Trillanes to help David vs 'Gloriath'

MANILA - Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV said he will extend "all-out support" to Randy David should the newspaper columnist push through with his plan to run for Congress against President Arroyo.

"Our collective mission, as a people, should be to completely remove all vestiges of the Arroyo administration in the coming elections so that our country can finally start its rebuilding process," Trillanes said in statement issued Saturday.

David earlier announced that he would seriously consider running against Mrs. Arroyo, in reaction to rumors that the president may seek a seat in the House representing the second district of Pampanga to eventually install herself as Prime Minister.

Trillanes also hit MalacaƱang for “underestimating” David, a professor of the University of the Philippines, by questioning his motive in a possible election battle dubbed, "David vs Gloriath."

"Professor Randy David has done more for the country as an educator, sociologist and journalist than this administration in its nine years in power," he said.

David said he will not let Mrs. Arroyo easily get the second district of Pampanga.

"Ipinapangako ko lamang na hindi magiging madali kay Pangulong Arroyo. Hindi niya makukuha ang segunda distrito on a silver platter (I promise that it will not be easy for President Arroyo. She will not get the second district [of Pampanga] on a silver platter)," David said during an interview over radio dzMM.

The professor admitted that it would not be easy for him to block Mrs. Arroyo's rumored plan to run for a seat in Congress, and that it seemed "a quixotic quest... probably foolish," but he promised that he will do everything "to make that difficult for her."

Cabinet Secretary Silvertre Bello told reporters at a press briefing in MalacaƱang that the political clash between the professor and Mrs. Arroyo is like "David versus Goliath."

"But that does not mean we are confirming David’s winning over Goliath this time," Bello added. "I am very confident about it, that she is extremely popular in her place.”


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