Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV on Thursday said Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte should name the senator he has accused of using cocaine. This was in response to a claim made by the vice mayor, son of President Rodrigo Duterte, the day before.
In a press conference, Trillanes said, "Ang sa akin, i-name na lang ... 'Wag na tayong mag-blind item. If you're sure about the information, sabihin mo." He then answered in the affirmative when asked if the burden of proof lies with the Davao City vice mayor. "Oo naman, kasi peperwisyuhin pa 'yung 23 (senators) na hindi naman adik—assuming that (Duterte's claim) is true—kasi i-clear pa naman lahat... It doesn't work that way," he said.
Trillanes said he has no information if any of his colleagues is indeed using cocaine. "I wouldn't know. Basta't ako, I'm sure I'm not that senator," he told reporters. Asked if a drug test will help clear the issue, Trillanes replied: "Puwede naman 'yun pero 'yung ganiyan kasi voluntary in nature. And sa akin, dito dapat same standard, sabay-sabay. Saka lahat."
He said the accusation may be aimed at casting doubt over the image of the Senate. But he added: "Pero hindi naman... individually, the faults of or dignity of a senator cannot tarnish the dignity of the Senate," he said. Vice Mayor Duterte made the pronouncement as he announced that he would not attend the Senate inquiry on extrajudicial killings despite accusations against him by self-confessed hitman Edgar Matobato. Duterte did not name the senator and said he would reveal who it is once he gets the evidence.