Senator Antonio Trillanes IV is now barred to visit the bailiwick of President Rodrigo Duterte after he was declared as persona non grata by the city council of Davao.
Aside from Trillanes, Filipino-American billionaire Loida Nicolas-Lewis was also not welcome to visit Davao City.
The declaration against Trillanes and Lewis was made by the Davao City Council during a regular session on Tuesday.
According to vice mayor Bernard Al-ag, Senator Trillanes tagged Davao City as the ‘most dangerous city’ in the Philippines and they were offended by the statement of the fiercest critic of the President who became the mayor of the said city for two decades.
Trillanes also likened the Dabawenyos to North Koreans and he believed that the people of Davao were brainwashed by their former Mayor to convince that they were living in the safest city in the Philippines.
“Mr Trillanes is dangerous. Every word you utter is intended to destroy lives. You are unwelcome in our city of Davao. You have not done anything good at all to our city!.” Al-ag said in a statement.
“Let us not forget how he destroyed Oakwood Hotel in 2003 and The Manila Peninsula in 2007. Now you want to destroy my City? No way! You want to destroy my people? No way!” he added.
Al-ag also challenged the people who attended the forum of Trillanes in Chicago to visit Davao City and witness how safe is the city which managed by President Rodrigo Duterte for two decades.
“I am challenging the Filipinos in Chicago who attended the forum of Mr. Trillanes to come and visit Davao City. Try riding our taxis, our jeepneys… try walking in our streets in the middle of the night, try eating in our restaurants and karenderias, try going to our police stations.” he said.
“And if you will feel even an iota of danger, if you feel and think that Davao City is a city of murderers and rapists as what Mr. Trillanes declared, I will refund all your travel expenses plus pocket money going back to Chicago.” he added.
The senator also accused President Rodrigo Duterte and his family of amassing ill-gotten wealth and linked the President’s son former vice mayor Paolo Duterte, to a Chinese drug triad.
The Dutertes denied the allegation, saying that Senator Trillanes is only making up stories to destroy the current President.
Meanwhile, Senator Trillanes was not intimidated by the declaration of the Davao City council against him.
According to him, he only used the police statistics released in 2015, which said that Duterte’s hometown got the most number of murder cases and the second highest in terms of rape.
“The truth, definitely, hurts… The people of Davao either know it but tolerate it out of fear or they’ve actually believed the lie that was fed to them that Davao City is the safest city in the world,” he said in a statement.
During the forum in Chicago, Senator Trillanes claimed that Davao City is the ‘most dangerous city’ in the Philippines.
“Kasi based doon sa statistics from the Philippine National Police (PNP), number one ang Davao City sa murder at number two sa rape.”
“”Pero yung mga taga Davao ay so brainwashed into believing that Davao City is the safest city, not only in the Philippines, but in the world. Tanungin mo sila, ganon, para silang mga North Koreans,”
As of writing, Loida Nicolas-Lewis is not yet releasing a statement on the declaration of Davao City council against her.