Spox Salvador Panelo hit back at Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, who called Duterte “crazy” in light of the gr4v3 thr34t charges recorded against him for undermining Labor Undersecretary Jacinto Paras.
“Representative Trillanes’ most recent assault against the President, notwithstanding calling him ‘baliw’ on the grounds that criminal accusations have been recorded against him for his transgressions is a misshaped if not a misleading argumentation. When he described President Duterte as ‘baliw’ he must have been referring to himself and correctly so,” Panelo said.
Panelo said Trillanes’ “rages conflict with the feelings” of 81 percent of Filipinos affirming the President’s performance and the 76 percent believing him as the nation’s CEO dependent on the consequences of the Pulse Asia review led in December a year ago.
“He pompously claims he is not afraid of facing the criminal suits against him but his partisan vociferous rantings show that he is in mortal fear of going back to jail,” Panelo added.
“With the election period for the May midterm polls in the horizon, we expect the political noise to escalate further. The handwriting on the wall as graphically shown by the survey figures is glaring.”
The Palace official said the high endorsement and trust appraisals of President Rodrigo Duterte should fill in as an update for the restriction that their steady tirades against him “are crashing and burning on their countenances.
“The December 2018 Pulse Asia rating should serve as a timely reminder to the rabid political opposition, especially to the loose cannonball critic, outgoing Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, that the continuous assaults against the President and his administration are falling flat on their faces with the rise of [Duterte’s] approval and trust ratings,” he said.
“With the election period for the May midterm polls in the horizon,” the Palace official said, “We expect the political noise to escalate further.”
“The handwriting on the wall as graphically shown by the survey figures is glaring. Our people are fed up with the destructive politicking dished out by the opposition and PRRD’s critics and detractors,” he said.