With his bid already in limbo months ahead of the May election, Senator Antonio Trillanes is campaigning queerly on a different route: taking potshots at candidates for president instead of clashing horns with his rivals in the in the vice presidential race .
Trillanes is asking Filipinos not to vote for Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte or Vice President Jejomar Binay.
Trillanes has consistently ranked poorly in the pre-poll surveys, and is a permanent resident of the bottom of surveys by Social Weather Station and Pulse Asia.
Trillanes is fighting in a six-cornered fight with Senator Chiz Escudero, Senator Bongbong Marcos, Senator Alan Peter Cayetano, Senator Gringo Honasan and Congresswoman Leni Robrido
Sana kung makukumbinsi ko ‘yung mga kababayan natin, ‘wag naman kayong pumili kay Duterte at Binay, Trillanes said.
Duterte has refused to glorify Trillanes’ occasional blast against him, treating him as an inconsequential dot in the current political landscape. “A tail ender is a tail ender,” said Duterte.
Binay said Trillanes was aiming for publicity by instigating the Senate Blue Ribbon sub-committee investigation on alleged corruption he committed as Mayor of Makati City,
Duterte becoming a president spells disaster for the Philippines,Trillanes said. Binay, he said, is corrupt.
“You don’t just say ‘I’m going to rid criminality in 3-6 months.’ What are you going to do? Are they going to implement the ‘Pol Pot formula’ which has failed before? Or a milder version which is a draconian environment like the Martial Law years?” he said referring to Duterte.
Between the two, Trillanes said that the country is better off with Binay than with Duterte.
“If it’s a Binay presidency, God forbid, then we’ll have to respect the mandate that’s given to him,” he said. Running for vice president as an independent, Trillanes has declared his support for Senator Grace Poe.
But his loyalty is as murky as his campaign strategy, speaking nicely about Mar Roxas, the candidate of President Benigno Aquino in a five-way presidential race that includes Senator Miriam Santiago.
“A Roxas presidency I envision to be more of the same as what we have now. So if that’s okay with you, then vote for the guy,” Trillanes said.