Senator Antonio Trillanes IV has backed off from engaging in a word-war with Davao City Mayor and presidential daughter Sara Duterte-Carpio after the latter warned him to leave her alone.

In a press conference Wednesday afternoon, Trillanes said he does not have the time to engage with the city mayor.

“Hindi ko na lang siguro papatulan ‘yan. I don’t have time for that,” Trillanes told reporters when asked of his reaction from Mayor Duterte’s warning to leave her alone after the senator accused President Rodrigo Duterte of grooming his eldest daughter for the presidential race in 2022.

In her latest post in the social media, Mayor Duterte again criticized Senator Trillanes for refusing to engage her.

“May time ka magpresscon pero wala ka na time kapag sinagot ka na. Hindi ako naniniwala dati sa sinasabi nila pero paniwala na ako, you are a coward. I do not know why you became a soldier and a Senator. Such a disgrace,” Mayor Duterte said.

Trillanes on Tuesday said that President Duterte wanted her daughter to run for the presidency so he could be protected from possible barrage of cases to be filed against him once he steps down from power.

In her Facebook post Wednesday, June 13, the city mayor warned Trillanes that “the last time a person irked me, I made sure to make it difficult for him to bring me down and Speaker Boy Nograles lost that election and was a billion pesos poorer.”

Mayor Duterte-Carpio was obviously referring to the 2010 local elections where she defeated then incumbent House Speaker Prospero Nograles in the mayoral race.

“Like Speaker Alvarez, my advice to you is not to think of me, speak of my name, not even a whisper of Inday Sara from your ugly lips. Leave me in peace in Davao City or else you and your friends will spend more than a billion in the 2022 Presidential elections just to make me insignificant. Let me repeat, do not bother me and my slot will be available for a yellow Senator for the 2019 elections,” Mayor Duterte-Carpio added.

The mayor said that if her father is wishing for Trillanes to be shot, she on the other hand “will make sure you are alive and in pain”.

“I have been described as heartless by my mother, please do not anger me so that you may remain relevant for the future generation. And you should listen to my mother,” she ended.

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