A “negative ad” against presidential hopeful Rodrigo Duterte on YouTube has been doing the rounds of the Internet since it was uploaded on Thursday, May 5.
Paid for by Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, the video intersperses clips of Duterte’s statements on murder, rape, the New People’s Army (NPA), and his invective against Pope Francis with comments from children.
“Ito ba ang gusto nyo?”
(Is this what you like)
“Tama po bang murahin ang Santo Papa?”
(Is it right to curse the Holy Father?)
“Ituro nyo po sa amin ang tama.”
(Teach us the right way.)
“Mali po ang mambastos ng babae.”
(It is wrong to disrespect women.)
“Ito po ba ang gusto nyong halimbawa para sa amin?”
(Is this the example you want to show us?)
‘The truth hurts’
In a statement on his Facebook page on Friday, May 6, Trillanes owned up to the advertisement, saying “the truth definitely hurts.”
In casting children, the senator said: “The children were purposely used to hammer the message that they should always be part of the consideration in our choice of leaders of the country not only because it is for their future but also because they will emulate these leaders. Besides, the children were shown in a positive light and all pertinent laws were strictly followed.”
Trillanes also hit supposed “Dutertards” or supporters who would raise concerns on the casting of children. “But wait, Dutertards are suddenly concerned about children? Yet they laugh every time Duterte curses and jokes about his penis and rape not realizing that children are listening too? Such hypocrisy, right? Now, that’s what the ad is all about too,” he said.
The video has close to 40,000 views as of posting time.
Before the ad, Trillanes exposed alleged multimillion-peso and –dollar accounts of Duterte, which he failed to declare in his statement of assets and liabilities and networth (SALN). He also filed a plunder case at the Office of the Ombudsman against the former mayor over “ghost employees” whose salaries were estimated at P708 million since he assumed office as the chief local executive of Davao City.
Duterte has denied the allegations.