Press Release
April 27, 2016

Cayetano: Shame on the "Poetectors" for smearing Duterte

"From protector to 'Poetector'."

This is how vice presidential candidate and Senate Majority Leader Alan Peter Cayetano described fellow Senator Antonio Trillanes IV following the latter's allegation that Davao City Mayor Rodrigo "Rody" Duterte has an undeclared P211-million bank account.

Cayetano said the charge is obviously an attempt to smear Duterte who is leading in the presidential race.

"The allegation is obviously a desperate ploy to bring down Mayor Duterte and promote Sen. Trillanes' preferred presidential bet, Senator Grace Poe," Cayetano said.

"It's quite sad that a supposed principled man like Sen. Trillanes will resort to such a cheap and shameful gimmick. It's a pitiful sight to see Sen. Trillanes reduce himself from being a protector of the people to a 'Poetector'," Cayetano added.

Bank waiver

Cayetano said that Trillanes' allegation is absurd. The senator explained that he and Duterte were the first tandem to challenge their rivals to sign a bank secrecy waiver.

"Mayor Duterte has nothing to hide. In fact, he is the only presidential candidate to sign a bank secrecy waiver. It's unfortunate that Sen. Trillanes comes out with cheap tricks despite the throng of consultants/Poetectors on his payroll. If the only thing they can come up with is a baseless accusation against Mayor Duterte, clearly they have nothing on him," Cayetano said.

"Enemies of change panicking, scared"

Cayetano urged the public to dismiss the allegation and not to be distracted from the campaign to make Duterte win the presidential election.

"I ask the people who yearn for real change, not to be distracted and fooled by their desperate antics. We must remain focused. The enemies of change are clearly panicking. They are scared. They are throwing the entire kitchen sink at Mayor Duterte. They have all the reasons to be scared. Change is coming," Cayetano concluded.

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