MUST READ: De Lima says Duterte is doing a great job destroying PH’s image with his dirty mouth
President Rodrigo Duterte no longer needs help in destroying the Philippines’ reputation abroad since he’s already doing great by himself by cursing prominent foreign personalities, Senator Leila de Lima said.
The beleaguered senator blamed Duterte for the negative image the country has been reaping a day after Senator Alan Peter Cayetano accused her of destroying the Philippines’ reputation by digging up dirt on the President in Senate hearings.
In a privilege speech delivered Tuesday (Sept. 20), De Lima said the international media’s unsavory view of the country could be attributed to the allegedly rampant extrajudicial killings happening nationwide, with 3,000 supposedly killed in the span of three months. To make things worse, she said Duterte has been uncontrollable in cursing world leaders.
“Sinabayan pa ito ng bunganga ng Pangulo na walang patumangging magmura ng mga opisyales ng UN at ng mundo, katulad ng Santo Papa, ni Pangulong Obama at ni Sec. Gen. Ban Ki Moon, sa kabila ng pagnanais lang nila na kausapin siya sa kanilang mga agam-agam tungkol sa polisiyang giyera sa droga ng Pangulo,” De Lima said.
“And may I add, the President has already proven that he is more than capable of single-handedly giving a bad image of this country to the whole world in the short span of three months in office. He does not need any help from anybody on that aspect, least of all from me,” the senator added. Although De Lima didn’t mention Cayetano’s name, she said the President’s allies shouldn’t turn the tables on her and blame her for the Philippines’ negative image because she wasn’t the one who hurled invectives at Obama and Ban.
Duterte has cursed Pope Francis for the traffic he caused during his 2015 visit, while he delivered a profanity-laden tirade against Obama at the heels of their supposed meeting at the ASEAN Summit in Laos early this September. Their one on one meeting was eventually cancelled.
Duterte has also called Ban a “fool” for bringing up the issue of human rights violations before the ASEAN summit.