MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte should allow a vibrant democracy in the Philippines, Malaysia’s Prime Minister-designate Anwar Ibrahim said Tuesday. Anwar spoke before Filipino businessmen as opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes faced possible arrest after Duterte voided the amnesty granted to the former Navy lieutenant over 2 failed uprisings. “My persistent view is you cannot abuse power to victimize the opposition,” Anwar told reporters. Anwar said he was not privy to the merits of Trillanes’ case, but said he would encourage Duterte to keep a “vibrant democracy” and “respect the rule of law.” Trillanes amnesty voided; senator faces charges, arrest Trillanes to fight ‘bogus’ amnesty invalidation, won’t hide or resist arrest Anwar, who is expected to succeed Malaysian Prime Minister Mahatir Mohamad in 2 years, said he couldn’t turn away from victims of political persecution, especially after several Filipino politicians supported him when he was jailed on sodomy charges the early 2000’s, “If I am convinced that a specific case was abused, I would certainly express my view because when I was incarcerated, Filipino civil leaders and civil society were there for me,” Anwar said. “Former Presidents Corazon Aquino and Joseph Estrada, and former Senator Blas Ople were among those who publicly defended and showed support for me during my incarceration,” he said. “The Philippines is a great country. You are the pioneer of democratic reforms, people look up to you. So when you see this derailment, of course you get really concerned,” he said.