WATCH | YOU WERE COURTING DUTERTE – Inday Sara blasts Kiko, Risa, Trillanes, Tindig Pilipinas for political hypocrisy

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Photo of Mayor Sara Duterte from Facebook page of the City Government of Davao

In a Facebook post, Davao City Mayor Inday Sara Duterte-Carpio on Thursday morning took to social media to denounce the political posturing of opposition politicians Senator Francis Pangilinan, Risa Hontiveros, Antonio Trillanes, and the political movement called Tindig Pilipinas.

In the post, titled Tindig Pilipinas aka Hunger Games Pilipinas, the Mayor asked, at one point: “Nung mga panahon na humingi kayo ng tulong, may isyu ba kayo sa governance ni PRD? Wala. Ngayon na nanalo na siya? Meron … I smell ambition a million miles away. Akala ninyo yung circus ninyo ngayon magpapanalo sa inyo sa 2022? Hindi (When you were asking for help, did you have an issue with Duterte’s governance? None. But now after he won [the election], you have. Did you think your circus will propel you to victory in 2022? No).”

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Launch of Tindig Pilipinas at Club Filipino. Photograph from Philstar

She asked, metaphorically, “am I counting the beans?” “Yes.” she answered herself. “You don’t use PRD whenever convenient para sa pulitika ninyo. Kung wala ang boto ng Mindanao, mananalo kaya kayo? (for your political ends. Would you have been elected if not for the Mindanao vote?)

Senator Pangilinan, in reaction, said, “Masakit ang pinupuna at binabatikos ngunit ganyan ang demokrasya (Criticism and scrutiny often hurt, but this is a democracy ).” He elaborated: “Marunong din naman tayong tumanaw ng utang na loob sa mga tumulong sa atin sa halalan. Kasama na dito ang Davao City. At sa katunayan, ilang proyekto din ang nilaan natin sa Davao mula 2001 hanggang 2012 sa dalawang termino natin bilang senador (We do know how to repay debts of gratitude, to those who helped us during election, including, indeed, in Davao. In fact, from 2001 to 2012 in our two terms as senator Davao was the beneficiary of some projects).”

But, Pangilinan said, “Our duty to country and fellow Filipinos outweighs personal ties. And repaying debts of gratitude must know limits.”

For her part, Senator Hontiveros pointed out that “this is not a question of loyalty. This is a matter of service, of consistency and of principle, and the defense of the rule of law and human rights. I am sure, as a fellow public servant, she understands that.”

She added: “Dissent is healthy in a democracy. It serves a check and balance to abuse of power and a way to better governance. It should never be viewed as a hindrance. I harbor the Mayor no ill will and I wish her well.”

Text excerpt of the post follows below:

Kiko Pangilinan- Several years ago nagkita tayo dito sa Davao, sa isang golf club, pinuntuhan mo si PRD. Gusto mo tumakbo Presidente, ansabe mo? “With Sharon’s indorsement and your (PRD) indorsement I’m sure I can make it.” Dati pa-indorse ka sa kanya ngayon may pa hunger games salute effect ka.

Risa Hontiveros – Sa picture ikaw ang pinaka makapal ang foundation acheng. Habang tinutulungan ko si PRD at ang nanay ko mangampanya, nasa byaheng du30 ako, ilang beses mo ako inabala, kinulit at tinawagan para humingi ka ng tulong sa boto mo sa Davao City? I can remember your bored face listening to me in our law office just so you can get support for Davao.

Trillanes – Years ago, nagrequest ka makipag kita sa akin dito sa Davao,nasa Damosa ka, ano sabi ko sa emissary mo? No. You know why? I never liked your circus sa Manila Peninsula. Pero meron ako picture na nakipagkita ka kay PRD kasi humingi ka ng tulong niya sa VP campaign mo.

VP Robredo – I’ll reserve my remarks kasi sabi mo naman hindi ka member ng Hunger Games Pilipinas.

Lahat ito hindi chismis kasi personal knowledge ko at may corroborative witnesses ako. Matanong ko lang, nung mga panahon na humingi kayo ng tulong, may isyu ba kayo sa governance ni PRD? Wala. Ngayon na nanalo na siya? Meron. Hunger Games, Pilipinas: Plastic na, oportunista pa. Kayo 3 may ambisyon mag Presidente, I grew up in politics, mas matagal pako sa pulitika kesa sa inyo 3 combined. I smell ambition a million miles away. Akala ninyo yung circus ninyo ngayon magpapanalo sa inyo sa 2022? Hindi.

Ano ititindig niyo? Paninindigang Trapo.

Mamuyboy ko? Yes. You don’t use PRD whenever convenient para sa pulitika ninyo. Kung wala ang boto ng Mindanao, mananalo kaya kayo?