PRESIDENT Duterte on Sunday night took a shot at his “political enemies,” including Vice President Leni Robredo who, he said, is in a hurry to become president.
“Ang mga kalaban ko, si Leni, apurado masyado maging presidente (My enemies, Leni, she’s in a hurry to become president),” the President said during a speech before the Filipino community in Myanmar.
Robredo’s spokeswoman, Georgina Hernandez, said Robredo is in no hurry and has no plan to take over the presidency.
She said what Robredo is rushing to accomplish is to give justice to victims of extrajudicial killings and to provide livelihood to the poor.
Duterte said his other “enemies” include staunch critics Senators Leila de Lima and Antonio Trillanes IV. He said De Lima is not a political prisoner like she claims to be because she is facing charges for alleged trafficking drugs. Trillanes, he said, is a “barking dog” who immediately surrendered to authorities after starting a mutiny.
Trillanes, a former Navy senior grade lieutenant, was among leaders of the Magdalo group that staged the one-day “Oakwood mutiny” against then President Arroyo in 2003.
The President’s remarks were made amid an impeachment threat against Robredo by Duterte’s allies led by Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez.
The impeachment threat against Robredo stemmed from allegations that she had a hand in the impeachment complaint filed against Duterte by Rep. Gary Alejano, of the Magdalo party-list group, and the video message that she gave at the United Nations, wherein she talked of the anti-drug drive and alleged extrajudicial killings under the administration.
Duterte said there were people who died in the campaign against crime and illegal drugs, when he was mayor of Davao City and now that he is president, but said not all deaths should be blamed or attributed to his anti-drugs war.
Hernandez reiterated an impeachment complaint to be filed against Robredo would be baseless but if it would be filed, she is ready to face it.
Hernandez also said Robredo will not apologize for the video message because she only gave a voice to ordinary citizens, who “feel there is nowhere else to go.”
The Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption demanded an apology from the Vice President for “serious allegations” on Duterte’s war on drugs. – With Angela Lopez de Leon