Duterte: Trillanes' mother involved in PH Navy transactions

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 11) — President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday hit back at Senator Antonio "Sonny" Trillanes IV, saying it was the latter's family member who was involved in business transactions while Trillanes was in government service.

In a televised tete-a-tete (private conversation) with Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo, Duterte said Trillanes' mother previously engaged in several transactions with the Philippine Navy.

"Ang problema kay (the problem with) Trillanes, he is crucifying (Special Assistant to the President) Bong Go for entering into business with government," Duterte said in the one-on-one interview.

"(But) There was a time in the Navy's history... Ang tatay niya nasa seribisyo pa, siya nasa serbisyo pa, ang transaction ng karamihan ng supplies sa Navy, ang nanay niya."

[Translation: There was a time in the Navy's history... His father was still in service, he was still in service- but majority of the supplies transactions in the Navy were with his mother.]

Trillanes lashed out at the country's chief executive for dragging his parents into their row. He told Duterte to rather stick with their personal issues.

"Hindi ko maintindihan kung bakit ida-drag ni Mr. Duterte ang aking mga magulang dito sa laban namin," Trillanes told reporters on Tuesday afternoon. "You stick with me, Mr. Duterte."

[Translation: I don't understand why Mr. Duterte has to drag my parents into our fight. You stick with me, Mr. Duterte.]

"Kung meron siyang problema sa akin, stick with me. Dahil kaya ko to. Pero yung ida-drag mo yung nanay ko, personalan yan. Hindi yan gawain ng mga tunay na lalaki," the senator added.

[Translation: If he has a problem with me, then stick with me. Because I can do this. But if you drag my mother, that's too personal. That's not what a true man does.]

Trillanes on Monday called for an investigation of several unfinished projects in the Davao region, which are allegedly linked to the firms of Go's father and half-brother.

READ: Bong Go ready to face probe over family's alleged multibillion-peso projects

The broadcast one-on-one interview, which was earlier announced to be a press conference, saw Duterte addressing some of the pressing national issues today.