President Rodrigo Duterte lashed back at the opposition and former Senator Antonio Trillanes 4rth for “doing nothing but politicking” with only one year and five months left before the 2022 elections.
“The things that you would know, huwag kayong maniwala diyan sa oposisyon. Walang ginawa ‘yan, gusto lang ‘yang bumalik (Don’t believe the opposition. They did nothing, they just want to return),” Duterte said in his Talk to the People late Wednesday night.
Duterte said the opposition dwells on negative issues to make it appear that his present administration has done nothing to address the country’s problems.
“Ito wala itong ginawa kung hindi mamulitika. Tama ‘yung sabi ni Bong (They do nothing but politicking. [Senator] Bong [Go] is correct that ‘If you want to appear white, you paint the other person black.’ Painting the other guy black so that you would appear white. Iyan ang ginagawa nila. Pinipinturahan kami ng itim para bumango sila, maputi sila (That’s what they are doing. They paint us black so that they will appear white),” Duterte said.
He lambasted Trillanes for saying that the President must be “trembling in fear” after International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor Fatou Bensouda’s office released a report saying there was “reasonable basis” to believe the Duterte administration committed crimes against humanity in the campaign against illegal drugs.
“Wala itong ginawa kung hindi mag-exhibition. Wala itong nagawa kung hindi manira ng tao (He [Trillanes] did nothing but to display himself. He did nothing but to defame other people),” Duterte said.
Duterte said he is not afraid to be imprisoned and even die for his principles.“Kung iyang prinsipyo ko na ‘yan ikamatay ko, okay ‘yan sa akin. Ipakulong ako habangbuhay, okay sa akin ‘yan. Ginagawa ko ang tama (If those principles will be the death of me, it’s fine by me. If I’m sentenced to life imprisonment, it’s fine as long as I did what was right),” he said. SOVEREIGNPH