alking at a book dispatching at Century Park Hotel in Manila, presidential candidate Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte minced no words depicting his enemy, former justice secretary and now senatorial candidate Leila de Lima, as stupid for her attempts to rein his colorful language and link him to extrajudicial killings.
Reviewing his past appearance at a Senate hearing where he said he would readily kill claimed rice bootlegger Davidson Bangayan in the event that he works together in Davao City, Duterte said he was blamed at the time by De Lima for his announcement.
“She wanted me punished for my statement in the Senate,” Philippine Star quoted him as saying. “I answered back, ‘You are bright, we came from the same school, then why are you bugokski?”
De Lima, who was then leader of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR), found the announcement aggravating and prescribed approvals for the chairman.
Duterte likewise reviewed another occurrence wherein De Lima was gathering evidence to implicate him on the killing of a specific Alfredo Mendoza.
“The drama of that gaga (fool) was ‘Mr. Mayor, you were overheard one day talking about a certain Alfredo Mendoza. What is horrible is two days after that, he was found dead with a gunshot wound in the head. What can you say about that?’”
In response, Duterte pointed out he just shrugged it off.
“I said I don’t know,” he said.
Duterte has not been on great terms with De Lima and resigned CHR seat Etta Rosales because of his open advocacy in using heavy-handed measures against criminals.