Duterte says his son will run for Congress to retaliate against Trillanes

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 16) — It's no secret that the eldest son of President Rodrigo Duterte has a bone to pick with Senator Antonio Trillanes.

According to the President himself, that's the reason why his son, former Davao vice mayor Paolo "Polong" Duterte, is running for Congress.

"I think he's running for Congressman kasi napahiya kasi. Pinahiya ni Trillanes," Duterte said in address to the Filipino community in Papua New Guinea Friday night.

[Translation: I think he's running for Congress because he was shamed. He was shamed by Trillanes.]

Duterte said that his son can be vengeful.

"Polong gaganti talaga yan. He will be running for Congress, tabla sila doon," Duterte said.

[Translation: Polong, he will naturally take revenge. He will be running for Congress, they can face off there.]

It was unclear why Duterte spoke of a face-off in Congress between his son and Trillanes because the Senator, who is on his last term at the upper chamber, has not filed his candidacy for any position in next year's mid-term elections.

Duterte joked that he advised his son to have a shootout with the former Navy officer when they see each other in Congress.

"Kung mamatay ka, ililibing kita. (If you die, I'll bury you.) That's how it is," Duterte shrugged.

Trillanes had previously summoned the younger Duterte to a Senate hearing on illegal drugs, and implicated him of being a member of an organized crime syndicate.

READ: Trillanes: Paolo Duterte a Chinese drug triad member

The former Davao vice mayor retaliated by filing a libel case against the incumbent Senator.

READ: Paolo Duterte files criminal case vs. Trillanes for libel

Aside from Paolo, Duterte's daughter Sara is seeking reelection as Davao City mayor while his youngest son Sebastian is a candidate for vice mayor of Davao. The siblings' political bids have drawn criticisms that the Dutertes are establishing a political dynasty.

In a speech last month, Duterte said he was against political dynasties "but we were forced... Usually, pag maumpisahan ng isa, tuluy-tuloy na yan kaso hingiin ng mga tao."

[Translation: I do not want a dynasty, but we were forced... Usually, it continues after one starts and people ask for it.]