Trillanes did not say why the impeachment could happen in May even as he acknowledged that the House – from where possible charges against the President could emanate – is dominated by administration allies.
“It’s clear that President Duterte was involved in multiple murders when he was mayor of Davao City. Aside from that, the template of the Davao death squad (DDS) is now happening in the (drug-related) extrajudicial killings in the past eight months,” Trillanes told those who attended the Kapihan sa Manila Bay forum.
“There’s culpable violation of the Constitution, violation of due process and human rights, so that (extrajudicial killings) is a crime against humanity… We want him removed through impeachment,” he said.
Duterte used to brag during the campaign that he had killed criminals with the DDS, but now, “he’s washing his hands of the controversy,” according to Trillanes.
Questionable bank accounts
The senator said he believes Duterte should also be held accountable for the alleged P1 billion that passed through his and his family’s bank accounts during the electoral campaign last year, moneys which he did not declare.
Trillanes said allies of Duterte should learn their lesson from former president Joseph Estrada, who was very popular and controlled the House but was toppled in a peaceful uprising in 2001.
Trillanes led the so-called Oakwood mutiny in 2003 against then-president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo when the former was still a Navy lieutenant.
He was subsequently jailed, but was able to parlay his rebel image to a successful Senate bid.
“I believe if the members of the Senate] really see the evidence and the bank accounts, (they) will see the truth about Duterte,” he said.
Trillanes said he was willing not only to resign but “walk in” to any jail that Duterte prefers if he was proven wrong about the alleged P1 billion that passed through his bank accounts.
‘Communists’ in gov’t
The senator also warned that 12 senior government officials, including four Cabinet officials, are “communists” and could be using funds at their disposal to beef up rebel ranks with the aim of overthrowing the government.
During yesterday’s session, Trillanes pressed for the reopening of the Senate inquiry into the claims of retired Senior Police Officer 3 Arthur Lascañas that Duterte ordered the killing of hundreds of suspected criminals and opponents using the DDS when he was still mayor.
He said no one refuted Lascañas’ testimony at the first and last hearing of the Senate committee on public order and dangerous drugs last Monday.
However, he was rebutted by Sen. Manny Pacquiao, who said Trillanes should not use the Senate to destabilize the government.
“It is good to be reminded that our primary role is to legislate, and when we conduct hearing or investigations, they should always be in aid of legislation.
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