Duterte to subpoena Trillanes' mother over gov't transactions

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President Rodrigo Duterte and Senator Antonio Trillanes. (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 27) — President Rodrigo Duterte said Tuesday evening he will subpoena Senator Sonny Trillanes' 84-year-old mother over her government dealings with the Philippine Navy.

READ: Duterte: Trillanes' mother involved in PH Navy transactions

Speaking to the local government leaders at the League of Municipalities, Duterte said they have the power to summon Trillanes' mother.

"Sumobra ka [You went overboard]. We will initiate an investigation kagaya mo [like you] and I will subpoena your mother sa ayaw mo o sa hindi [whether you like it or not],"  Duterte said. "Baka sabihin mo walang power [You may say we have no power], there is. We also have the contempt power but we have to go to court."

In a statement Wednesday, Trillanes responded to what he called a "threat" from the President.

"Since September last year, Duterte has been saying that he asked different agencies to investigate the supposed anomalous transactions of my mother. But up to now, he has yet to show even a shred of evidence to prove his baseless allegations. Now, Duterte is threatening to subpoena my Mother," said Trillanes.

The senator told the President to "just do it and let it be another humiliating episode for you like the fake offshore bank accounts you alleged against me."

"Mahirap dito kay Duterte hindi lang ako kaya, kaya ang Nanay kong may sakit ang pinagdidiskitahan. Sige lang, do your worst while I count the days."

[Translation: The thing with Duterte is since he can't pick on me, he is now singling out my sick mother. Go ahead, do your worst while I count the days.]

The President earlier brought up the supposed transactions in September, during his televised interview with Presidential Spokesperson Sal Panelo and the height of the President's voidance of Trillanes' amnesty.

In November, Duterte revealed the dealings were being investigated.

He made the remarks amid his endorsement of Bong Go as senator, who was involved in the Navy frigate deal by alleging intervening in the transaction by backing a South Korean firm as a supplier.