Honeylet defends Duterte: Trillanes is still alive

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Posted at Oct 03 2017 10:44 AM | Updated as of Oct 03 2017 02:44 PM

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MANILA - (2ND UPDATE) President Rodrigo Duterte's partner, Honeylet Avanceña, was not able to hold back tears as she defended the Chief Executive from criticism.

She insisted Duterte never ordered the police or the military to kill, noting that Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, one of the fiercest critics of the administration, is still alive.

"Trillanes has been hitting us since a week before elections. Hanggang ngayon buhay pa siya. Wala namang nangyayari," she said during the launch of a rehabilitation program for drug dependents in Camp Crame.

"[Duterte] will never instruct the AFP, PNP to kill people. It's not his style, it's not his cup of tea. He's a lawyer; he should know," she added.

Trillanes in April last year said then-candidate Duterte had amassed billions in wealth. In February this year, the senator presented documents claiming that bank accounts of Duterte and his three children, and some under Avanceña's name, have about P2-billion from 2006-2015.

The President has debunked the allegation, saying he and his family earned money through legitimate means.

The senator also pressed Duterte about the thousands killed in the government's war on drugs and supported a complaint before the International Criminal Court (ICC) against top officials over allegations of crimes against humanity.

Duterte has downplayed the complaint, saying "If I go to prison, so be it."

In her speech addressing the police officials, Avanceña also questioned why previous presidents did not address the illegal drugs problem.

"Maybe because they know the enormity of the problem. Alam nila and they know also that this is a multi-billion--not only million--industry," she said.

"Those presidents, if they tried to address this problem during their time, I think they should have (been) prepared to give their lives also...You know what is happening in Mexico. Pag nakalaban mo ang drug lord, you have to be prepared to give your life. You have to be prepared that anything can happen to you someday," she said.