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Senator Antonio Trillanes IV believes the popularity of President Rodrigo Duterte will eventually wear off. Trillanes said Duterte’s popularity will wane once the public “realizes” the truth about Duterte. “In the case of the EJKs (extrajudicial killings), the stench is so bad, no matter how you cover it up or spray perfume around it, it will continue to come out and stick. So it’s just a matter of time,” Trillanes said in an interview on ANC Beyond Politics. “The thing with a very popular president is people would give him always some leeway, the benefit of the doubt but eventually it will wear out. And the truth, once it’s pounded on them and once they realize, then things will change.”

Trillanes said in the Senate, there have been “whispers” from several lawmakers expressing opposition to how Duterte is running the government. “Yung boses na talagang matingkad ay hindi pa gaanong lumalabas, but in whispers there are those who are opposed to what President Duterte is doing,” he said. Trillanes believes lawmakers who have so far remained silent about issues involving Duterte will eventually voice their opposition once they notice public opinion turning against the president.

“As you’ve been noticing lately, the voices, the dissenting voices are getting louder everyday. Maraming nagsasalita. And ganun yun eh. Traditionally kung nasaan yung taumbayan, nandodoon yung mga politiko. Meron lang mga trailblazers, so to speak,” Trillanes said. “But to be fair to the other senators and congressmen out there, in private conversations they’re sharing the sentiment and the disappointment of the others who have been seeing what’s wrong in this country right now.” source: ABS-CBN News

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