MANILA (UPDATE) - President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday slammed opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV for casting doubt on the legitimacy of his bar examination results, calling his fierce critic "crazy."
"Ako pumasa dahil sa tatay ko? Hoy, loko-loko. Mali ka, torpe (I passed because of my father? Hey, you're crazy. You're wrong)," Duterte said in a one-on-one interview with Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo, addressing the mutineer-turned-lawmaker.
"I became a lawyer 20 years after my father's death," said Duterte, a former prosecutor and long-time Davao City mayor.
Trillanes, whose amnesty Duterte had voided over supposedly missed requirements, earlier said he would review the President's bar exam results.
The senator alleged that the President's father, former Davao Governor Vicente Duterte who later became a member of deposed strongman Ferdinand Marcos' pre-martial law cabinet, could have called in favors and pulled some strings to let his son pass the 1972 Bar Examinations.
This as he mocked Duterte's Presidential Proclamation No. 572 that voided his amnesty, calling the order "baseless and unconstitutional."
Duterte's order invalidated the amnesty granted the former Navy lieutenant in 2011 for his alleged failure to comply with requirements, including admission of guilt.
This, in effect, revived coup d'etat and rebellion charges against Trillanes. Two branches of the Makati Regional Trial Court have set hearings on the justice department's plea for the former rebel to be arrested and barred from leaving the country.
MA CORRUPT? TRILLANES SAYS DUTERTE CLAIM 'LOW BLOW'
Reiterating corruption allegations against Trillanes, the President also took a swipe at the senator's parents by saying that his mother did business with the military despite conflict of interest.
"Hindi kagaya mo [Trillanes], tatay nasa serbisyo, nanay mo nagne-negosyo sa Navy (Unlike you, Trillanes, your father was in the service, your mother did business in the Navy)," Duterte said without divulging details.
Trillanes, meanwhile, said his father retired from the force and died in 1998, and that there are no cases filed against his mother.
"Ang aking nanay walang kaso. 'Yun lang ang kailangan nating malaman. Walang kaso, walang impropriety... 1998 pa nag-retire ang aking tatay, 1998 siya nag-retire, 1998 siya namatay," Trillanes told reporters.
(My mother has no charges against her. That's all we need to know. No cases, no impropriety. My father retired in 1998, he died in 1998.)
Trillanes called Duterte's allegations against his mother a "low blow."
"Siguro nakita ng mga kababayaan natin how low that blow was.
Kung may problema siya sa'kin, stick with me dahil kaya ko 'to pero ida-drag mo 'yung nanay ko diyan, personalan 'yan. 'Wag ka pumunta dyan. Hindi gawain 'yan ng mga tunay na lalaki," he said.
(Our fellow Filipinos can see how low that blow was. If he has a problem with me, stick with me because I can handle it. But if you drag my mother to it, that's personal. Don't go there. True men don't do that.)
Duterte and Trillanes have been engaged in a word war since last week when the President invalidated his amnesty.