mga deals sa panahon ng tatay pati ‘yung involved ang nanay [during the time of his father and those that involved his mother],” Duterte said last November. “And he can be very sure na lalabas lahat ‘yan [it will all come out],” he added.
The President made the latest statement after lashing out again at Trillanes, a fierce critic of his administration, before the gathering of the League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP).
He called Trillanes a coward for surrendering to authorities after staging a mutiny against the Arroyo administration.
Duterte went on to campaign for his senatorial candidates, including former Interior and Local Government Secretary Rafael Alunan III and former presidential political adviser Francis Tolentino, saying they were better qualified to become senators than Trillanes.